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Bayelsa Govt. To Build Science And Technical Schools In 8 LGAs



Bayelsa Govt. To Build Science And Technical Schools In 8 LGAs
Gov. Douye Diri, Bayelsa State

The Bayelsa  Government says it plans to build science and technical schools in the eight Local Government Areas of the state.

Gov. Douye Diri, disclosed this during an interactive session with Christian leaders at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, on Tuesday.

The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the establishment of the technical schools was aimed at building the capacity of youths in vocational skills to make them self-reliant.

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He emphasized the need to be abreast of global challenges, adding that the trend was that less emphasis was now being placed on only paper qualifications.

He said it has become imperative for youths to think outside of the box and channel their energies to profitable ventures rather than looking for white-collar jobs that are scarce.

Diri urged them to take a cue from his administration by venturing into agriculture, which was one of the main focuses of his administration.

“We want to build science and technical colleges across Bayelsa. We will have them in all the local government areas.

“We want to de-emphasize certificate education so that our young ones can use their hands, learn skills and be employers of labor.

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“Our focus is also on agriculture. We want our youths and women to be useful to themselves. This government is ready to support you.

“We want our young ones to go into business and to own farms. This government is ready to encourage you until you own your own farms”.

The governor noted that every member of the executive council had been directed to own a farm this year.

“We want to shift the focus from seeking too much of white-collar job education to vocational, science, and technical education,” Diri said.

He added that the government would love the youths to be plumbers, tilers, and painters.

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Police Dispels Rumours Of Abduction On Sokoto-Gusau Highway



Police Disprove Rumours Of Abduction On Sokoto-Gusau Highway

The Zamfara State Police Command, on Tuesday, refuted reports claiming that armed bandits abducted 60 passengers along the Sokoto-Gusau highway on July 25.

A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Muhammad Shehu, however, confirmed the abduction of 11 passengers on the highway, with two of the abducted passengers already rescued by police operatives, while efforts are on to rescue the remaining nine from their captors.

“The attention of the Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to the above story trending on social and some conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau road and abducted 60 people traveling from Sokoto to Abuja.

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“The command wishes to debunk the story and viewed it as inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially commuters.

“For the avoidance of doubt and for purposes of clarity, the command is hereby giving the accurate report of the incident”, the PPRO said.

“On Sunday 25th July 2021, a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers, who were traveling from Sokoto to Abuja along the Sokoto-Gusau road in Bakura LGA,” Shehu said.

“Police Tactical operatives attached to ‘Operation Restore Peace’ were alerted and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums, who had blocked many vehicles for the purpose of abduction.

“The road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and more police operatives reinforced to improve the security and safety of commuters.

“In the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver, were abducted and taken into the bush before the arrival of the police.

“The operatives embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bushes with a  view to rescuing the kidnapped victims.

“Two persons, who were left far behind with other hoodlums, were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralized by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were, however, taken into the forest.

“The command is currently employing various search and rescue strategies aimed at rescuing the victims safely. In view of this, the command enjoins members of the public to discountenance the purported abduction of 60 persons”, Shehu added.

Members of the press are also urged to always verify the authenticity of any information they receive before going public, the PPRO said.

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Lagos State Gov. Swears-In Newly-Elected Local Government Chairmen



Lagos State Gov. Swears-In Newly-Elected Local Government Chairmen

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday swore in the 57 newly elected Local Government and Local Government Development Council chairmen and vice chairmen in the state.

Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony at Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu urged the new council executives to always put the residents first in all that they do because they were elected to serve the people.

Sanwo-Olu said that the new council bosses had a responsibility to ensure that they do not let the people down in any way or form.

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According to him, the only way they can reciprocate this trust is to give their best and ensure that the welfare and wellbeing of the people take precedence in all their decisions.

Right from your first day in office, I implore you to start thinking about the kind of legacy you would like to leave behind when your tenure ends.

”As we all know, public office is a position of trust that no one holds forever – we hold it for a time and then we pass on the baton to others.

”Let me use this opportunity to emphasise the need for continuity and progress in governance. I urge you all to ensure that you build on the good legacies laid by your predecessors.

”Also, ensure that you surpass the legacies and the expectations of the people who have very enthusiastically elected you,” he said.

The governor said that this was not the time to alienate some people because of political differences, but time to give and make all citizens feel good governance.

He said that the local government chairmen were assuming their roles at a very challenging time in national life, due to the disruptive coronavirus pandemic, which had disastrous consequences for jobs, livelihoods and economies.

According to him, residents will continue to clamour for and expect good governance; policy-making and implementation that will enable them to navigate these difficult times and emerge from them.

”It is our responsibility and our burden as leaders they have elected to live up to their expectations. I, therefore, say to you that they are expecting much from you.

”More than ever before, achieving this requires cooperation among all levels and arms of government.

”It is expected that you will work in unity with other tiers of government to bring to bear the dividend of democracy to the people in all the relevant areas.

”These are in areas of construction and maintenance of inner roads, waste management, primary education, healthcare, security and welfare programmes that touch the lives of people.

”Let me assure you of our commitment at the state government level. We will continue to provide you with the much-needed support to discharge your responsibilities,” he said.

In his welcome address, Dr Wale Ahmed, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, said that the chairmen’s victory at the polls was a testimony to the solidity, strength, internal democracy and unity of APC.

Ahmed said that now that they had clinched the coveted seats, work should begin in earnest.

”Your re-election/election is another call to a season of service, dedication and selflessness to our people.

”Therefore, the task ahead of you is to sustain or even surpass the tempo of performance of previous administrations in your respective council areas,” he said.

The Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeiku LCDA, Mr Sesan Daini, who spoke on behalf of the newly sworn-in 114 chairmen and vice-chairmen, pledged that they would key into the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the Lagos State Government.

”On behalf of the whole newly sworn-in chairmen, we will not disappoint you and I promise again that we will key into the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of Mr Governor.

”I want to assure the governor that we are going to give you total support and cooperation. We will give guidance to our councillors that are going to work with us.

”We are going to be a team that you will never regret supporting. I promise total support and loyalty,” Daini said. 

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Gombe Govt. Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In 7 Communities



Gov. Yahaya Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In 7 Communities In Gombe
Gov. Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, Gombe State

The Gombe State Government, on Tuesday, imposed a 24-hour curfew on seven communities in the Balanga Local Government Area of the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr. Ismaila Uba-Misilli, Director-General, Press Affairs, Government House, Gombe.

Uba-Misilli said the declaration was made by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi.

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Njodi was quoted as saying that the measure followed renewed violence between Lunguda and Waja ethnic groups in the communities earlier today (Tuesday).

The statement listed the affected communities to include Nyuwar; Jessu, Heme, Yolde Gelentuku, Sikam, Wala-Lunguda, and its environs, adding that the curfew is with immediate effect.

“The curfew became necessary to restore peace and order in the affected areas.

“Security personnel have been deployed to restore normalcy while the curfew will subsist until further notice,” Njodi was quoted as saying in the statement.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ishola Babaita, the Commissioner of Police in the state, confirmed the violent clashes in Balanga, saying that adequate policemen and other security agents had moved into the affected communities.

“We have not left the place before, but now we have reinforced more men there now.

“So far so good, it is still fragile but we are monitoring the situation,” and warned the people against taking the law into their hands.

“No grievances should warrant picking up arms against anyone,” the Commissioner said.

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