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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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Benue People Against Terrorists, killer Herdsmen, Not Any Tribe – Ortom



Benue People Against Terrorists, killer Herdsmen, Not Any Tribe – Ortom

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, says people of the state are fighting against terrorists, killer herdsmen and criminality, not against any Fulani as some Nigerians believe.

Ortom made the clarification on Monday in Makurdi, while briefing journalists on the state of insecurity in Benue.

“We are not against any tribe, especially the Fulani people, but rather against terrorists, killer herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers and all types of criminals within the state.

“We are actively supporting our security agencies, to ensure that all remaining pockets of banditry, kidnappings among others, are mitigated,” he added.

The governor said for any democracy to thrive, there must be enabling laws to support same, adding that his administration had in that regard domesticated and enacted more than 20 laws since 2015.

He said he would not join issues with his Bauchi State counterpart Bala Mohammed, over his comments on the issue of herdsmen, insisting that ranching remained the only solution to the lingering problem.

Ortom, therefore, said Mohammed owed Nigerians an apology over the comments that herdsmen should be allowed to carry AK47 rifles.

He, however, commended President Mohammadu Buhari, for deploying security personnel to handle the state’s security challenges, noting that because of that, Benue was enjoying relative peace at the moment.

On the issue of pensions and gratuity arrears, he said that his administration had already remitted more than N600 million to the state PENCOM, adding that pension issues would be over in the next two years.

According to the governor, in spite of the recession and paucity of funds, his administration was able to judiciously implement the state’s budget over the years.

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Gov. Bello Receives 53 Abducted Passengers



Gov. Bello Receives 53 Abducted Passengers

Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has received the 53 abducted passengers of the state-owned Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor received the abducted passengers at the Government House, Minna, on Sunday at about 11:35 p.m.

NAN recalls that the NSTA passengers were seized by armed bandits in Rijau on Feb. 14.

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The passengers were on their way to Minna but were intercepted at Kundu Village on Minna-Tegina Road in the Rafi Local Government Area.

The governor said that the victims were released by their abductors after thorough negotiations and consultations between the government and the suspected bandits.

“We thank God for helping us to secure their release. We went through one week of consultations and sleepless nights to secure their release,” he said.

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He said that before they would rejoin their various families, the state government must ensure that they undergo a thorough medical checkup.

The released passengers were 20 women, nine children, and 24 men.

NAN observed that the victims were all looking tired and hungry, as some of them could barely walk.

However, the governor said that the abducted 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, were still in the hands of their captors, adding that effort was being intensified for their safe return.

He assured the residents of the state that very soon the government would secure their release.

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Sanwo-Olu Inaugurates Refurbished Ajeromi-Ifelodun LG Secretariat



Sanwo-Olu Inaugurates Refurbished Ajeromi-Ifelodun LG Secretariat

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday formally inaugurated the revamped secretariat of the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, which was burnt during the EndSARS protests last October.

Sanwo-Olu said that the quick revamp of the secretariat, after four months of destruction, demonstrated the resilient spirit of Lagos.

“I am excited that less than four months after the mindless destruction of the council administrative building, we are coming back to see a magnificent building standing tall again.

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“The chairman, Hon. Fatai Ayoola has turned a hopeless situation into a story of joy.

“I am impressed by the commitment of the council chairman and other workers toward rebuilding the secretariat. These are the true heroes who donated their effort and resources that led to the completion of the project,” he said.

The governor said that the lesson of the event that led to the destruction of the council secretariat was not lost on the state, urging the residents in the council area to protect the assets and guard them against their destruction.

Sanwo-Olu donated six new vehicles, four pickup vans, and two cars,  to the council to help in the smooth running of the council.

He also performed the ground-breaking for the rebuilding of the Magistrates Court which was burnt along with the council secretariat.

Council Chairman Fatai Ayoola thanked the state government for the support in rebuilding the secretariat.

Ayoola said that the sad event almost halted governance in the council area, adding that the council staff donated their three months salaries to assist in rebuilding the secretariat.

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