Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun says his administration will ensure smooth and effective take-off of the proposed Federal College of Education in the state.
Oyetola said this when members of the technical team of the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education visited him on Saturday in Osogbo.
The governor said the state government would do everything possible to support the Federal Government in its plan to establish the college in the state.
NAN also reports that Osun in the South-West is one of the beneficiaries, with the college sited in Iwo, Iwo Local Government area of the state.
Oyetola, who described education as the bedrock of socio-economic development of any society, said that the establishment of the institution in the state would complement his administration’s efforts at providing quality, qualitative and functional education.
According to him, the establishment of more colleges of education in the country will further contribute significantly to the development of vocational and technical education in the country.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and those who worked for the consideration of the state as one of the beneficiaries of the institutions.
“This is a rare privilege and we will continue to take it as such, because we are not the only state in the South-West.
“So, for something of this magnitude to come to our state, we are very grateful to Mr. President, and we will ensure its smooth take-off,” the governor said.
In his remarks, Prof. Bappa Aliyu, the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education, said members of the team were in Osun to inspect both the temporary and permanent sites of the institution.
Represented by Mr Ojo Samuel, the Director of Tertiary Education, Aliyu said that the visit was in fulfillment of the Federal Government’s commitment to promoting quality and functional education in the country.
“As a government, we are doing everything possible to improve the quality of education in the country and ensure that the people have unfettered access to education.
“We are also working hard to ensure the provision of competent teachers in all our colleges of education,” he said.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Federal lawmakers mourn Oyo APC leaders
House of Representatives members from Oyo State elected on the platform of APC on Monday described the demise of Chief Samuel Akindele, Pa Samuel Farinu and Alhaji Salaudeen Adelere as a huge loss to the progressives movement.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akindele, the state APC Vice Chairman, died on Sunday, a few days after the party lost the pioneer chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Pa Samuel Farinu and another chieftain, Pa Salaudeen Adelere.
The caucus chairman of the federal lawmakers, Rep. Segun Odebunmi, said in a statement in Ibadan that the deceased died at a time when their wise counsel and support were needed.
“They all lived well and did their best especially to serve humanity and advance progressive politics in Nigeria, an honourable path which they all chose since their early days in politics.
“No doubt they will be missed by all of us but we pray that almighty God consoled their immediate, extended and political families. May the Lord grant us all the grace to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.
The lawmaker also urged all stakeholders including aggrieved party members to cooperate with the peace committee put in place to resolve all disagreements.
“We need to work together to win the next election. The people of Oyo State are already missing APC style of governance because of the deceit that characterised the present administration.
“For us to rescue the state, we need to bury the hatchet and move on,” he said.
(Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Federal Fire Service saves 724 lives, assets worth N1.6trn in 5 months
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola says the Federal Fire Service responded to 2,615 fire calls, saved 724 lives and assets worth N1.629 trillion between June and October 2019.
The minister made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the fourth virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
He stated that his ministry presented to the Council its score card in the last one year.
Aregbesola explained that the N1.629 billion figure worth of assets saved was arrived at after professional evaluations of the fire incidents responded to by the fire service across the country.
“The Federal Fire Service responded to 2,615 fire calls, saved 724 lives and assets worth N1.629 trillion between June and October 2019.
“We evaluated this within the operational competence of the fire service to evaluate worth of property so as to put clear information and message of their activities and what they have done.
“In their intervention therefore what this means is that they have prevented destruction of assets worth N1.629 trillion between June and October 2019, while saving 724 lives and responded to 2,215 fire calls.’’
The minister disclosed that in the quest to boost personnel morale and ensure higher productivity, the ministry promoted 18,000 paramilitary personnel, describing it as the highest number by any administration.
“The Board of the Agencies has recruited a significant number of officers and men for the Services.’’
On the activities of the nation’s Correctional Service, the minister said 3,000 high capacity Custodial Centres had been constructed in three geo-political zones in the country.
According to him, the Service has embarked on extensive renovation and rehabilitation of cells, barracks and other structures across the country, while 32 Satellite Custodial Centres previously shut down due to insurgency have been re-opened and rehabilitated.
He said 14 new Satellite Custodial Centres and barracks had also been constructed.
“We reactivated Custodial Farm Centres for large scale agricultural production in piggery, fishing, cattle rearing and poultry in different parts of the country.
“About 25 new tractors and two combined harvesters with the accompanying implements have been procured and distributed to Custodial Farm Centres to enhance productivity.
“Three Custodial Farm Centres have been selected for large scale farming based on comparative advantage. They are Kujama Farm in Kaduna State for maize; Lakushi Farm in Plateau State for rice and Ozalla Farm in Edo State for palm oil,’’ Aregbesola said.
He also revealed that the ministry procured ambulances for Custodial Hospitals and renovated hospitals and clinics in various Custodial Centres across the country.
On the implementation of the Border Management Strategy (BMS), the minister said the ministry has completed the installation of MIDAS at all international airports in Nigeria.
“The construction of a world class technology building to manage all Nigeria Immigration Service ICT enhanced systems in Nigeria is nearing completion, while 14 well-equipped Forward Operation Bases (FOB) have been deployed at some entry points of the country.’’
Besides, he revealed that his ministry had created a robust social media presence to serve the citizens of Nigeria and provide improved customer experience on all its services.
These social media platforms, according to him, are: an interactive website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp.
In his contribution, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, said he presented the score card of his ministry to the Council at the meeting.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Federal lawmaker to train 200 youths on ICT in Kwara
Tunji Ajuloopin, the member representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, says arrangements are in place to train 200 youths under the Ajuloopin Digital Empowerment Programme 2020 (ADEP2020).
The lawmaker will also provide start-up funds and gadgets for beneficiaries of the project at the end of the training.
Ajuloopin revealed this on Wednesday as part of activities marking his first year in office.
He said economic prosperity and competitiveness of great nations were now hinged on internet and digital skills.
” The youth must as a matter of strategic effort and purposefulness acquire the relevant digital and internet skills and knowledge of today,” he said.
The lawmaker said digital and ICT skills remained the most relevant tools of empowerment, especially for youths in various communities.
” As a visionary leader with utmost love and unalloyed commitment to the economic sustainability of my constituency, and in furtherance of my various interventions, I deemed it fit to embark on this project,” he said.
He said that the project was specifically tailored to empower the teeming youthful population in the constituency, stressing that this would help reduce the burden of unemployment.
“ADEP is a well researched and well articulated package designed to fully equip and empower our vibrant young minds with adequate digital knowledge and skills as a veritable premise for entrepreneurial endeavors and self reliance,” he stated.
Ajuloopin explained that under the programme, no fewer than 200 youths from his constituency would be trained in various areas of digital knowledge.
He listed the areas to include Digital Marketing, Web Design and Development, Apps Design, Graphics Design, Social Media Marketing, Mini importation, Online Selling and Internet Content Creation.
The beneficiaries of this programme, he said, would have the unique advantage of interacting with leaders in various fields of ICT.
The lawmaker stated that successful participants would be provided with the requisite information and resources to guarantee an easy take off of their various ICT entrepreneurial endeavours.
He added that an after-training mechanism would be put in place to monitor and guide the beneficiaries.
According to him, the beneficiaries will also be provided with laptops and other gadgets at the end of the training.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Federal Fire Service commissions 10 firefighting trucks worth N1.9bn
The Federal Fire Service (FFS) on Tuesday in Abuja, commissioned 10 modern firefighting trucks worth N1.9 billion to combat fire outbreaks in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Nov. 7, 2018 The Federal Executive Council approved N11 billion for the purchase of 22 firefighting vehicles for the Federal Fire Service.
Inaugurating the trucks, Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola said the immediate deployment of the trucks to zones would help fight incessant fire outbreaks in the country.
He urged the service zonal offices and training schools to optimise and effectively use the assets acquired to improve fire coverage and enhance emergency response operations to complement state fire services.
He warned state governors with the notion to privatise government firefighting trucks to desist from the act and return the already possessed ones to the state fire service.
“The trucks are not for private purposes, buy yours and we will train your fire men for free without charge but will not give you our fire trucks.
“Do not confiscate fire trucks and desist from such acts,” he said.
Aregbesola advised the service to intensify efforts on inspecting buildings certification and if need be, seal off buildings that failed to comply until they were ready to be compliant.
“This is essential because we have noted that many grand buildings, especially public buildings, are not fire and other disaster compliant.
“ Many of them do not have fire hydrants, assembly points nor emergency exit routes.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Liman Ibrahim, Controller General, FFS, said that the newly commissioned trucks would be deployed to seven states of the federation; Nassarawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Oyo, Edo , Bayelsa and Anambra.
He said a special intervention fund approved by the federal government to address issues of outstanding debts to contractors for the procurement of firefighting trucks made the acquisition of the trucks possible.
“Although, the fund, not fully released, has enabled the service pay contractors for the delivery of the available trucks.
“Three more trucks will arrive the country this week and will be deployed to three states; Abia, Kebbi and Ondo.
“ If the present tempo of funding is sustained to enable us meet our obligations to the contractors before the year ends, we shall have fire stations in all state capitals and the FCT,” he said.
Ibrahim noted that only 19 states including the FCT had full complement of firefighting trucks and personnel.
“It is therefore expected that by the commissioning of these fire trucks and their subsequent deployment to seven states, the fire services’ presence in states with fire trucks will increase to 26 states, this leaves out 10 states,” he said.
Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, advised the CG to prioritise capacity building to enable the service alongside its personnel respond timely to disaster management.
She said that it was gratifying to see that the service had repositioned itself as a key player in ensuring safety of citizens in the country.
“The ministry will continue to support the activities of the service to provide safety for the entirety of the nation,” she said.