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Nasarawa

 

The National Association of Students of English and Literature Studies (NASELS), Nasarawa State University. Keffi (NSUK), has celebrated its 2009 week.

The events marking the week began with the end up of a five man electoral committee that was charged to conduct a free and fair election.

At the end of voting, the former vice president, Clement Takat, won the office of the president unopposed. All other positions also went unopposed.

The next day saw the swearing in of the new leaders, drama presentations, songs, recitation of poems, talk shows and comedy, among others.

At the main show, the class Rep of the 400- level class, Osita Okafor introduced Love Oni and Precious Ona who acted as comperes.

The NASELS choir kicked off the night by singing the national anthem as well the NSUK anthem.

NASELS outgoing president, Austine Okonjo who took over the stage, thanked everyone, especially the students for making his tenure a success.

Okonjo also apologised for any short coming of his administration.

The Head of Department, Associate Prof. Umelo Ojinmah, administered the oath of office to the new executive.

Ojimah urged them not to allow unionism take place of academics.

In his address, the new president, Mr. Takat, promised to focus on programmes that will bring unity among the diverse students in the department.

He also asked for the help and cooperation of the students to enable him actualize his manifesto.

However, there were many talk-shows on issues ranging from education to literature, fashion, education, sports etc.

 

 

Taraba

 

 

As part of effort to contribute to the United Nations (UNs) Campaign for a green world, intending Christian pilgrims from Taraba State have unanimously agreed to plant no fewer than 1,000 trees in Israel.

The state, according to the chairman, Christian Pilgrim Board, Rev. Innocent R. Solomon, will not only be the first in Nigeria but also the first in the African continent to achieve this.

This was made known Tuesday to journalists in Jalingo, the state capital, by the chairman before departing for the Holy Land with other pilgrims.

According to him, the state will be planting trees as a mark of honour, as well as to promote the UNs call to ensure a a green world.

“We are going to be planting about 1,000 trees to contribute to the United Nations’ (UNs) Campaign to bring about green world”, he said.

The state, which has a total of 335 intending pilgrims, yesterday left for Israel under the leadership of the chairman of Traditional Council the ANU-UKA of Wukari, Dr. Shekaru Y. Ansyu Masa Ibi Nuryo II.

 

 

 

Plateau

 

The newly-appointed Plateau State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr. Tunde Nurudeen, has disclosed that he would work with the state police command to ensure corps members posted to the state enjoy maximum security in the service of the fatherland.   

Mr Nurudeen also warned those who are out to forment trouble to desist from such as any harm done to any corps member in the state would not be tolerated.

He made this call after taking over from his predecessor, Mr. Ezekiel Aiyedogbon, who has been posted to head the Public Relations Department in the NYSC Headquarters, Abuja.

According to him, the staff of the scheme are expected to perform their duties as assigned and do away with rumour mongering, as this is capable of derailing the ideals of the scheme.

While relating his experiences on the job, he noted that working under the NYSC has been worthwhile as there are many testimonies to attest to this.

In his Hand-over speech, the out-going coordinator, Aiyegbon who had spent only 59 days in Plateau, described the in-coming coordinator as a hardworking and dependable person and sought the support of every member of staff to make his tenure a success.

Responding on behalf of the staff, Mrs. Elizabeth Iyizoba pledged their support and promised to work in harmony to ensure the ideals of the scheme are achieved.

 

Ogun

 

Daredevil armed robbers killed three policemen in Ogere, Ogun State, during a bank raid yesterday.

Among those killed was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Simon Otene.

During the operation, a female  police officer was also shot, but she did not die. She was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The incident occurred only 10 days after the Police Area Command in Ijebu-ode, Omolodum Oladokun, was allegedly killed by rioting youths.

The rubbers were said to have attacked the bank, which share a fence with the police station.

The robbers, according to a source, had divided themselves into two groups, with one attacking the bank and the other the police station.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Hashimu Argungu, confirmed the incident. Argungu who spoke on phone, said: “the detail of the situation is still sketchy, but we learn that he was killed when the robbers, who came in a bus, attacked the station; we are still investigating”.

A source in the town, however, said the bandits came to set free some armed robbers allegedly detained in the police station.

“They said some robbers were arrested around this place some days ago and detained in the station in Ogere. So, it was not the bank that they came for originally. Though it was difficult to know if they eventually raided the bank”, the source said.

 

 

Borno

 

To address the poor state of roads in Borno, the state government has procured 133 units of heavy duty and earth moving construction equipment.

Inspecting the equipment Wednesday at Ramat Square, Maiduguri the commissioner for Works and Transport Mustapha Alkai Gajibo disclosed that the equipment including bulldozers, pay loaders, rollers, excavators and forklifts cost N3.8 billion.

He added that they would be inaugurated Friday by the Minister of works, Housing and Urban Development Mohammed Lawan Hassan.

The equipment would be used by the Borno Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA)   

 

 

Zamfara

 

The Zamfara State government has approved N1.9 billion for the purchase of equipment to run engineering-related courses at the state-owned Abdu-Gasau Polytechnic, Talata Matara.

Governor Mohamuda Shinkafi said in Gusau on Tuesday that the project was part of efforts to meet National Board for Technical Education’s conditions for the accreditation of engineering courses at the polytechnic.

Shinkafi who spoke when Mr Klaus-Dieter Hand, the director of Africa Affairs of PHYWE system, a German company, visited him, said the government was determined to set a sound  technology base for rapid development of the state.

He stressed that no society would prosper without a sound technical education base that could prepare its citizens for the global challenges of the 21st century.

The governor added that the government would ensure that the equipment was supplied within the shortest possible time.

He gave an assurance that as soon as due process was completed, government would release part of the conrtact sum for the supply.

He said the state government has significantly improved structures in secondary schools and some tertiary institutions in the last two years.

Speaking during the visit, Hand said he was in the state to present a report by his firm to the government, which emanated from the recent visit of the state delegation to the firm in Germany for collaboration in technological development.

He promised the governor that the company would collaborate with the state in realising its technological development dreams.

 

 

Kano

 

The Kano State government has rehabilitated and upgraded facilities at the Aminu Kano Community School at a total cost of N1.1 billion.

This was in fulfillment of a pledge the state governor, Malam (Dr) Ibrahim  Shekarau made during the 40th anniversary of the college last year.

The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Musa Salihu, disclosed this while handing over the contract to the contractors at the college’s Conference Hall, Tuesday.

Salihu, said that the government has already committed 50 per cent of the total amount estimated at about N550 million, while the other  portion of the contract will commence in earnest.

He gave the breakdown of the projects as follows: Administration Block at the cost of N92,693,206,  Multipurpose Hall worth  N120,004,083.55, College Library Block at N83,897,541.52, School’s Mosque at N20,339,321.42, Ablution Area at N4,856,266.22, Bedroom at N52,522,083.50.

Others are three Bedroom flats at N117,722,263.90, a Guest House at N7,462,731.22, Road and Parking Space to gulp N26,332,258.97, External Electrical works at N1,239,999.50 and External Mechanical Works that cost N17,338,244.10.

The Commissioner also gave a brief history of the college which was established in 1967.

 

 

Ekiti

 

Witnesses Tuesday admitted irregularities in some of the results tendered for some polling units in Orin-ora Ward of Ido-Osi council area of Ekiti State at the election petition tribunal hearing the government petition filed by the Action Congress (AC) and its governorship candidate, Dr Nayode Feyemi, against the outcome of the April 25 rerun election in the state.  The witnesses, who were called by the first respond, Governor Segun Oni, told the tribunal  that the election was free and fair in their polling units while being led in their evidence by counsel  to the governor, Duro Adeyele (SAN), They, however, blamed the irregularities in the results tendered by the  Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC) on its officials.

For instance, Davo Dada who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polling agent at unit 009 of the Ward, has tendered the result form EC8A for the unit and admitted that all the contents were correct as recorded by the presiding officer.

Under cross – examination by counsel to the petitioners, Anthony Adeniyi, he said the total valid scores recorded for both PDP and AC were 92 but on the result from ECZA, the presiding officer wrote 93 .

Besides, while the presiding officer wrote 93 as the total valid votes in one column, in another he simply wrote 1.

Also, of the 150 ballot papers issued for the unit, 93 was recorded as total number of used ballot papers and another 62 as unused ballot papers.

Dada, who was the respondent witness 40 (RW40), attributed the difference in his specimen signature, which was requested from him by Adeniyi and that of the one oath and the form EC8A, to the fact that he shortened his signature on the form EC8A

He, however affirmed that the election was free and fair in his unit, adding that AC polling agent signed the result and took away his own copy.

The second witness, Aina Oluwaseyi, who was PDP polling agent for unit 19, tendered the form EC8A containing the result for the unit. He told the tribunal that the election was conducted without any hitch. 

 

 

Lagos

 

A Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday dismissed a N200 billion suit instituted against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by four companies belonging to former Chief Executive of Inter-Continental Bank Plc  and his wife.

The suit sought to enforce rights of the companies allegedly breached by the commission.

In dismissing the suit, Justice Morenike Obadina said the suit lacked merit.

She awarded N20,000 costs against the companies, Tropics Finance and Investment Company Limited, Tropics Properties Limited, Tropics Securities Limited and Tropics Holding Limited.

Justice Obadina said the EFCC Act empowers it to take the steps it took against the companies while investigating them over the alleged movement of over N15 billion from the bank to a Summit Limited account.

Summit Limited belongs to Akingbola and former bank chairman, Chief Raymond Obieri.

EFCC said the funds were later moved to the accounts of the four companies with the bank which they claimed were frozen by the commission.

Akingbola and his wife, Anthonia, are being investigated by the commission over alleged  tax evasion and money laundering.

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NPC Warns Against Interfering With Pre Test Exercise

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The National Population Commission, NPC, in Kwara State has cautioned stakeholders to refrain from undue interference in the second pre-test census exercise in the state.
The second pre-test census exercise is part of the preparations for the main census exercise billed to take place in May 2022.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training of supervisors and enumerators for the exercise in Ilorin yesterday, the NPC Federal Commissioner for the state, Malam Abdulrazaq Gidado, also charged stakeholders to allow field functionaries to carry out their duties professionally for a good outcome.
The Federal Commissioner appealed to state and local governments concerned, traditional institutions, and communities to support the commission in carrying out the second pre-test census exercise by allowing unfettered access to facilities and places to be enumerated.
He said the pre-test exercise will be carried out in four local government areas of the state, namely, Kaiama, Ilorin South, Offa and Oke-Ero.
The Federal Commissioner explained that pre-test census exercise is usually conducted before the actual census and primarily aimed at testing the census methodology, questionnaires, data collection methods, and manual for fieldwork among others.
He assured Nigerians that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure that the commission’s field functionaries are properly kitted and trained to observe all Covid-19 protocols throughout the period of the exercise as prescribed by the Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, on Covid-19.

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Man Jailed 15 Years For Stealing 16 Phones, Other Items In Adamawa

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A man in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for breaking into houses and stealing 16 phones and other items.
Abdulazeez Adamu, 22, from Nasarawo, Jimeta, was found guilty by Chief Magistrate Court 1, Jimeta, which established that he, along with two cohorts now at large, committed the offence at Bekaji, another residential community within the Jimeta axis of Yola.
The court established that Abdulazeez and the others, while armed with weapons, stole a TV set, an HP laptop, and 16 handsets valued at N734, 000 from a number of residents in their houses, namely Rebeccah Samuel, Rhoda Chiroma, Wedelo Pwamboki, Walia Hamman and Mary Zaro, all residents of Bekaji who jointly reported the thefts to the police on 11th November 2021.
The accused was said to have run out of luck during one of the operations with his cohorts in Karewa extension when they hit a security guard with a cutlass and injured him.
The guard, Muhammad Umar, raised alarm which attracted the occupants and his colleague who was on duty in a neighbouring house and who rushed to the scene, but by which time the convict and his accomplices had fled.
He was later trailed and arrested by vigilantes who were mobilised for the purpose.
During the trial, the prosecutor, Seargent Galeon Nimrod of the Karewa Police Division, called Umar as a witness.
The witness narrated his encounter with Abdulazeez who, under cross-examination, said the witness told the truth.
Consequently, Adamu was jailed for 15 years with the option of N150,000 fine for the offence of theft in a dwelling house and was sentenced to six months in prison without an option of fine for being in possession of dangerous weapons.
He is also to pay N500,000 as a compensation fee.
Reading out the verdict, Chief Magistrate Abdullahi Mohammed Digil said, “This court has sentenced you, Abdulazeez Adamu, to 15 years or you pay an alternative fine of N150, 000, for theft and also sentenced you to six months imprisonment for being in possession of dangerous weapons without an option of fine.”

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JAMB Tasks Tertiary Institutions On CAPS

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned against offering of admissions to applicants by higher institutions outside the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
JAMB said apart from distorting the statistics of enrollment into the nation’s tertiary institutions which it noted is required for national planning and development strategies, the conduct is also “a violation of ministerial directive on education policy.”
The JAMB registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, who said this on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, noted that in spite of the constant warning against such conduct, Nigerian tertiary institutions offered a total of 706,189 ‘illegal’ admissions across universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics between 2017 and 2020.
According to Oloyede, a total of 114 degree-awarding institutions including universities and colleges of education that are affiliated with them conducted 67,795 ‘illegal’ admissions within the period.
He added that a total of 137 National Diploma (ND) certificates awarding institutions such as polytechnics and school of health technologies offered a total of 142,818 ‘illegal’ admissions within the three-year period, while 37 institutions that are categorised as monotechnics offered 5,678 ‘illegal’ admissions.
The JAMB registrar said; “In 2017, the Board introduced the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) as a flowchart to ensure quality control, transparency and credibility of admissions. Among other reasons, it was also meant to completely eliminate human interference, which invariably led to abuse, in the processing of admissions into the nation’s tertiary institutions. The system allows institutions to only admit candidates that meet the requirements as prescribed by individual institutional proprietors and academic Boards/ Senates. The process entails: initiation of the admission of a candidate by the institutional admissions officer after having confirmed the satisfaction of the set criteria; recommendation of the candidate by the head of the institution; approval of the admission by JAMB; acceptance of the admission by the candidate; and printing of the admission letter by the candidate.
“All these are done without hassles or encumbrances. Any process outside this scheme is illegitimate and it renders the admission process null, void and ultra vires. It is rather disappointing that some institutions continue to defy this decision of the National Policy Meeting, ably chaired by the Honourable Minister of Education, that CAPS is the only platform for processing admissions to the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”
According Mr Oloyede’s presentation, the top five universities with the highest number of ‘illegal’ admissions offered within the period are the Universities of Jos, Plateau State with 7,600 cases; Benue State University, Makurdi with 6,161 cases; Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, with 5,669 cases; Kwara State University, Malete with 4,281 cases and Novena University, Delta State with 3,432 cases.
Among the ND certificate awarding institutions, the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, topped the chart with a total of 45,471 cases within three years, and it is closely followed by Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, with 37,828 cases and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, with 30,856 cases within the same period.
Others are the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State and the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State with 24,335 and 24,335 respectively.
Oloyede said apart from distorting the national statistics, candidates admitted through the irregular admission processes are made to go through difficult times in their efforts to climb the next rung of either their career or academic ladders.
“Sadly, this practice by our institutions has damaged the image of the country as statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and similar agencies are rendered inaccurate by as high as 900 per cent in some cases. This distorts the statistics of the number of students in our tertiary institutions. JAMB is then made to supply radically different figures of entrants for the same year. In addition, misplaced pressure is annually mounted on JAMB to condone (or regularise) such illegal and improper admissions made three or four years earlier by the heads of institutions who in almost all the cases are not the incumbent ones.
“Another absurdity is that the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) for tertiary education which JAMB provides for the Federal Ministry of Education is fed into the global databank of tertiary institutions and Nigeria continues to publish a low GER record which is far from the reality on ground. Also, one of the unsavoury effects of the undisclosed admissions by tertiary institutions is that it makes planning difficult. As we all know, failure to plan is planning to fail and we cannot overemphasise the importance of proper planning.”
According to Oloyede, beneficiaries of such ‘illegal’ admissions upon graduation are made “victims of deprivations.”
“When the graduates of the illegitimate process need JAMB admission letters to pursue post-graduation endeavours like housemanship, scholarship, enrolment into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among others, they realise that they are out of sync. Some candidates had been forced in the past to seek Direct Entry into other universities after graduation just because their degrees were not recognised as a result of lack of admission letters at critical stages. The physical, psychological and mental strain on such candidates is better imagined than experienced. This could have been avoided if everyone played the game according to the rules,” Mr Oloyede added.
The JAMB registrar also expressed disappointment over what he described as massive fraud in the conduct of the two A Level entrance examinations in the country- Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) and the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE).
“It is quite disappointing that some of our colleagues were arrested while conniving with various examination syndicates to compromise the noble objectives of these two examinations. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) conducted a sting operation the result of which is monumentally embarrassing,” he said.
As a way of finding a lasting solution to the challenge, JAMB said it has already proposed to the education minister, Adamu Adamu, the desire to establish both A-Level task team and A-Level Qualification Verification Databank, which he noted will serve as repository for verified A-level qualifications in the country.
Meanwhile, the examination body said it has approved the introduction of two more subjects in its examination to be added to the existing 23 subjects for possible combinations by candidates.
The addition of the two subjects- Computer Studies and Physical and Health Education, will “enhance the career prospects of students transiting to tertiary institutions.”
Oloyede said the subjects will be available for candidates taking the UTME examination in 2022.
JAMB said as part of efforts towards curbing some identified “unethical practices” by operators of the accredited computer based testing (CBT) centres, it has resolved to embed the centres’ approved N700 charges for registration purposes in its application form fees.
“These centres are allowed to collect only Seven Hundred Naira (N700.00) as registration charges but they use the opportunity to engage in conduct unbecoming, including extortion, during the exercise. In order to put a stop to such extortion, we propose to make UTME registration henceforth cashless. In other words, JAMB will now be collecting the approved N700.00 registration fee on behalf of the CBT Centres along with its UTME registration fees and then remit what is due to each registration centre to its bank account on a weekly basis or any time frame acceptable to the centre owners. This intervention will block all loopholes through which hapless candidates are extorted by unscrupulous service providers,” the JAMB registrar said.

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