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Shehu Shagari University of Education: New Varsity To Kick Off By 2022



Shehu Shagari University of Education: New Versity To Kick Off By 2022

The Sokoto State Government says the new Shehu Shagari University of Education, Sokoto, will commence operations in 2022.

Mr. Al-Mustapha Ali, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry for Higher Education, made the disclosure on Friday when officials of the ministry appeared before the State House of Assembly Committee on Higher Education to defend its 2022 proposed budget.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal had on December 28, 2020, announced the upgrading of the 51-year-old Shehu Shagari College of Education to a University of Education.

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According to Tambuwal, the decision was premised on the enviable track records of the College.

“The College’s uncommon and trademark foresight, vision, creativity, and leadership acumen are historically associated with our forefathers for over two centuries,” he said.

According to Ali, the new College of Medical Sciences of the State University will also commence activities in the same year.

“The new University of Education will bolster the training of adequate manpower that will take care of the state’s educational sector.

“The College of Medical Science is to provide additional personnel for our medical institutions and hospitals.

“The medical facilities include; The new University Teaching Hospital, which is under construction, and the upgraded General Hospitals across the state,” he said.

Ali added that the state government has made adequate provisions for the commencement of over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the State University.

“We are fully set to ensure that all courses offered at the Higher Institution owned by the state government get the required accreditation as and when due,” he added.

The Committee’s Chairman, Alhaji Sule Romo (PDP- Tambuwal West), assured that the Assembly would continue to support the ministry towards achieving its desired achievements in education.

In another development, the state government has restated its commitment towards completing and initiating legacy projects under the state Ministry for Health in the year 2022.

Dr. Ali Inname, the state Commissioner for Health, disclosed this when the officials of the ministry appeared before the House Committee on Health to defend its 2022 budget proposal.

According to Inname, the ministry has recorded a lot of achievements in the year 2021 and will continue in the same direction to ensure proper healthcare delivery in the state.

“In the year 2022, we will continue to remain committed to ensuring the success of our legacy projects in the health sector.

“The state government will also ensure the upgrading of more general Hospitals to Specialist Hospitals,” he said.

The Committee’s Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Sarki (PDP- Sokoto North II), commended the state government for according top priority to the health sector in the state.

He assured that the committee will continue to work closely with the ministry to ensure the delivery of world-class healthcare services to the people of the state.

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Cubana Chief Priest Becomes Imo State Governor’s Aide



Cubana Chief Priest Becomes Imo State Governor's Aide

Pascal Okechukwu, widely known as Cubana Chief Priest, has been appointed by the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma as his social media aide.

This was disclosed by the socialite, who announced on his Instagram page receiving a letter of appointment on Friday as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Media Influence and Social Events Management.

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“I just picked up my letter of appointment as Special Adviser To His Excellency @he_hopeuzodimma on Social Media Influence and Social Events Management.

“I have an instruction from His Excellency @he_hopeuzodimma to make over 1,000 Imo youths get super successful like me from the Almighty social media which made me in just one year.

“It’s so easy for me to do and I will do just that through christ who strengthens me. Amen.

“May God give me the grace, wisdom, energy, and guts to tell his Excellency the unfiltered truth he needs to hear at all times. Amen”

Cubana Chief Priest was born on 26th March 1982 in Orsu in Owerri, Imo State. He is oftentimes referred to as a celebrity barman.

Cubana chief priest owns various clubs across the country.

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Wike Orders Local Government Chairmen To Expose Illegal Refineries



Wike Orders Local Government Chairmen To Expose Illegal Refineries

Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike has ordered local government chairmen to provide a comprehensive list of illegal refineries and their operators within their jurisdiction.

During a meeting with the council chairmen and heads of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police, the Directorate of State Service (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Wike issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the 23 local government chairmen in the state to obey the order.

While challenging the council chairmen to prove they were not complicit in the noxious business that had continued to threaten the health of Rivers people and the national economy, the governor maintained that as a responsible government, it would be unwise for them to fold their hands and do nothing to safeguard residents of the state from the death forced upon them by criminally-minded operators of artisanal refineries.

Now, every council chairman must go and identify where illegal refineries are taking place. If you identify one, you get N2 million. So, go and identify as many as you can.

I will pay N2 million for each one. And I am going to fight against this. Our people are dying and we owe our people the responsibility to protect them, to save them from death they never caused.

So, you must, and you’re given 48 hours to go and identify all illegal refineries sites, and those who are in charge of them,” Wike was quoted as saying.

The governor, however, advised that any of the council chairmen who were afraid to join in the fight against the criminals operating the illegal refineries should be ready to resign.

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Amotekun To Go Against Buhari, Vows Not To Back Down



Amotekun To Go Against Buhari, Vows Not To Back Down

Security forces from the South-West ‘Amotekun’ vows to continue protecting their citizens, regardless of President Buhari’s disagreement with state police.

Recall, the President’s had stated that “State police is not an option” in the country during an interview on Channels Television.

The decision did not sit well with the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), stating that the rejection of state police is Buhari’s personal opinion, according to the group’s Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide.

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“He is the president of this country; therefore, the views of Nigerians ought to influence his personal opinion, particularly when you consider the state of insecurity in the country.

“Also, in his part of the country, in the northern region, I am surprised that Mr. President believes that state police is not an option. There is no federalism anywhere in the world where the police system is centralized. There is none, particularly in a country as vast as Nigeria. Nigeria is a very big country, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara desert. It is a vast country and a heterogeneous country.

“The reality of this country is that we are different people who agreed to live together, since 1914, over 100 years. I am a Nigerian nationalist. I believe in Nigeria if it is properly managed and if we have a fully people’s federal republic and not a centralized unitary system.

“So, for me, I don’t agree with him because we are different people, different histories, different cultures, different beliefs and we must sit down together and have a new constitution, I don’t belong to the group that believes that about 250 million people should be operating on a fraudulent constitution which in its first sentence claims we, the people of Nigeria, have agreed to, whereas we never sat anywhere to agree to the 1999 Constitution.

“For me, Nigeria, as important as it is, in the entire black world, in Africa, and with the quality of national and human resources that we have, we should be uncomfortable operating a fake constitution that lies against itself.”

On his part, the Amotekun Corps Commander in Ekiti State, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe (retd) said President Buhari’s position on state police would not deter the outfit from securing the state and beyond.

The commander, who spoke with Vanguard, said without the presence of state government policy, the creation of Amotekun has filled the void with a reduction in crime rates.

Komolafe, however, said for security reasons, he would not disclose the strategies and plans to be used in securing the state.

He said: “Let me tell you that with or without state police, we have been securing the state, there is no doubt about this.

“We will continue to do this across the region because our people must be able to go about their activities without any fear of being attacked.

“So, we are on the ground to ensure the security of lives and property and nothing can stop this.”

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