Connect with us

News

Group bemoans poor state of health, education in Kogi due to three weeks strike

Published

on

Spread the love

Group bemoans poor state of health, education in Kogi due to three weeks strike

The Movement for Emancipation of Kogi People has has decried the poor state of education and healthcare in Kogi State that has been compounded by the recent industrial action embarked upon by the organised labour in the State.
A statement by the association in Lokoja accused the government of abdicating the very responsibility of governance and treating issues concerning the welfare of the people with levity.
It expressed the apprehension of imminent mass failure for many of their wards in the public schools in the State.
The statement signed by the chairman, Alhaji Yakubu Asipita and Secretary, Mr Bodunrin Olufemi predicted mass failure for indigenes of Kogi State writing public examinations this year owing to the carefree attitude of Kogi State government to the general strike embarked upon by the organised labour in the state.
He said teachers in public secondary schools have been out of classrooms for many times as a result of government occasioned crises.
They said students lost valuable learning time during the screening exercise embarked upon by the government as majority of teachers were at one time or the other in Lokoja trying to sort themselves out with the numerous screening committees of the government that have not yielded any positive result.
The group also noted that thousands of downtrodden people of the state are dying in the towns and villages due to lack of medical care as government hospitals have remained shut because of the strike action.
According to the group, the government continued silence or refusal to engage the striking workers in any negotiation is a clear indication that this government is sadistic and derive joy from the pains of the people.
They therefore called on well-being Kogites such as traditional rulers, religious and political leaders to come  out of their shell to condemn this incalculable damage the state government is causing to the educational and general well-being of the people of the state.
The group urged the people of the state to embark on mass action against the state government if it refuses to do the needful for our educational and medical facilities to be restored to normalcy.
“It is annoying and luck taken too far that a group of boys in a democracy ceased power and continued to torment the entire populace and our traditional rulers and religious leaders suddenly lost their voices.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

A major win for Pondei-led NDDC IMC as court validates its leadership

Published

on

By

Spread the love

A major win for Pondei-led NDDC IMC as court validates its leadership

A Federal High Court in Abuja has reinstated the Prof. Daniel Pondei led interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The court had denied sacking the management of IMC as earlier reported by the Media in a suit brought before it by the Incorporated Trustees of the Forum for Accountability and Good Governance.
President Muhammadu Buhari had sacked the NDDC IMC on December 12, 2020 while he replaced it with another interim sole administrator to take over the affairs of the commission on the strength of the purported court injunction against the Podei-led IMC.

However, the Court reiterated that the NDDC IMC was never dismissed, stressing that there was no order for interim injunction (against the IMC) granted by this court”.
The court also ordered in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/617/2020 that two journalists from Channels and Sun Newspaper respectively to undo the misleading news story, and tell the world the truth of its ruling.

According to the court papers, the court was clear that the leave sought by the plaintiffs did not amount to an injunction but a permission to sue which was allowed but now stands struck out by subsequent findings of the court in January, 2021.
It is not clear whether Prof Pondei-led IMC of NDDC will be reinstated by President Buhari since the president was earlier advised by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to sack the interim managers.

However, there are indications that the Presidency might be working to act on the judgement of the court .

Continue Reading

World

Finally Biden arrives at the White House

Published

on

By

Spread the love


Finally Biden arrives at the White House

By AFP

US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Continue Reading

National

FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

Published

on

By

Spread the love

FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

Continue Reading

Trending