President Buhari approves automatic employment for students of education.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved automatic employment for students of education upon graduation.
This was disclosed by the minister of education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu on Monday, October 5 to mark the World Teacher’s Day Celebration in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
Buhari also approved the free tuition fee and automatic admission to the biological children of teachers.
The president also directed that teachers salaries should be upwardly reviewed.
The president also increased the service years for teachers from 35 to 40 years, while noting that the implementation of the new salary scheme is to encourage teachers in delivering better service in their respective areas of assignment.
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended teachers in Nigeria for their role in nation-building as they join their counterparts to celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2020 on Monday, October 5.
In a statement by his spokesman Olisa Ifeajika, the governor said that teachers were the bedrock of the development of any nation, adding that no other profession can metamorphose without the input of teachers.
He commended teachers in Delta for their commitment to teaching and learning in all public and private schools in the state, and affirmed that his administration placed a high premium on the welfare of teachers and other workers in the public service.
Similarly, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has congratulated teachers in the state on the occasion of this year’s World Teachers’ Day, restating his administration’s unflinching commitment to their improved welfare and well-being.
Okowa to Nigerian teachers: Thank you for your role in nation-building
Bello in a statement issued on Monday, October 5 by his spokesman, Onogwu Mohammed extolled teachers for the critical role they play in moulding and building the society through their quality teachings.
According to him, teachers remain the father of all other professions, noting that nobody could attain any height in his or her professional calling without first of all being taught by a teacher.
FSARS Reforms: Guilty officers arrested, set to face disciplinary action – IGP.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has reaffirmed his commitment to the ongoing reforms in the Nigeria Police Force especially as it concerns the activities of the Federal Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Special Tactical Units of the Force.
The IGP made this known during a courtesy call on him by the Hon Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare on Monday, 5th October 2020, at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.
The IGP called on citizens to exercise patience as the reforms in FSARS et.al are still in progress, noting that all the already announced measures aimed at checkmating a future occurrence of extra-judicial activities by some personnel of FSARS and other Tactical Units of the Force will be followed to the latter.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba said the IGP reiterated that some of the officers who have been found to be unruly and unprofessional in their dealings with the citizens, particularly the youth, have been arrested and are already facing disciplinary actions.
In his remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare commended the IGP for his prompt response in tackling the issues and called for stronger collaboration and mutual understanding between the Police and the youth.
He also called for regular town hall meetings at various State Commands which will involve the Police Spokespersons, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and other critical stakeholders to strengthen the synergy between the police and the citizens, especially the youth.
The IGP, while concurring with the Minister on the necessity for Town Hall meetings, a practice which he identified as a feature of community policing, reaffirmed the readiness of the Police, under his watch, to work with relevant stakeholders towards enhancing respect for the rights of the citizens and better bonding between the Police and the community at all times.
#EndSARS: Nigerian Governors Gives New Directive To IGP Adamu.
The Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force have been banned from conducting stop and search operations on roads.
The recent instruction is from the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, who had earlier promised to reform the SARS.
Naija News recalls that some group of Nigerians recently in the social media, called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS.
Following the allegation, the Inspector- General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.
However, Speaking further on the recent development via a statement by the Chairman of Governor forum in Nigeria Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on the decision to ban FSARs with immediate effect.
Ondo election: You’re a failure, can’t be like Awolowo – PDP attacks Gov. Akeredolu.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Campaign Council for Ondo Governorship Election, on Monday, described the attempt by the state Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to compare himself to the highly revered statesman, Obafemi Awolowo, as sacrilegious, profane and extremely disrespectful.
PDP made the remark while describing Akeredolu, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate as a failed governor.
The party stated this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to Ologbondiyan: “PDP asserts that Akeredolu can never and will never be remembered like Chief Awolowo, the great national leading light, but will be remembered, after his defeat at the poll on Saturday, as that self serving governor who failed and betrayed his people when they needed him the most.
“Governor Akeredolu’s pathetic attempt to use the name of Awolowo to beguile the Ondo people is indeed the highest desecration of the name and memory of the late patriot, who represents light, progressivism, development, welfarism, unity and social uprightness, which are manifestly lacking in Akeredolu’s brand of politics.
“Of course, Governor Akeredolu is at best the opposite of Awolowo, Awolowo built schools, Akeredolu ran them down; Awolowo granted free education, Akeredolu increased school fees by more than 100 percent, Awolowo empowered the people, Akeredolu deprived and impoverished them.
Awolowo built infrastructure and grew the economy, Akeredolu entrenched corruption and wrecked the economy of his state.
“Awolowo believed in, cared for and respected the people but Akeredolu, in his arrogance, exposed his disdain for the people by declaring them his “enemies for life”.
“Akeredolu should know that Awolowo never made fake promises; never deprived the people. Awolowo’s brand of politics was not about deception, highhandedness and recourse to violence as being witnessed in the Akeredolu regime. Rather, Awo made the good of the people the symbol and focus of his politics.”
Nigeria, South Africa Move To Strengthen Ties.
The Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has called for full implementation of the content of the Nigeria – South Africa Bi-National Commission to improve early warning systems as well as enhance security and intelligence gathering.
Dabiri Erewa stated this at a high level meeting with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria Thami Mseleku in Abuja on Monday.
The NIDCOM boss said there are no perceptions and mindsets between the governments of both countries; pointing out that the challenges were with the people to people relations which NIDCOM is ready to address in partnership with the South African High Commission.
In response, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria Thami Mseleku explained that only a few bad eggs on both sides of the divide were sending out negative narratives which the government is working hard to curtail.
Marley said “crime is crime, it does not know color, ethnicity or religion and should be treated as such.
It will be recalled that the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the government of the Republic of South Africa in October 1999 established the Bi-National Commission (BNC) called Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission.
Effective Leaders Listen, Sam Adeyemi Tells Presidency Over Restructuring Issue.
Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, has joined millions of Nigerians to demand for restructuring.
Adeyemi queried the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, over his statement that the Nigerian Government would not succumb to threats emanating from some quarters in the country.
Shehu had in the statement described recent calls for the restructuring of the country as “recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country”.
But Adeyemi via his verified Twitter handle stressed that effective leaders must listen to the views of citizens and take appropriate actions.
Earlier, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, warned of a possible collapse of Nigeria if the Muhammadu Buhari-led government failed to restructure the country.
Nigeria’s AGF, Malami, Moves To Twist Land Grabbing Case In Favour Of Ned Nwoko.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in abusing the power of his office, has stepped into the case involving Nigerian billionaire and former senator, Ned Nwoko, and some residents of Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State for opposing his attempt to forcefully acquire additional 90 hectares of land from an area earmarked for all indigenes of the community.
The former senator sought the intervention of the Justice Minister to twist the case in his favour.
Residents of Idumuje Ugboko community are accusing Nwoko of using the police and Ministry of Justice to dubiously harass, intimidate and lock up elders and sons of the town.
In the case with charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/11/19 currently before a Federal High Court, Abuja, some community residents were dragged to court and charged for murder.
Cheta Okolo and Onyeisi Isuzor, who Nwoko saw as a barrier to his illegal ownership of the land, are both standing trial for terrorism and murder at the Abuja court.
The defendants wrote the court to transfer the case to Asaba being the appropriate and convenient jurisdiction for the trial of the case in line with Sections 93(1), 98(1) and 386(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
However, interfering in the matter after being approached by Nwoko, Malami wrote an official letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, directing him not to transfer the case from Abuja.
Malami claimed that continuing the trial in Abuja would guarantee the safety of the lives of the prosecution witness and others involved in the case.
On July 7, 2020, the Nathaniel Bama, who Nwoko said was attacked by the duo, swore to an affidavit that they did not commit any crime against him.
The DPP on August 4, 2020, advised that there was no prima facie case against Cheta and Onyeisi, and recommended their release from custody.
It was further learnt that on the DPP’s advice, the magistrate court on August 5, 2020 struck out the charges against Cheta and Onyeisi and ordered their release.
Instead of releasing them, SaharaReporters gathered that the duo were transferred to the Force Criminal Investigative Department in Abuja on the orders of Nwoko where they have been in custody for weeks.
Having gotten wind that the DPP had again advised that there was no prima facie case against them, the former lawmaker quickly got officials of Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja, to file a charge of terrorism and murder against Cheta and Onyeisi at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
SaharaReporters recall that residents of Idumuje Ugboko had earlier accused Nwoko of using police and Ministry of Justice officials to dubiously harass, intimidate and lock up elders and sons of the town.
Election: APC, PDP Planning To Import Thugs For Election, Says Ondo Deputy Governor.
Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo State and candidate of Zenith Labour Party, has called on the Inspector-General of Police and Director-General of the Department of State Services to reorganise the security architecture of the state to curb violence during Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Ajayi, who made the call in a statement by his media aide, Allen Sowore, on Monday, alleged that candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, had recruited thugs to unleash attack on members of opposition parties and residents of the state on election day.
The ZLP candidate added that the plan of the two political parties was to bring in armed thugs from neighbouring states like Kogi, Ekiti and Lagos to cause chaos during the election.
Bishop Oyedepo Speaks On Becoming Nigeria’s President.
The founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo has said he considers it a demotion if he is asked to become Nigeria’s president.
Oyedepo recalled how God had asked him if he was interested in becoming president in 1984.
He said he had answered God, saying that though it is a great honour for anyone to be President, it is however not where he belongs.
Oyedepo made this known while preaching yesterday at his church.
He was quoted as saying: “Then whatever I tell you to do, do it. Don’t run around: whatever I tell you to do, do it. Don’t muse about: whatever I tell you to do. Don’t do what they do: do what I tell you to do.
“1984! Do you know that’s what led me to say, I will consider it a demotion… and I’m saying it again, some are very upset about it, that’s their problem.
“I will consider it a demotion if I were invited to be the President of this great country. It’s a great country, it’s a great honour for anyone to be President but that’s not where I belong. I belong to ‘above all nations.
“Angry or happy, there are more than 100 nations now hooked on to this service; and we all belong there together. That’s where we belong. Some can see it, others can’t see it: They say I don’t believe it, I just need food, water and eat, drink and die. I don’t need above all nations.
He expressed assurance that the highest concentration of giants in this generation will emerge from the church.
” If you are one of them, let me hear your loudest Amen. The same way, this Church did not need any human help to get to where we are, you won’t bow to any devil to scale any height in your life.
Rep backs proposed Kano – Niger Republic rail line.
A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Sada Soli (APC-Katsina), says the proposed Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Maradi rail line in Niger Republic and to Dutse-Jigawa, would boost economic development in the region.
In an interview with newsmen Soli said that those opposed to the idea and criticising government for the initiative do not know much about the volume of trade that takes place in the region.
He said the rail lines, which cost a total of $1.95 billion, would ease the movement of goods and services in line with ECOWAS Treaty to which Nigeria is a signatory.
Soli said that similar developments were ongoing in other parts of the country and that there was no reason any region should be left out.
Speaking on the state of insecurity, Soli, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Water Resources, advised security agencies not to relent in their effort to crush criminals.
He urged security agencies not to be deterred, but to sustain their interventions in the troubled parts of the country.
Bandits Kill Customs Officer, Nine Others, Kidnap 20 Farmers In Katsina.
The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been thrown into mourning following the murder of one its officers by bandits at a checkpoint in Dan Arau Village along the Katsina/Jibiya Highway.
Garba Nasiru, who was an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, was killed on Friday afternoon.
According to Katsina Post, security operatives engaged the bandits in a gun duel before his corpse could be retrieved from them.
Nine other persons were also killed by the gunmen in the state.
Efforts to get comments from the customs divisional headquarters in the state proved abortive but sources within the division disclosed that the late officer had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
Spokesperson for the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, however, confirmed the incident but did not give details.
He said, “Yes, the incident was true; bandits killed a customs officer at the Dan Arau Village checkpoint but approached the customs for details.”
In a similar incident, armed bandits also kidnapped 20 people working on their farms in Mallamawa Village under Jibia Local Government Area according to local sources on Sunday.
Katsina State has recently been in the news following renewed attacks by bandits, a development that has sparked protests by residents and visits of security chiefs to the state as part of efforts to tackle the problem.