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You’re envious of our achievements, Ex NARSDA DG tells Senator Borroface

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Former Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA), Prof Seidu Onailo Mohammed has tackled his predecessor and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Ajayi Borroface over his comments on past employment methods by his successors.

Speaking during the 2020 Space Dialogue Conference recently in Abuja, Senator Borroface, who was the pioneer director general of the Agency, blamed low performance by the Agency on recruitment of non-space experts.

The Senator claimed that those with religious affairs certificates made their way into the Agency as staffers.

However, reacting to the allegations on Wednesday in Abuja, Prof Mohammed said he was not surprised by the comments credited to the Senator who he claimed, is noted for weeping up religious and ethnic sentiments during his time in the Agency.

The Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS said the employment done under his watch as the head of the agency followed due process and conformed with the federal character principle, adding that the Senator’s comments were laced with envy as his successors out performed him.

“I disassociate myself from the statement credited to the professor. Under my watch all employment reflected federal character with approvals from concerned authorities and best international practices. The professor was not specific in his allegation. As an elder he should have been bold enough to state his case without prejudice.

“I took over from him a workforce of over a thousand and after 11 years and establishing seven advance labs and several centres, we employed additional manpower of less than 2000 within those years. And during those 11 years we launched successfully under my leadership and four satellites. I took over from him with six PhDs for the purpose of research as at the time I left, there were 204 PhDs holders, while about 70 were undergoing their programmes in reputable institutions across the world before I exited in the bid to lay a solid foundation for research.

In light of that the International Academy of Astronautics and Astronautical Federation not only described the National Space and Research Development Agency as not only the leading light in Africa but also in the developing world. The same Borroface who praised us during the commissioning of our project in 2019 has turned around and coming out with different stories.

“He is not an authority in the area of space science, he is a professor of zoology playing politics which is purely scientific matter and as an elder, he shouldn’t be weeping up religious and ethnic sentiments and rivalry at the Agency.

“He talked about the 25 years roadmap being distorted and many people will laugh at him. I as the pioneer technical secretary of the advisory committee that came up with the roadmap for development projected the roadmap ending in 2013 with funding of over $5 million but with the global recession and a budget of about $8 million, it was impossible for the roadmap to be kept. We are not magicians but scientists and therefore his comments should not be taken seriously.”

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Synergos Nigeria urges Kogi to implement Agric. Investment Plan, woo Investors

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By Friday Idachaba
Country Director of Synergos Nigeria, Mr Victor Adejoh, has called on Kogi government to implement its Agricultural Investment Plan to woo Investors and boost agriculture development in the state.

Synergos Nigeria is an international Non-Governmental Organisation

Adejoh who made the call in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lokoja said Synergos worked in the state between 2016 and 2019 alongside critical stakeholders to develop the plan.

He said that under the the aegis of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) collaboration produced the document which now resides in the state Agriculture Ministry to woo private investments in the Agriculture sector to the state.

The Country Director said it would be great to see the current administration in the state display the political will to work on the foundations laid in the past to revamp the state agriculture sector.

“When Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under a platform called the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG).

That platform helped build collaboration in the state in a way that the efforts and investments of government in that sector saw people working together to address a common issue which was how to increase farmers income and improve their livelihood.

He said that the organisation also supported government to set up a Core Delivery Team (CDT) which was able to organise all those critical to policy development and implementation.

Adejoh therefore, advised the state to revitalise the Core Delivery Team (CDT) and strengthen the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG) which was made up of government and non-government actors including the Civil Society, financial institutions, private sector investors and input providers.

The Country Director said that by reactivating and revitalising the initiatives, government stood to benefit a lot from the revenue that would accrue from their engagements and bridging of gaps.

“At a point in time in the history of Nigeria and in the history of the world, Kogi State ranked the highest producer of cassava and sometime between 2015 and 2019, Kogi State also accounted for the highest production of cashew nuts in the country.

“If you understand Kogi State very well, stakeholders both state and non-state actors had been working in different directions until 2016.

“So, when Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under the AVG platform.

He urged Kogi government to return the state back to its place of recognition especially with crops of comparative advantage especially, Cassava and Cashew. (NAN)

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Death visits Aso Villa, claims Buhari’s official driver

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Death visits Aso Villa, claims Buhari’s official driver 

The presidency has announced the demise of the official driver to President Muhammadu Buhari, Master Warrant Officer, Sa’idu Afaka.
The sad incidence happened on Tuesday at the State House Clinic in Aso Rock, the nation’s seat of power after a prolonged illness.
A Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu confirmed his death in a statement.
The statement indicated that President Buhari has extended his condolences to the family of Afaka over his demise.
The President, in the statement also condoled with the government and people of Kaduna State.
Buhari described the late Afaka as an honest, capable and reliable person who handled his job with utmost care and responsibility.
He recalled that in 2016 the soldier, while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, picked up a bag containing a large amount of foreign currencies and turned it over to the National Hajj Commission.
The action earned Afaka praises from the Saudi and Nigerian authorities.
Buhari prayed the Almighty Allah to ‘”bless the soul of the departed with an elevated place in heavens,”.
The Nigerian leader also wished the family and friends divine comfort.

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Anti Buhari protesters invade Kogi, intercepted by police

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***kogi govt applauds gallantry of Kogi youths

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police Ayuba Edeh, has confirmed the arrest of two Persons caught early hours of monday morning attempting to roll out campaign against President Mohammadu Buhari in Lokoja.

The Police Commissioner who spoke to newsmen in Lokoja said at about 2:30am in the early hours of Monday, men of the command arrested two young men who were painting buildings and carrying posters with the inscription “Buhari Must Go”

The Commissioner disclosed that while people have the right to protest, it must be done lawfully without inciting the public.

He added that the young men could not have been protesting at the wee hours of the night as is being insinuated, saying that painting walls, buildings and pasting anti Buhari posters can not be termed as peaceful protest.

He said his command is working round the clock to ensure the protection of lives and property, warning mischief makers to stay clear of the State, “my command will fish and arrest pepetrators.

The NationalUpdate checks indicated that some youths invaded lokoja with the sole aim of rolling out a campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, they were alleged to have painted buildings and pasted posters with Buhari Must Go inscription.

Our correspondent who went out round Lokoja however did not see any painted build or sight any posters, as the CP said his men had removed the posters.

Reacting to the development, the Kogi State Government however commended the gallant and ever vigilant youths of the state for rising to the occasion to crush what it described as the ungodly campaign by some imported and sponsored youths who it said came to the State to campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by Kingsley Fanwo,
Commissioner for Information and Communications, said the sponsored youths congregated at Benue State from where they moved to Kogi State and began to paint walls as well as display anti-Buhari posters that were printed in a South South State.

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