Abia Governor Congratulates Osinbajo On His 60th Birthday

We Hear You, Loud And Clear, Osinbajo Tells ProtestersThe State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

In a press statement issued out by the office of the Chief Press Secretary, the Governor on behalf of the great people of Abia State wishes Professor Yemi Osinbajo all round success and many more years of positive contributions to the country.

“We hope that as our Acting President gracefully grows old yearly; and as a service to God and humanity, he will continue to inspire us with his exemplary leadership and focused lifestyle.

“And as a modest and God fearing leader, it is our hope that he would continue to be an inspiration to generations.”

Terwase Akwaza Denies Charges Of Murder

ex-benue militantWith the revocation of the Benue State amnesty deal, Mr Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Ghana has denied any involvement in the killing of Mr Denen Igbana, the State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s security aide.

He explained that after Mr Igbana’s murder, he visited Governor Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi to commiserate with him, and later found out that he had been declared wanted.

Mr Akwaza made this known to Channels Television during an exclusive interview.

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has challenged the ex-militia leader to hand himself over to the police if indeed he is not guilty of murder charges, kidnapping and other acts of banditry.

The governor in an interview with Channels Television said he had assured Mr Terwase that there would be no extra-judicial execution under his administration.

Ondo House Of Assembly Elects First Female Speaker

Hon Akindele OndoThe members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have elected Ms Jumoke Akindele from Okitipupa Constituency 2 in the Southern Senatorial District of the State as the new Speaker.

Akindele emerged as the first female Speaker of the state by polling a total of 13 votes, defeating two other contestants, who are both men.

The two contestants, Oyebo Aladetan from Ilaje Constituency 2 polled 9 votes, and Soji Akinkuolie had no vote.

Akindele, who is a first timer in the House is a legal practitioner and hails from Okitipupa in Okitipupa Local Government area of the State.

The Deputy Speaker, Emiola Dare from Akoko South West Constituency, who has been acting as Speaker, presided over the election.

In her acceptance speech, Hon. Akindele appreciated the Labour Party; the State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko; members of the House and the people of the state.

She promised to be diligent, just and committed to the cause of peace, harmony and development of the state.

The swearing-in ceremony for the new Speaker comes after the demise of the erstwhile Speaker, Samuel Adesina in February 2014.

Anambra Primary Schools Get 5 Billion Naira For Facility Upgrade

The Anambra State Government has released another 5billion Naira for continued rehabilitation of both public and mission schools in the state.

This comes one week after the presentation of 5billion Naira Conditional Grant Scheme for accelerated execution of projects in various Local Government Areas of the state, towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

In a ceremony at the Women Development Center, Awka, the State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who presented the cheque alongside the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Suleman Dikko, announced that his administration though gradually coming to an end, would ensure total transformation of the education sector in the state.

When in 2011, Anambra State Governor handed over schools previously owned by missions back to them; he resolved to provide continued financial resources to assist in the renovation and reconstruction of the dilapidated buildings in those schools.

According to the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Uju Okeke, the Governor further embarked on procurement of school buses, laptops and instructional materials, and presently, over 250,000 laptops and over 400 buses have been distributed to schools. All those the commissioner said were geared towards producing high quality brains and better leaders of tomorrow.

While the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleman Dikko, maintained that the educational policy of Anambra State was one to be copied because of its direct impact, the Country Director of United Nations International Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, Charles Nzuki, urged all to invest in education.

While over 1.6billion Naira went to the Catholic mission primary schools, over 1.1billion Naira went to the Anglican; another 2.3billion Naira went to the public schools, the State Governor, before the disbursement of the cheques, said that he was not yet done with the educational transformation of the state.

UNICEF has selected Anambra State out of the states in the South East of Nigeria for Private Public Partnership, PPP, which will be launched in March 2014.

Ekiti Launches State Education Program Investment Project

The Ekiti State Government, in collaboration with the World Bank  has formally launched Ekiti State Education Program Investment Project (SEPIP) to further improve the standards of education in the state.

Speaking at the launch, which held at the Lady Jibowu Hall, Ado Ekiti, the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said that qualitative education for the people of the state remains priority to his administration.

He added that with the level of intervention of the State Government despite its limited financial resources, the timely intervention of the World Bank would go a long way in addressing financial challenges and help improve education standards in the schools.

Also speaking at the event, World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, represented by World Bank’s Senior Education Specialist, Professor Tunde Adekola, confirmed that the Ekiti State Government has met with the requirements of the World Bank following the unbeatable records of the state in the Nigerian education sector.

Past efforts made by the State Government towards achieving the objectives of its education agenda include bursary awards to indigenes of the state in tertiary institutions. The state has also reportedly distributed 30,000 laptops to students and 18,000 laptops to teachers in the state among other infrastructures provided.