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Technical education, key to national devt. –Ex-OAU VC



Prof. Michael Faborode, a former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has described technical education as an important tool for national development.

Faborode said that vocational and technical education must be urgently fixed for the country to attain national development.

He spoke at a colloquium on education organised by Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, the CEO of Mutual Benefit Assurance on Wednesday in Osogbo.

The colloquium had as theme: “Education as Input Variable for National Development.”

Faborode, a former Secretary-General, Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigeria, said the challenges of industrialisation would persist until the problem of vocational and technical education was fixed.

Also speaking, Prof. Pat Utomi, the founder of Centre for Values in Leadership, said that Nigeria must be serious with vocational and technical education to join the developed countries.

“Our problem as a nation is that we consume more than we produce.

“If we want to be part of the technologically developed world, then we must embrace vocational and technical education, ” Utomi said.

Also speaking, the Director-General, Dawn Commission, Mr Seye Oyeleye, noted that Nigeria was laying too much emphasis on certificates than skills.

Oyeleye called on Nigerian leaders to address the discrimination against technical certificate holders in the quest for national development.

Earlier in his remarks, former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade, who was the Chairman at the event, commended Ogunbiyi for organising the colloquium.

Akinrinade appealed to the Nigeria University Commission to review the process of admitting students into tertiary institutions by ensuring that qualified students were admitted to study education.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who was the royal father at the event, also commended Ogunbiyi for embarking on education, health, empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes. (NAN)


(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)


Yobo takes part in first Super Eagles’ technical crew meeting



The technical crew of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has admitted newly appointed assistant coach of the team, Joseph Yobo, into its fold.

The Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.

Ibitoye said the former captain of the team was admitted into the crew during a meeting via video conferencing on Sunday.

“Joseph Yobo was welcomed officially to the team at the meeting.

“The scouts and assistant coaches were able to provide the head coach with information about all our players in Europe and draw up a plan to keeping monitoring them,” Ibitoye said.

He said this was the first meeting since Gernot Rohr was handed a contract extension, adding that this offered him the opportunity to enforce his philosophy and the need for the team to stay focused and hungry for greater success.

NAN reports that Nigeria re-signed Rohr to a new two-year contract extension in May that would see the German finish as the longest-serving coach in Super Eagles history by the end of his tenure.

NAN also reports that those that took part in the video conferencing alongside the head coach and Yobo included Nabil Trabelsi, video analyst and Jean Luc Royer, fitness coach.

Others were Tunde Adelakun, chief scout; Alloy Agu, goalkeeper coach; Ibrahim Gyaran, team doctor and Anaemeka Anozie, team physiotherapist.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)




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Ogun govt. to revive technical education for sustainable devt



The Ogun Government on Thursday announced plans to revive technical education as part of efforts to improve the economy of the state.

Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa, the Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Technical Education, made this known in Abeokuta at a meeting with representatives of Ogun Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (Ogun CCIMA).

Odemuyiwa said that the revival had become necessary because technical education played a strategic role in wealth creation in any society.

He noted that technical education required creativity, craftsmanship as well as entrepreneurial spirit.

Odemuyiwa said that the Dapo Abiodun-led administration was poised at preparing and equipping youths of the state with relevant skills with a view to making them employable.

He noted that such measure would help in economic recovery, poverty reduction and sustainable development of the state.

He urged the body to interface with the private sector to build the relevant system of education which would transform the state into humane society, filled with entrepreneurs to boost its economy.

Responding, the First Deputy President of Ogun CCIMA, Alhaji Wasiu Olaleye, said the chambers was committed to addressing the huge deficit in the education sector of the state.

He noted that such gap had resulted into a situation whereby expertise were sourced from abroad rather than within.

Olaleye said that the body was working with relevant organisations to act as catalysts in rebuilding technical and vocational education in Ogun.

He gave an assurance that the sector would be more attractive, if properly structured and organised.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Abacha Loot III: Ministry of Justice opens technical bid for implementation monitoring



The Federal Ministry of Justice on Thursday opened technical bids for Consultancy Service to monitor the implementation of Abacha loot III.

The News Agency of Nigeria that the Consultancy Service is to undertake the monitoring of the implementation of the tripartite agreement on the Sharing, Transfer, Disposition, Repatriation and Management of the Abacha Forfeited Assets.

Mrs Ladidi Mohammed, Head, Asset Recovery and Management Unit, Ministry of justice declared open the bidding process.

Mohammed said the process is in tandem with the Asset Return Agreement of Feb. 3 by the Nigeria government, the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

‘`This Agreement is based on international law and cooperation measures that set out the procedures for the repatriation, transfer, disposition and management of the assets.

“The government is committed to supporting and assisting in expediting the construction of the three major infrastructure projects across Nigeria in the agreement.

“The projects are the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Abuja – Kano Road, and the Second Niger Bridge,’’ she explained.

She said that the aim of the bid is to select a Civil Society Organisation Monitoring Team to oversee the implementation of the projects and report regularly on progress made to the public.

“This is to ensure transparent management of the returned assets’’.

NAN reports that the process for the engagement of the monitoring team commenced with adverts published in some media.

These include two Nigerian newspapers –Daily Trust and the Punch of March 4, and a Notice of Extension on April 17, the Federal Tenders Journal of March 9 and 23, and the Economist of March 14.

The adverts were also on the website of the Federal Ministry of

Mr Nasiru Bello, a representative of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) while opening the bids noted that 17 organisations submitted entries for the technical bid.

He added that the bids will be handed over to the Evaluation Committee to ensure that due process followed all through.

The Due Process Mechanism is to establish and sustain an open, transparent and competitive procurement system that is integrity-driven.

NAN reports  that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had on May 4, confirmed the receipt of 311,797,866.11 million dollars of the Abacha assets repatriated from the U.S. and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

According to Malami, ` the amount increased from over 308 million US dollars mentioned in the press release issued in February to 311,797,866.11 million dollars following the accrued interest from Feb. 3 to April 28 when the funds were transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria’.

“These recoveries are transparently and judiciously deployed in supporting indigent Nigerians as specified in the agreement signed with the Switzerland and the World Bank.”

“In line with the 2020 Asset Return Agreement, the fund has been transferred to a Central Bank of Nigeria Asset Recovery designated account and would be paid to the National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) within the next fourteen days.

The NSIA is responsible for the management and execution of the projects to which the funds will be applied’’.

NAN reports that the recovered funds were allegedly laundered through the U.S. banking system and then held in some bank accounts in the Bailiwick of Jersey.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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China donates masks to bi-communal technical committees in Cyprus




Chinese Embassy in Cyprus on Tuesday donated 1,200 face masks to the bi-communal committees in Cyprus, which is made up of Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

The contribution was “a special donation to the bi-communal technical committees for their better protection at work in facilitating the political process of the Cyprus problem as restrictions gradually lift,” Chinese Ambassador Huang Xingyuan told Xinhua.

The donation was also announced by the United Nations mission in Cyprus, which said that the donation was handed by Ambassador Huang to the Coordinator of the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General (OSASG) on Cyprus, Sergiy Illarionov.

“The masks were donated by the Chinese Embassy in Nicosia to be used as protective equipment by the bi-communal technical committees. Mr. Illarionov thanked the Embassy for its generous support on behalf of the bi-communal technical committees,” said a message posted on the UN Cyprus social media.


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COVID-19: Lagos CP inaugurates joint technical team on movement of food, agric inputs



The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Thursday inaugurated a seven-man Joint Technical Task Team on the Emergency Response to COVID-19 on challenges of movement of food and agricultural inputs in the country.

Odumosu said during inauguration at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Ikeja, that the team was initiated to facilitate free movement of agricultural products across the country by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Odumosu is a member, representing the Nigeria Police Force.

Odumosu said other members of the team include Dr Femi Oke, Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Lagos State as member; and Muhammad Waksha, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, member.

He said Dr Qasim Akinreti, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State, member; and Mrs Olayinka Akeredolu, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Secretary, were also in the team.

The police commissioner named the remaining as Mr Jimoh Buhari, National Union of Road Transport Workers, member; and Mr Kayode Odunowo, Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), member.

He said that there had been some concerns by members of the agricultural sector that they had  avoidable delays along the line, mostly from the security agencies.

The CP listed the terms of reference  to include: “Working with relevant agencies in the states and local government areas.

“This is to develop a window that would facilitate free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and other agricultural inputs without compromising the security and health of the nation;

“To issue out clear instructions to all the security personnel in the three internal security outfits of Police, Civil Defence and the Army on the need to allow the free and unhindered movement of foodstuff, livestock and agricultural inputs to all parts of Nigeria.

“To work with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to adequately educate its members in ensuring that vehicles conveying foodstuffs, livestock and agricultural inputs, excluding passengers, are allowed to pass.

“To ensure that adequate information clarifying the controlled movement of foodstuff, livestock and agricultural inputs is disseminated by the media to food transporters and security personnel.”

Odumosu said agricultural products and produce are perishables that must not be allowed to waste in order to boost food security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you know, agricultural products have life span, and at the border of each state, we have health personnel checking the status of the produce before they would be allowed into any other state.

“At the federal level, the team was inaugurated by the Minister of Agriculture and directed that each state of the country should have its own committee.

“A committee similar to a task force team that will enhance the free movement of agricultural products within the state; both intra and inter state.

“The team comprises some stakeholders — the Police, NSCDC, NUJ, All farmers Association and NURTW, who are in charge of the drivers.

Others are Federal Ministry of Agriculture and NARTO, who are in charge of the trucks for transporting the food items.

“The essence of having the transport unions is to sensitise the drivers not to put half farm produce and half human beings in their truck, as we have it in most cases and usually cause problems,” he said.

Also speaking, Mrs Olayinka Akeredolu, State Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Oko-Oba, Lagos,  said the joint team was the initiative of the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanunu.

Akeredolu said the minister directed that there should be a team that would oversee and ensure the free flow of agricultural product and produce.

“We are in the farming season now whereby there are a lot of activities going on in the farms.

“This is the time when farmers need inputs, agricultural chemicals and many other things on the farms and they need easy movement to the farms.

“Agriculture is time bound, there are some activities that should take place at a certain period of time and we don’t want a situation whereby farming activities will not be able to go on smoothly.

“Also, many agricultural products are perishable, within a few hours they can get spoilt and we don’t want a situation whereby agricultural produce that are coming from the farms will stay hours at the check points and will go rotten.

“When the farm produce go rotten, the farmers will not have value for efforts, they don’t have money and they will not be willing to do more in the next farming season,” she said.

Dr Femi Oke, a member of the task team, lauded the federal government for setting up the committee.

Oke said farmers were very happy with the team as it would facilitate free flow of farm produce and products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara govt. lauds NCDC for technical support



The Kwara government, on Tuesday, commended the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for its technical support to the state’s medical team since the outbreak of COVID– 19 in the state.
The commendation was contained in a letter written to the NCDC team by the state Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazak, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, on Tuesday in Ilorin quoted Alabi as commending the NCDC team for its ‘noble contributions.’
The deputy governor, who is also the Chairman of the state Technical Committee on COVID– 19, noted that the team would be leaving the state better prepared to manage COVID-19 and other similar cases in future.
“I write on behalf of the governor and the good people of Kwara to express our profound appreciation for your noble contributions while in the state, particularly in the fight against COVID-19.
“Your expertise and technical know-how have tremendously improved the state’s healthcare services, especially during this crucial time of combating the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is also pertinent to state that the history of the present health challenges will not be complete without your contributions written in gold,” he said.
He said that the delegation, led by Dr Shuaib Belgore, arrived the state a few weeks ago to drill the state’s medical team on the handling of the pandemic.
This, he said, had resulted in the strengthening of the capacity and capability of the state to tackle the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor has acknowledged the commendation of the health workers for the jumbo allowance given them by the state government for their proactive measures against spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) commended the state governor for delivering on his words to pay frontline health workers daily allowances, in appreciation of their work.
“Dr Kolade Solagberu, the state Chairman of NMA, said that AbdulRazaq has fulfilled his promise to pay decent allowances to all the health workers involved in the COVID-19 campaign.
“While medical doctors are being paid N25,000 daily, all other categories of health workers in the frontline are getting varying allowances on a daily basis, to encourage them to do more.
“This is no doubt motivating and an added impetus toward driving the ready spirit of the health workers,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVlD-19: Kwara inaugurates technical c’ttees in LGs



As part of efforts to combat further spread of the COVID-19 in Kwara, the state government on Wednesday inaugurated technical committees in local governments.

The committees, which had health professionals and technocrats as members, were inaugurated for all the 16 local government areas of the state.

Inaugurating the committee, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hajia Aisha Ahman-Pategi, reiterated the importance of setting up the committees at the local government level.

She said the inauguration of the committees at the grassroots was in line with the vision of Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to pioneer creative ideas and innovation by prioritising the welfare of the citizens of the state.

The move, she added, would bring awareness and coordination to local communities.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razak, on his part, described the inauguration as ” historic.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that each committee will work within the local government area and submit reports to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Kwara Govt. inaugurates COVID-19 Technical Committees at local government levels



Kwara Government on Tuesday inaugurated COVID-19 Technical Committees in the 16 local government areas of the state  saddled with the task of  combating the pandemic.


The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs  Aisha Ahman-Pategi,said that the committees were set up in line with the vision of Gov.  Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara.


Ahman-Pategi said  that the committees were expected to come up with creative ideas and innovation that would prioritise the welfare of the citizens of the state.


She said that the committee also would be expected to  create  awareness on how people at the grassroots could combat the spread of the deadly disease.


She said that this task would be coordinated by  the state Ministry of Local Government.


Ahman-Pategi  also said that the  government would set up technical committees at the ward levels.

She said that  the committees  at  the ward levels  would create structures for information flow  from  wards to local governments and then to the state.


Also, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razak, described the move as historic saying that “Kwara is localising its campaign by bringing its  efforts to the grassroots where the most vulnerable are found.”


He added that the committee would work based on a template that would be structured into five groups: Local Government Medical Advisory, Policy Enforcement, Ward and Protection, Public Education and Awareness/Media.


He listed others to include: Palliative/Grassroot Mobilisation and Engagement, Economic and Agric Strategy for Identification/Sustainability of Economic Opportunities and Agricultural Sustainability for Food Production during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


He said  that the committees would submit their reports to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who would process them  before sending them  to the state technical committee.


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Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Peter Dada (NAN)


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COVID-19: Gov. Ganduje appoints Technical Response Team Coordinator



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has appointed Dr Tijani Hussain as Coordinator, COVID-19 Technical Response Team in the state.

The appointment is contained in a statement by the Governors’ Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar on Tuesday in Kano.

Ganduje said that Hussain’s appointment was in recognition of his deep knowledge and understanding of the health sector.

The governor said that, Hussain, who is the Executive Secretary, Kano state Primary Health Care Management Board was a thorough bred health professional.

“He is a sound health professional who understands his assigned responsibility, he is equipped to coordinate the team providing technical leadership against the global pandemic,” he said.

The governor urged members of the public and corporate organisations in the state to accord the co-ordinator the needed support.

Ganduje urged the response team coordinator to undertake the responsibilities of the new office in a manner that would justify the confidence reposed in him. (NAN )

Edited By: Azubuike (NAN)  Okeh/Ismail Abdulaziz

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