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Nasarawa Will Remain Endangered As Long As It Depends On Federal  Allocation, Says Engineer Sule

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By Our Reporter, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has called on the people of the state to support his administration as it works toward making the state self-reliant in terms of revenue generation.

Engineer Sule made the call while speaking at the educational and entrepreneurship summit, organized by the Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA), which held in Lafia, on Wednesday.

 

According to the Governor, until Nasarawa State wakes up to become independent of the federal allocation, the state will remain in danger.

Engineer Sule, who used the moment to particularly appealed to elders in the state to support his administration in this area, stressed that governance entails more than collecting federal allocation and paying salaries.

“We should not just be satisfied and happy that we are getting money free.

“For some of us that spent our lives in the oil industry, this oil is going down. Whether we like it or not, one day all this federal allocation that is coming, will not come.

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“We have to wake up to be able to say we are independent and that we are generating our revenue by ourselves,” the Governor said.

While being optimistic that the state is at an advantage, having being endowed with mineral resources, agriculture, as well as its proximity to the federal capital, Engineer Sule called on the elders to not only identify with but support the vision of his administration aimed at taking Nasarawa State to the next level of development.

Speaking on the summit, with the theme: Improving Education and Developing Entrepreneurship, Engineer Sule highlighted on the plan by his administration to improve on public schools structures, as well as ensure that only competent and qualified teachers are employed to teach, particularly at the primary school level.

While lamenting the prevailing decay in both structure and quality of education in public schools, the Governor said he would have failed if with his present position, he didn’t do something to bring back public schools to its past glory.

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“Schools are more than structures. We have to be able to provide them with the right teachers, trained teachers, who will be able to train these students, especially at the primary school level,” he said.

Engineer Sule further urged people of the state to support his administration as it moves to address the challenge facing public schools in the area of unqualified teachers, stressing that already a committee has been put in place to take needs assessments across all public schools.

In a welcome address, state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fati Sabo Jimeta, described the theme of the summit as apt and significant, as according to her, it captures two fundamental factors in the development of any country.

Hajiya Fati commended the Governor for being physically present at the event, saying it’s a testimony of the seriousness the administration attaches to the issue of youth development.

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Organizer of the summit and NASSA National President, Comrade Faruk Tanko Tunga, noted that in today’s society, personal skills are the selling points, which explains the theme of the summit.

Tunga who commended the Governor to allocating 26 percent of the state’s 2020 budget to education, prayed that at the end of the summit, ideas will emerge to throw more light on how to further improve education in the state, as well as provide students with entrepreneurial focus to have alternative prospects in careers and professions after graduation.

The summit was attended by top government functionaries, including the Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule, traditional rulers, students and pupils from across the state, as well as resources persons drawn from across the academia and business community, including Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma and Dr. Suleiman Nchi , all of the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK).

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ICPC Clarifies Chairman’s Speech on N2.7Billion School Feeding Diverted

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Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, ICPC Chairman.

 

The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some reports making the rounds on a segment of the speech delivered by the ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, yesterday, Monday, 28th September 2020 at its 2nd National Submit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector. The said reports erroneously implied that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs diverted monies meant for Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.

In the speech, Professor Owasanoye stated inter alia, ‘’… we discovered payments to some federal colleges (secondary schools) for school feeding in the sum of N2.67b during the lockdown when the children were not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts. We have commenced investigations into these findings’’.

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The Commission wishes to clarify that the “school feeding” referred to by the Chairman of ICPC was the feeding of boarding students in Federal Government Colleges, who were all at home during the COVID-19 lockdown. This is NOT the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme being managed by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The Commission had discovered through its review of publications on the Open Treasury Portal that statutory monthly allocations meant for the feeding of secondary school students of SOME Federal Government Colleges were diverted into personal accounts.

This statement is issued for the purpose of clarifying the statement of the Hon. Chairman. Consequently, the general public is hereby advised to disregard the said reports suggesting reference to the school feeding programme going on in primary schools. The full speech of the Chairman can be downloaded from the Commission’s website at www.icpc.gov.ng.

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Military Retires 256 Soldiers, Prepares Others For Post-Service Life (Full List)

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Global Times Nigeria reports that after 35 years of service to the nation, 256 Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the Nigerian military were on Friday retired in a colourful celebration.

The retirement of the 256 followed several months of courses on reintegration to civil life, entrepreneurship and other skills acquisition programmes at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.

According to reports, the retirees were drawn from the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Navy (NN) and Nigerian Air Force (NAF). They were hosted to a combined passing out ceremony with 26 Generals and 47 mid-level officers who underwent management and entrepreneurship courses also at NAFRC.

It was gathered, 76 officers, were penciled for the courses they took to prepare them for retirement since they do not have many years in the civil service.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin while speaking at the ceremony, urged the retirees to be unrelenting in their support to security agencies particularly in the area of community intelligence gathering.

Reminding them of the recently approved enhanced welfare packages for retiring members of the Armed Forces by President Muhammadu Buhari, Olonisakin reminded them of the need to stay loyal and dedicated to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Olonisakin commended NAFRC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar and other staff for ensuring that Armed Forces personnel were exposed to the latest trends in global entrepreneurship and management training.

“I am aware of the reviewed curriculum designed to enhance the management and entrepreneurial skills of the participants. I urge the Commandant to continue these laudable initiatives for high quality human resource development that will be gainful to our personnel and society at large,” said the CDS.

In his welcome remarks, AVM Lar the retirees where the stream one of the second batch for this year. He praised them for their unblemished military service, adding them to remain disciplined, law abiding and worthy ambassadors of the centre.

Lar who led dignitaries at the event round the centre for inauguration of some of the projects executed since his assumption of office in January, said he was glad to have officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Defence Intelligence Agencies (DIA) participate in the courses for the first time ever.

“When l assumed command of this centre in January this year, my first impression was that this is a well-positioned centre with capacity to optimally deliver on its core mandate of vocational training not just for retiring personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) but also for all Nigerians as well as the West African sub region.

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“Pursuant to this objective, I immediately developed my vision of command which is to harness the available human and infrastructural capital to transform NAFRC into a word class centre of excellence for international best practice in vocational training. The implementation of this vision was anchored on a three pronged approach of reengineering the people, processes and systems.

“Towards achieving this objective, my first emphasis was to develop and improve different aspects of our human capital resource. Next step was to update the training curricula of the various workshops in line with contemporary practices. As a corollary to this, several of the workshops had to be upgraded and equipped with modern and up to date equipment for training.

“To complement the already existing vocational workshops, l approved the introduction of new vocational workshops in paint making, communications equipment repairs and floriculture. My emphasis was also on maintaining and improving the physical and social infrastructure of the centre.

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“On completion of the three anchors of my vision, l thereafter sought and obtained Defence Headquarters (DHQ) authorisation to admit members of para military agencies as well as government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to carry out training in NAFRC.

“In line with my firm belief that NAFRC is adequately poised to train all Nigerians with vocational skills, the centre in conjunction with the Mushin Local Government Council has successfully conducted various vocational training for citizens in Mushin Local Government as well as youths in different military barracks across Nigeria.

“Specifically, the centre’s Agriculture Wing has conducted training and cultivated several economic trees and vegetable farms in Nigerian Army Cantonment Ojo, NAF Base Ikeja while that of the Navy Town Ojo is being finalised. This same gesture has also been extended to several other military formations in Abuja, Bauchi, Kaduna, Makurdi and Kerang in Plateau State…” he said.

Also at the ceremony were a former CDS, Gen. Alexander Ogomudia (rtd.), Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.Gen. Godwin Umelo and Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command, AVM Lawal Alao, among others.

 

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Lagos Assembly Gets First Female Sergeant-At-Arm

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Mrs. Oyindamola Olorogun made history Monday, September 28, 2020, as the first female Sergeant-at-Arm to carry the Mace (Symbol of Authority in Legislative House) in Lagos House of Assembly.

She was the cynosure of all eyes at the plenary session yesterday when her sonorous voice reverberated through the Chambers as she shouted, “Order! Mr. Speaker”.

Not a few members including, members from Bornu State House of Assembly were taken aback when she led Mr. Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa into the Chambers for the day’s proceedings.

Mrs. Olorogun is one of the female members of the Sergeant-at-Arms Corps of Lagos House of Assembly.

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The 33 years old mother of two is an HND graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic,  Abeokuta.

She joined the Lagos House of Assembly Service Commission in 2019.

 

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