Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Cultism, one of the social ills that has brought bad image to the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has been finally flushed out of the institution.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Muhammed Atureta disclosed last week to members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi state Council, at an interactive session held in his office.
He said the menace has shifted from the campuses to unknown places, following stern warning by the Polytechnic authorities. “Any body caught as a cultist will be expelled from the institution and as well be handed over to the police for diligent prosecution at the appropriate court of law. ”
The Rector recalled that the state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello recently handed down warning to heads of tertiary institutions across the state to end cultism or be sacked.
“We here at the Kogi state Polytechnic are on top of the situation. The whole Polytechnic community has gotten the message and been sensitized, any body who violates the order will have him or her self to blame” Prof. Atureta further warned.
According to the Rector, other anti social activities such as examination malpractice, drug abuse indecent dressing are also on the watch of authorities as some students were already relying on such menace as a way of life.
Prof. Atureta stated that he wants to cleave behind a legacy in the institution, promising to contribute his own quota to its development.
The Rector who assumed duty a year ago, lamented that the Kogi Polytechnic has not benefitted from TET Fund for the past five years. Though no reason was given, efforts are already in the pipeline to reclaim the fund.
Atureta also revealed that the last convocation ceremony of the institution was held five years ago, however assured that by April this year, a combined 5 sets convocation will hold as a planning committee has been set up to organise and implement ceremony.
The Rector said he met a very strong Students Union Government, but not troublesome as they have been cooperating. He said apart from the open door policy of his administration, there is also Students/Security committee system set up to jointly tackle security challenges on the campuses. “So the Authority/Students relationship is cordial as there is free flow of information ” he said.
Atureta, while debunking the rumour that school fees has increased, said it was fees that were not charged before that has been added to those concerned. “The fees are not new, but were not being charged, the skill acquisition centre is one of the areas where fees is introduced, Students Health Insurance Scheme, as well as Convocation fee which is charged in every institution.”
According to the Rector, the fees are very minimal and were proposed to Governing Council, after due consultation it was approved. He said the students were fully sensitised.
On admission, he said over 8000 applicants chose to study at the Kogi state Polytechnic, the school could only admit 3000 students based on the availability of human and physical resources to cope with the number of students. “A education is a social service that everybody is entitled to.
The Rector revealed that the Polytechnic has offered over 50 sabbaticals to lecturers both within and outside the country, many have attended conference.
The Polytechnic has 3 campuses located at Osara, Itakpe and the main at Lokoja. Only Lokoja main campus that students are not accommodated in hostels, due to plans by the state government to renovate the hostels.
The school is still waiting for government’s gesture that promised 3 years ago.
Prof. Atureta who commended the Kogi state government for the opportunity given to him to contribute to the development of science and technical education and engineering, promised to do his best and leave a legacy that wil not be regretted by the Polytechnic community.
FCTA, NAPTIP Sign MoU On Women Rehabilitation Centre In FCT.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the management of FCT Women Rehabilitation Centre located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the territory.
A presss statement signed by SA, Media Austine Elemue said the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the signing of the MoU called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, just as she revealed that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.
The Minister commended the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in person, also called for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.
“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights. She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society. And today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to go out of her ways to look for more decent accommodation for our vulnerable women.
“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under this period of two years, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties. And as the custodial of state charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come”, the minister affirmed.
Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youth, while praying that the facility would provides the needed shelter to all those in need.
Speaking earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in person and other related offences.
She, however, assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, stressing that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.
According to her; “You have been very supportive to our agency. I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU. Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.
Thank you so much because it is going to be a joint collaboration between FCTA and NAPTIP. I can assure you that we are going to make good use of the facility”.
Attah’s Death: Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Pays Condolence Visit To Late Attah’s Family In Idah.
By Yahaya Idris, Idah.
The Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation (SAAF), has condoled with the immediate family and Igala kingdom over the death of the Attah Igala, HRM. Dr. Michael Ameh Oboni II.
The foundation delegation ably led by its Chairman, Hon. Prince Idoko Daniel Ogacheko and was received by the Chief Mourner the Son of late Attah, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni
Prince Ogacheko, who convened the message of Grand Patron of the foundation Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, condoled the deceased’s family, as having described late Attah as a peaceful, cordial and amiable father to all.
Prince Ogacheko prayed to God to give his family, friends, associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Unfortunately, death is not a letter that is bodily written on human face and nobody knows who is next”.
But God, who is sovereign does whatsoever He pleases as He is the ultimate decider of human life,” the foundation said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni expressed gratitude to Audu’s Foundation for coming down to identified with them. He pray to God to grant them journey mercy to their destination.
Flooding: Lawmaker Inspects Collapsed Bridge, Appeals To Nasarawa Govt. For Immediate Succour
Chairman Nasarawa state House of Assembly committee on Urban development and member representing Awe south constituency Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, has called for government urgent intervention to reconstruct the Azara bridge which was washed away by flood as a result of heavy down pour.
The lawmaker who was accompanied by the contractor Rim construction company sympathized with the people of Azara development Area over the unfortunate incident and expressed concern on how the bridge linking Azara community with other parts of the world was completely washed away making life more difficult to commuters and residents of the area.
“I’m shocked at the level of damaged cause by this flood which resulted to the collapsed of this bridge linking Azara and other communities as my people cannot longer go outside and come back to the town.
“this is the only road that linked Azara to other communities and apart from been endowed with mineral and agricultural potentials it also border Taraba, plateau and Benue states.
“this is a serious ploblem therefore I’m calling on the state government to urgently come to our rescue and thank God we have a listening and hard working Governor Engineer Abdullahi Sule whom am very confident he will do something urgently, Hon Suleiman added.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, one of the commuters Lawan Yakubu makori attributed the incident to carelessness on the part of users who doesn’t care about existing of the affected bridge even when it started developing faults.
According to him the Azara bridge was gradually been washing away for about four months now whenever it rains but action has not been taking until it finally collapsed as a result of a recent heavy down pour cutting off the area completely.
He appreciated the lawmaker Suleiman Yakubu Azara for the visit saying it has rekindle their hope.
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