13 States Complete N-Power Verification

13 States Complete NPower Verification13 states of Nigeria’s federation have submitted verified lists of graduates engaged under the N-Power job creation programme of the federal government.

This comes as the government prepares to commence the payment of monthly stipends to the 200,000 graduates drawn from all 36 states.

A statement from the Office of the Vice President says some of the graduates have been deployed to their primary places of assignment, and payment of the 30,000 naira stipends will commence this month.

The states that have completed the verification include Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross Rivers, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina and Kogi States.

Ogun Govt. Begins Verification Of N-Power Applicants

N-power, OgunThe Ogun State government has commenced the verification exercise for the 5,799 beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s social welfare and employment generation scheme, N-Power.

Channels Television crew, who visited some of the verification centres across the three senatorial districts of the state, said unemployed graduates subjected themselves to the screening exercise.

The verification of certificates and other documents was carried out to ascertain the eligibility of the applicants in the state in southwest Nigeria.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor, Mrs Tinuola Sopeju, briefed a gathering on the process of the exercise on Thursday.

Mrs Sopeju explained that the beneficiaries would be clustered into three groups according to their areas of competence.

The beneficiaries are expected to get the sum of 30,000 naira monthly as stipend under the social welfare and empowerment programme.

Some of the applicants commended the government for the initiative.

They also asked for the extension of the programme beyond the stipulated duration of two years.

Flood Kills Seven-Year-Old In Nasarawa State

Flood, NasarawaSome residents of Kuruduma community in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, North Central Nigeria are counting their losses after flood ravaged their area.

One person has been confirmed dead and several others wounded in the floodwaters that swept through the settlement.

The dead seven-year-old boy, along with his other siblings, were said to have sought refuge in the ceiling of an apartment while the flood lasted but was found dead thereafter.

In the absence of the deceased father, Moses Felix, the landlord of the house, Gabriel Oche, narrated what happened, as he took Channels Television crew to the room where the incident occurred.

The deluge also swept away many houses and property.

A Computer Science student at the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Oluchi Emmanuel, spoke about how she tried to recover her personal computer and what was left of her personal belongings as a result of the flood.

Another resident of the community said that the only option for them was to wade through the muddy water, as not even the bridge built through communal effort was spared.

While a teenager, Nana Ahmed, narrated how she managed to escape death during the disaster, the traditional ruler of the community, Mr Ahmad Bako, said they are in dire need of assistance from the state and local authorities.

The Chairman, Interim Committee of Karu Local Government, Yin Allah Vundabo Iya, visited the community to assess the extent of damage.

He assured the flood victims that steps were being taken to alleviate their sufferings.

Educationists Underate UBE In Bayelsa State

UBE, Bayelsa StateEducationists in Bayelsa State say the Universal Basic Education (UBE) has not done as much as was expected in the state.

Although they lauded the programme, the academics believe the pitiable condition of the government-owned public schools had led to an increase in the number and patronage of private- own schools in Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria.

They alleged that the involvement of politicians in the implementation process had brought the education sector to a state of decay.

The educationists further requested for an immediate intervention, with special reference to the primary and secondary schools in the oil-rich state.

A former State Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers, Mr Alabo Erewari, lamented that the UBE in Bayelsa State was not effective.

He noted that the state had been selective in its interpretation of the programme, stressing that it has not comprehensively implemented the programme.

The Principal of Agudama Comprehensive High School in Agudama-Ekpetiama, Mrs Akanyo Dorcas, also said that schools in Bayelsa State were now in a worse situation.

Channels Television crew which visited some of the primary and secondary schools in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, said that the structures were in dire need of renovation.

The UBE programme, which was launched by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on September 30, 1999, was intended to be universal, free, and compulsory.

The goal of the programme is to provide functional, universal, and quality education for all Nigerians irrespective of age, sex, race, religion, occupation, or location.

The UBE programme was implemented in Bayelsa State to significantly improve the education deficit in the state.

Criticisms Trail New Petrol Price in Southwest Nigeria

petrol, Premium Motor SpiritNigerians in the southwest have expressed displeasure with the new price band of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.

Residents in Osogbo, Osun State’s capital woke up on Thursday morning to a protest by operators of commercial mini buses popularly known as ‘Korope’, in response to the 145 Naira per litre price band of petrol announced by the Federal Government.

‎The operators between the hours of 8:00AM and 12 noon, parked their buses along the roads in the town to protest the new pump price, leaving people going to their offices and businesses stranded.

They also used the medium to create awareness for the increase in transport fares from the range of 30 and 50 Naira to 50 and 80 Naira, depending on the distance.

Some of the commercial operators, Omoloye Oladapo and Tajudeen Olayemi, stressed that buying petrol at the rate of 145 Naira would definitely lead to increase in transportation fare.

A resident of Osogbo, Abdulkareem Olatunji, ‎described the decision of the commercial drivers to down tool for some hours as unfair to the people, saying that it has affected their daily activities.

Residents of Ibadan in Oyo State are also crying out to the Federal Government to critically examine its decision on the fuel price increase, to alleviate the suffering of the masses.

Going round the Ibadan metropolis, Channels Television crew found few petrol service stations selling at the new price band of 145 Naira per litre while majority were not selling.

Some of the motorists said that they had been on queue as early as 5:00AM in some filling stations without a hope of getting fuel.

Outrage and frustration were some of the emotions expressed by residents who spoke to Channels Television on the new price of petrol.

Police Nab Ritualists, Fraudsters In Oyo State

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has arrested some fraudsters cum ritualists in their hideout situated in Ona Ara Local Government Area of the state.

The Special Ambush Squad alongside the Anti-kidnapping Squad which was led by the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, succeeded in making the arrests without bloodshed.

One of the suspects, Ismael Adesina, a 42-year-old man who was arrested at the scene of crime, confessed to duping people for over five years in a compound set in the thick jungles of Isase after Badeku community in Ona Ara LG.

Fake foreign currencies, charms, machetes and other criminal items were also recovered from the den which looked more like a ritualist haven.

Channels Television crew were able to take shots from a safe distance where the squad took positions to smoke out the suspects.

The traditional head of the Isase village where the shrine is located expressed shock at the discovery and promised that the community would ensure the demolition of the place.

Meanwhile, Mr Katsina has said that his command will not relent in efforts to wipe out crime, adding that the intelligence led operations of his special squad made the arrests possible just before they committed another crime.

Osun Police Begin Investigation Into Channels TV Crew Attack

ChannelsThe Osun State Police Command said it has commenced investigation into the crisis which led to the attack on Channels Television Crew on Tuesday.

Channels Television camera was confiscated by the hoodlums who perpetrated the attack.

The crew was attacked after pandemonium broke out on Tuesday morning at the entrance o‎f the Osun State government office Abeere, following the order and counter order of strike by the two factions of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state.

The crisis got heated up when a faction of the union and its workers reported for work against the order of the erstwhile Chairman of the TUC, ‎Comrade Francis Adetunji.

Channels TV’s correspondent reported that ‎they arrived at the Police headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital as early as 8am on Wednesday, noting that they were still there as at the time of this ‎report.

The police officer who spoke off camera said two suspects had been apprehended in connection with the mayhem and confirmed that the confiscated camera had been found but damaged.



Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Closed Down As Students Protest

Rufus-Giwa-PolytechnicThe authorities of the Ondo State have closed down the state owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo  following a protest by the students against the decision of the authorities to ensure that students who have not paid their school fees will not take part in the unified mid semester test.

Despite heavy downpour on Tuesday, some of the students were seen leaving the campus following the two week break declared by the polytechnic authorities before Channels Television crew got to the institution premises.

The security officials of the institution, despite the rain, conducted Channels TV crew around some of the buildings touched by the angry students.

Some lecture rooms, a commercial bank on the campus and a female hall of residence were touched by the students.

The Rector of the Polytechnic, Profession Igbekele Ajibefun, says the mid-semester test which the students were protesting against had been cancelled.

He insisted that the protest was hijacked by some hoodlums who were not students of the polytechnic.

On his part, the Students’ Union President, Akin Ayepala, said the protest was due to the condition the institution’s authority put on the mid-semester test.

Normalcy has since returned to the campus as the management and Students’ Union Government have decided to embark on dialogue to settle the dispute that resulted in the protest.