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Gombe Searches for Beffiting New Location For College of Education Permanent Site’

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…. To Complete Abandoned Female Hostel, Others

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says inspite of paucity of funds in the midst of competing demands, his administration will continue to give priority attention to sundry issues affecting the Education sector at all levels.

The Governor gave this indication when he visited the College of Education and Legal Studies, Nafada to assess the level of infrastructural challenges confronting the School.

While inspecting the female hostel that was under construction but abandoned since 2018, the governor assured that his administration will soon award contract for the completion of the project, pending the construction of a befitting permanent site.

“The facility inspection visit we embarked upon will help us as a government to be able to assess what is on ground and the rot in our Schools with a view to taking measures against compromising standard while developing a permanent site”.

The Governor explained that he is more favourably disposed to having the College relocated from its current location to a more suitable site, saying “the Education environment or any other Government establishment needs a permanent site to be able to erect structures that can stand the taste of time unlike the substandard structure now in place”.

The Governor therefore hinted that his administration through the relevant Ministries and Agencies will identify a suitable land for use as permanent site for the College.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya further challenged the Management of the institution not to relent in their determination to make the School a centre of academic excellence and a springboard of professionalism.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya lauded the Management of the College for their steadfastness towards the change of the School’s nomenclature and approvals by the National Commission for the Colleges of Education (NCCE) as well as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund.)

“Whatever conditions these bodies gave we were able to meet. It did not just happen like that, it happened because there was an effective follow up from so many angles; and we shall consistently do that so that our aim will be achieved and our purpose of setting up this college will be achieved”.

The Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr. Meshack Audu Lauco had expressed confidence that the visit by Governor Inuwa Yahaya will herald the much needed infrastructural development in the institution.

Earlier speaking, the Provost of the College of Education and Legal Studies Nafada, Dr. Safiyanu Ishaku said through the support and encouragement of Governor Inuwa Yahaya and the Gombe State House of Assembly, the law establishing the institution was repealed to change its nomenclature.

He revealed that the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has given the institution provisional approval for the commencement of various NCE programmes.

“Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB equally invited us to have a one-on- one discussion, we showed them the provisional approval, we showed them the commitment of the Governor and within two to three weeks the name of the College appeared on JAMB website”.

He said through the instrument of the Governor, the College applied and got enlisted into the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) for its intervention programme.

The provost further intimated the Governor that the North East Development Commission NEDC has indicated willingness to intervene towards the infrastructural development of the College.

On some of the challenges confronting the institution, the provost appealed to the Governor for the completion of its female hostel and the provision of utility vehicles among other needs.

The Governor later took a facility tour of the College to better appreciate the challenges confronting the institution established since 2013.

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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing

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…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA

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Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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