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Kogi Deputy Gov Donates House to Mother of Late Dr Ahmed

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, has donated a newly built and furnished 2-bedroom apartment to the mother of late Dr. Victor Idowu Ahmed, who died of lassa fever in 2018.

Our Correspondent reports that the late Victor Ahmed, a medical doctor at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, died of lassa fever on January 21, 2018, after contracting the virus in the line of duty while trying to save the life of a patient.

Ahmed had just secured placement for housemanship at FMC Lokoja, two months before he contracted the virus.

Our correspondent also reports that the Deputy Governor donated the house as part of his humanitarian gesture to mark his 47th birthday celebration.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, handed over the keys of the furnished two-bedroom bungalow to the mother of the deceased doctor, on behalf of the deputy governor, yesterday at Iruvochinomi community in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Audu commended the deputy governor for his humanitarian gesture, noting that such singular act of goodwill further showed that the New Direction policy under the direct guide of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya, was fulfilling her promises.

He added that the governor had directed that not less than 10 members of the deceased doctor’s family be captured under the Kogi State Health Insurance Scheme, particularly under the segment of “Bello Care”.

The commissioner called on all the health workers in the state to continue to give their best, that both the government and people of Kogi State truly appreciate and recognised their contribution to humanity.

He, therefore urged them never to give up or be discouraged, assuring that the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, would continue to support the families of those who have lost their lives in servitude to the nation.

The Ohinoyi of Ebira Land, His Royal Majesty, Dr Ado Ibrahim, who was represented by his son, Prince Ahmed-Azad Ado Ibrahim, congratulated the deputy governor on his 47th birthday and for his humility.

He further commended the deputy governor for his act of giving and for his humanitarian gesture towards the family of the deceased doctor, and prayed God to bless him and elongate his life.

Also speaking, Dr Kabiru Zubair, the President of Ebira Doctors’ Forum (EDF), on behalf of the association commended the deputy governor for the kind gesture.

According to Zubair, with this humanitarian gesture the deputy governor had actualised the dream of every doctor for their parents.

“The dream of every doctor is that at the end of your years of training, you want to quickly appreciate your parents by building a befitting house for them.

“So, we thank the Almighty God that today even though Dr Victor Ahmed is not here with us, the deputy governor has helped him to actualise his dream for his parents on his behalf.

The Medical Director of FMC Lokoja, Dr Olatunde Alabi, who was represented by the Assistant Director Admin, Mr Abdullahi Abdulrahman, thanked the deputy governor for his good heart towards the masses.

The younger brother of the deceased doctor, Moses Ahmed, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked Kogi Government and everyone that God has used to give succour to their family.

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94 Sacked Enugu College Lecturers Appeal to Gov. Mbah for Reinstatement 

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The 94 sacked lectures of Enugu State College of Education, Technical (ESCET), have appealed to Gov. Peter Mbah for reinstatement.

The group made the appeal in a letter to Mbah, signed by Dr Egbo Doris, Dr Njideka Frank and others, made available to newsmen on Sunday in Enugu.

In the letter  titled “A passionate appeal to reconsider staff disengagement at Enugu State College of Education (Technical) Enugu”, the group said if nothing was done, their disengagement would bring untold hardships to their families.

Mbah had in October 2023, constituted a seven-member investigative committee to probe alleged fraud and corrupt practices in the school.

According to them, they wrote to the governor as responsible and dedicated indigenes of Enugu State who were employed at  ESCET on Oct.

22, 2021.

 They stated that on  Feb. 26, they  received the distressing news of their disengagement from service which  was communicated to them through the Acting Registrar of the school, Mr Pat Aneke.

Aneke informed them he took directives from the Government Implementation Committee, to deliver the disengagement message to the affected staff.

While appealing to Mbah for reconsideration and reinstatement, the group said: “Our dedication to the educational growth of the school has been top-notch.

“It is only our set and Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, that were successful in the whole of the South East in the 2023 TETFAIR programme. We believe that the sudden termination of our employment does not accurately reflect our contributions.

“It was only this set, disengaged since the establishment of ESCET, that was able to attract international education grant for further research work to continue improving on the quality of education in Nigeria.

They disclosed that they were  special hybrid and highly intellectual academicians that had been working for the institution on how to increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through different research engagement for the school before their disengagement.

 According to the group, upon their  employment, they  remained dedicated and committed to the growth of the college and never deterred from discharging their duties in spite of irregular payment of staff salary.

 “It is equally sad to state that two of our colleagues lost their pregnancies at their  duty post, right inside the examination hall while selflessly and diligently serving the institution as invigilators.

“May the blood of those innocent babies be enough atonement and cry for justice on behalf of all the disengaged staff.”

“It is quite unfortunate that both the Investigation and Implementation Committees set up to look into the various challenges of the ESCET, never deemed it fit to have a word or two with any of us.

“We strongly believe that the challenges of the institution could be tackled without depleting the already understaffed institution.

“After our employment, proper documentation was done and regularization, through verification of our documents for relevance and our names were duly added in ESCET Payroll.”

They equally alleged that they were being owed cumulatively to the tune of 13 months of salary arrears and  “you can imagine the excruciating pain, and rude shock this sad news triggered on us.

“We are those fathers, mothers, aunties, uncles, sisters, brothers, who have found out excuses explaining to our children, and families, why lunch and dinner are no longer available on the table.” (NAN)

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Gov. Idris Appeals for Completion of FG’s Smart Secondary School Project

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Gov. Nasir Idris of Kebbi, has appealed to the Federal Government to direct the contractor handling the construction of a Smart Secondary School to resume work and ensure completion of the project in the state.

Idris made the plea while on an inspection tour of some ongoing projects in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.

“I am appealing to the federal government to direct the contractor handling the construction of the smart secondary school to resume to the site and ensure its completion within the stipulated time frame of contractual agreement,” he pleaded.

Idris, while commending the federal government for choosing the state for the project, described the project as another way of promoting education system.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the inspection, the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Tanko-Sununu, assured the governor that the present administration was working hard to ensure that the contractor resumes work and completes the project.

Tanko-Sununu, who expressed dismay over the level of work, recalled that the project was awarded last year by the immediate past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He assured that the present administration under the watch of President Bola Tinubu was working hard to ensure completion of the school.

The minister said the project was part of the federal government’s intervention through the Universal Basic Education Programme, adding that all the 36 states of the federation benefited from it.

“Of the total projects, 34 states have already taken delivery of theirs, except Kebbi and Bayelsa States.

“Let me use this medium to assure the governor that I will do everything possible to bring back the contractor to the site and ensure completion of the the work alongside other federal government ongoing projects in the state,” he assured. (NAN)

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Current Economic Hardships didn’t Start from Tinubu’s Administration — Umahi

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Minister of Works, Chief David Umahi, says the present economic hardships in the country did not start from President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Umahi made the declaration on Sunday at his hometown Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi while addressing newsmen.

He attributed the hardships to several preceding factors.

The minister said that preceding administrations had build-ups of farmers and herders conflicts among other forms of insecurity which adversely affected food production.

“I was the Chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) committee on resolving farmers and herders conflicts and I settled such conflicts in several states, especially in the north.

“Such settlements yielded fruits but the problem had dealt a lot of blow on food production with farmers prevented from going to their farms.”

Umahi noted that with such underlying developments, no one should expect the Tinubu’s administration to fix such challenges within nine months.

“It is not possible to solve the problems within such period in office and we should ask ourselves how to solve them.

“President Tinubu is fortunately tackling the problems with his policies and when something has gotten to the climax, you don’t expect to dissolve it over night,” he said.

He noted that the south-east geo-political zone for instance was presently free from incessant farmers and herders conflict, showing that President Tinubu had solved its major problem.

“That is why we should not join the protests on economic hardship because if you remove the gunmen issue, the zone will be safe and farmers can work,” he said.

Umahi also commended President Tinubu for directing cement manufacturers to revert to the old prices of the product in further cushioning effects of the hardship.

“The president is a compassionate leader who feels the sufferings of his people and we expect the manufacturers to comply with the presidential directive.

“I also commend my successor Gov. Francis Nwifuru for taking proactive steps to revive the Nigeria Cement (NIGERCEM) Company, Nkalagu as it should not continue being moribund.” (NAN)

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