The Adamawa State Government last Monday in Yola
began the distribution of cheques for various amounts to victims of 2011 post-election violence in the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, the acting Chairman of the Post-Election Violence Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Hajuji, urged the victims to appreciate what they got from government as the gesture was to assist them but not as compensation.
He said the state government received N420 million from the Federal Government for the victims.
Hajuji, who did not give the number of victims to benefit from the exercise, said it would be done on local government basis beginning with Yola North, with 52 victims. Some of the victims expressed gratitude to the government for the support.
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) last Saturday urged
the country’s former Heads of States to mediate in the protracted ASUU strike.
National President of the NUT, Mr Michael Olukoya, who made the call in Abuja during the celebration of the 2013 World Teachers’ Day. stressed that the lack of intervention by well-meaning Nigerians had made the industrial action to linger on.
Olukoya, however, appealed to the striking university lecturers to be sensitive to the constraints and efforts of the Federal Government and urged the Federal Government to do everything within its powers to end the protracted crisis.
He rejected plans to cede the management of primary education to local government councils, saying that such proposals portended a great danger to the development of the sector.
Olukoya commended the Federal Government for shelving its earlier idea to divest its ownership of Federal Government Colleges under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement and urged the Federal Government to initiate pragmatic efforts to restore the past glory of unity colleges and other secondary schools across the country.
Jema’a Local Government Council of Kaduna State has in
augurated a 25-member Committee on Peace and Security in its bid to check further breach of peace in the area.
Inaugurating the committee on Saturday in Kafanchan, the Chairman of the council, Mr Daniel Amos, urged the members to be resolute in the delivery of their mandate.
He said that the recent civil unrest witnessed in the council informed government’s decision to establish the committee with members drawn from the 12 wards.
The chairman said the committee was also expected to liaise with security agents and report suspected persons involved in the sale and consumption of illicit drugs.
The Kano State Government last Saturday pledged to de
velop orchards on 370 hectares of land to combat desert encroachment.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, said in Kano that the pilot schemes had commenced in Makoda, Danbatta and Gabasawa local government areas.
Abbas said the vegetable orchards were planted to empower the owners of the acquired lands adding that government would provide security guards to protect the orchards and forests against destruction and illegal tree felling.
The commissioner said it was the wish of the present administration to meet the African Union’s protocol on the eradication of poverty and empowerment of citizens through the reduction in desert encroachment in the Sahel.
Members of the PDP Youths Alliance in Kogi State have
lauded the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The group acknowledged the efforts of government in the area of job creation, through which jobs had been created for some of them.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting last Sunday in Lokoja, the goup said that youths across the six geo-political zones constituted the major beneficiaries of government programmes .
The Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission
(KWASIEC), has concluded the training of 200 facilitators ahead of the local government election scheduled for October 26 in the State.
Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Uthman Ajidagba, said in Ilorin last Saturday that the training was part of efforts to achieve successful polls.
Represented by Mr AbdulRauf Ajao, the Commissioner in charge of Administration, Ajidagba added that the commission would recruit and train 3000 ad hoc staff before the election.
The leader of the facilitators and Dean Faculty of Education, University of IIorin, Prof. Adekunle Oloundare, assured KWASIEC that they would leave up to expectation in the discharge of their assignment.
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr
Rotimi Olowo, has said that the country will not break up as a result of the National Conference.
Olowo, who is Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, made the assertion in an interview in Lagos last Sunday.
According to him (APC-Shomolu I), if the conference is properly handled it will bring about justice, development and fairness to the citizenry.
The lawmaker added that people must be well represented in order to carry them along to move the country forward and urged the advisory committee to see every Nigerian as one and not to treat any tribe or ethnic group as minority.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said that
one person was found dead while 22 others sustained various degrees of injuries in a lone accident on the Abeokuta-Lagos expressway on Saturday.
The FRSC Unit Commander in Ogun, Mr Fatai Bakare, told newsmen in Ewekoro that the accident occurred at about 11 a.m around Awowo village in Ewekoro Local Government Area.
Bakare said the accident involved a white Toyota Hiace passenger bus marked (Lagos) BDG 307 AG and disclosed that the occupants of the bus were family members and friends who were heading for a wedding at Ojota in Lagos State.
The commander, who attributed the cause of the auto crash to over-speeding, explained that the driver lost control and it somersaulted. ‘’One female occupant died while 14 other females and eight male occupants sustained varying degrees of injuries,” he said.
The Chairman of Global Fleet Group, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim,
has commiserated with the Ondo State Government over the death of Mr Deji Falae, a Commissioner for Tourism in the state in a plane crash last Thursday in Lagos.
Ibrahim condoled with the government while speaking with journalists on Sunday at his Igbotako residence, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Ibrahim, the Publisher of the National Mirror Newspapers, said that the news of the crash came to him as a rude shock and a big surprise and described the late Falae, as a talented young man, whose life was cut short.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said
on Monday it had transported 65,151 out of 66,000 Nigerian prospective pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj ahead of the Oct. 14 Arafat day.
National Commissioner in charge of Operations, Alhaji Abdullah Muhktar, announced in a telephone interview in Ibadan on Monday that the commission transported the pilgrims in 134.
Muhktar said the deadline for transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia was Oct. 9, ahead of the Arafat and assured that the remaining pilgrims would be transported to Saudi Arabia before the close of Saudi’s airspace.
The spokesperson for the Commission, Alhaji Uba Mana, said that the balance of 849 pilgrims would be transported before the close of Saudi airspace today.
The Paramount Ruler of Mwaghavul, Mangu LGA in Pla
teau, State, Mr Nelson Bakfur, has called on the people of the area to donate race horses to boost and uplift the Mwaghavul culture.
Bakfur who made the call last Saturday in his palace in Kerang when he received a horse donated by one of his subjects, Mr Samuel Puukat, an Abuja-based businessman said the dearth of horses in the Mwaghavul during festivals was “very glaring and disturbing’’.
Earlier, Puukat said the donation was in response to the call by the leadership of the National Mwaghavul Development Association and pledged to do his best to keep and sustain the Mwaghavul culture.
The National President of the Mwaghavul Development Association, Dr Stephen Hirse, thanked Puukat for remembering his place of origin and donating the horse.
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Hassan Kukah,
last Saturday called on parents to intensify the teaching of their children about sound morals, as part of efforts to promote a better society.
The cleric who made the call in Sokoto at “The Children’s Day with the Bishop’’ Forum, organised by the Sokoto Catholic Diocese, stressed that children must have good moral upbringing at a very early age.
“It is only by so doing that the children would be responsible for the common good of the society, while contributing positively to nation building,’’ he said.
Kukah also called on the children to remain steadfast in prayers for God’s guidance and for the country to overcome its current security challenges.
A Talata Mafara High Court in Zamfara State last Monday
sentenced one Abdullahi Abubakar, 37, to death by hanging for the murder of his step-daughter.
The convict was arraigned in August, 2008 for putting a poisonous substance, suspected to be ‘Germaline’ in his step-daughter’s food, which led to her death.
Justice Bello Gummi said the convict intentionally and with the knowledge that death or grievous bodily injury would be the probable consequence of his action, poisoned his step-daughter, whose name was given as Suwaiba.
JAMB Decries Use Of Fake Results For Admission
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has decried the high level of forgery of A Level certificates used for the registration.
JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, who raised the alarm, recalled that the Board had commenced the 2023 Direct Entry registration on Monday, 20th February but immediately suspended it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A ‘level qualifications required from DE candidates.
He disclosed that out of 148 candidates verified by Bayero University Kano (BUK), only 6 were found to be genuine.
“By implication 142 of the results were forged. Oloyede said. Bayero University, Kano (BUK) has also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’Level qualifications for DE.
“It was discovered that in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A’ level certificates/ qualifications to register for Direct Entry and eventually got admitted. For example out of 148 candidates verified by BUK, only 6 were found to be genuine. By implication 142 of the results were forged.
“The Board, concerned stakeholders and institutions are working assiduously to detect such and the ones already found are being dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
“In order to further checkmate the anomaly and to also prevent recurrence of such irregularity, the Board has decided that the 2023 DE registrations will not only be restricted to JAMB (Professional Test Centres (PTCs) but will also be done under strict supervision,” Oloyode said.
“The Board has provided additional guidelines to all DE registration outlets (JAMB-owned centres), Officers of the Board and candidates on the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise:
“At the point of registration, all candidates must fill in Registration/Matriculation Number of the previous school attended where the qualification was obtained; Subject(s) of qualification; Awarding Institution; Institution actually attended”, he said.
‘Nigerians Have Lost Confidence, Trust In INEC’
As post-election crisis gathers momentum, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria’s 2023 general elections has declared that Nigerians have lost confidence and trust in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) owing to lack of transparency and operational failures.
The EU EOM Chief Observer, Barry Andrews, made the assertion at a Media Briefing to present the Mission’s second preliminary reports, in Abuja, Monday.
Andrews noted that although Nigerians had great appetite for democracy and keen to engage in various civic activities, their expectations were dashed.
According to him, the apathy recorded at the governorship and states House of Assembly elections conducted last Saturday was a clear consequence of failures by political elites and “unfortunately, INEC.”
Andrews said: “Obstruction and organised violence limited the free expression of the will of the voters, despite efforts by civil society to promote democratic standards.
“Throughout the Mission, we saw that Nigerians have a great appetite for democracy and are keen to engage in various civic activities. However, in many parts of the country, their expectations were not met.
“Many were disappointed and we witnessed voter apathy that is in part, a clear consequence of failures by political elites, and unfortunately, also by INEC.
“Positively, INEC introduced some corrective measures ahead of Saturday’s polls, allowing a timely delivery of sensitive materials and improved use of election technologies, yet, the institution continued to lack transparency.”
The Mission also observed that voting started early with INEC ad-hoc officials present and ready to serve voters, but the exercise was unfortunately, disrupted by “multiple incidents of thuggery and intimidation of voters, polling officials, observers, and journalists”.
The Mission noted that Lagos, Kano, and other States in the Southern, Northern and Central parts of the country were mostly affected, adding that the election was equally characterised by casualties, fatalities, as well as vote-buying, which according to the observers, further detracted from an appropriate conduct of elections.
“EU EOM observers also saw misuse of administrative resources, including through various financial and in-kind inducements to voters, giving an undue advantage to the party in power.
“Furthermore, the protracted deadlines for candidacy disputes created uncertainty for voters and electoral contestants alike, while clear underrepresentation of women as candidates demonstrated a stark lack of internal party policies to support constitutionally prescribed inclusion
‘Youths To Benefit From Climate Change Innovation Hub’
The Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Sani Tambuwal, has expressed optimism that the recently established National Climate Change Innovation Hub would help in harnessing the potential among Nigerian youths towards addressing climate issues.
The CNA stated this during the commemoration of the 2023 Commonwealth Day with the theme ‘Forging A Sustainable And Peaceful Common Future’ held at the instance of National Assembly management, in Abuja, Monday.
Represented by the Deputy Clerk, National Assembly (DCNA), Barrister Kamoru Ogunlana, Tambuwal observed that the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and other climate issues in the world if not properly managed, would posed great danger to world peace and a sustainable future.
He assured that Federal Government had put measures in place to address some issues on climate change through the establishment of youth climate change hub to harness their ideas and include them in decision-making process as well as develop long-term vision for zero gas emissions.
In her presentation, Mrs. Rabi Audu stressed the need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders towards forging a sustainable and peaceful environment.
Audu also urged the youths to engage in activities and programmes that would promoter innovations and inclusivity for all.
According to her, governments and parliaments have to increase opportunities for schools across the Commonwealth countries, adopt higher education partnerships and development programmes that would lead to economic growth, social inclusion and environmental conservation.
While noting that the establishment of more programmes like the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) would aid the attainment of these, Audu further stressed the need for Commonwealth member countries to establish technical and vocational education that would help in gainfully equipping the youths with skills to further tackle high rate of youth unemployment.
Some of the students who participated in the programme tasked parliaments across Commonwealth member States on the need to hold their governments to account particularly on the areas of public spending, international crisis, investment sustainability and promotion of the benefits of inclusive and diverse representation in truly open societies.
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