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Alleged Financial Misconduct: Engineer Sule Suspends COE Akwanga Governing Council, Provost, Others



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By Our Reporter, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has approved the suspension of the governing council of the College of Education Akwanga, pending the outcome of the report of an investigative committee on the activities of the institution.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Tijani Aliyu Ahmed, on Thursday.

According to the statement, the Governor equally directed the provost of the college, bursar, as well as the desk officer in-charge of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), to proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect, until further notice.

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Engineer Sule subsequently, approved the appointment of Dr. Roseline Kala, a former lecturer with the University of Jos and former Commissioner of Health, as interim administrator of the institution.

In a related development, the Nasarawa State Governor has approved the appointment of Mrs. Jiriko Ruth R. as the acting Rector at the Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic, Lafia.

According to a statement issued by the SSG, the appointment is with immediate effect and is for a period of six months.

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Nasarawa To Begin Payment Of Salaries To Newly Engaged Teachers, – Education Commissioner Says



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Hajiya Fatu, Education Commissioner Nasarawa State

The Commissioner, Nasarawa State Ministry of Education, Hajiya. Fatu Jemaita Sabo, says on Wednesday that the state government would commence the payment of salaries of 2,250 newly employed teachers this month.

The Commissioner said was to ensure optimal productivity, enhance standard of education and to improve on the lives of the newly employed teachers.

Sabo disclosed this when the ministry appeared before the House Committee on Education to assess their 2020 budget performance in Lafia on Wednesday.

The commissioner said  that Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration has given topmost priority to the education sector for improved standard of education through its various educational policies and programmes.

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When asked on when tertiary institutions are resuming in the state, the commissioner revealed that education and empowerment sub- committee on COVID-19 and leadership of the tertiary institutions in the state have already met with the state task force committee on COVID-19 and all presentations and proposals on resumption have been made and presented to the deputy governor.

She added that the ministry is awaiting directive from the state government and hopely in the next one to two weeks, higher institutions in the state will resume.

Responding, Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the committee said that the invitation extended to the ministry was to assess their 2020 budget performance.

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Ogazi (APC-Kokona East) said that the committee  would continue to give the ministry and the state government the necessary support in order to ensure better and improved standard of education in the state.

” We will continue to do our best in ensuring quality and improved standard of education in the state,” he said.

The committee commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for ensuring prompt payment of salaries of civil servants  in the state and make a similar case for tertiary institutions  in the state.

It would be reported that issue of delay in salaries of lecturers of tertiary institutions in the state was also brought forward and the need for state government to expedite the process of taking over their payments was also extensively discussed.

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Meantime, the management of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia appeared before the committee for the school’s 2020 budget performance assessment.

Mrs Justina Kotso, the Rector of the Polytechnic, who was represented by Engr. Obande Jonathan, Dean of Studies appealed to the state government for prompt payment of salaries and gratituties of lecturers.

Also, Alhaji Abdullahi Abu Galadima, the Chairman, Nasarawa State Teachers Service Commission along side other members of the commission  also appeared before the committee for the commission’s 2020 budget performance assessment where the committee expressed happiness with their performance.

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Barr. Tanko Describes Education As Panacea To Defeat Illiteracy, Receives ENSA FULokoja.



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Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

The Egbira National Students Association, ENSA, Federal University Lokoja chapter has been described as next crop of leadership in Nigeria which the nation will be looking up to in near future.

President of the Egbira National Students Association (ENSA) Comrade Umar Abdulsalam has led other members of the Association on a congratulatory visit to the newly appointed Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Hon. Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.

Umar said they were in his office to rejoice with him, pray and wish him well to succeed in office just as he has done credibly in his previous office.

He said its only the Almighty Allah that ordained power to who he is so please with and has destine some things to happened the way they are right now.

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“Mr. Chairman, we are here to felicitate with over what the Almighty Allah has done for you”

“We pray to Allah to grant you sound health, long life and prosperity so that you will continue to use your good office for the benefits of your good people and humanity in general”.

“We are also here to familiarize with you and your good office in area of support in quest of our academic pursuit

The Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, on Wednesday received entire leadership of Egbira National Students Association at his officer Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Chairman said their decisions to visit, congratulate and wish him well is highly commendable owing to the fact that students are the next leaders.

While thanking the Egbira students body for coming to identify with him, saying his appointment was made possible by His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, Executive Governor of Kogi State and hence to gives glory to Almighty Allah.

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Barr. Tanko said if he was not their own they won’t even think of coming to visit him and on the basis of that cordial relationships he is grateful for their visit.

Barr. Tanko who is a former Administrator of Kogi Local Government Council, one time Senior Special Assistant for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to the Executive Governor of Kogi State.

Speaking further, Barr. Tanko said their demands is incumbent on him and others leaders to ensure some of their needs especially all that has to do with academic pursuit are provided as part of support to enable them concentrate on their ongoing study at the University.

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He took them down memory lane which he said as a students then they were also paying courtesy visit to some of their leaders through various organization, unionism, group and tribal group among others with aimed to brainstorming and seeking their advises on way forward geared sustainability of their study.

However, he said as they’re doing that there should be a subsidiary to the main agenda which is a education they’re pursuing.

“I am convince and happy by your introduction which clearly shows that you have gone far in the University”

“You know the University is a society for academic excellence, having found yourself there, you have surmounted all available levels starting from day one to your present and remaining days in the University”.

“My prayer for all of you is that you will come out be certificated, inshallah, he said.


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Nasarawa Assembly Assures Tertiary Institutions Of Support For  Improved Standard Of Education.



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The Nasarawa  State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology,  has assured tertiary institutions of support for improved standard of education and the overall development of the state.

Hon Daniel Ogazi (APC-Kokona East), the Chairman of the committee gave the assurance on Monday in Lafia when the management of the state College of Education, Akwanga and College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia appeared before the committee to assess their 2020 budget performances.

Ogazi said that the importance of the education sector to societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need  for the committee’s determination to support tertiary institutions in that direction.

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The committee chairman while addressing the managements of the two tertiary institutions said that the exercise was to know their budget performances of the year 2020 with the view of addressing any challenge if discovered.

” This exercise is to assess your 2020 budget performance in preparation of the presentation of 2021 budget by Gov. Abdullahi Sule.

Hon Daniel Ogazi (APC-Kokona East)

” It is when we know your budget performance that it will guide us ahead of 2021  budget.

” This committee is after quality and standard education that is why we will continue to give you the much needed support to succeed.

” As no society will achieve meaningful progress and development without sound education, ” he said.

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Ogazi also urged the managements of the two institutions to ensure that their staff and students adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols when their schools resume.

The chairman assured that the committee would collaborate with the state government to ensure improved standard of education in the state.

He urged the managements of the two schools to be up and doing towards improving on the standard of education in their institutions and the state at large.

Earlier, Dr Roseline Kela and Dr Yahaya Musa Maikeffi,  the interim Administrator of College of Education, Akwanga and Provost, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia while giving an overviews of their school activities said that the outbreak of COVID-19  has affected their schools revenue generation negatively.

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They have assured the committee of their readiness to ensure total compliance to COVID-19 protocols in their schools when they resume.

They have also assured of their continued determination for improved standard of education through embarking on various policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of students and staff of their schools.

Kela, the interim Administrator of College of Education, Akwanga, however, appealed for more classrooms and hostels in the institution in order to create more enabling environment for teaching and learning.

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