The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education says it is to partner with the State Government to improve education standard in the state.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Daniel Ogazi, made the disclosure on Thursday when the managements of Isah Mustapha Agwai 1, Polytechnic, Lafia and College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia visited the committee on an oversight function.
He emphasised the importance of education to societal development, stressing the need for continued partnership in that direction.
“We have decided to invite all of you in order to assess your budget performances and to enable us to know your various achievements with a view to addressing challenges if discovered.
“We want to ensure that there is an improved standard of education in the state, considering the importance of education to societal development.
“It is in view of this that the house will continue to collaborate with the State Government for improved standard of education.”
Ogazi (APC-Kokona East), told the management of the institutions to be transparent and accountable in their activities in the interest of peace and development.
He assured the committee’s readiness to tackling the challenges facing the academic institutions.
Earlier, Dr Ruth Jericho and Dr Musa Maikeffi, the Acting Rector of Isah Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic, and Provost, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, respectively, commended the committee for supporting the activities of their institutions.
They gave assurances of their commitments to be up and doing in their various institutions for improved education standard.
They, however, identified poor funding as the major challenge facing their institutions and solicited the assembly’s support in that direction.
The committee also hosted other ministries, departments and agencies operating in the state.
The agencies include the state’s Scholarship Board led by its Executive Secretary, Danlami Ikpobose and the state’s Teachers’ Service Commission led by its Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Galadima.
The state’s Bureau for Information and Communication Technology, Lafia, led by its Director-General, Mr Ibrahim Shehu, was also hosted by the committee.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Mobile Police Training School, not personal asset of I-G – Police
The Police say the Mobile Police Training School in Nasarawa State was a national security legacy project and not a personal asset of the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mba said establishing the school in Endehu, Nasarawa State, was informed by overriding national security consideration on the need to strengthen the operational capacity of the special forces of the Nigeria Police Force.
He said that the IGP had not used his office to threaten Mobile Police Commanders into generating millions of naira monthly through illegal means for the project.
”It is on record that the parcel of land where the institution was sited was donated to the Police with the full complement of the Certificate of Occupancy by the Governor of Nasarawa State.
“The acquisition of the land was, therefore, without any financial commitment by the Police.
”The construction of the facility was achieved with the support of the Nasarawa State Government and well-meaning corporate bodies within the context of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
”All the support so extended were not in cash but in form of donation of materials,” he said.
Mba said that the only involvement of some Squadron Commanders was to ensure the delivery of some of the construction materials so donated by the corporate bodies.
He said the construction of the project through corporate intervention was a demonstration of the commitment of the Force leadership to meet its obligations to citizens.
According to him, this is not the first time corporate organisations and governments at all levels are assisting the police to bridge operational and infrastructural gaps.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria’s total hits 44,433 as NCDC announces 304 new cases, 910 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Tuesday.
According to it, as of Aug. 4, 14 deaths were recorded in the country.
Till date, 44,433 cases have been confirmed out of which 31,851 cases have been discharged and 910 deaths recorded nationwide.
Others were Edo (6), Bauchi (4), Kwara (4), Ogun (4), Osun (4), Bayelsa (3), Plateau (3), Niger (3), Nasarawa (2) and Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the agency warned that the coronavirus does not care if a person ‘believe’ in use of face masks or not.
“You may not believe in the virus, but the virus sure believes in you.
“Do not wear masks with valves.
“Why? Because a valve acts as an open doorway, allowing your breath to leave the mask and putting those around you at risk of catching COVID-19.
“Again, there are many ways to wear a mask incorrectly, but only one way to maximise protection; wear a well-fitted mask with gaps.
“Check if your mask fit before going outside, it is really simple.
“Step 1, inhale: Your mask should pull on your face.
“Step 2, exhale: Your mask should expand.
“Step 3, check leaks: There should be no major leaks.
“Readjust your mask if there are leaks for best protection, your mask should fit well,’’ it advised.
“Even if you wear protective mask in public, it is important that you also use other preventive measures, stay at least two metres away from other people.
“Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
“Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; cover your coughs and sneezes.’’
It, however, said that coronavirus could not overwhelm Nigerians.
“There’s an end; let’s just do the needful,’’ it stated.
The figures have reduced significantly over the past seven days with the lowest figure over this timeline, being 288 recorded on Aug. 3.
Between June and July, new cases had risen to as high as 790 on July 1.
With the recent trend, the case rate is slowing down in the country.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Gov. Sule condemns killing of journalist, others in Nasarawa state
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has condemned the killing of a former treasurer of the State’s Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Mr Benjamin Ekom, by unidentified gunmen.
Mr Ekom, who was also former Secretary-General of the Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), was on Monday, Aug. 3, killed by unidentified persons in his residence at Washo village in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
Sule, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Ibrahim Addra, on Tuesday in Lafia, described the killing of the journalist as “shocking.”
He said the killers of Ekom and all other innocent citizens were enemies of peace and progress of the state and the country.
He assured that his administration would fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly acts and bring them to justice.
“Let me reassure all citizens of our state that we shall fish out these criminals, and shall not relent in our efforts to secure lives and livelihoods of all inhabitants of the state.
“The security agencies have been put on alert and will pursue until these criminal elements are hunted down and brought to justice.
“Our prayers are with the families of all those who lost their lives in the hands of evil doers in the land,” Sule added.
The governor said that his administration would remain resolute and focused on the task of building a prosperous and peaceful Nasarawa state.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that gunmen had also on July 31, stormed Odu village in Nasarawa Local Government Area, where they shot and killed the village head, Mr Amos Obere.
Similarly, on July 27, five persons were reportedly killed and 14 missing in Dausu village in Toto Local Government Area following a night attack.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Nasarawa lawmaker condemns killing of former ECDA Secretary
Mr Abel Bala, a member of Nasarawa House of Assembly representing Nassarawa Eggon West Constituency, has condemned the killing of Mr Benjamin Ekom, a former Secretary General, Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA).
Ekom was killed on Monday night in his house in Washo in Akun Development Area of the state.
He was also a former Treasurer of Nasarawa State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Bala paid a condolence visit to the deceased’s house on Tuesday where he was received by the District Head of Eva- Washo, Mr Malle Anzaku, among other district heads of Akun Development Area.
He described the killing as inhuman and barbaric.
The lawmaker, who is the minority whip of the state assembly, said that the contributions of Ekom to the development of Eggon nation, journalism profession and the state at large would be greatly missed.
“I am here to sympathize and condole with the family, Eggon nation and Akun Development Area over the brutal killing of one of our own, Mr Benjamin Ekom, the former ECDA Secretary General.
“I condemn this act in totality as it is inhuman and barbaric,” he said.
The lawmaker called on the security agents to fish out his killers and punish them accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.
“I want to use this medium to call on the security agents to swing into action and fish out those who killed Mr Benjamin Ekom and punish them accordingly in order to serve as deterrent to others.
“As it will also go a long way in ensuring peace in the state and the country at large,” he said.
Bala urged the family and the entire Eggon nation to take solace in God and prayed for repose of the deceased soul.
Responding, the District Head of Eva-Washo, Mr Malle Anzaku, thanked the lawmaker for the condolence and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ekom was attacked and killed in the midnight of Aug.3 in his house in Washo, Akun Development area of the state.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Tajudeeen Atitebi (NAN)