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.

Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

Gov. Bello Orders Contractor To Fix Minna Water Works

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello

The Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has ordered the management of the state Water Board and the contractor handling the repairs of Chanchaga Water Works, Minna, to fix it.

He gave the order after inspecting four electric motors imported from Germany to boost water supply to Minna, the state capital, at the premises of the water facility in Chanchaga.

The governor directed the water board and the contractor to double their efforts, work all round the clock and ensure taps are running with water without further delay.

“We have no time to waste. We must fix this water plant and I am not ready to take any excuse from anybody for further delay in fixing this place.

“We must ensure regular and adequate water supply in the state. With the delivery of these electric motors and the locally refurbished high and low lift pumps, the contractor and his men must work 24/7 and fix this place.

“I am taking this water issue personal and I will be coming here to inspect progress made, even at an odd time.

“So anybody that has a problem with fixing this place is permitted to go. We must fix this water plant”, the governor reassured.

He then assured residents of other major cities in the state that the government was committed to ensuring that all the water works are functional and are meeting the need of the people.

“We are moving to Bida, Kontagora and Suleja very soon. So we are going to expedite work on this Minna Water Works to enable us move to other towns”, the governor assured.

Earlier, the contractor handling the project, Mr. Outare Kokobissi, assured the governor that with the arrival of the electric motors and the refurbished pumps and residents of Minna will soon be relieved of lack of portable water.

He promised to work round the clock to ensure delivery.

Ivanka Trump Named Assistant To President

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The White House has announced that Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee with the title of Assistant to the President.

Ivanka reportedly bowed to pressure following an outcry from ethics experts at her initial plans to serve in a more informal capacity.

The 35-year-old said she has “heard the concerns some have with her advising the President in her personal capacity”.

Meanwhile, her husband, Jared Kushner, is a Senior Adviser to President Donald Trump.

Judge Extends Hold On Trump’s Travel Ban

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsU.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban has suffered another setback as a Federal Judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended the suspension of the new executive order.

Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling means Mr Trump will be barred from enforcing the ban on Muslim nations while it is contested in court.

In a lawsuit, the U.S. State said the ban would harm tourism and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.

But President Trump said his revised travel ban seeks to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

President Trump’s executive order signed on March 6, would have placed a 90 day ban on people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen and a 120 day ban on refugees.

JAMB Introduces New Rules, Guidelines For 2017 UTME

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In CirculationThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has introduced new rules and guidelines that may eliminate fraudulent practices in the system ahead of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isiaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Kaduna state at a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monitoring and Supervision of the 2017 UTME organised for stakeholders that would be taking part in the examination.

He explained that unlike in the previous years, major players with requisite integrity, intelligence and appropriate knowledge of the assessment would be fully engaged in the supervision of the 2017 UTME examination to ensure a better outcome.

In attendance at the retreat were stakeholders from JAMB, tertiary institutions, civil society organisations, students union bodies, security agencies and the media.

The aim was to adopt an all-inclusive mode of supervision and evaluation that will guarantee transparent UTME in Nigeria.

The Registrar identified the new rules and guidelines to include, the adoption of CCTV cameras for all the Computer-based Training (CBT) centres, adoption of a single hall containing 250 functional desktop or laptop computer systems with extra 25 as backups, affirmative inclusiveness for blind candidates, adoption of PIN Vending System, inclusion of candidates with awaiting results.

Other guidelines were the adoption of cubicles with minimum length of 26 by 18 inches, adequate security with minimum of five technical personnel and a network engineer on site among others.

“In February, 2017 we held a retreat in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital where we were hosted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was Head of State in 1977 promulgated the enabling law of this Board and gave birth to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

“At the retreat, we looked at the processes of registration and admission, we reviewed them and we adopted new strategies in tandem with new thinking and new challenges.

“It is therefore, in our stride and continuation at bringing all stakeholders on board, our inclusive train that we have organised this retreat to take another look at the Board’s supervision and evaluation of its conduct of the UTME”, Prof. Oloyede stated.

PIN VENDING SYSTEM

Emerging from the retreat at Abeokuta, the Board has innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which has led to the elimination of scratch cards.

The Board has also adopted a cost saving procedure PIN Vending System. It is a secured system which has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

Some of the participants including the President of Women Arise for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and Senate President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) commended JAMB for reviewing its guidelines as well as suggesting on some grey areas which they would want the board to look into before the election.

Some of them include the security of candidates and officials that would be posted to volatile areas , the number of examination hours and the collection of 10, 500 levy by JAMB which they note amounts to exploiting the candidates.

Foreigner, Accomplice Arrested Over Illegal Mining In Ogun

Two More Suspects Arrested Over Tulip School KidnapThe Ogun state government says it has arrested a Syrian and a Nigerian for allegedly engaging in illegal mining activities along the industrial corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, who disclosed this while leading an enforcement team to the illegal mining site at Boun Village, Shimawa, behind Redemption Camp in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State, said that the culprits would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He stated that illicit activities of miners had wrecked serious havoc to lives and property as well degraded the environment, warning that the present administration in the state frowns at the unlawful acts of making profit at the detriment of residents of the State.

“It is good to sound this note of warning to unscrupulous elements that are in the illegal business of destroying the environment in the name of mining.

“As a government, we will do our best to curb illegal mining because the lives of residents are precious to us.

“Unfortunately, the people involved make money at the detriment of law abiding residents. I can assure you that we will take holistic approach to end these activities and whoever is caught engaging in it would face the full weight of the law. For instance, this Syrian and his accomplice will not go unpunished”. he said.

The commissioner noted that the monitoring activities would continue until illegal mining was nipped in the bud towards forestalling environmental hazards.

Bayelsa Gov. Signs Education Bills Into Law

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Bayelsa State Governor,  Seriake Dickson,

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the Higher Education Students’ Loan and Education Development Trust Fund bills into law, targeted at building the manpower base of the state.

Assenting to the two bills in Government House, Yenagoa, governor Dickson described the laws as the most revolutionary intervention in the education sector, as they would provide unique opportunities for the Bayelsa youths to advance their educational career.

The Governor, noted that, “The education sector has continued to receive priority attention, since my administration’s inception in 2012, the educational laws would provide a mechanism for sustainable development in the sector.

“The new legislation will go a long way in checking the issue of school drop-outs, due to financial constraints as provision is made for indigent students to draw from the Higher Education loan facility”.

Commenting on the Education Development Trust Fund, governor Dickson said “It was mandatory for all Bayelsans working in the public service, government officials as well as the private sector to contribute to the fund in addition to the 10 percent of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue in support of the fund on a monthly basis”.

To this end, he called on the organized labour and the people of the State to support rather than politicise the new educational policy, as the initiative would be beneficial to the average Bayelsan.

The Governor also noted that 50billion Naira has so far been invested into the education sector with the establishment of 25 constituency compulsory free boarding secondary schools, in addition to 15 model secondary schools, including the Ijaw National Academy, which has taken off.

Dickson, who announced the appointment of Prof. Turner Isoun, as the pioneer chairman of the State Education Development Trust Fund, said, the two boards will oversee the new educational schemes which will be established in due course.

Presenting the two bills for the Governor’s assent, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Konbowei Benson said the Bayelsa State Higher Education Students Loan Bill was forwarded to the House on August 10, 2016, while the Education Development Trust Fund bill was presented on July 19, 2016 and passed on February 13, 2017.