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Children’s Day: Kogi Foundation uplifts 25 pupils with scholarship, stationery

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An NGO, Chikids Foundation, says it is awarding scholarships to 25 indigent children and distributed stationary to pupils across 20 primary schools in Kogi as part of activities to mark the 2018 Children’s Day celebration.

The programme, tagged: “A Day To Remember”, was organised by Chikids Foundation in partnership with Kogi Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, and the Office of the SSA to Governor on Women & Children Development.

Mr. Chika Isiokwu, the Founder of the NGO, told newsmen at the occasion venue at Saint Mary Primary school in Lokoja, that the gesture was to make impact in the lives of the school children and put smiles on their faces.

“The program is designed to put something back to the schools, to make the children understand that they have to come to school because there is more to life through education.

“The children stand to benefits from the scholarships we are giving out to 25 pupils in Lokoja from Primary four to six, including souvenirs such as stationary, bags and lots of goodies.

“Twenty schools will be involved in debate quiz, dancing, games and other competition; and 20 chosen winners will be awarded full tuition scholarship”, Isiokwu said.

In her remarks, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the Commissioner for Education, Science & Technology, commended the foundation for the initiative, saying, “oftentimes the government is saddled with the responsibility of handling some of these things alone, but government alone cannot do it”.

“So, we are excited that individuals are gradually taking over in education sector. Everyday we have a reason to do better than what we have done.

“Today, we are commemorating the Children’s Day, but again we are grateful to Chikids Foundation because celebrating the day should not be left for the high class alone.

“It shows that we can make a difference in our community if we inconvenient ourselves just a little for the sake of the indigent child. No children No future; If you train a child you train a nation,” Osikoya said.

The commissioner, therefore appealed to individuals, groups, communities and private organizations to partner with the ministry, saying government would take the responsibility of creating enabling environment.

Mrs Sandra Musa, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women and Children Development, told journalists that the program was mind blowing and was happening at the right time.

“We want to ensure that the children have fun and be celebrated because it is their day, they are our future. We want to inculcate that value into them from this moment as they grow up,” she said.

Lokongoma LGEA Primary School won the debate quiz competition, while Isaac Egbunu of Holy Trinity Primary came first in the dancing competition. Saint Luke Adankolo gave a playlet on “Importance of Education”.

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Reps Committee says it will not hesitate to summon Buhari as Minister of Petroleum over alleged irregularities in NNPC

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By Aminci Audu

The House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum has said it will not hesitate to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it it as the Minister of Petroleum, should the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
(NNPC) fail to turn up to explain on some alleged irregularities

The committee gave the  NNPC two weeks ultimatum to appear and explain alleged on the alleged irregularities in the corporation

The ultimatum was issued by the chairman of the committee, Rep. Sarki Ada (APC-Sokoto) at a public hearing on Thursday, following the refusal of NNPC to honour invitations or reply to letters.
The committee chairman indicated that they have invited some oil companies; namely the NNPC, Addax Petroleum Company Ltd and Santex Nig Ltd, to appear before them and they have failed to show up

“We are giving them two weeks from today. We will reschedule this meeting for two weeks calendar days, to appear before the committee so we continue our business.
He said the committee will not hesitate to invite President Buhari to appear before it as the Minister of Petroleum, if they fail to turn up.
“Buhari is the minister, he appointed himself as approved by the parliament and he is doing his job; we will invite him, and I know as a law-abiding president, he will come.
“When he comes, Nigeria should know that it is because of the failure of the NNPC to appear that made him to appear before us,”he said.
Ada said that the committee had asked for relevant documents to investigate the activities of the NNPC, and the corporation had refused to oblige the committee.

“We have written three letters to them at an interval of three months each requesting for their budget performance and list of assets they are holding and managing on behalf of Nigerians.
“We asked for a list of their liabilities, what are the contracts they are executing, who are the contractors, the companies and what is the progress made.
“We have asked for details of how much they generate from the sales of crude oil produce, how much they are managing on behalf of Nigeria through other joint ventures, until today, there is no response.
“Time has come that we must speak, this country belongs to all of us, we are here as statutory Nigerians,” he said.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipre Sylva, promised to deliver the message of the committee to the NNPC.

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IGP redeploys CP Abutu Yaro to Imo Command, 5 other CPs affected

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IGP redeploys CP Abutu Yaro to Imo Command, 5 other CPs affected

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has appointec CP Abutu Yaro, as the Imo State new Commissioner of Police (CP).
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the Force Public Reations officer CP Frank Mba, he indicated that the posting of the new CP is in furtherance of efforts by the Police leadership towards strengthening security, tackling violent crimes and enhancing optimal coordination of policing operations within the State.
He said, CP Abutu Yaro, a fellow of the National Defence College and the immediate-past Commissioner of Police, Zamfara State Command, is an operationally-minded Cop.
“By this new development, Abutu Yaro takes over from CP Nasiru Mohammed who has been redeployed to Western Port Authority, Lagos.

He pointed out that the Zamfara State Police Command also has a new Commissioner of Police, CP Hussaini Rabiu.
Other Commissioners of Police affected by the new posting and redeployment he listed to include CP John Amadi, mni who has been posted from Western Port Authority, Lagos to Airport Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos; CP Anderson Bankole who is now in charge of the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos; and CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, posted to the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), Force Headquarters, Abuja as the Commissioner of Police, DFA.  
 
The IGP, while charging the newly posted officers to bring to bear their professional experience in improving policing and restoring public confidence in their new places of assignment, assured citizens of the determination of the Force under his leadership to upscale its operations, improve public safety and tackle all forms of crimes in the country.

 

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Ramadan: Zamfara gov donates food items to inmates

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Ramadan: Zamfara gov donates food items to inmates

Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matewalke has donated food items to inmates at the Gusau Correctional facility.

Represented by his Commissioner of Special Duties, Hon. Lawal Abubakar Zannan Badarawa the Governor gave the inmates 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of maize, 100 bags of millet and 100 bags of sugar.
The items were all handed over to the Deputy Comptroller Mr. Yunusa Ibrahim Ada.

Matawalle, according to a statement by his Director General, Media, Public Enlightment and Communications, Yusuf Idris Gusau, called on the inmates to consider their being in the facility as part of their destiny in life and for them to use their stay for sober reflection so that they will be good citizens that will contribute positively to societal growth.

He urged them to continue to pray for the peace and development of both the state and the nation, noting that people who are incacerated and consider their punishment as corrective, get their prayers answered easily by Allah.

He assured that his administration will continue to make the state better and conducive for more investors and economic growth which will bring more employment opportunities and eliminate criminalities.

Earlier in the day, the governor donated 170 bags each of sugar and assorted grains to the state’s Council of Chiefs as well as 300 bags of assorted grains to the Peoples Democratic Party state Working Committee all in the spirit of the Ramadan fast.

While at the Correctional facility, the Deputy Comptroller, DCC Yunusa Ibrahim Ada thanked the governor for the donation as he promised that the items will be judiciously utilized.
Ada who told the governor that both the wardens and the inmates have been praying for the governor especially in his drive to rid the state of criminal activities also said they will not relent in that direction.

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