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Leuitenant General Oseni emerges NCPF BOT chairman

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The North Central Peoples Forum has settled for Lieutenant General Jeremiah Oseni as its Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman.
His emergence was unanimously endorsed by all members from the six states in the zone including the Federal Capital Territory.
The official innauguration of the BoT members took place in Abuja yesterday with representatives of all the six States in the zone including FCT in attendance.
The interim National President  Arc. Gabriel Aduku said it was necessary to have in place a BOT to make it easier for the Forum to be registered.

He said, “In the Formation of the body it is part of the normal rule in the Corporate Affairs Commission registration requirement to have the BoT members incorporated adding that it is stated very clearly in the constitution. ‘So it is part of the requirement for registration to have the BoT.’

He said it is imperative to have the BoT to give validity to the North Central Peoples Forum

“So it is important to get this done so that the process of registration would go on smoothly while action is on the field.
“We are just stating the fact about it that is all. It is a fact that there are six zones and it is a fact there that there are six States plus Federal Capital that make up the North central. So all other zones have been active but ours has been smeared into Middle Belt Forum.
“So it is just to make sure we don’t lose out as a people within the zone as described by the Government of this country that there is a zone called North Central

Speaking in the same vein the former deputy senate President Ibrahim Mantu said
“The BoT members of any organization are the owners of that organization since they are the custodians of assets and liabilities of that organization.
“If anything goes wrong the BoT members would be the ones that would be held accountable for the assets and liabilities of the organization.
“So we must carefully select the people who are highly responsible because if you bring the wrong people they will give wrong impression about the organization, if they are charlatans nobody will trust the organization and that is why they have been carefully selected.”


He said the significance is that the forum is now getting out its first eleven, people that truly matter as well as people that are highly respected to actually be seen as the owners of the organization so that people will trust and have faith in what it is doing.
He said, “The truth is that there are three zones in the North and three zones in the South, now each zone will make itself relevant or irrelevant depending on what the people in the zone want to make of it. “We were very quiet before but that does not stop Federal Government from using the zones as criteria for distributing things to the people so I believe that we are part of the North, the Northern Elders Forum is the Umbrella body.

“There are 36 states and each has its own Governor, so we are not in any way betraying any organization but what we are saying is we must take our destiny in our hands, we must make sure we get rid of youthful restiveness, communal clashes, lack of peace and make sure that the God given Natural resources like the tin in Plateau, the coal in Kogi, those things must be harnessed and be of benefit to our people also.

“We must tell those exploiting to employ our people rather than bringing in Indians and Philipinos.”

On the security situation he said if they don’t have a voice how can they go to Government and make any demand.
“If you go as an individual no body will take you seriously but if you go as a group Government will listen and enhance peace in our zone.”

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

In a major shake up in the Nigerian Army heirhachy the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has redeployed a total of 1,546 officers.
Those affected includes 210 generals, 450 Colonels, 309 Majors, 251 Captains and 322 Lieutenants.
This is coming against the backdrop of the agitation by Nigerians including the National Assembly for President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the service Chiefs, who have exceeded their stay in office.
According to the statement signed by Major-General GAT Ochigbano, all affected officers must take over from the effective dates.
“It is the responsibility of all formation/unit commanders whose officers are affected by this posting to implement accordingly,” the statement read.
“Officers must take over on the effective dates indicated. Formation/unit commanders are to take immediate administration action on any officer who fails to report on effective date of posting.
“Commanders will also be held for lapses in the implementation of the directives contained therein. Please acknowledge.”
Also affected in the redeployment is Major-General PI Eze, who was appointed Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Land Component Commander in the North East region.

According to the new postings, Maj.-Gen. FO Agugo, from the Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps, Apapa, Lagos, has been moved to Defence Headquarters, as Chief of Defence Communications.
Similarly, Maj.-Gen. M. Mohammed was moved from the Nigerian Army Resource Center, Abuja, to Pronto Tech Nigeria Limited as Managing Director, while Maj.-Gen. AR Owolabi was moved from Defence Headquarters, Department of Communications, to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps as Commander.
Major General Aminu Bande, was appointed substantive General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Sokoto, while Maj.-Gen. IM Jallo was also confirmed as the GOC 6 Division, Port Harcourt.
Other appointments, according to the statement, included the redeployment of Maj.-Gen. E Akerejola to the Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Benin, as Commandant, while Maj-Gen. UM Mohammed, remained in the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Special Adviser Nigerian Army University, Biu, and Vice Chairman, Nigerian Army Property Limited.
Maj.-Gen. Hussein Ahmed was confirmed as Provost Marshal and Maj.-Gen. AbdulKhalifa Ibrahim, as substantive GOC 7 Division/Commander, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri.
All the postings and appointments are to take effect from January 18.

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Disability commission honors senator Izunaso with award of excellence

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Disability commission honors senator Izunaso with award of excellence

The Executive Secretary/ Board Members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities have conferred an award of excellence on senator Osita Izunaso, CEO Kpakpando foundation.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public relations officer of the commission Dooshima Pius Ikerave.
The award the statement said is in recognition of his advocacy in the struggle for the passage and establishment of National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

“On behalf of the Entire Disability Community we present this award of Excellence to distinguished senator Osita to appreciate his unrelenting, unending spirit of support towards the Disability Community at large.

“His commitment, passion and love for the community of persons with disabilities is never in doubt, as such it is our desire to improve on our existing partnership in serving persons with disabilities in Nigeria.”

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