Abducted Zamfara College Students Regain Freedom

 

The abducted students of the College Of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, Zamfara State, have regained their freedom, 12 days after gunmen whisked them away from the institution.

According to Governor Bello Matawalle, the students were released on Friday through the help of some repentant bandits.

“Today, based on our dialogue and reconciliation, we used the repentant bandits to secure the release of these students,” he said.

“They have worked hard for almost 10 days. They are out day and night to make sure that they convinced those criminals to release those students and their teachers. (Alhamdulillah), today they are in our midst”.

The students were brought to the Government House in Gusau in a bus amid heavy security and were received by the governor and top officials of the state.

 

Gunmen had stormed the institution around 11:00 pm on August 15 and kidnapped 20 people – 15 students, four staff members, and a driver.

During the attack, the gunmen killed two watchmen and a police officer.

Days later, amid outrage and condemnation of yet another attack on schools in the country, the abductors demanded the sum of N350 million for the release of those abducted.

 

 

Upon receiving the students on Friday, Governor Matawalle, however, said that no ransom was paid for their release.

Meanwhile, the governor has ordered the closure of all major markets in the state.

He also ordered that all filling stations in local areas be shut down, adding that there should be no selling of fuel even in jerry cans.

A front view of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science which is in Bakura Local Government Area.

 

Gov. Ahmed Signs 2017 Budget Into Law

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has assented to 160.9billion Naira 2017 budget as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at his office, Governor Ahmed said with the signing of the budget into law, his administration will commence execution of some major capital projects immediately, starting with the new campuses of Kwara State University (KWASU) and all other major projects across the state.

“I want to assure you that as we sign the budget into law, we will hit the ground running.

“In this regard, some major capital projects slated for execution this year will be flagged-off from next week.

“We will start with the campuses of Kwara State University, we are building for Ilorin School of Governance, College of Agriculture in Ilesha-Baruba and of course, the Osi Campus.

“We will also be flagging-off the dual carriage roads and all other projects”, he said.

Ahmed said his government is working round the clock to ensure that funding for the budget is made available through the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for optimal implementation of the appropriation law.

He also said he will uphold adherence to the provisions of the budget, while commending the House of Assembly for its professional approach to legislative function.

Dr. Ahmed said the House will however be approached for supplementary appropriation where the need arises.

Earlier, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad said the House has passed a budget of 160.9 billion Naira with over 90billion Naira devoted to capital expenditure where all the indices put in place by international organisations are present.

He said it is a budget that will be different from all the budgets earlier passed in the state.

Hon. Ahmad stated that with the injection of significant capital expenditure into the economy, the state will surely move out of recession faster than expected.

It will be recalled that Governor Ahmed presented the 2017 budget estimate of 135,064,529,461 billion Naira to members of the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval on December 29, 2016.

However, the approved budget was increased by the House to 160.9billion Naira, with 90.1billion Naira voted for capital expenditure, while 70.7billion Naira was allocated to recurrent expenditure.

97 Students Renounce Cult Membership In Nasarawa

97 Students Renounce Cult Membership In NasarawaAbout 97 students from five tertiary institutions in Nasarawa state have renounced their cult membership and are starting a new life.

The renouncement was influenced by the National Campus Cult Eradication Foundation in conjunction with the Nigeria Police.

National coordinator of the foundation, Samuel Ejembi, told Channels Television that the objective of the foundation is to expose the ills of cultism to members.

He said that the cultists were students from the Federal University, Lafia (FUL); Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia (NSPL), College of Agriculture, Lafia (COAL), College of Education, Akwanga (COEA) and the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), respectively.

He said that since inception in 2011, this NGO has rehabilitated 12,000 cultists from various tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

One of the repentant cultists appealed to other members to shun the act, saying it has no gain.

He said that he fell into the act of cultisim through the influence of his friends but had regretted all that he had done.

Imo polytechnic receives N7.8 million book donation

The Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo has received books worth N7.8million donated by Dorena Books Centre, a multinational book publishing company, as its corporate social responsibility in supporting education in Nigeria.

Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Adaobi Obasi said the donations of the books will go a long way to support the reading culture of the students and boast their interest in research as well as fast track the accreditation process of some courses in the school.

Mrs. Obasi added that the funding of education in the country should not be left for the government to do; she called on well-meaning citizens of the state to take advantage of the public private partnership initiative and help develop the education sector in the state to order to meet up with world standard.

The polytechnic was formerly a College of Agriculture but was converted four years ago to its current status.

Rector of the school, Rev. Wence Madu said it is the first time in the history of the school that such a donation is being made to the library.

He further disclosed that the donation is out of divine providence as it will put the school in good light with the visit of the national regulatory body (National Universities Commission) one week away.

The body will be visiting in order to accredit 12 more programmes for the school.

Dorena said the donation is aimed to key into the public private partnership initiative of the Imo state government.

The presentation took place at the school premises in Umuagwo, Ohaji Egbema local government area of the state.