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MBF raises concern over failure of FG to rescue remaining 112 Chibok school girls

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The Middle Belt Forum(MBF) has raised concern over the complete neglect of the rescue of the remaining 112 Chibok school girls out of 219 abducted by Boko Haram terrorists while writing their final Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) on April 14, 2014.

This was contained in a statement that was signed by National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Dr Isuwa Dogo and made available to the NationalIpdate in Abuja.
The statement indicated that the girls were rescued in two batches of 21, and 82, while four escaped individually at different times within the six years of their captivity in the terrorists’ den. 
“The rescued girls, comprising 103 in number, were initially transferred to the Women Development Centre, Abuja, where they underwent Psychosocial Support (PSS) and treatment for Post Stress Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) facilitated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  
Dogo pointed out that
Since May 2017 when they were rescued, rehabilitated and sent to the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, to prepare them to rewrite their SSCE, and proceed to various pre-degree programmes, neither the re-siting of the SSCE nor the pre-degree programme have seen the light of day.
“The inability of the Federal Government and those directly responsible for the welfare and progress of the rescued girls to monitor and evaluate their level of Educational progress have cast a bleak on the future of the girls.”
 
“Consequently, some of the rescued girls got frustrated and abandoned their studies, with some of them even married off.”
He said, presently, no fewer than 10 of the girls have since dropped out, adding there are fears that more may not return after the easing off of the current COVID-19 lockdown.
 
“It is sad that the Presidency which had shown great enthusiasm on the fate of the girls when the sum of $2 million released by the UNFPA under the Safe School Initiatives that was promoted by the UNICEF Education Ambassador and former UK Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, has remained a mirage in salvaging the careers of the rescued girls.”
He said, despite advice by the parents of the girls, the Chibok Community and the#BringBackOurGirls advocacy group that the Office of the Vice President be charged with the responsibility of monitoring the education of the kidnapped girls, the Federal Government maintained deaf ears and transferred the matter to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.
 “It is ill-fated that the Federal Government abdicated its responsibility in fulfilling its obligations to the girls as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“More worrisome, the government has refused to allow well-meaning individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the girls.”
The Forum recalled that both local and international organizations attempted to bring respite and rescue the career of the girls from the dunghill of hopelessness and despair.
 
He further that with the support of some local bodies, some of the 57 girls who initially escaped in the first few days of abduction have since completed their degree programmes in various Universities in the United States of America.
“It is a tragedy of unspeakable proportion that these girls who ought to have attracted the sympathy of the government have been mistreated and left at sixes and sevens.
“In the face of continued dark clouds of hopelessness hovering over them, we call on President Buhari to intervene and save the academic careers of these girls.”
He called on the President to ensure the destroyed school where the girls were kidnapped from be completely rebuilt and open for prospective school age children as the Chibok School is the only secondary school in Chibok LGA.
 
“The future can only be brightened through the education of citizens. The confusion that has trailed the academic careers of these rescued school girls should be resolved. “We call on President Buhari to ensure the safe return of the remaining 112 school girls who are still under the captivity of Boko Haram.”
 
 
 

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Fashola inaugurates 1.67km internal road network at Fed. University Lokoja

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Fashola inaugurates 1.67km internal road network at Fed. University Lokoja


By Friday Idachaba


The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has inaugurated and handed over a 1.67-kilometre internal road network rehabilitated at the Federal University Lokoja, to the management of the institution.

Fashola while Inaugurating the road on Tuesday in Lokoja said it was part of the Federal Government’s intervention on rehabilitation of internal roads in 43 Federal tertiary institutions across the country which commenced in 2018.

The Minister who was represented by Engr Olatunde Kajogbola, Federal Controller of Works in Kogi State, said more than 18 such interventions had been completed and were being handed over to the various Federal tertiary institutions.

He said that while it was true that a lot needed to be done in all the sectors of the country’s national life including Education, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government had stepped up to lead the process of getting the work done.

“The gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached the schools.

“It is undebatable that quality education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment. Currently there are more than 43 such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria

“And the students are expressing a renewed enthusiasm with regard to attending classes because some defective roads have been restored to motorability”, he said.

Prof. Angela Miri, Vice Chancellor of the University in her response said there was no doubt that the completion of the project had added value and brought about improvement of ambience of students and staff to the institution.

Miri who was represented by Dr Sarah Dauda Yani, Chief Librarian said, “A city without roads is not known” adding that the intervention and the culminating ambience had placed the institution first among its equals.

She acknowledged the good will and gesture of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as well as the Federal Ministry of Education for the intervention projects in the “Baby but great university.”

The Vice Chancellor also implored the Minister to consider performing similar feat at the permanent site of the university by intervening in the construction of its internal road network.

“Don’t be tired of us sir. Indeed, we are still growing and by the grace of God with your hand of help upon us, we will reach the destination we dream of”, Miri implored.

In his vote of thanks, Engr Ojo Olukayode, Acting Director, Physical Planning and Development, commended the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for a job well done. (NAN)

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor David Umahi to speak up over a viral picture of a multi-billion Naira hotel located in Rivers state, allegedly named after Osborn Umahi.

The association expressed concern that the governor had maintained the sealed lips since the images of the said Port-Harcourt Osborn La Palm Hotel went viral on the social media.

The hotel which is almost completed is said to be worth about N40 billion.

In a statement released to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, by its President, Amb Pascal Oluchukwu, urged the anti-graft agencies to begin to gather their facts and evidences in case of any fow play.

According to AESID, the said hotel is located in the heart of the oil-rich city of Port-Harcourt, Rivers state specifically at No. 3 Olaka Street, off Abacha Road, G.R.A, Port-Harcourt has a roof-top swimming pool and a Presidential Penthouse as one of its many special features.

The statement said: “The fact that the said hotel project started just in 2016 is even more worrisome for the indigenes of a state like Ebonyi where endemic and anthropogenic poverty is the order of the day, having been accurately ranked the poorest state in the entire Southern Nigeria and the 3rd poorest among the 36 States of the Nigerian Federation.

“Our position on this revelation is that Governor Umahi must speak up on this monumental allegations within 24 hours and the anti-graft agencies should begin to gather their facts and evidences aright and await the days of reckoning, knowing that immunity protects him from being prosecuted by the Nigerian government even at this point.”

The Ebonyi governance and accountability platform said: “We believe it should be wisdom for Governor Wike to revoke the land where the said hotel is situated especially if Umahi fails to open-up on these weighty allegations against his person.”

Reacting to the spate of insecurity in the state, AESID said its deeply worried that the political actors, have continued to heat up the polity by dispensing mindless violence, killing and maiming innocent and helpless Ebony citizens particularly those in opposition parties.

“To this end therefore, AESID, again calls on the Police and indeed, all heads of intelligent security agencies to uncover and nip these killings in the bud and bring all perpetrators of these heinous attacks to book no matter how highly placed.”

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