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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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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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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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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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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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