The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Friday, assented to the bills for the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara and the Central Reference Hospital, Okene which were passed by the State House of Assembly respectively.
The Governor, while performing the function in his office, said the importance of education and health to the society could not be overemphasized.
He reiterated the fact that the world economy was gravitating from being theoretical based to more advanced and practical innovative -driven style of knowledge acquisition, stressing that the University would serve as a specialized institution that would provide the much needed manpower for the ever increasing industries within and outside the country.
Governor Bello promised that his administration would devote the much needed resources, time and dedication to ensure that the people oriented project was commissioned before the expiration of his tenure.
In the same vein, the Governor also signed the bill for the establishment of Central Reference Hospital Okene as part of his administration’s efforts towards boosting healthcare delivery in the state.
Governor Bello said that he had earlier signed into law, the Kogi State Health Insurance Scheme which he noted, will guarantee every citizen of the state access to quality health services within the state.
Earlier, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mathew Kolawole, while commenting on the two bills stated that the bills were of immense value to the people of the state as it will enhance a robust educational and public health sector.
He commended the governor for assenting to the bills, while thanking members of the assembly for meticulous consideration of the bills for swift passage.
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.
Education Is A Pivotal To All Round Development- Gov Sule
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has said that with education being pivotal to development, getting it right in the sector, will lead the state to finding its bearing in all its development aspirations.
Engineer Sule stated this while inaugurating an all important committee on education sector development plan, at the Government House, on Wednesday.
While describing the event as a watershed in the determination of his administration to uplift the state to a new level of development, the Governor stressed that also informed the decision of the state government to commit substantial percentage of the 2020 budget to education.
According to Engineer Sule, the conception, composition and inauguration of the committee, was geared towards providing the impetus for the administration to actualize its vision in the state’s education sector.
The Governor emphasized that the recommendations contained in the report by an earlier technical committee that carried out baseline survey of public primary and secondary schools in the state, will serve as guide to the education sector development plan committee.
On the composition of the committee, Engineer Sule explained that government was meticulous while selecting members of the committee, comprising of broad spectrum of professionals both from within and outside the state.
The Governor used the opportunity of the event to reiterate the commitment of his administration towards uplifting science and technical education in the state, following which there is ongoing renovation and upgrading of science and technical schools.
While congratulating members of the newly inaugurated committee, Engineer Sule however reminded them that the people of the state look up to them with hope and great expectations, in the collective bid to turn around the education sector for the better.
The committee which is to be chaired by the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Fati Jimeta Sabo, has 12 weeks within which to submit its report and is to be guided by 11 terms of reference including:
1. Appraising the implementation of free education, school feeding, adult education, special education, as well as Family Life Health Education (FLHE) in terms of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, impact and sustainability in line with the goal of the Nasarawa State Economic Development Strategy (NEDS) and make appropriate recommendations.
2. Examine level of infrastructure decay in post primary institutions, particularly in science designated schools, vocational and relevant technology centres, technical schools and ICT centres in the state and recommend measures for their upgrading in line with the current needs and realities of the state.
3. To consider, as a deliberate policy, the setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for preparation of candidates of Nasarawa State origin for admission into tertiary institutions through direct entry of JAMB, with emphasis on specialized professional discipline in engineering, medicine, ICT and make appropriate recommendations.
FCTA: 2 Dedicated, Hard-Work Corp Members Get Automatic Employment, Bags FCT Ministerial Award For Outstanding Performance.
…. The administration will therefore continue to appreciate those who have worked harder to promote the unity of this country.
In a bid to reward and honored those who have distinguished themselves through dedication to duty, hard-work and loyalty, two corp members of batch B 2019, Miss Ilori Ayotola Deborah, batch number FCT/19B/5861 and Mr. Ilozumba Patrick Chiagozie, batch number FC/19B/6140, have gained automatic employment into the services of FCT Administration for their outstanding performance during their one year mandatory youth service in the territory.
The corp members also bagged ministerial award in recognition of their immense contributions to rural communities especially during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting the award to the deserving corps members, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commended them for exhibiting what she described as “consciousness and selflessness” during their one year mandatory service.
A statement by Austine Elemue,
SA Media To FCT Minister of Stat, said the Hon. Minister used the occasion to pledge that the FCT Administration would continue to appreciate those who have worked hard to promote the unity of this country especially during service year, stressing that the NYSC scheme has continued to foster unity among different ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
According to Aliyu, “Today marks another milestone in the history of our younger ones especially the two outstanding corps members. During the processes of growth, we all look forward to a time when we will be appreciated, a period where someone will tap you on the shoulder and say you have done well.
“Today happens to be the day for these young lads. You will get so many awards and laurels with the way you are going and with your antecedent, the sky is the limit for both of you. From your citations, you have exhibited consciousness and selflessness in service.
“Nobody will hear about you if you choose to carry out your normal duties, but you must do extraordinary things to be treated extraordinary. The Governing Board finds you worthy for this honour, and I have no doubt in my mind that you deserves this award after listening to your citations.
“You are indeed outstanding. When I listened to the citation of Ilori Ayotola Deborah, I was really proud of a young beautiful lady who is selfless and committed to duty.
The administration will therefore continue to appreciate those who have worked harder to promote the unity of this country. The period of youth service, ushers you into a completely new environment, new culture, new faces to cohabit with and understand and learn from each other.
“Once again, we appreciate you for your outstanding performance and to inform you that there is always a space for you in the FCT Administration. We are waiting for your response because you must make FCT proud and I will be the happiest person to see you among those that will be receiving the presidential award. The two corps members, if interested should be engaged in the services of FCT Administration and I believe that it will encourage other corps members to stand-out”.
Earlier in her remarks, the Acting Secretary of FCT Social Development Secretariat, Mrs. Delichukwu Onyedima, said corps member Ilori Ayotola Deborah, who hails from Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti state was born on February 27, 1994. Ilori, had her tertiary education at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state where she studied Linguistics, and served as Welfare Coordinator of the Youth Support Network. A Nigerian Youth Forum targeted at reproduction health of young adolescents. She was also a member of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) CDs group.
While corps member, Ilozumba Patrick Chiagozie, who hails from Anambra state graduated from Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka where he obtained a degree in Fine and Applied Art and passed out with a Second Class Upper. He was deployed to the Federal Capital Territory for his youth service and posted to Federal Inland Revenue Service for his primary assignment. He served as a Federal Engagement and Enlightenment Tax Team Officer.
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