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NTI, NCCE commend C’River SUBEB’s performance

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The National Teachers Institute (NTI) yesterday commended what it called sterling performance of the Cross River State Basic Education Board, saying the board had contributed immensely to the development of education in the country.
A representative of NTI, Mallam Bashir Mamman, who stood in for the Director-General, Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, while leading the NTI team on a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman, SUBEB, Dr. Stephen Odey, commended the board for its efforts in improving the standard of education in the state.
“Thank you for all the support you have been giving to the activities of the institute in Cross River State and all the efforts you have been making to improve the quality of teachers in the state. I can remember that more than twenty years ago, I was here to monitor an examination for the NCE programme, so you can imagine how many graduates NTI must have produced from that time till now,” Mamman said.
He added; “And honestly speaking, Cross River State in terms of performance, especially with regards to conduct of examinations, has been doing very well, because examinations have been hitch-free.
Anytime we come, we always engage external quality supervisors individually to go round and ensure compliance of all our regulations with regards to examination, because we believe it is that examination that would enhance the quality of our programme.”

Mamman added that the reason for the visit was to inform the SUBRB chairman and his team who, he said, were major stakeholders in the education sector, about a four-day monitoring and evaluation programme carried out by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) for all Colleges of Education.

According to him, the routine monitoring and evaluation exercise was to help check and enhance the NCE programme.

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Oyo provides 15 motorised boreholes for markets

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The Oyo State Government through the Sustainable Development Goals Office has constructed 15 motorised boreholes in some major markets in the state. The State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, at the commissioning of one of the boreholes at Bodija Market, Ibadan, explained that the project was completed through the Conditional Grants Scheme, noting that the project is in line with achieving Goals 3 and 6 of the SDG which is Good Health and Clean Water Sanitation.

Adekanmbi, who is the also the chairman of the Conditional Grants Scheme, said the boreholes tagged Ajumose Water Points had been provided with a standby generator, stating that Bola Ige International Gbagi Market, Ibadan, Bembo Market, Apata, Ibadan, Eleeka Market, Oyo, Bodija Market, Ibadan Saasa Market, Ibadan and Towobowo Market, Igboora, the largest market in Ibarapa zone of the state, are some of the beneficiaries of the project. He pointed out that two of the boreholes are located at Sabo Market, Ibadan, while Omi Adio Market, Apata, Ibadan, Obanisunwa Market, Ayete, Aaraada Market, Ogbomoso, Odo- Oba Market, Odo-Oba, Ogo- Oluwa, Oja Agbe Market, Iseyin, Olorunda Market, Iganna and Owode Market, Igboho have one each. Speaking at the inauguration, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said the market men and women were integral parts of the government, promising that the government will provide more infrastructures for the people of the state.

He said the informal sector is key to the increased IGR of the state, stating that more is expected from the market men and women to ensure that the government provides more facilities for the people.

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Katsina, Kano, UNICEF strategise for child survival

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As part of efforts to consolidate on the gains already made in the promotion of child survival, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Katsina and Kano State Governments are meeting in Kaduna to develop a five-year work plan for 2018 to 2022.

The plan when developed would be the first in the current UNICEF country programme for 2018, which covers Katsina and Kano states with partners from Health, Nutrition, Education, WASH and the Media. It would also entail, periodic social media content and traditional (print, online and broadcast) to highlight collaboration and outcomes, media participation at mid and end of year review meetings and report on key results.

Speaking yesterday at the closing ceremony of the states’ engagement planning meeting, Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, said both governments should be ready and determined to give required attention for proper implementation of intervention programmes in the next five years and beyond. He said: “The commitment we are talking about here of course is funding, government must take the issue of funding very seriously and give the programme the deserved attention.

“Data collection too is very important, and there is need for synergy between government agencies, we also need to start working our talk by involving new strategies that will give us different results.”

He said for the public to appreciate what government is doing, they need to be empowered both economically and educationally, saying, educating the people will also help them to harness what they have. He also commended UNICEF for her support for Katsina and Kano States, over the years and called participants to drive the entire process that will lead to effective implementation of the work plan.

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Police arrest mastermind of Imo bank robbery

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  • Says suspect got N400, 000 from the operation

The Imo State Police Command has wrapped up investigation into the robbery incident which occurred at Zenith Bank in Owerri, with the arrest of the fleeing mastermind of the crime, Chinonso Gift Onwuegbuchulam, by operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS). A four-man robbery gang had on February 22, 2017, raided the Wethdral Road branch of the bank, which eventually led to the death of one of the bandits and two police officers.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, who paraded the 29-year Onwuegbuchulam, alias Ogoli, who had remained at large since the dastardly attack, said the incident went viral on social media with Chinonso identified as the man that collected the money from the victim through a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage provided by the bank. While addressing journalists at the police command, Ezike said the suspect was arrested by the SARS operatives even as he disclosed that the suspect confessed to the crime and admitted he got N400, 000 from the loot.

The commissioner said three of the gang members had been arrested, while some arms and ammunition were recovered and four cars of different brands were also recovered. The commissioner said the suspect, who hails from Obazu Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State was arrested on February 21 in his hideout at Close 7, Mgbuakara Eleparawan, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Ezike said: “He has confessed to the crime and further admitted that out of the N2.8 million they stole, he got a share of N400, 000.

He further confessed to have been in armed robbery business since 2012 and has participated in many robbery operations at Lagos, Port Harcourt and Owerri between 2012 and 2017.” The commissioner said the arrest of Chinonso signalled the end of the criminal gang and their activities.

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