The former Under-Secretary to United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has called on President Muhammad Buhari to take urgent steps in overcoming grinding poverty, by growing the economy through job creation
He stated that the issue of poverty can be eradicated by reviving and creating jobs through manufacturing and agriculture.
Professor Gambari made the call while presenting his address as the Chancellor of the Kwara State University during the 4th convocation ceremony of the university, where he also called for positive attitudinal change among Nigerians.
He added that for agenda of change to be sustained, it cannot depend on one person but must involve a collective endeavour to open a new chapter in national life.
Also the Executive Secretary National University Commission, Professor Julius Okojie Eho who was represented called on universities to adopt creative funding mechanism for alternative diversified revenues, to meet challenges arising from declining public funding.
He also stressed the need for new universities to be established which will be based on merit in accordance with global best practices and quality assurance.
Meanwhile the Kwara State Governor represented by his deputy, Peter Kishira explained that for quality education to be achieved and sustained, stakeholders must rise to the challenges facing the sector by breaking away from the theoretical and defer to the practical.
He advocated the need for job creation to help eradicate poverty and provide quality education by government at all levels, which will go a long way in reviving the economy.
A protest by the coalition of women associations in Kwara State on Wednesday was almost marred by wrong information, claiming the protest had been ordered suspended.
The peaceful protest organised by the group was part of a worldwide movement demanding the release of over 200 school girls abducted in Borno State.
As early as 8:00am, members of the various women associations in Kwara converged at the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists to commence the nearly four kilometer walk to the Government House.
Their aim was to demand a quick intervention of the Federal Government for the release of the abducted girls.
The women later moved into separate religious groups to offer prayers before commencing when words filtered in that the protest had been suspended.
The arrival of the State Commissioner of Police at the venue, however, restored the confidence of the women as the police boss promised not to disrupt but to protect them against the protest being hijacked by hoodlums.
The women protesters then moved to government house where they presented a letter to the state deputy governor on the need for governments at all levels to expedite action on the quick release of the abducted girls.
The Deputy Governor, Peter Kishira, who received them, commended the peaceful conduct of the women, adding that the Federal and State governments would do everything possible to ensure the safety release of the abducted girls.
The Aide De Camp to the Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Peter Kishira has died in an attempt to arrest a commercial motorcycle rider who allegedly obstructed the convoy of the Deputy Governor.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Timothy Nathaniel, in a statement noted that the ADC, Inspector Gaiya Mark, died from health related complications contrary to the rumour that the commercial motorcycle operator used charm on him.
He explained that indeed the okada rider breached the convoy of the Deputy Governor who was on his way to the office which led to the attempt of the ADC to arrest and warn the rider.
It added that the ADC slumped and died moments after stopping the rider at U.B.A. area of Murtala Muhammed Way, Ilorin, as there was no confrontation between him and the okada rider.
The man was said to have died on the way to the Civil Service Clinic, Ilorin, where he was certified dead by the doctor on duty.
Corroborating the views of the government, the Police Public Relations Officer, Okesumi Ajayi, confirmed that there was no scuffle with the commercial motorcycle rider before the ADC died.
He described the man as gentle and dedicated who lost his life on duty.
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, is tackling the numerous challenges facing Nigeria, on the spiritual front.
While efforts are being made on the political front to find solutions to these issues, General Gowon on Monday, November 4, led other members of ‘Nigeria Prays’ in a prayer session in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The Former Head of State noted that the problems confronting the country require divine intervention, and prayed God to forgive the country of its sins.
The prayer session was also attended by the Kwara State Deputy Governor, Peter Kishira.
General Yakubu Gowon was the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after a military coup d’état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian Government successfully prevented Biafran separation during the 1967 to 1970 Nigeria Civil War.