Niger State Government To Pay Students’ NECO/WAEC Fees

NigerThe Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has announced the continued payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate examination fees for students in public schools in the state.

This is in fulfilment of the social contract of salvaging and restoring the education sector in the state.

Governor Abubakar Bello directed principals of public secondary schools to maintain government’s policy on payment of examination fee for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE).

The directive was contained in a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace in Minna.

According to the statement, parents of Basic 12 (SS3) students are to pay for either West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or National Examination Councils (NECO), while the state government will be responsible for the other.

With this directive, school principals are permitted to collect the fee for only one of the two examinations.

The Governor directed that school principals should adhere strictly to the policy, warning that any principal that flouts the directive would be dealt with.

The statement concluded by saying that parents are to report any principal that may want to force them to pay for the two examinations.

Senate President Names Chairmen And Vice Chairmen Of Commitees

Saraki-Senate PresidentSenate President, Bukola Saraki, has named 65 Senate committees to oversee various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government.

Senator Saraki also named the Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of these committees.

A total of 41 committees are chaired by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators, while 24 committees are headed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Senate President had in July, directed each Senator to fill forms indicating their interest in the committees they would belong.

He said: “Senators are advised to fill the forms indicating their interest in belonging to the committees of their choice and it is a maximum of five committees per senator.

“The forms will be distributed by the Clerk. You can also take a look at the form and make your submissions to the leader of the senate,” Saraki added.

The naming of the committees, chairmen came a day after the Senate President filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which on October 30 affirmed the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to try him on 13 counts of false assets declaration.

Senator Saraki also filed an application for stay of proceedings urging the Supreme Court to halt the proceedings of the Code of conduct Tribunal to try him for the alleged offences pending when his appeal would be determined.

The Senate President raised seven grounds of appeal in his notice of appeal filed on Tuesday and attached to the application for stay of proceedings.

Lagos Cycling Saddle Challenge To Hold On November 8

lagos cyclingThe Lagos State Cycling Association has announced that the annual Saddle Challenge will hold on Sunday November 8 in Lagos.

No fewer than 250 cyclists from 28 states of the federation will take part in the race.

The race will be competed for in 5 major categories namely: men’s professional, women’s professional, men’s recreational, women’s recreational, clubs and children.

The overall winner of the race will get a cash reward of 2 million naira.

Boko Haram: Bodies Found In Mass Grave At Damasak

boko haramA mass grave containing at least 70 bodies has been found in a town recently recaptured from Boko Haram, Niger and Chad soldier report.

The soldiers said the bodies were found in Damasak in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, a town they entered on Saturday.

Nigeria’s troops had renewed their onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorist after the nation’ general elections were shifted by six weeks to March 28 and April 11.

In an interview with the BBC, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, predicted that all territories would be taken back from the Boko Haram within a month.

“They are getting weaker and weaker by the day,” he said.

The victims, many with their throats slits and some decapitated, may have been killed some time ago, reports suggest.

Chadian army Colonel, Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said he had visited the grave and seen “about 100 bodies spread under a bridge just outside the town”.

Together with the Nigerian Army, forces from Chad, Niger and Cameroon are involved in an offensive against the Islamic militants who are controlling parts of north-eastern Nigeria.

In the renewed offensive, two out of three states, where the Boko Haram terrorists have been trying to establish an Islamic State, have been reclaimed from the Boko Haram terrorists.

Nigeria is preparing to hold presidential elections on 28 March and the Armed Forces, including the Multi Natonal Joint Task Force (MJTF) have reclaimed many towns that have been captured by the terrorist group.

Obiano Charges Contractors To Be Committed To Projects

Willie ObianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has told contractors that he will not sack any of them but is insisting on quality construction without which they will lose their contracts.

He said this in a meeting with all the contractors and consultants handling road and building projects in the state at the Conference Hall of the Government House, Awka.

They were summoned by the Governor to give account of how far they had gone executing the projects with a statement of when they would likely complete them.

The contractors took turns to make their presentations before the Governor, his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the Secretary to the State Government, Oseloka Obaze, and the Commissioner for Works, Calistus Ilozumba.

Reacting to the submission of the contractors and consultants, the Governor expressed satisfaction over their presentations but reminded them that his administration would not tolerate incompetence of any sort.

He made it clear that he did not call the meeting to sack any of them but would do so if he detected non-commitment to delivering quality project to the state.

Mr. Obiano also announced to them the imminent set up of a supervisory team that would ensure their projects are as specified in the contract terms before any further payments would be made to them.

The State Commissioner for Works also urged the contractors to put up the best of performance to guarantee further business dealings, while maintaining that shoddy jobs would not be entertained.

The Governor, closing the meeting, informed the contractors that they would all still meet again to agree on a date of exact delivery on the projects each one of them was handling, as the state would not be kept in suspense for a project they have fully mobilized contractors for.

Cholera kills two in Ekiti

Two people have been confirmed dead in Igbaraodo in Ekiti State as a result of cholera.

The Ekiti State commissioner for health, Olusola Fasuba, who confirmed the report, said that at least over 20 cases of cholera has been reported in the state.

According to Mr Fasuba, the case of cholera was first noticed when some residents complained of vomiting and diarrhea.
He added that the victims are currently receiving treatment from various hospitals in the town and that the situation is currently under control.

The commissioner further said Ministry of Health has dispatched a rapid response team to the town, led by the director, of disease control, Ayodele Seluwa.

He said that his team have visited those receiving treatment and also other victims are hospitalized.
The Ministry of Health has sent messages to residents to work on their hygiene situation.