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PEPT Judgement: CAACASVI Congratulates Buhari, Urges Firmer Action On Corruption

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By Gabriel Atumeyi

A civil society organization, Citizens Awareness Against Corruption and Social Vices Initiativve (CAACASVI) has praised the outcome of the Presidential Election Tribunal, while calling on President Muhammed Buhari to strengthen his anti-corruption crusade in a bid to deliver the country from the grip of poverty and underdevelopment.

In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by its Executive Director, Comrade Olumuyiwa Onlede, he noted that the President’s first term was in tune with the wishes of the Nigerian people, who are appreciative of the good works and are determined not to return to the old days.

The statement read in part: “ We want to use this medium to congratulate the President on his victory at the Presidential election petition tribunal and to say that the tribunal judgement has affirmed our believe that Nigerians spoke loudly in your favour with their PVC during the 2019 Presidential election and the wild jubilation that erupted in the streets of towns and villages across the six geo political zones of Nigeria after you were declared winner of the election by INEC has undoubtedly told us and the whole world that we will not expect anything less than victory for you in the election petition tribunal.

“We want to also congratulate all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora for this victory and to lend their helping hand in whatever capacity and to also give the president the needed support on his mission to liberate Nigeria from the shackles of corruption that has been the bane of the nation in the past years.

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“Mr President we implore you to stand firm on your anti-corruption agenda and resist every attempt to be distracted, not even by people close to you and your government. Your victory was possible and Nigerians queued behind you because of your anti-corruption posture and your integrity. Also Mr President , Nigeria may not easily get out of the devastating effect if you abandon anti-graft war and the people. Your supporters have seen over the years how resources meant for the hospitals, schools, roads and every other sector were been diverted to private pockets by past governments without questions until you assumed office.

“Your Excellency, your coming as the president of federal republic of Nigeria is divine, timely and for a very good purpose that include saving the soul of our dear nation Nigeria.

Onlede called on the PDP to accept the verdict in good faith and join hands with the federal government to change the Nigerian story.

“Therefore, we want to urge and advice those that lost in this judgment to show high level of patriotism and toe the path provided by the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria to seek redress and desist from any act of self-help if they really love Nigeria.

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He also called on the heads of the police and military to support the President in his quest to stabilize the polity and create an environment where lives and properties are secured

“We advise the president and services chiefs to be at a red alert at all times and also deploy intelligent gathering to counter evil forces that may be planning to disrupt the peace of Nigeria

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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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