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Death Toll in Jos Building Collapse Hits 14

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By Jude Dangwam, Jos

It was a day of wailing and tears in Jos, Plateau State capital on Tuesday as 14 persons were killed and many injured when a three storey building collapsed.

Eye witnesses said the incident which happened late Monday evening at Layin Sarki, Jos North Local Government Area had the presence of search and rescue operation team of National Emergency management agency (NEMA), Red Cross, fire service and security personnel to curtail the situation.

The Member representing Jos North-North in the Plateau State House of Assembly Hon. Baba Hassan at the rescued efforts on Monday evening said some of the victims were calling their love ones telling them that they have been trapped under the collapsed building.

He blamed the collapse to the use of substandard building materials.

Reacting, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state during the 2019 general elections, Senator Jeremiah Useni called on the public to be cautious of their environment especially this raining season.

Also speaking, the acting executive secretary of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Engr. Okey Ezema said the collapsed building did not pass quality control tests.

“There is low level of professionalism on the job that is why the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers keep on advising the general public to be careful.

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” It is possible there is no design to this building, and because there is no design it is possible no professional is involved from the preliminary stage of the building. So, this case is the case of quackery and the use of bad materials.” Ezema Lamented.

On the steps taking to ensure competent and committed hands and avoid the menace of building collapse, Ezema said: ” Just last month the National chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Mrs. Aishatu Ali Umar constituted a very high-powered committee to produce a position paper of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers on collapse building.

“We commended several measures that would help to mitigate the menace of collapse building because is becoming embarrassing and each time it happens people start pointing fingers on engineers but if check properly engineers have not been involved.”

The acting executive secretary further stressed that quacks have really found their way in the engineering profession and this has to stop.

“It has to stop from the developers, architect they are the first point of call. Each time they come they should be able to advise developers that there are people responsible for each unit of structural development. It is only then that this can stop.

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” We are so happy as engineers in this country that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the current amendment decree empowering COREN to prosecuting issues like this. And very soon people will be prosecuted. And if they are found wanting, been the developer or whoever else the person will be prosecuted according to the provision of the law.” He stated.

However, out of the seven persons rescued, only two sustained serious injuries while 5 were mild injuries treated and got discharged from the hospital.

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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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NECO Declares Sallah Day Exams Free

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja 

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has stated that it has not scheduled any examination for Saturday 9th July, 2022.

This is contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the Council has scheduled examination for 9th July, 2022, which is Sallah Day (Eid- Adha).

The Council emphasised it consciousness of the importance of religious festivals, and they always make adequate provision for such in fixing examination dates.

In the statement by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, the Council has given a whole examination free week, beginning from Friday, 8th July to Wednesday, 13th July, 2022 in the On-going Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for School based candidates to enable Muslim faithful have enough time to celebrate the festival.

It would be recalled that the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for School based Candidates commenced on 27th June, and will end on 12th August, 2022.

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