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Free, Compulsory Education: Gov Ganduje Receives Roadmap For Implementation





To further strengthen the policy of free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education, as one of the main thrusts of his administration, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state received Roadmap for the policy implementation.

The event took place at Ante-Chamber, Government House, Kano, Monday, with Dr Kabiru Shehu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Free and Compulsory Education, leading the team.

It is a team of 54 members partitioned into 14 sub-committees for effective and efficient deliberations. The committee’s membership was drawn from experts in education sector, development partners and other stakeholders that are also specialists in the area.

It was designed in such a way that technical contributions could be accessed from those who understand the concept of education very well.

Parts of the fundamental objectives of the technical committee was to seek a way for drastically reducing the number of out-of-school children, to integrate Islamiyyah and Tsangaya system into conventional system of education, to see to the overall development of the state, by way of improved education system, among others.

The document suggests some phases for the implementation. Each phase with its peculiar contents. Phase I consists of initiation, planning and reviewing of all relevant education policies. So also other Phases with their focus, each.

Receiving the roadmap, governor Ganduje said “There are 3 variables that are behind the policy statement of free and compulsory primary and post-primary schools education, right from the onset. We are dealing with problems of accessibility, affordability and sustainability.”

Explaining that the idea of roadmap was a kind of framework to be used in order to go about implementing the policy very well, emphasising that, “It is more like a fine tuning process.

“All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should critically have a look at this document and see what can be added or adjusted. As we are laying the foundation, we believe it must be solid.

So that the incoming administrations can have a platform for forging ahead. We need commitment and coordination to work with this effectively,” he said.

After acknowledging that, financing education is a herculean task, he listed some of the ways the state is using in seeing that education in the state is financed effectively.

He reveals that, “Apart from the budgetary allocation of over 26 percent in our fiscal document, we have Education Trust Fund, we have avenues for some levies,

we have community participation, there is in place, Corporate Social Responsibility from corporate organisations and development partners are also there among others.”

He argued that, when there is well articulate programme at hand, with transparent posture, development partners would respond positively.

“You must make sure that the issue of data is being handled very well. We must always strive to have accurate data. Data is very critical in governance. Development partners also need to work and partner with accurate data all the time,” he directed.

In a statement by Abba Anwar the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary said All development partners and other experts who were at the meeting, exhibited their unflinching support and cooperation for the the policy implementation.


Enugu State Journalists Mourn the Loss of AIT Reporter, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong



Late Jimmy Edeabasi

Enugu State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has announced the death of the State reporter of the African Independent Television, AIT, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong.

Before his death, Jimmy who moved from Ebonyi State to Enugu was attached to the Enugu Government House.

A message posted on the Enugu NUJ platform reads:

It is with heavy heart the NUJ Enugu State Council announce the sudden demise of our member, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong of AIT whose sad event occurred on the 29th of September 2023 during a brief illness.

Jimmy was of the Private Broadcast Chapel and hailed from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“The peaceful government house reporter would be greatly missed by all.

“Good night Jimmy! “

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Independence :Plateau State Governor Pardons 4 Inmates



Governor Caleb Muftwang of Plateau State


By Asile Abel, Jos

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has granted the prerogative of mercy to four inmates who were previously condemned to death, while others have been granted pardons to serve life sentences.

The statement was included in a statewide broadcast by the governor on Sunday, as part of the activities to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day.

“On this remarkable day, it is my pleasure to exercise my Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Having reviewed the recommendations of the Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, I hereby approve the following.”

The beneficiaries among the prisoners include Danladi Musa, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for culpable homicide and has served 17 years; he is granted an absolute pardon.

Tali Zingtim, who was also sentenced to death by hanging for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, will now serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Similarly, one Ponzing Nanshep, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, will serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Also, Dauda Joshua, who was sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide, will serve a life sentence.

Governor Mutfwang used the opportunity to express his appreciation to the citizens of Plateau for their support of his administration so far.

“I wish to thank every citizen for the immense support we have enjoyed since assuming office. I encourage you to maintain faith in us and remain positive that we will fulfill our promises.”

The Governor of Plateau State congratulated Nigerians on 63 years of being an independent country.

“I wish you a happy and hope-inspiring Independence celebration and rest assured that we are committed to the peace and prosperity of our land.

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Dala Inland Dry Port Appoints Barrister Hassan Bello as Non-Executive Director



Barrister Hassan Bello


The governing Board of Dala Inland Dry Port Zawaciki Kano has appointed Barrister Hassan Bello (OON) as its non executive Director.

Announcing the development shortly after its meeting held on Tuesday 26th September 2023 at Abuja, the Board’s chairman Alh Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro said the appointment of Barrister Hassan Bello, an experienced legal practitioner and astute administrative guru in the shipping industry in Nigeria, is with immediate effect.

HASSAN Bello was a graduate of the prestigious ABU Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982.

He later held various positions as state counsel – ministry of justice, Sokoto, Legal Adviser/Company Secretary Secretary – Sokoto Investments company Ltd..

Hassan Bello was also the Head of Legal Dept, Nigerian shippers’ Council and later on as Executive Secretary/ CEO of the council..

Barrister Hassan Bello has been accredited with formulation, executing, interfacing and implementation of strategies that transformed the shippers’Council as the economic regulator of the Nigerian Ports industry.

In a statement signed by Head ,corporate communications Ahmad Rufai Bello said until his emergence as Director to the Board, Bello Esq had been a consultant to the Board.

Barrister Hassan Bello was conferred with the prestigious National Honour Award of the OFFICER of the ORDER of the NIGER (OON) by the former president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari in May this year.


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