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Be apolitical, Non – Interference In Technicalities Why Discharging Assigned Duties – says SGF.

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

In a bid to eradicate poverty and place Nigeria on the part of sustainable development, the SGF, Boss Mustapha has warned the newly inaugurated National Governing Council members to be a political and avoid interference with the technicalities in carrying out their duties.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation gave the warning while inaugurating fifteen National Governing Council (NGC) of the African Union Development Agency – New Partnership For Africa’s Development /Africa Peer Review Mechanism on Tuesday at the SGF’s office, Abuja.

Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ecological Funds Office, Dr (Mrs.) Habiba Lawal, explained that the council’s primary responsibility is to conduct the Nigeria’s 2nd self assessment report as well as to provide guidance in terms of policy direction to ensure professionalism and credibility of the entire process.

“The NGC is expected to build strong synergy with ministry for budget and national planning and other important ministries, agencies and the political class for proper integration and acceptance of the APRN policies, knowledge and process nationwide in accordance to the principles of broad base participation.

” The process must as it focus in deepening of the democratic principles why strengthening achievements, disseminating optimal practices and ratifying underlying deficiencies in governance and socioeconomic development in our country”.

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According to Mustapha, the membership of the council were selected base on their integrity, credible track record and core of competence to drive the AUDA-NEPAD process through the realization of its set goals.

The council whose membership is drawn from different professions is chaired by senator Abba Ali, former senator for Borno South.

In response, the chairman of the council, senator Ali, who describes the inauguration as a road map for proper implementation of the two great national task, further assures of the council’s collaboration to meet up with the mandate given.

” let me assure you that the council by the grace of God would work harmoniously to deliver the mandate as assigned, trusting the integrity, credible track record and core areas of competence of the council members”.

He however, urged the members of the council to key into the mercenary already put by AUDA-NEPAD for efficiency and effectiveness in carrying out the noble task ahead.

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Bandits Attack Buhari’s Advance Team Convoy in Daura

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah. 

The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.

 

Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu in a statement, said two persons in the convoy were receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered.

Shehu said “all the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura”.

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Bello Forwards Three Commissionership Nominees  to Kogi Assembly for Confirmation

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Kogi State Governor,  Yahaya Bello has forwarded  names of three Commissionership nominees to  Kogi State House of Assembly for confirmation

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onogwu Muhammed disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Lokoja on Tuesday.

He said that the nominees  are;  former Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, (Kogi West); Dr.

Zakeri Usman and Engr. Mohammed Abdulmutalab from Dekina and Okene Local Government Areas respectively.

The Information Commissioner, Fanwo had resigned his appointment to contest the Yagba West House of Representatives ticket of the All Progressives Congress but lost.

It was also gathered that Dr. Usman if confirmed by the assembly, will replace the former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu who was sacked by the Governor from office in April 2022, over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

Meanwhile, Abdulmutalab will also replace Engr. Abubakar Ohere who resigned to pursue his senatorial ambition.

Ohere emerged the Senatorial candidate of the APC for Kogi Central Senatorial seat, and would be slugging it out with Barr. Natasha Akpoti Uduaghan, the candidate of the main opposition- Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

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Education Minister Promises Equity, Fairness over Unity Colleges Admissions

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja. 

As Principals of the Nation’s 110 Unity Colleges converge on Benin city, the Edo State capital to kick-start this year’s admission, Education Minister, Adamu Adamu has directed that they must be guided by the principles of fairness,equity and good conscience in the conduct of the admission exercise. 

In a message to the body of Principals handling the exercise, the Minister emphasized that every part of the country must be given a sense of belonging in the admission exercise, adding that the process must reflect the ideals of the founding fathers of unity colleges as centers of academic excellence and models for states and private schools as well as instruments for National integration and unity.

In a message delivered at the opening ceremony on  behalf of the Minister, the Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta  Abdulkadir said that; if we are to produce responsible citizens, we must stick to the rules in order to make the right choices of qualified candidates as a foundation for future academic excellence.

The Minister reminded the principals that they should stick to the National policy of the ratio of one teacher to forty students per class in line with UNESCO regulations, adding that carrying capacity must be adhered to.

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Adamu Adamu emphasized that candidates who have applied for admission into Unity schools outside of their immediate communities should be given Priority.

The Minister directed Principals to adhere strictly to the criteria for the selection which is 60percent National merit, 30percent equality of states and 10percent exigency.

Earlier in her welcome address , the Chairperson of Principals of Federal Unity colleges who is also the Principal of Queens Collage Lagos,Dr T. F. O Yakubu-Oyinloye said government’s guidelines on merit and equality of states will be followed strictly so as to get the best candidates for the Nation’s Unity Colleges. 

One of the highlights of the opening ceremony was a guided tour of the host college, Federal Government Girls College Benin, which is wearing a brand new look, more like a University campus than a secondary school. 

The Principal of the collage Mrs Aghedo Osamediame who led her colleagues on the guided tour said, the brand new look of the college has been made possible courtesy of the intervention of the Ministry.

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