Yahaya Idris, Lafia.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria, Nasarawa state chapter, has distanced itself from the planned protests by some youth groups over the alleged embezzlement of N1b released for the renovation of public schools in Nasarawa state.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday at the Ibrahim Abacha Youth Centre, Lafia, the state Chairman of the National Youth Council, Idris Ojoko, accused the Coalition of Concerned Nasarawa Youths and Nasarawa State First Unity Forum of unnecessary interference in the ongoing Investigation in to the matter by the State House of Assembly.
“As the apex youths body in charge of managing youths affairs in the state, we are dismayed by such developments by these groups who are not known to us as a Council or to any law of the state and or the Federation”, the Chairman said.
He alleged that the two acclaimed youth bodies are planning to hold massive protests across the streets of Lafia, beginning from Wednesday 25th of March, 2020 with Ibrahim Abacha Youth Center as the take off point.
While condemning the planned protest, Ojoko disowned the groups as neither registered nor affiliated to the Youth Council of the State as the law demands before any operation.
“They are also unknown to any law of the state and or the federation to be registered. They are as such constituting nuisance, threat to peace, security and other fundamental human rights of the people in the State,” he disclosed.
According to Ojoko, “the Youth Council of Nasarawa State is not an opposition of the State Government. One of the mandates of the Council is to influence the policies of government as well as advising the government on issues of public interest especially the ones that concerns the youth;
“We commend the efforts of the State House of Assembly in their efforts at bringing sanity and financial prudence to the state. It’s one of their constitutional duties as to check of the other arms of the government and we as a matter of fact are supporting the Committee for an uninterrupted and unbiased findings to a logical conclusion of the matter. We therefore condemn any action either in support or against the process before the outcome of the Committee,” the Chairman explained.
The youth body said it still holds the SSG, Hon Aliyu Tijani who is being alleged as innocent until the Committee proved otherwise.
They however commended the State House of Assembly for inviting the SSG and the Hon Commissioner for Education to state their respective positions on the matter;
The Council also believe that none of the groups, persons or Organizations planning to protest either in support or against the matter has any verifiable facts or records on the matter.
The Youth Council observed that “it will be very unfair to both the State House of Assembly and the SSG for anyone or group to pass a judgement or take an action now on the matter while an Adhoc Committee constituted by the State House of Assembly is already conducting an investigation on the said matter. The findings by this Committee might indicts or exonerate the SSG of the said allegation.”
“Youth Council as the apex and responsible body view with all sense of responsibility the negatives implication of protest. We appeal to all parties concerned directly or otherwise to adhere to due process in finding out the truth.
Ojoko therefore called on the relevant security agencies in the state to restrain any group of youths constituting themselves unlawfully to the detriment of peace and security in the state through the planned protests that will begin from today Wednesday.
We therefore urge all the persons, groups or Organizations involved in the planned protests to restrain from making further derogatory statements or taking action that may interfere or jeopardize the outcome of the State House of Assembly Committee findings and the relative peace we are enjoying in the State.
Zulum Declines Naming Orchard After Himself, Honours Former Governor Shettima
Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday declined the naming of an orchard after him by the Ministry of Environment. He however, directed the orchard located at the Borno State University to be named after his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima.
“The Commissioner had just announced naming of the University orchard after me, instead, I have directed the orchard to be named after my predecessor. He established this University and therefore, in recognition of his tremendous achievements, I personally want to name this orchard after His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima”, Zulum said.
Governor Zulum was speaking during a flag off of 1,000,000 tree planting campaign across the state in response to changing ecosystem and climate conditions.
This year’s tree planting campaign which is the first of its kind in the last ten years become necessary due to pressures from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion, poverty, and insecurity, Zulum noted.
The Governor added that human activities like bush burning, illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on the already fragile ecosystem thereby threatening food security.
Governor Zulum expressed concern on the desertification facing Borno State, stating that his administration is committed to reversing the scenario.
The Governor further said, “Government has already commenced raising of some seedlings, with the annual one kilometre desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of Environment.
Zulum also announced a policy under which all construction should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impacts of such developmental projects.
Besides, the governor also made a symbolic presentation of an alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers and wood-efficient stoves.
The campaign which kicked off at the Borno State University premises after more than 10 years was attended by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, Chief of Staff, Government House, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, Head of Service Barr. Simon Malgwi among other top government officials.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Lawan Buba Walama said one million assorted trees including those with commercial values will be planted in nine Local Government Areas.
TETFUND Commends Gov. Bello On Confluence Science & Tech Varsity, Promises Support
The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof Elias Bogoro has commended the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State.
Prof Bogoro who received Governor Bello who was on a working visit to his office, stated that the effort of the state governor in establishing a specialised university in the state was a laudable one, assuring that the agency will give maximum support to the new university.
Prof Bogoro said TETFUND has core objective of providing funding for educational facilities and infrastructural developments across the country.
He said the mandate of TETFUND also include promoting creative and innovative approach to educational learning and services and to stimulate, support and enhance improvement activities in the educational foundation areas, like teachers’ education, teaching practice, library development and special education programmes.
He noted the Confluence Univeristy of Science and Techmology which is a specialised tertiary institution will enjoy the support of the agency just like all other tertiary institutions in the country.
Prof Bogoro said the idea of setting up a university of science and technology by the state government was a well-thought out one, noting that it will bridge the human capacity gap in the nation’s industries.
Earlier, the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello stated that the aim of his visit was to brief the Executive Secretary of the agency on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, and to as well seek supports for the rapid development of the institution. The Governor disclosed that funds necessary for the takeoff of the school project have been earmarked but stressed that agency such as TETFUND and relevant international organisations are called upon to assist in the development of the new institution. He said in an era where almost everything are done with technology, an institutions like the Confluence University of Science and Technology will provide the needed manpower for the country in her technological advancement.
It will be recalled that governor Bello had in August 2020 assented to the bill for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology earlier passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly.
Education: Nasarawa State To Benefit From FG Education Project For Out Of School Women.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the state has all its takes to benefit from a Universal Basic Education project of the Federal Government for out of school women.
Sule revealed this when he received in audience wives of legislators of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, under the auspices of legislators wives association, LEWA in Lafia today.
He said that the project would enable the out of school women to acquired knowledge and skills for self reliance and societal development.
Appreciating the visit of the wives of members of the state Assembly, the governor said as a government that is committed towards ensuring an inclusive society, the activities of the association is in line with the focus of meeting the needs of downtrodden members of the society.
“My administration is committed to inclusive society to enable citizens contribute their quota to the development of the state,” he said.
Affirming that his administration enjoys cordial relationship with members of the state assembly, the governor urged the wives of the legislators to continue to play supportive roles to their husbands.
He used the medium to inform them on the inclusion of Nasarawa State among States that would benefit from the Universal Basic Education Project, captioned “Second Chance School Initiative” designed to cater for the education needs of out of school women.
Leading the delegation, wife of the speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Balarabe explained that they were at the Government house in solidarity with the governor’s commitment to the development of the state as well as the attention accorded the development of women and children.
She said the association is registered and is aimed at pursuing issues that affect the welbeing of women and children.
The wife of the speaker of the state assembly also commended the cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms of Government in the state and called for its sustenance.
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