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College of Education: Provost Exhumes 9,000 NCE Certificates as NCCE accredits 32 courses 

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From Christopher Okon, Uyo

Over 9,000 Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) certificates from 2010 have been tracked by the Provost of Akwa Ibom College of Education, Afaha Nsit Prof Daniel Udoh and issued to their owners.

The Provost  also said that his administration has secured full accreditation  for all the  22 NCE and 10 Degree courses and one partial accreditation for a degree course, a departure from the past when academic programmes in the institution were challenged with several unaccredited courses.

Udo who made this known during an interaction with newsmen in his office said that some of the affected students had finished their programmes successfully but their results were not processed while some had their results processed but their certificates were not signed.

The Provost blamed the situation on the dual mode of signature at the colleges where certificates have to be signed in the college before returning to Abuja, for the endorsement by the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education.

“In my tenure by God’s grace we have been able to exhume well over 9000 certificates dating back to 2010.These people had finished but they could not have theirs certificates.

“We had this dual mode of certificates at the colleges. By dual mode I mean after signing the certificates here in the college the certificates have to go to Abuja (NCCE) for the signature of the Executive Secretary before they come back to us.

“Some of these students had finished, some of them the results were not processed, some of the results were processed but their certificates were not signed and you have to pay to NCCE to print the certificates from the Nigerian Security, Printing and Minting Company.

“So, these are the processes. But over 9,000 students on record who had finished without certificates now have certificates. That was in March 2020, so I told them to come on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their certificates,” he explained.

Udoh also disclosed that his administration paid TETFund tax arrears of about N100m out of the N140m incurred by previous administrations in a bid to continue enjoying funding for academic and infrastructural projects from the Fund.

He commended the state government and TETFund for improvement in academic and administrative infrastructure in the school, pointing out that more could have been done if not for the challenges of COVID-19 and increase in cost of materials in recent times.

Projects recently undertaken by the Fund in the school and at various levels of completion he said included the Technical Education building, Electrical installations, ICT building from 2017-19 merged intervention, Academic Building and

The Provost who disclosed that his creation of a portal for paying of school was for reasons of transparency and to avoid leakages while the menace of cultism has also been reduced to the barest minimum with cooperation of the host community.

He said that students’ unrest and other social vices associated with SUG elections was nipped in the bud with the introduction of online voting during SUG elections to reduce violence.

This, he said, has led to the election of popular candidates but also a people backed and active SUG while there has been no issue of disruption of academic activities due to students’ unrest.

On the recent faceoff between him and labour leaders in the school, the Provost confirmed that his actions followed due process while he was exonerated at the end of the impasse.

“But in all this I give God all the glory for His guidance and grace. I want to leave a legacy of all round discipline. I want to leave behind a true academic tradition. I can tell you that there are a few staff in this place who felt that it was going to be business as usual.

“I want to leave a college with records, leave with a true sense of academic and administrative traditions and I am very particular about this. By academic tradition I mean for instance you are not supposed to have a degree when you did not write examinations,” Udoh concluded.

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Kidnaping: Police in Adamawa Nab 3 Suspects, Rescue 16-yr-old Female Victim

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The Police Command in Adamawa, says its operatives, in collaboration with Hunters in Gombi Local Government Area (LGA), have arrested three suspected kidnappers, and rescued a 16 year-old female victim.

SP Suleiman Nguroje, the command’s spokesperson, who disclosed this in a statement in Yola on Wednesday, said the operation was carried out by its Crack Squad.

Nguroje said that the operation was launched following a tip-off, and the operatives stormed a kidnapping den at Fotta village of Gombi.

“The suspects were all arrested at a certain house in a remote side of Fotta Village, where they camped their kidnapped female victim and demanded N8,000,000 ransom.

He said the victim, name withheld, was kidnapped three days ago, from Buma Village, Shani LGA of Borno State.

According to the statement, the victim is currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed health facility.

Nguroje stated that the Commissioner of Police, CP Dankombo Morris, had assured the public that there would be no hiding place for criminals as they would be fished out from anywhere within the state.

He called on members of the public to give timely information to the Police, especially those with questionable character. (NAN)

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Average Price Per Litre of Kerosene Stood at N1,329.53 in January – NBS

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the average price of a litre of kerosene dropped from N1,362.27
in December 2023 to N1,329.53 in January 2024.

This is contained in the Bureau’s “Kerosene Price Watch’’ for January 2024 released on Wednesday in Abuja.

The report said the January price represented a 2.

40 per cent decrease compared to what was obtained in December.

The NBS said the average price per litre of kerosene increased on a year-on-year basis by 15.

27 per cent from N1,153.40 recorded in January 2023 to N1,329.53 in January 2024.

On state profile analysis, the report showed that Kaduna recorded the highest average price of N1,833.

33 per litre of kerosene in January, followed by Benue at N1,766.67 and Niger at N1,703.70.

“On the other hand, the lowest price was recorded in Bayelsa at N969.70, followed by Rivers at N1,057.69 and Kwara atN1,066.67.”

The NBS said the analysis further showed that the North-Central recorded the highest average retail price per litre of Kerosene at N1,479.10, followed by the North-East at N1,381.94.

It said the South-South recorded the lowest average retail price per litre of kerosene at N1,225.83.

The report said the average retail price per gallon of Kerosene paid by consumers in January 2024 was N4, 870.83, indicating a 7.53 per cent increase from N4,529.92 recorded in December 2023.

“On a year-on-year basis, the average price per gallon of kerosene increased by 25.34 per cent from N3, 886.11 recorded in January 2023.

On state profile analysis, it showed that Adamawa recorded the highest average retail price at N6,083.33 per gallon of kerosene, followed by Bauchi at N5,800.00 and Kano at N5,777.78.

On the other hand, the report said Delta recorded the lowest price at N4,000.00, followed by Ondo and Enugu at N4,398.03 and N4,409.05, respectively.

Analysis by zone showed that the North-East recorded the highest average price per gallon of Kerosene at N5,526.39, followed by the North- West at N5,062.78.

“The South-East recorded the lowest average price per gallon of kerosene at N4,508.51,” the NBS said.(NAN)

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Protest: DSS Urges Labour to Embrace Dialogue

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has urged  the organised labour to embrace dialogue and negotiation against its planned protest slated for Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

Dr Peter Afunanya, the Director of Public Relations and Strategic Communications of the DSS,  made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the service recognised protest as the legitimate right of the labour movement but call on the body to shelve the planned  action in the interest of peace and public order.

“The attention of the DSS has been drawn to plans by sections of the organised labour to stage protests between Feb.

27 and Feb.  28 in parts of the country over sundry economic issues.

“The DSS appeals to labour  to go after dialogue and negotiation rather than engaging in conducts that can heighten tensions.

“More so,  the service is aware that some elements are planning to use the opportunity of the protest to foment crisis and by extension, widespread violence,” he said.

He said the protest, without doubt, would worsen the socio-economic situation across the country.

According to him, it is common knowledge that all levels of government are striving to ameliorate the prevailing economic condition and as such, should be given a benefit of the doubt.

He said appropriate authorities were working assiduously with a spectrum of stakeholders to fashion out modalities to address the current difficulties.

Afunanya urged citizens to recognise that what remained unsolved in peace time, would not be attained in war-time, adding that everyone would be casualty in time of trouble.

“Ongoing wars in the global scene is a stark reminder of their catastrophic repercussions on the affected countries’ domestic environments thus, the critical need to protect and maintain our internal stability and unity.

“Those exploiting the fault lines in the country need to have a rethink as resort to negativities will endanger our peaceful coexistence with dire consequences.

“Parents and guardians are implored to exert authority in guiding their children and wards from inimical acts capable of jeopardising public safety and harmony,” he added.

He called on all sectors, including political parties, opposition groups, religious and traditional institutions, civil society and non-governmental bodies to eschew violence and demonstrate leadership and statesmanship in the current challenging times.

According to him, making political capital out of the current situation or involving in divisive utterances at a time like this, will be of no benefit to any peace-loving Nigerian.

Afunanya enjoined citizens to be vigilant and not allow fifth columnists and hostile forces or agents to use them to destabilise the peace of the nation. (NAN)

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