History Will Vindicate Aregbesola’s Investment On Education

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is a first class citizen in the education sector and history will eventually judge him rightly.

 Head of Service in the State of Osun, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade made the assertion today at Owena and Ipetu-Ijesa while on education drive mission to two schools in the area.

It was in his separate address to the principals and teachers of Community High School, Owena and AUD Middle/ High, Ipetu-Ijesa after engaging the final year students of each of the schools in a period of English Language.

He charged them to double their efforts to improve students’ performances, adding that our challenge is to pass the forthcoming WAEC and NECO examinations with distinctions without cheating.

While commending teachers for being the most hardworking set of workers in the State, Dr. Oyebade pointed out that their best is not yet enough considering the unsatisfactory performance of students in the previous external examinations.

The Head of Service then enjoined the education stakeholders to, between now and April next year, concentrates their efforts on the final year students, advancing that they can only give good accounts of themselves through their students performances.

In an interview with the principals of both schools, Mr. Kayode Awe and Alhaji Idowu Bisiriyu who expressed delight to see the Head of Service teach in their schools, promised to do their best to ensure improved performances in the forthcoming WAEC and NECO examinations.

Permanent Secretary Lauds LTV, Printing Corporation

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs. Kofoworola Awobamise, has commended the Lagos Television and the Printing Corporation for their proactiveness in disseminating information on government programmes, policies and activities as well as for keeping the public abreast of events.

Awobamise, who gave the commendation during her inspection visit to agencies under the Ministry, remarked that despite challenges, LTV has distinguished itself as effective information organ that has continually educated and enlightened the public on government issues.

She commended the cordial relationship between the management and staff of LTV and urged them to sustain the relationship for effective service delivery.

She called for support and cooperation of management and staff toward achieving a Lagos of our dream, pointing out that the present administration will not relent on its effort to provide necessary environment and support for its public servants.

Earlier, LTV General Manager, Mrs, Funke Moore appreciated the Permanent Secretary for the visit, saying that it coincides with World Television Day.

She said that though confronted with some challenges, the current administration has supported the television station in no small measure through the provision of high-tech equipment, training and improved welfare package for staff.

Moore implored the Permanent Secretary to use her good office to advocate for the rebuilding of a modern day studio which would equally generate revenue for the government.

At the Lagos State Printing Corporation, the General Manager, Mr. Shakirudeen Odusanya also commended the effort of the Lagos State Government for changing the face of the printing corporation through the installation of high-tech modern printing machines to boost government printing activities.

He stressed the need for all government MDAs to patronize the corporation for the printing of their programmes and publications as this would boost the finances of the Corporation.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary commended the management and Staff of Lagos State Printing Corporation for good quality job.

“My familiarization visit to the Corporation is to seek for your support. I am happy to see Lagos State Printing Corporation with high-tech modern printing equipment and in a serene environment as those equipment are well managed,’’ she said.

Suicide Bomber Kills 50 In 2017 Deadliest Attack

A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

“Some of the dead were in pieces beyond recognition,” said Bayi Muhammad, a worshipper at the mosque in Mubi who said he only escaped the blast because he was late for early morning prayers.

The government and military have said numerous times since 2015 that Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency is almost defeated but the group continues to attack civilian and military targets.

Tuesday’s bombing brings the number killed in 2017 to at least 278, according to calculations by Reuters. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll is at least 50 but “there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure.”

Mubi is in Adamawa state where Boko Haram held territory in 2014. Troops pushed them out in early 2015. The group mounts suicide attacks in public places such as mosques and markets.

Tuesday’s attack was the biggest in Nigeria’s northeast since two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded dozens more at a market in Adamawa last December.

It is also the first attack on Mubi since armed forces recaptured the town from Boko Haram in 2014.

The blast bears the hallmarks of a faction led by Abubakar Shekau, which forces women and girls to carry out suicide bombings. The attacks often leave only the bomber dead.

FG Approves N987m To Check Illegal Mining Activities

The Nigerian government has approved the sum of N987 million for the purchase of fifty patrol vehicles by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, to enhance surveillance on illegal mining activities across the country.

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi disclosed this while briefing Journalists at the end of this week’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister said the activities of illegal miners must be curtailed in order to further consolidate on the gains already made in the mines sector, which is presently contributing a lot to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product GDP.

Dr Fayemi said: “You will recall that in the roadmap that the Federal executive Council approved last year, there is a provision for the establishment of a Special Mines Surveillance Task Force. The memo we presented to Council today request for an approval for the procurement of 50 Hilux vehicles for the special mines surveillance patrol to capacitate them in their work to monitor and curb illegal mining activities in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja and approval was given for the sum of N987 million for the purchase of the vehicles at  a unit price of N19.3 million per vehicle.”

The Minister noted that because a vehicle will not be enough to do the job in each state, technology will also be deployed to assist the Task Force, in order to achieve the desired result.

“The Council also underscores the fact that only one vehicle per state cannot solve all the problems but in order to begin to tackle the issues we need to start from somewhere and ultimately the goal is to ensure that we deploy technology to monitor the illegal activities of miners across the length and breadth of the country,” he said.

Dr Fayemi announced that in order to further enhance the job of the Special Mines Surveillance Task Force, which comprises of representatives of all the security agencies, a Police Commissioner has already been appointed to be in charge of the mines unit.

“Over the course of the last one year, the Police has re-established Mines Police and we now have a Police Commissioner in charge of the mines unit. We also have a Commandant from the National Security and Civil Defence Corps also exclusively deployed for mines activities because if we can stop the spate of illegal mining activities; not just by Nigerians but Nigerians in collaboration with some foreigners we would significantly improve the revenue that comes from that sector, increase the contribution to GDP, increase the royalty to government and also provide more jobs for our people,” he stated.

After 21 Years, Zik's Wife Pleads For Completion Of Mausoleum Of Late Azikiwe

The Federal Government has been urged to swing into action to complete the mausoleum in honour of late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.

The wife of the late Sage and nationalist , Professor Uche Azikiwe made the call at the six Zik Lecture Series at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University , Awka.

Professor Azikiwe who decried the failure of the Federal Government to complete the project, twenty one years after the death of the first President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said there is need to complete the project as it is the only way to preserve his legacies.

She lamented that every year money is budgeted for the project, yet no meaningful progress has been made on the project and thanked all who took it upon themselves to ensure that the Zik's Lecture Series is being held yearly.

Issues As Magu Failed To Explain How N750m Disappears From EFCC

As social media went agog weeks ago over restlessness of the core staffs of Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) who made several allegations including administrative incompetence against their boss, Ibrahim Magu, many Nigerians expected a swift reaction by the Federal Government to investigate these allegations. However, things appear to remain normal as Mr Magu continued to operate like a “mad” dog that has lost every sense of caution and professionalism.

Ranging from from arrest of Anyim Pius Anyim to failed invasion of the residences of former Director Generals of DSS and NIA, Magu is obviously using his jamboree in the media to sway Nigerians. This is despite the uneasy calm at the EFCC as Magu couldn’t explain what he did with N750 million, approved by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, while President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical vacation.

The money which was meant for improving the capacity of EFCC staff as well as pay salaries and allowances of category of officers is now in the cooler.

Magu had convinced Acting President Osinbajo that the Commission needed the money to fight corruption and address the welfare needs of staff.

Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that all attempts by others in position to talk about the money has often resulted in warning by the EFCC boss. One of the directors who craved anonymity said "many staff especially in the accounts department of the Commission have threatened to blow the whistle on Magu if he fails to release the fund for its intended purposes." He also alleged that Magu is being "protected by some powerful people in the country who are bent on grounding President Buhari's war on corruption".

It would be recalled that only recently disgruntled elements at the EFCC, especially civilian staff, accused Magu of gross administrative incompetence while sidelining them in the scheme of things at the Commission. Now that senior officials have joined the fray to challenge the continuous barefaced corruption and mismanagement by Magu, some elements within the EFCC have threatened to reveal the identities of those protecting the EFCC boss, as they are the very ones betraying the war on corruption.

Boko Haram: Group Holds Rally For Buhari In Abuja To Celebrate Nigeria’s Successes

A group under the aegis of Coalition for Peace and Stability, Tuesday paralyzed commercial activities at the popular Wuse Market in Abuja in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s success over terrorism in the country.   
Members of COPS, who marched from Wuse Market to the Presidential Villla, likened President Buhari to the biblical David, who has succeeded in conquering terrorism in the entity called Nigeria.
Comrade Abdulmumini Tijani, the national Coordinator of the group, who, spoke on behalf of the group, called on the Nigerian military to do all within it power to finish off the remnants of Boko Haram in the shortest time possible so that Nigeria would be in a position to celebrate total freedom from the blood-thirsty terrors. 
Tijani said, “The Institute for Economics and Peace has however auspiciously accelerated our achievement of this objective when it released the Global Terrorism Index 2017. From what is in the news about the report, it shows that the number of those killed in terror attacks have reduced by 80%. What we understand by this is that eight out of every ten persons that Boko Haram or other terrorists would have killed are alive. 
For us the Coalition for Peace and Stability, this is a testimony that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to fulfilling his campaign promise of restoring security in the country. It is remarkable that keeping this promise has international impact because the global terrorism related deaths fell since the figures for Nigeria dropped. It is our earnest hope that this international impact will translate into positive gains like restored investors' interest in Nigeria. 
“We also expect that those supporting evil by providing sustenance to Boko Haram will see this report as reason to cut off the lifeline they provide to terrorists. Human life is precious and sacred and nothing should be done to cut it short for whatsoever reason. 
Our coalition not only congratulate President Buhari on this positive report but also commend Mr President for this achievement considering that most of the efforts that have gone into degrading and defeating Boko Haram are homegrown. The President was able to achieve the improvement in terrorism ranking without going cap in hand to beg for foreign intervention. 
“We also commend the Nigerian Army under the leadership it the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, who leads a military to be proud of. Soldiers under his command continue to perform no mean feats even with funding constraints, harassment from international NGOs and blockade of weapons supply by some interested countries. 
COPS urge stakeholders, NGOs and human rights organizations and all well-meaning Nigerians to increase their support of President Buhari’s war on terror because our desire is to record zero terrorism related deaths. The 80% reduction implies that there are still “20% deaths that are needless. Our belief is that when Mr President and the military get more support the remnants of Boko Haram can be further degraded to a point where they are not able to cause sorrows and tears among us anymore. 
“While calling for support for President Buhari, we urge his administration to dutifully take a critical look at the Global Terrorism Ranking to see what areas improvements can be made in a way that more gains are made by our military in the year 2017/2018. We particularly want the strengthening of the military to finish off the remnant of Boko Haram in the shortest time possible to that Nigeria would be a position to celebrate a total freedom from terrorists killing citizens.”
COPS further appealed to Nigeria's international partners to take note of what the country has achieved with minimal support and to on the basis of that extend to Nigeria the support needed to restore peace to the West African sub-region.
On his part, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, who received the group on behalf of the President said, Nigerians did not make any mistake by voting in President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 this is because all the promises made in the build up to elections have been redeemed. He said, “the president promised to tackle terrorism, today terrorists are running away from Nigeria”. He blamed the past administration for allowing terrorism to fester so long to the point of becoming a monster. 
He stated further that, the fight against terror has been the President’s major focus hence the deployment of all arsenals to its combat. “today we have finished dealing with terror and have shifted focus to protecting our neighbours this is why we have concentrated efforts in the Delta areas where we’ve been very helpful in the fight against sea piracy, and protection of oil installations”
Mallam Shehu further announced that the President has just purchased a night-vision aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force with the assurance that aerial surveillance will continue at night for the total eradication of the remnants of terror elements where ever they may be.
He thanked the group for their show of support and encouraged them to sustain the tempo.

Let’s Promote Our Indigenous Languages, Wike Advocates

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for the promotion of indigenous languages through the translation of the Holy Bible.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by tbe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Okrika Local Government Area, Governor Wike commended them for translating the Holy Bible into Okrika language.

He stated that the State Government will support the project for the translation of the Holy Bible into Okrika language by the Christian Association of Nigeria.

He said: "I am impressed with the translation of the Holy Bible into Okrika language. We encourage other ethnic groups to translate the Holy Bible into their respective languages.

"Understanding will be easier if when the Bible is duly translated into other languages. The Rivers State Government will continue to promote indigenous languages ".

He urged Christians to continue to pray for Rivers State for enhanced development across the communities.

"We will not let the Church down. We shall continue to work for sustainable development across the state. We urge the Church to continue to pray for greater development in the state", he said.

The governor reiterated his call for the Christians not to leave governance to politicians alone, saying their participation will improve the quality of governance available to the people.

Earlier, the spokesman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Okrika Branch and Anglican Bishop of Okrika Diocese, Rt Reverend Tubokosemie Abere appealed to the governor to support the translation of the Holy Bible into Okrika language.

He commended the Rivers State Governor for his outstanding achievements which have earned him awards across the globe.

They called on Governor Wike to heed the calls of Rivers people by presenting himself for re-election.

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