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Over 2 Million Pupils  in Katsina State with Just 24,000 Teachers: A Disturbing Pupil-Teacher Ratio”



Governor Dikko Rada

KATSINA, Nigeria – Startling revelations emerged during a recent broadcast on BBC Hausa’s “A Fada A Cika,” shedding light on the dire state of education in Katsina State, North Western Nigeria. Comrade Jamilu Aliyu, a prominent activist in the region, disclosed alarming figures that underscored the urgent need for educational reform.

According to Comrade Jamilu Aliyu, there are over 2 million pupils currently enrolled in Katsina State’s public schools. However, the most alarming statistic is the staggering number of out-of-school children, which has reached over 800,000. This crisis not only threatens the future prospects of these children but also presents a significant challenge for the state’s education system.

Further exacerbating the issue is the alarming pupil-teacher ratio. With a mere 24,000 teachers available to cater to the needs of over 2 million students, the education sector in Katsina faces a severe shortage of educators. This alarming ratio highlights the immense challenges in providing quality education and individual attention to students in the state.

The BBC’s airing of Comrade Jamilu Aliyu’s video documentary showcased the harsh realities faced by many children in Katsina State. It emphasized the urgent need for intervention to ensure access to education and the provision of adequate teaching staff.

One troubling aspect brought to light during the program was the withdrawal of support from various stakeholders in the public education system. Traditional rulers and other influential figures have reportedly distanced themselves from educational initiatives, further exacerbating the challenges faced by Katsina’s youth.

The gravity of the situation drew the attention of commissioners of education from neighboring states, including Jigawa and Kano. Their presence at the program underscored the need for a collective effort to address the educational crisis not only in Katsina but also across the region.

As Katsina grapples with these stark education challenges, the pupil-teacher ratio remains a poignant reminder of the urgent need for increased investment in education infrastructure, teacher recruitment, and the reengagement of stakeholders. Only through a concerted effort can the state hope to provide quality education and a brighter future for its youth.


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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