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Kogi SUBEB chairman says death of ghost workers is hope of basic education

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Kogi SUBEB chairman says death of ghost workers is hope of basic education

The newly appointed executive chairman of the Kogi State Universal Basic Education Board Mrs Deborah Oshatimehin, has assured
the people of the State that a dawn of a new era has come in the State with the screening exercise that has weeded out the ghost workers.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting on basic education at SUBEB office in Lokoja she indicated that students yet unborn were fixed on the State wage bill as well as fictitious names on the payroll that made the state wage bill to be over bloated.
She said Governor Yahaya Bello was only rescuing the State from total collapse by taking care of the rot in the system.
In her words, “We were all around when offices were mismanaged and workers went for further studies leaving their work schedules without approval, and they will come back as if nothing had happened.
” It was under our watch that people were receiving salaries in Kogi State but were resident in Lagos, Abuja and so on.”
Oshatinmehin explained further that there was no civil servant at the management level that could claim innocence, although their hands may be tied due to vested interest beyond their control.
She thanked the governor for her appointment, and for redeeming the state from total collapse.

“Our schools will now enjoy face lift in infrastructures and our children would be given support materially and in every wise with free school feeding, uniforms and sandals.

“In the nearest future, Kogi SUBEB would be an enviable institution in Nigeria; because with the projects and programs slated to be rolled out, the future is assured,” she said.

She implored the various acting education secretaries and zonal officers in the state to buckle up and ensure proper monitoring of teachers so that no school in their domain would fall short of expectation.

Mr Adoga Ibrahim, The Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Program said at least 376,000 pupils in 2100 schools in Kogi State have been selected among beneficiaries of the Federal Government home grown school feeding program in public primary schools

According to the Governor’ aid, the federal government would cater for a meal per day of 191000 pupils from primary 1 to 3, while Kogi state government in its wisdom decided it will feed 181000 from primary 4 to 6 in public schools across the state.

“The State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in his magnanimity has offered to feed all pupils in primary 4 to 6, since they are not included in the federal government plan.

He indicated that they would deploy technologies that will drive the program in the 21 Local Governments to make it possible for the State to have the best home grown school feeding program.
Ibrahim disclosed that his agency in the nezt few weeks, is sending its working and technical committee to Osun State to understudy what they are doing there to enhance their performance in Kogi.

“We will have a good structure that willl enable our children to be well-fed nutritiously, and ensure that ghost children are not captured,” Ibrahim said.

Mrs Kadijat Karibo, Head of Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Kogi State, pointed out that the aim of the programme is to revive public schools, encourage farmers at the grassroots and reduce poverty.

According to her, the programme will encourage more parents to enroll their children in public schools thereby reducing illiteracy level at the grassroots.
She added that being homegrown the farmers would benefit as the food items would be purchased from their farms.

Earlier, Mr Sunday Tolorunleke, Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, said education at the basic levels in the state was set to receive a better attention.

“This government will be providing free set of school uniform and pair of sandals for the pupils in batches, starting with the state capi

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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi

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17 persons including five children, two policemen and their driver lost their lives in seperate autocrashes Thursday on Itobe-Anyigba road in Kogi State.

First was that involving a mercedez-Benz truck and an ambulance conveying an empty casket with two police inspectors and a civilian driver travelling to Anyigba to take the body of a dead police sergeant.

The trio died when their ambulance van had a headon collision with a Mercedes-Benz truck coming from the opposite direction.

On the same day 14 persons also perished in a multiple accident involving three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus along the same route.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday, indicated that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus, were involved in the accident.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane enroute Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, the Bus skidded and hit the truck in its front.
Aghure said that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
He disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot, adding that nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
Aghure said that three men, one woman and five children (two males and three females) survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment while corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
Aghure,who attributed the accident to possible break failure,said further investigation would be carried out to determine its actual cause.

 

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Presidency tells Muslim group to exercise restrain even though Kukah actually injured Islamic faith

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The Presidency has indicated that, though it agrees with Muslim Solidarity Forum that Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto actually injured the Muslims in his Christmas day homily it’s unconstitutional for them to issue him quit notice.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu spoke in reaction to the threats for the Bishop to quietly pack and leave Sokoto should he fail to apologise over the controversial sermon.
The Muslim Solidarity Forum had issued what seem like a subtle threat to Bishop Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved appology or quietly leave the seat of Caliphate.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said, Kukah has truly injured the Muslims, but he should be guided in his utterances and take into cognisance, Sokoto’s heartbeat of Islam in Nigeria.
Shehu said, it’s unconstitutional for an individual or group to issue quit notice to a citizen under whatever circumstances, saying, father Mathew Hassan Kukah must be allowed to practice his religion.
Nationalupdate reports on Tuesday indicated that the Sokoto based Islamic group, “Muslim Solidarity Forum”, at a press briefing said the Bishop is known for his perchance to speak in parables and innuendos against Islam in a provocative manner.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said,
“Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.
“On matters such as these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint. Knee-jerk reactions will not only cause the fraying of enduring relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities such as Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as beacon of pluralism and tolerance.
“The reported ultimatum by a group based in Sokoto, “Muslim Solidarity Forum,” calling on the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent “malicious comments” against Islam, or quietly and quickly leave the state, is wrong because it is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Under our Constitution, every citizen has the right to, among others, freedom of speech and expression, the right to own property and reside in any part of the country, and the right to move freely without any inhibitions.
“Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity. The right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in this country’s Constitution.
“The duty of the government, more so, this democratic government, is to ensure that the Constitution is respected. But all must respect the rights and sensitivities of their fellow Nigerians.
“The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all faiths. That is why Father Kukah was received on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance.
“Under our laws, groups or factions must not give quit notices, neither should they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches. Where they occur, it is the courts of law that should adjudicate. Unilateral action is not the way to go.
“Groups such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must be seen to share and uphold the country’s multi-religious principles. And individuals like Father Kukah must respect the feelings of his fellow Nigerians in his private and public utterances.”

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Group tackles Bishop Kukah, demands immediate arrest

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah’s recent controversial statement as unguarded and open incitement to military coup and insurrection against the democratically elected government of Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima on Monday, the group
condemned “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.”

The AYCF demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of Bishop Kukah for what it described as treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.

In the alternative, the group called on Federal Government to place Kukah on special watchlist for this open attempt to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters.”

Shettima, in the statement, took exception to what his group described as “Kukah’s latest role in devil’s advocacy, as the North struggles to restore peace and enduring security in the region and indeed Nigeria.”

The statement noted that “such a reckless statement by Kukah betrays something much more sinister against both the North and the nation as a whole because Nigeria is at a stage that it requires responsible advice for attaining peace and stability, not deliberate attempt to mischievously compound our problems.

“If Kukah wants to play politics, he should not do so in the pulpit and he should keep the Bishop’s office aside and chose any Nigerian political party platform to contest President in 2023 and stop all the pretences,” the statement said.

It reminded Kukah of the rough road tread by democracy heroes to rid the nation of military dictatorship at a time when he was nowhere in sight.
“We will not allow opportunists who did make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through the our sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” Shettima said in the statement.

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