Gov. Dickson Launches Operation Change NDU

Environmental SanitationThe Bayelsa state government has flagged off a special programme intended to provide infrastructure in its territory institutions, with a donation of 500 million Naira to the Senate building project of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma.

The state governor, Seriake Dickson, who made the presentation of the cheque while performing the ground-breaking ceremony for the Senate building and a three kilometer internal road project at the University’s permanent site, assured that, the government would aggressively pursue the implementation of the programme, to give the institutions the desired face-lift.

Describing the NDU as a foremost university in Ijaw land, he said, “The Government has already made provision for the programme in the 2017 Budget by setting aside 10billion Naira as infrastructure development fund in all the tertiary institutions”.

“More than 50 percent of this amount will be channeled to the provision of critical infrastructure at the university, to create a befitting environment for academic activities”.

The Governor, who disclosed that about 50billion Naira has been expended on various educational projects and programmes in the last five years, especially at the primary and secondary school levels, said, his administration would now focus on investing on high quality infrastructures at the tertiary level.

While launching what he called, “Operation Change NDU”, Governor Dickson charged the contractor to deliver the two projects according to specifications within one year.

In their separate remarks, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewrudjakpo and his Education counterpart, Mr. Markson Fefegha, expressed confidence in the government’s ability to replicate its achievements in the secondary school sub-sector, in terms of infrastructure development at the tertiary level.

According to Mr. Ewrudjakpo, the three kilometre road project, which is expected to be completed in nine months, is designed to link the old and new campuses of the university.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the Niger Delta University, Prof. Humphrey Ogoni, expressed delight at the flag off of the projects, noting that, their completion would not only give face-lift, but also attract respect to the institution.

Police Parade Notorious Armed Robber In Cross River

The Cross River State Police Command, has paraded a notorious armed robber by name, Ukame Ubong alias “Ability”.

He was rearrested by the command after escaping from court.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, he said, the suspect is a native of Akwa Ibom state, he is an expert in snatching of Jeeps and other sophisticated cars across the state.

“Ability and his gang members specialize in the snatching of so many Jeeps within Cross River state and beyond and some of these jeeps he takes them down to Akwa Ibom, Abuja to dispose.

“The suspect is presently with us and will be charged to court at the end of our Investigation. Meanwhile, we are now tracing all the Jeeps that he has so far robbed from people”.

Briefing Channels Television at the State CID in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, the CP said they also paraded a female suspect who kidnapped a three-year-old boy in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on December 2016.

“On January 4, 2017, Mary Samuel of Ndunikpa Etoi Village in Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state was arrested in connection with the kidnap of a three-year-old David Aniefiok since December 16, 2016.

“The Child was rescued alive and he has been reunited with his family, though he is presently sick”, the CP said.

Condemning a system where criminals who are charged to court find their way out of prison, the CP said, “The case of armed robbery is a very serious offence so, at any given time such suspects are been taken to court, enough security should be given most especially by those whose responsibility is to take them to court.

“Similarly, the court itself should do everything possible to ensure adequate security.

“If those who took them to court cannot provide adequate security, they should reach out to us. One has to be very serious especially when it has to do with crime and criminality”, he concluded.

The CP further briefed that, the command has arrested four suspects for the stealing of Airtel Fibre Cables in Odukpani Local Government Area of the State worth 32million Naira.

According to him, the police remains committed towards the fight against crime across Cross River state.

Deputy Speaker, Lasun Empowers 150 Youths In ICT Training

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun,

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun, has distributed about 150 laptops and printers to people of his constituency in Osogbo. 

The items are for those who graduated from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training programme, to help enhance their skills in ICT.

He affirmed that without productive engagement of about 45million Nigerians, the country’s economy will remain stagnant .

The programme tagged: “ICT Training Programme on Desktop Publishing, National Information Technology and Development Agency”, was held for youths of Olorunda, Osogbo and Orolu Federal Constituency.

Hon. Yusuf presenting certificate to one of the ICT graduating student.








According to the lawmaker, “Development of any nation largely predicates on the level of growth in its ICT.

“With nature of composition of the Nigerian nation-state, which is heterogeneous in content, more Nigerians need to acquire more skills and be productively engaged.

“Development encompasses growth in ICT, we need a knowledge based society to make our economy strong and viably sustainable.

“An individual who is educated with skills has the hope of a better future, and at the long run contributes immensely to the economy.

“I put up the programme to make every participant create an independent national economy, not in theory but in practical.

“By the scientific education acquired through the training, they would be able to contribute successfully to the construction of an independent national economy by the shortest possible route.

“With acquisition of this knowledge, I believe this has opened the way for the development of our national economy and set as the central task, the preparation of material and technical conditions to equip all sectors of the people’s economy with modern techniques.

“Knowledge is what is lacking in Nigeria, that makes life so difficult for many Nigerians, and you know, acquisition of knowledge is not limited to the four walls of classroom, you learn squarely”, Hon. Yusuf said.

The lawmaker who described ICT knowledge in any given society as inevitable, argued that any society that lacks it would be in perpetual retrogression in terms of self-reliance.

The Deputy Speaker, however, charged all and sundry not to regard learning of computer as something mysterious but master it to transform their immediate environments.

He stated that everyone must be brought up to be computer literate so they could become wizards and grow into invincible revolutionaries to overcome every difficulty and break through every bottleneck, fearing nothing technologically.

The lawmaker, therefore, charged youths in the country to be dynamic and computer literate, to be able to fit in to the current technological world of rapid development.

Oyo NUT Commends Ajimobi Over Appointment Of Edu Secretaries

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In OyoThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Oyo State Wing, has commended the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for the re-appointment of teachers as Education Secretaries for the 33 Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.

The Union gave the commendation in a letter addressed to the Governor and signed by its State Secretary, Mr Waheed Olojede.

The secretary explained that the re-appointment of teachers as Education Secretaries has cleared all intrigues and misrepresentations wrongly informing the NUT and her teeming members that the present administration in the state, vowed never to appoint teachers in such positions again arising from the alleged poor performances of the last crop of secretaries.

He noted that the Union was encouraged by Governor Ajimobi’s gesture, stressing that the gesture has been accepted as one that will permanently keep their detractors at bay.

According to him,”The NUT Oyo state wing and its leadership have viewed the good gesture of Your Excellency as well directed and as one that is based on consideration for professional ethics and values, which in our belief will go a long way in energizing Primary Education in the state”.

Mr Olojede stated that the appointment of teachers as education secretaries will further strengthen the existing robust relationship between the Governor and NUT, adding “It is our collective determination to forge ahead in energizing the state education industry.

“With deep involvement of teachers in the administration of the Primary Education sub-sector, we feel more elated, encouraged and inclined to pledge our total support and commitment, to seeing your visionary education policy succeeding in the state.

“We shall together get to our pride of place, a hundred percent success in our state”, Mr Olojede said.

Oyo Govt. Takes Action On State-Owned Moribund Assets

The Oyo State Government, has disclosed that actions are being taken on the state owned moribund companies, and other wasting assets to relieve government of excessive liabilities and unnecessary government expenditure.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, who disclosed this revealed that the moribund and wasting assets are being reviewed by a committee that will make recommendations for such assets under three main categories, after a thorough determination of their current viability and prospects of future economic benefits.

The three categories which the Moribund and Wasting Assets Committee is expected to recommend such companies for Concession are, Public Private Partnership (PPP) Arrangement and Outright sale.

The commissioner explained that this step is in line with the spirit of the government’s 2017 Budget of Self-Reliance, noting that some of these assets still cost the government a huge expenditure despite their moribund or wasting state.

According to Arulogun, “the theme of the 2017 appropriation is “Budget of Self-Reliance.

“The government wants its assets to yield revenue rather than being waste pipes. “We therefore need to stop the hemorrhage.

“Under any of the three main categories, government will earn revenue and the fortunes of the assets will turn around with strong multiplier effects on the Oyo state economy.

“The Oyo State Government’s conviction is that instead of having these moribund assets lay idle across the state, we want to revamp those that can be revamped, put some on the PPP platform and sell others out rightly.

“However, the government will not rush into taken decisions on these moribund assets.

“The input of relevant stakeholders and the general public will be needed, the committee is consulting widely and still open to more contributions”, he stressed.

The Commissioner also said that the committee has been mandated to follow the principles of due diligence in discharging its responsibilities, explaining that the moribund assets will be subjected to proper inventory, appraisal and valuation before actions are taken on them.

Some of the moribund companies and wasting assets being reviewed are Conpole Limited, Cultural Centre, Nigeria Paper Mill Ibadan, Trans Motel Jericho, Trans Motel Iseyin, Ado Awaye Lake, Bowers Tower, Cashew Ind. Limited, Fasola farms amongst others.