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School feeding programme not scam — Plateau Govt

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The Plateau Government on Thursday said the Federal Government’s School Feeding Programme being carried out in the state and other states of the federation is not a scam.

 

Dr. Sumaye Hamza, Executive Assistant to Gov. Simon Lalong on Special Intervention Programmes (SIP), made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in her office in Jos.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that there were insinuations in some quarters that the programe was a scam because its impact was not felt in the State.

 

It was also alleged that some of schools get the food only once or twice a week and sometimes the pupils were served food on their palms.

 

Hamza, however, debunked the claims and disclosed that the feeding table was prompt, regular and nourishing.

She said” On Mondays -Yam pottage, Tuesday’s – Pap and Bananas, Wednesdays – Tom Brown, Thursday’s – Potatoes and Friday’s – Special NASCO Biscuit respectively.

 

“Anybody who described the Federal Government School Feeding Programme as a scam is either ignorant of the reality on ground or is not being fair to the government.

 

“This is a programme that has brought about a turn-around in school enrollments across the nation and improved the standard of education in most states including Plateau.”

 

Hamza also revealed that the programme, which began in 2017, had great impacts on the health and academic performances of the pupils.

 

She said that plates were recently distributed to all the beneficiary schools, therefore, “the issue of pupils being fed on their palms is not true.”

 

According to her, in Plateau alone, 220, 000 pupils are being fed from Mondays to Fridays with variety of food including Bananas and special made biscuits.

 

The coordinator further stated that 2800 cooks were being engaged to provide foods for the pupils in both the Bukuru-Jos metropolis and the hinterlands.

 

She said ‘It was very unfortunate and discouraging. But we refuse to be discouraged because of its successes.”

 

Prof. Matthew Sule, Chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), also added that the programme had not only encouraged enrollment, but helped in retaining pupils to complete school.

 

“The school feeding programme is aimed at ensuring the pupils are enrolled, retained and complete school for basic education.

 

“It is unfair for anyone to brand it as a scam: yes there are challenges such as logistics but government is trying to overcome them for a hundred percent success,” Sule said.

 

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Management of Bauchi Radio seeks modern equipment

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The management of Bauchi Radio Corporation (BRC), on Sunday called on Gov. Bala Mohammed to provide modern equipment to the station to enable it cope with emerging trends.

Alhaji Sirajo Ma’aji, its Managing Director, made the request during a special Eid-el Kabir programme organised by the station tagged “Bikin Shagulgulan Sallah.”

Ma’aji said that the call became imperative in order to enable the station comply with the directive issued by the National Broadcasting Commission on digitalisation of broadcast media houses.

He acknowledged efforts being made by government towards repositioning the operations of the station for effective service delivery, and promised to reciprocate the gesture through quality broadcast.

Ma’aji said that the station, which started its operations in 1977, was keen on enhancing the capacity of workers for effective and efficient services.

He assured listeners of the station’s determination to initiate educative and enlightenment progammes geared towards building a better society, saying that the event was organised to strengthen the relationship with listeners.

The managing director called for constructive criticism that would boost service delivery, and expressed readiness to listen to salient observations.

Alhaji Abubakar Sulaiman, Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, in a remark, commended the organisers of the event and applauded the station for effective propagation of government policies and programmes.

Suleiman observed that radio remained the only medium that reaches a large audience, and assured the management of government’s readiness to address the challenges faced by the sation.

The speaker urged heads of media organisations in the state to initiate programmes on flood disasters so as to minimise the dangers caused by the menace.

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

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3 Katsina NYSC members die in ghastly motor accident – Official

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Katsina State, has confirmed the death of three corps members in a ghastly motor accident in Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the corps Public Relations Officer, Mr Alex Obemeata, on Sunday in Katsina.

“Sunday Aug. 18, 2019, is a sad day for the NYSC in Katsina State as three Corps Members lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident on their way to a Church programme in Funtua.

“The Corps Members numbering 12, were in one bus belonging to the National Association of Catholic Corps Members, Katsina.

“Three of them died on the spot,” Obemeata said.

The PRO added that the accident occurred when the state governor Aminu Masari, was passing by at Gobirawa, Kankara LGA on Sunday.

He said that the governor stopped over and ordered a vehicle in the convoy to rush the injured to the State’s General Hospital immediately, for treatment, while the corpses had been deposited at the mortuary.

He revealed that the State NYSC Coordinator, Alh Ahidjo Yahaya, was at the hospital in company of some senior members of staff, when the ambulance carrying the injured and the deceased arrived.

Though the spokesman did not did not disclose the identities of the deceased, he said Yahaya prayed for repose of their souls and also for God to give the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Ikare-Akoko chiefs laud Akeredolu on road projects, seek action on abandoned Awara dam

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The Ikare-Akoko Council of Chiefs, under the Owa-Ale of Ikare, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in the last two-and-a-half years.

This was contained in a communiqué issued by three members of the council at the end of its monthly meeting held at the Palace of Owa-Ale and made available to the newsmen on Sunday in Akure.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the three members, who signed the communiqué, were the Olokoja of Okoja, High Chief Idowu Ogunye; the Olona of Okegbe, High Chief Rafiu Okunade and Onikún of Ikú, High Chief Mukaila Bello.

The council specifically expressed appreciation to the governor for the reconstruction of the hilly Oke Alabojuto, the dualisation of Ikare township road as well as the renovation of some schools in the town.

It also commended Akeredolu for appointing a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Fatai Olotu, as Commissioner for Lands and Housing.

The council, however, appealed to the governor to urgently look into the deplorable condition of Awara dam and Okoja-Ikú-Ikare road which, it said, had become impassable.

“The council notes, with concern, the deplorable condition of Okoja-Ikú-Ikare Stadium road and pleads with the governor to extend his road construction revolution there.

“The Council of Chiefs, under the Owa-Ale, also thanks our amiable governor for keeping his electioneering promises, especially to the people of Ikare-Akoko. So far, you have not disappointed us.

“We use this medium to appeal to you on the abandoned Ikare township stadium and to resuscitate the Awara dam which used to supply potable water to most parts of Akoko land but which has been abandoned by successive administrations.

“On behalf of the people of Ikare-Akoko and the Owa-Ale, the council thanks Gov. Akeredolu for appointing Mr Olotu as commissioner,” the communiqué read in part.

It also commended the President of the 130 Crowned Obas in the state and Owa-Ale of Ikare-Akoko, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, for always striving hard to ensure the development of the town and ensure peaceful coexistence among residents.

Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

 

 

 

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Gov. Emmanuel to upgrade technical college to modern skills development centre

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Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom says former Technical College, Ikot Ada Idem in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, will be upgraded and  converted to a modern Skills Development Centre.

Emmanuel stated this while addressing the congregation at the August Edition of Government House Prayer meeting at the Latter House Chapel, Government House, Uyo on Sunday.

He explained that the modern skills development centre would help to train people on entrepreneurial skills.

“We are trying to upgrade the Ikot Ada Idem Technical College to a skill acquisition centre which will contribute to the rehabilitation of some of our youths who have fallen prey to social vices,” he said.

Emmanuel said that as part of efforts to address the dearth of skilled manpower in the state through appropriate curriculum development, an education summit had been scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6.

He advised people to avail themselves of the training programmes offered by the state government to enable them take up careers as Pilots, Aeronautic Engineers and other professionals in the state-owned Airline, Ibom Air.

The governor explained that lack of qualified manpower among indigenes of the state in the aviation sector was the reason why Ibom Air was dominated by non- indigenes.

He emphasised that his administration was poised to train people of the state to address the imbalance.

“For a person to fly a CRJ 900, there’s a minimum number of freighting hours he must have on the Airplane.

“We need to have our people rated on the Aircraft and we will spend money and train our people so that in a short period we will also have Akwa Ibom names in the cockpit,” Emmanuel said.

He hinted that as part of the anniversary celebration by Sept. 23, the state would play host to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who would inaugurate some projects executed by the state government.

Emmanuel listed projects earmarked for inauguration to include Kings Flour Mill, Ekim Power Station , Plywood Industry and other road projects executed across the state.

Also speaking, Pastor Emmanuel Bassey of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said that God used the founding fathers of the state to plant Christianity, and urged the residents to embrace education as the bedrock of development.

The Cleric cautioned youths against aligning themselves with agents of perdition, urging them to chart a godly pathway for themselves and generations unborn.

He commended the governor for maintaining a “Godly standard” in the leadership of the state.

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Okowa condemns attack on Ekweremadu in Germany 

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has condemned the attack on Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, immediate past Deputy President of the Senate at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival held in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday. 

The governor, whose reaction was conveyed in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba, described the incident as pathetic, shameful and an embarrassment to Nigeria. 

He said that Ekweremadu, a great patriot and defender of his people and the down trodden, did not deserve the kind of ill-treatment meted to him by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members in Germany.

“I join men of goodwill in condemning the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who has been a great patriot and leader of exemplary behaviour. 

“It is pathetic and shameful that an event organised to chart the way forward for the Igbo race and Nigeria in general ended up in such a disgraceful and embarrassing manner to the country.

 

“As Nigerians, we are trained to respect our elders and leaders as well as people in authority.

“I am particularly happy that some of the culprits have been arrested and I urge the German authorities to take necessary action on the perpetrators of the heinous act. 

“I urge all Nigerians, home and abroad, to be of good behaviour wherever they find themselves as such acts of lawlessness do not bring glory to the nation,” Okowa said.

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Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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