Operatives of Operation Rainbow, a Plateau State Security Outfit, have cracked down on a notorious illicit drug peddling market located within the Government Secondary School, Gangare in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
During the operation, which was carried out on Sunday night, 16 suspected drug dealers were arrested.
DSP Ezekiel Azi, who led the operation disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Jos, adding that it acted on credible information and tracked down the drug peddlers.
Azi explained that investigation revealed that the illicit drug market operates daily within the premises of the school.
He said that situation attracted buyers and sellers from other parts of the city thereby posing serious threats to lives and property of innocent citizens.
” We carried out the operation with support from Neighborhood Watch and Vigilante groups yesterday night.
“We acted on credible information that on daily basis, between the hours of 6p.m. to 9p.m. Sale of hard drugs and other illicit activities take place within the premises of GSS Gangare. The successful operation led to the arrests of 16 drug dealers,” he said.
Azi added that the suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation and prosecution.
He, however, said one of the suspects, arrested with a military identity card, had been handed over to the Department of State Services (DSS) for further investigation.
NAN reports that rcently Gov. Simon Lalong had pledged to deal decisively with miscreants and criminal elements threatening the peace of the state under the influence of drugs or otherwise.
Lalong said that the state would remain a no-go-area for criminals, saying he would not rest until he defeated them.
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Kano State Government says it has designated 12 centres for exit students of the 33 public boarding secondary schools, to write the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination.
WAEC examination is scheduled to start on Aug. 17.
Alhaji Bello Shehu, Executive Secretary, Kano State Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSMB), told newsmen in Kano that the measure was to protect students and stem further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Shehu added that: “Students of the GGSS Kwa are to write their examination at Government Girls College Dala.
“And those of the GGSS Yar Gaya and GGSS Kabo are to converge at Government Girls Secondary School Shekara while those of the GGC Gezawa and GGSS Jambaki are to meet at Government Girls Secondary School Jogana.
Shehu added other examination centres are GSS Danbatta for students of the GSS Bichi and GSS Bagwai and GSCS Wudil, while thowe of the GSS Dawakin Tofa would write the examination at Government Secondary School Gwarzo.
According to him, students of the GSS Tudun Maliki and Chinese Bilingual College are to remain in their respective schools.
The secretary noted that students of other 161 public schools would sit for the examination in their respective schools
He urged parents to ensure that their wards reported to the designated centers on Sunday, August 9.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government had fixed Aug. 9 for resumption of exit students of boarding schools while those of day secondary schools would resume on Aug. 10.
More than 11, 000 students had registered for the WAEC examination in 191 public secondary schools in the state.
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The Kwara Government has warned principals in public and private secondary schools in the state to comply with Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols as schools resume or face sanctions.
The State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Ahmed Fatimah-Bisola gave the warning on Wednesday in a message she sent to schools ahead of the proposed reopening as directed by the Federal Government.
She gave the message during the monitoring of the level of compliance on prevention of further spread of Coronavirus pandemic in some schools across the 16 local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner, represented by the Director, Curriculum and Assessment, Mr Timothy Ogunwole said the Ministry would not hesitate to sanction any public or private school found in dereliction of the order in the state.
The Commissioner directed all schools both private and public to comply with safety protocols in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Federal Ministry of Education rules and regulations.
According to the Commissioner, government will not take any excuse that is going to jeopardise its efforts in curtailing transmission of COVID-19 but rather punish anybody that violates the guidelines.
Fatimah-Bisola advised schools administrators to provide protective kits and also maintain physical distancing among the students.
In her remarks, the State Director, Quality Assurance, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Orukotan Lydia commended the state government for its prompt actions in monitoring of compliance in schools across the state.
She called on stakeholders to support Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
NAN reports that schools visited were: Chaste International School, Excellent College, Tanke, Effective International College, Tanke , Government Girls Day Secondary School, Tank, all in Ilorin.
Others were Taoheed Secondary School. Basin, GSS, Ilorin, GDSS, Karuma, Socrates College Adeta, Queen Elizabeth, Ilorin, Ajoke College, Taiwo road, Pearls International School, Ibrahim Taiwo road and Alade College, all in Ilorin.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Gombe state government, on Friday said it had spent N1.6 billion on the payment of 2015 retirees in the state.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya, stated this in Gombe on Friday during a state wide broadcast to mark his one year in office.
He said that in spite of limited resources inherited from the previous administration, the welfare of both serving and retired civil servants was paramount in view of their contribution to the development of the state.
“So far, we have settled outstanding gratuities to the tune of N1.6 billion for 2015 retirees.
“In the same vein, consideration is being given to serving civil servants based on a defined arrangement.
“It is our hope that other welfare package for existing civil servants like housing and transportation, will be considered when the economic situation improves,”he said.
The governor also stated that in the education sector, about 300,000 out-of-school children were taken back to school through Better Education and Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.
He stated that the state government had also paid over N1.5billion as counterpart funds in respect of developmental programmes in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and environment.
In education sector, Yahaya said within the period under review, 234 classrooms were constructed across 80 schools and 190 classrooms were renovated in 47 schools.
Government Secondary School (GSS) Kuje, Old Students Association, 2001 set, has donated food items to orphans and vulnerable women in Kuje Area Council to help cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown.
Mr Onyeka Ekene, the spokesperson of the association, told News Agency of Nigeria , on Sunday that the gesture was aimed at reducing the suffering of the less privileged in the area.
According to him, the association is saddled with the responsibility and passion to serve humanity, irrespective of religious background, gender, ethnicity and culture.
“In the midst of this COVID-19 outbreak, as people that grew up from this environment, that had our secondary school in this environment, we felt like giving back to the community, no matter how little it is.
“We are calling on not just the 2001 set, every other set in GSS Kuje, to emulate what we are doing no matter how little it is, it goes a long way to put a smile in the face of somebody.
“We might not know how this has gone in the life of these people, so we encourage everybody.
“I was made to understand that both the sitting and former Chairman of this Area Council finished from GSS Kuje.
“So, we encourage every set of GSS Kuje to do anything, no matter how little it is, to be able to affect the environment that once imparted us as students growing up in this place,” he said.
NAN reports that items distributed to the vulnerable women and the orphanage included rice, magi, salt, oil and spaghetti.
Ekene added that the association was available to always give back to the society, especially during emergencies as well as during health and humanitarian challenges in the country.
Allhaji Usman Yusuf, the District Head of Paseli Area, who received the palliatives on behalf of the vulnerable women, commended the association for helping to fight the pandemic and hunger.
He called on other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the association to help in cushioning the effects of the lockdown in the country.
“I thank the Old students Association for taking care of the old people in this COVID-19 Pandemic holidays that we are in.
In fact, thanks to the persons that initiated this palliative in Paseli community.
“As the leader of the community, I appreciate and I thank them for their meaningful organisation on this issue.
“We thank them for the little they have done for the vulnerable people in the society.
“God will help them in providing more, only the government cannot do all these things.
“If Non-governmental organisations will come together and assist as it happened today, I think the country will go well.
“We thank them and wish them safe journey to their destinations,” he said.
He, therefore, advised the beneficiaries to remain faithful and to put their trust in the unfailing love of God for sustenance and survival during this period.
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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education says it will investigate the abandoned renovation of seven classrooms school projects in Government Secondary School Mada Station, Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee, revealed this on Wednesday when he led other members of the committee in continuation of inspection tour of school projects in the area.
Ogazi said that a situation where classrooms have their removed or blown off without replacement, leaving students studying under trees, was not acceptable.
“As part of our oversight functions, we branched at GSS Mada Station and we discovered that many classroom projects awarded in 2017 by the ministry of education have their roofs brought down without replacement of those zinc and proper renovations, leaving students studying under trees, is not acceptable.
“We will investigate what happened that the work is not completed,” he said.
Ogazi however commended the contractor handling the renovation of two classrooms in LEA Primary School, Angbashuru Oden, for a job well done.
He also urged those operating a private school in LEA Primary School, Arikpa Mission, to vacate the school on or before March 13, or face the committee’s action.
The chairman said the committee would call to order all contractors who failed to adhere strictly to project specifications.
“The renovation of three classrooms at Pilot Science Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon is a misplaced priority because the contractor is supposed to renovate a block of three classrooms in the school that needed urgent attention.
“But the contractor went to paint a structure that was strong and this is misplaced priority,” he said.
The chairman condemned the roofing work at Primary School Mada Station and called on SUBEB to do something about it.
Ogazi also revealed that the committee would investigate situations where some block of classrooms were constructed in schools without contract works been awarded to those schools.
He urged community leaders and youths to take ownership of projects in their domains to ensure that quality jobs are delivered by contractors.
The chairman restated the commitment of the committee in supervising school projects across the state in the interest of the education sector and for the overall development of the state.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that schools inspected include RCM Primary School, Mada Station; LEA Primary School Angbashuru Oden; CMS Primary School, Mada Station; LEA Primary School, Ezzen; LEA Primary School, Arikpa Randa; LEA Primary School, Arikpa Mission, and LEA Primary School, Agunji.
Others are LEA Primary School, Alogani Central; Islamiya Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon; RCM Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon; Pilot Science Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon, and LEA Primary School, Alizaga.
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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Thursday said that corps members had greatly impacted on the socio-economic development of the state.
Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, at the passing-out parade of the 2019 Batch-A corps members, said that their impact was felt in rural communities where most of them carried out their projects.
He called on them to put into use the skills learnt while serving in the state.
He, however, cautioned them that the era of white collar jobs were over, urging them to brace up for the daunting challenges ahead.
The governor also encouraged them to create job opportunities rather than seek for existing ones.
Also, the Plateau Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development, Mr Victor Lapang, said that the NYSC scheme was a platform for national cohesion and integration.
According to him, it assists in ensuring the spread of the needed manpower throughout the country.
Ms Caroline Embu, the coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Plateau, said that a corps member in the state would repeat the service year for absconding.
Embu said that the corps member would be remobilised for another service year.
The coordinator said that 13 others with proven disciplinary cases ranging from travelling without permission and missing the compulsory monthly clearance would have their service year extended.
She said that a total of 1,787 corps members passed-out in the state and with 15 of them who distinguished themselves were given awards.
Embu added that the awardees were outstanding in various units across the state under the Community Development Service which according to her was a cardinal programme of the scheme.
“Notable among them is a medical outreach carried out by a Corp member at Deng town in Kanam Local Government area of the state.
“Construction and donation of 30 wheel chairs to physically challenged persons, and the donation of four computers, power sockets and a printer to GSS Bukuru all in in Jos South Local Government Area,” she said.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu (NAN)
Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) Pyakasa at Maitama in Abuja and Javino Model School Gauraka, near Suleja on Saturday won the maiden FCT Secondary Schools Cricket Softball Competition.
While GSSS won in the male category, Javino won in the female category.
The event organised by the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) saw eight teams battle it out in the female event while six teams registered for the male category.
The one-day event held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja was aimed at introducing the cricket game to schools.
It however emphasised the use of any available equipment to play the game.
The Javino team, sponsored by Girls Aspire Sports Initiative, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), defeated Government Secondary School (GSS) Karu by one run in the female event.
GSS Karu won the toss and elected to bowl, limiting Javino to 42 runs in the first innings.
They came in to chase 43 but could only race to 41 runs in four overs each.
In the men’s event, Pyakasa also defeated GSS Karu by four wickets to lift the title.
After the event, Taiwo Oriss, Secretary of the NCF, congratulated both teams and appealed to their schools to continue to avail the students the opportunity to play the game.
The NCF secretary assured that subsequent editions of the competition would be better.
Schools which took part and presented both male and female teams in the competition are GSS Garki, GSS Tudun wada, SOS Hermann Gmeiner Junior Secondary School, as well as GSS Gwagwalada and GSSS Pykasa, Maitama and Javino Model School.
Loiusville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada and GGSS Kuje presented a female team each.
The winning schools were however presented with trophies and prize money.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Mrs Lilian Okoye, a Peace fellow, Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) has urged students in the FCT to stay away from hate and reject religious bigotry.
Okoye made the call on Wednesday at a one day inter-faith seminar and workshop organised by the foundation in collaboration with Catholic Women Organisation Abuja Archdiocese (CWOAA) in Abuja.
The workshop had the theme: “Unity in Diversity: Nigerian Youths and Religious Bigotry”.
Okoye, the convener of the workshop, said the purpose of the seminar was to encourage children and youths to stay away from hate and reject bigotry by catching them young.
According to her, a religious bigot is an individual who strongly and unfairly demonstrates hate and intolerance to other religions, beliefs and practices.
She said that bigotry was a lifestyle choice which could lead to crime, saying nothing good came out of crime.
“These young ones must learn to welcome everybody irrespective of their language, religious belief and ethnic/political affiliations for diversity strengthen our community lives and country at large.
“Instead of hatred and revenge choose harmony, tolerance and co-existence that foster nation building and national growth at large,’’ she said.
Okoye advised the students that to be great achievers and needed to practice certain values such as humility, giving, faithfulness, honesty, love and forgiveness.
“Therefore, let us learn to be who we are, that is God’s children; tolerate each other, not minding our religious beliefs; care for and help one another; show love because love conquers everything and every situation.
“Be our brothers’ keeper not minding the language, religion, culture or tribe and have what we call unity in diversity.”
Alhaji Adamu Baba, the Director, Co-Curricular Activities, FCT Secondary Education Board, in his remarks advised the students to love each other irrespective of religious differences, saying the country would be better for it.
Baba, represented by Mr Liman Attahiru, the Principal Executive Officer of Board told the students that the future of the nation was in their hands and the only way they could make a difference was by showing love.
“You do not choose the family you are born into so irrespective of your religion you must show love and tolerate each others’ religious differences.”
Mrs Nkiruka Imaezue, President CWOAA, charged the students to maintain peace at home, at school and in their communities.
Imaezue, who is a Peace Fellow with COFP, said everyone must work together to find lasting peace in the country, adding that the youths had a major role to play.
“At COFP we looked at the Bible and Quaran and we see forgiveness runs through them. So we must work together to find lasting peace in the country.
“God is one, we should respect each others’ religion, you are the ones to make it right, we want you to carry the message of peace to your homes, schools and communities.
“Nobody should force another to practice a religion instead respect each other. What makes Nigeria beautiful is our diversity and we must find unity in that diversity.”
She advised the students to be guided against hate speech, especially in the social media which could lead to conflict as she called on the school administrators to form peace clubs in their schools.
Imaezue said that CWOAA was working closely with the Federation of Muslim Women aimed at promoting peace.
The highlights of the event include paper presentations by Christian and Muslim on the theme; `A Documentary on Violence; Unity Dance’ and drama presentation by the students.
Participants include student from Government Secondary School (GSS) Wuse Zone 3, GSS Garki and GSS Tubdunwada, Zone 4, Abuja.
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Mr Li Xuda, the Cultural Counselor, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria says the 2018 China New Year celebration is dedicated to strengthening bilateral relationships with Nigeria.
Xuda spoke with the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja on the sideline of the 2018 Chinese New Year Temple Fair Festival with the theme, “ “Celebrating the Golden Era for China-Nigeria relations’’.
According to him, the theme of this year’s Temple Fair is to further strengthened Sino-Nigerian exchanges and cooperation in all fields
“2018 Chinese New Year is being celebrated by Chinese across the globe to mark the start of the Lunar Year of the Dog and the Spring Festival.
“”The annual cultural event, ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ has become a recognised brand, welcoming our guest and friends to experience cultural traditions associated with the celebration and enjoy art performances,’’ he said.
Xuda said that the Chinese New Year celebrations are emblematic of the cultural tradition, heritage and aesthetic aspirations of the Chinese nation, abounding in distinctive Chinese symbols of great emotional appeal.
He noted that the tradition of such celebrations in China dated back to more than 4000 years.
He said the the celebration also included the display of Chinese New Year couples, fireworks, preparing `jiaozi’ and family reunion, among others.
The highlights of the event was the Chinese Cultural presentation by the “12 “China Corners Schools’’ in the Federal Capital Territory.
The schools include Model Secondary School, Maitama, Government Secondary School (GSS) Byazhin, GSS Gwarinpa, GSS Jabi, GSS Apo and GSS Mpape.
Others are Rahama International School, GSS Garki, Government Day Secondary School, Dutse Alhaji, Army Day Secondary School, Asokoro and Government Girls Secondary School Dutse.
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