Godwin Emefiele, governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
There was confusion Monday afternoon at the Central Bank of Nigeria’s headquarters in Abuja as the embattled governor of the bank, Godwin Emefiele, resumed duty weeks after he left the country under controversial circumstances.
Mr Emefiele has been out of the country for several weeks amidst fears he would be arrested by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) who are investigating several allegations against him, including corruption and terrorism financing.
Reports claimed Monday afternoon that operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) invaded the headquarters of the CBN and took over the office of the embattled governor of the apex bank.
An online publication, Daily Nigerian, reported that the SSS operatives came in with about 20 vehicles with armed personnel. The operatives also barred all staff of the bank from gaining access to Mr Emefiele’s office, it said.
But in a statement signed by the SSS spokesperson, Peter Afunnaya, the secret police said the reports are “fake and misleading.
“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the false news making the rounds that its operatives invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria and arrested its Governor, today 16/1/23. This is fake news and quite misleading”.
Meanwhile, the apex bank in its statement said that Mr Emefiele resumed duty on Monday after his annual leave.
The statement, signed by the apex bank’s spokesperson, Osita Nwanisobi, said Mr Emefiele resumed to perform his duty ahead of the first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year scheduled for January 23 to 24.
“Mr Emefiele remains committed to performing the task before him in line with his oath of office and the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari,” the bank said.
“While thanking the public for keeping faith with the Bank, we urge Nigerians to continue to support the policies of the Bank aimed at ensuring a stable financial system and the Nigerian economy in general.
Last week, PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Emefiele quietly returned to the country, according to sources in the apex bank and the presidency.
This newspaper also learnt that Mr Emefiele planned to leave the country again very soon, afraid the secret police could eventually arrest him amidst the continuous power play at the highest levels of the Nigerian government. “He is trying to leave within the next few days on the pretence of attending the annual World Economic Forum,” our source said.
Until his return Monday afternoon, Mr Emefiele’s controversial absence from the nation had been a source of worry for stakeholders in the banking sector ahead of the CBN’s first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year scheduled for 23 January. The CBN boss chairs the MPC meetings in which key monetary policy decisions are taken as part of the apex bank’s efforts to control inflation, regulate banking operations, and stabilise the larger economy.
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The operatives of the State Security Service (SSS ), on Monday afternoon, invaded the headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), condoning off the office of the embattled governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele.
LEADERSHIP reports that there has been a running battle between the DSS and Emefiele over alleged terrorism financing against the latter.
Recall that the secret service had also earlier sought a court order to arrest Emefiele but was turned down by the court and subsequently barred from arresting, inviting, or detaining Emefiele.
Emefiele has been out of the country for his annual leave, which is expiring on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has refused to return to Nigeria amid allegations of terrorist financing and possible arrest and attention by the secret police.
The secret police, the Department of State Services, had applied to a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking an arrest warrant for Emefiele.
SaharaReporters previously reported that the court denied the main bank director's request to arrest and detain, but said it could go ahead and arrest Emefiele if DSS felt compelled to do so based on the evidence against him.
The DSS or State Security Service (SSS) had accused Emefiele of allegedly aiding and abetting acts of terrorism.
The security agency said that the CBN governor is involved in the financing of terrorism.
He said that the preliminary investigation revealed several acts of terrorist financing, fraudulent activities perpetrated by Emefiele and his participation in economic crimes with a national security dimension.
SaharaReporters earlier on Thursday also reported that officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) questioned top Central Bank directors over their role in the N2 billion loan given to the national president of the National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN), Anibe. Achimugu.
According to a senior EFCC official, the main bank's directors denied knowing when CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele approved the loan for Achimugu, adding that it was not discussed during any of their meetings.
The approval of such a loan was also classified as illegal.
However, sources told SaharaReporters on Thursday that Emefiele had refused to return to Nigeria from the United States, claiming he has a heart condition.
Emefiele had traveled to the North American country with President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent US-Africa Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.
But while President Buhari returned on Sunday, Emefiele intentionally stayed behind, claiming illness amid the allegations and possible questioning he faces at home.
“I was supposed to return to Nigeria yesterday (Wednesday) after traveling with Buhari to the US-Africa Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.
“He should have returned yesterday, but he told the CBN board that he will return today (Thursday). She wrote to the National Assembly that she cannot attend to honor her convocation due to health problems,” one of the sources told SaharaReporters.
DSS sources also told SaharaReporters that Emefiele is afraid of being arrested.
“He refused to return to Nigeria on the grounds that he has a heart condition.
“Upon arrival in Nigeria, he could either take a leave of absence until things calm down or resign under pressure,” the source said.
However, as previously reported by SaharaReporters, in rejecting the ex parte motion filed by the secret police, Judge JT Tsoho, the chief judge, said that DSS did not provide any concrete evidence to substantiate its claims that Emefiele was involved in the financing. terrorism and economic. crimes
The ruling read: “After reading the documents constituting Petitioner's Ex parte Motion dated and filed 7/12/2022, I am compelled to make the following vital observations:
"1. All affidavits, especially under paragraph 4 of the supporting affidavit, purport that the preliminary investigation has revealed various acts of Terrorist Financing, fraudulent activities perpetrated by Defendant, and his involvement in economic crimes with a national security dimension. These are certainly serious allegations, but the Applicant has not provided any concrete evidence to support them.
“Applicant should have relied on the Court, while seeking to exercise its discretion in favor of granting Her request. It is my respectful opinion that the applicant's ipse dixit alone is not sufficient evidence to deprive a person of his or her liberty.
"2. The defendant in this application is named as "Godwin Emefiele" without disclosing his status or position anywhere; not even in the affidavit. It is left to speculation whether "Godwin Emefiele" is the same person as the acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. If so, then he is unquestionably a high-ranking civil servant in Nigeria and indeed occupies a delicate position as one of the key drivers of the nation's economy. Therefore, such a request must have evidence of the approval of the head of the Respondent, who authorizes the adoption of such measures. However, I find no such evidence in this instant application, while it is a necessary procedure in observance of the rule of law disclosed in the affidavit of support.
“This is not the situation here, as Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor, was shown on television, including last night, having an audience with the President of Nigeria. Therefore, it seems that the applicant intends to use the Court, as a cover for an irregular procedure, which is unacceptable.
“In light of the above reasons, I refuse to grant this ex parte request. If the Applicant believes that the evidence available thus far is sufficient, then he/she may also arrest and detain the Applicant, even without the Order of this Court. However, if the Applicant still wishes to proceed with this application, then he must notify the Respondent, considering the sensitive Public Office that he holds”.
SaharaReporters had exclusively reported that Emefiele; the president of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Prof. Benedict Oramah; among others, they were under investigation for the $300 million that the pan-African multilateral financial institution gave to Titan Trust Bank Limited to acquire a 93.4% stake in Union Bank of Nigeria Plc.
Others being investigated include Aminu Yaro, a northern business magnate, and one Farouk Gumel.
Sources had told SaharaReporters that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DSS, the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) were investigating Oramah. , Emefiele and others.
In contravention of the CBN law, Emefiele joined the ruling All Progressives Congress earlier this year.
The action was against Section 9 of the CBN Act 2007, which stated: “The governor and lieutenant governors shall devote their entire time to the service of the bank and, while in office, shall not engage in any full or part-time work . employment or vocation, whether paid or unpaid, except for personal or charitable causes determined by the Board and that do not conflict with or undermine their full-time duties.”
According to the chairman of district 6 in the Ika South local government area of Delta state, Nduka Erikpume, the CBN governor had registered as an APC member.
Asked if Emefiele registered with APC, Erikpume said: “Yes, he is registered since February 2021. He is our member.”
Amid widespread condemnation, the CBN governor turned to a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek a constitutional interpretation of his non-resignation while pursuing his political interests.
Recently, the secretary of the dissolved Presidential Stamp Duty Reconciliation and Recovery Committee, Kazaure Gudaji, recounted how Emefiele misappropriated and siphoned off 89 trillion naira of stamp duties.Credit: https://saharareporters.com/2022/12/22/exclusive-central-bank-gov-emefiele-refuses-return-nigeria-us-claims-heart-ailment-amid
Prominent rights lawyer Mr. Femi Falana on Tuesday addressed the controversial move by the nation's secret police to arrest and detain embattled Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele.
In a statement titled 'Lessons from Emefiele's case' and signed by him, the Chief Counsel of Nigeria (SAN), in one breath, praised Federal High Court Chief Judge John Tsoho for rejecting the search and, in another, asked the leadership of the judiciary to develop a standard practice, using the Emefiele case.
It said: “The State Security Service (SSS) filed an ex parte request on December 7, 2022, calling for the arrest and detention of Mr. Godwin Emefiele for the purpose of investigating him with regard to the allegation of terrorist financing.
“Within two days, the head of the court, Judge John Tsoho, assigned himself the case and heard it. Since the SSS did not provide sufficient evidence, the CJ dismissed the motion.
“However, Your Honor rightly noted that a warrant is not required to arrest and detain Mr. Emefiele if there is reasonable suspicion that he has committed the serious crime for which he is charged.
“Taking into account the facts and circumstances of the case, the position of the main judge is unassailable. His Honor deserves praise for assigning and determining the case so quickly. This is how it should be in terms of civil liberties because the law says so.
But he reasoned that the CBN chief obtained an expedited pardon due to his status, while alleging bias and jurisprudential discrimination.
According to him, “but Mr. Emefiele's personal freedom was not manipulated due to his special status. It is public knowledge that various ex parte requests are granted daily in favor of the SSS, police and other law enforcement agencies to authorize the detention of the flotsam of the society.
“For example, on August 5, 2019, the SSS arrested Mr. Omoyele Sowore in Lagos and took him to Abuja, where he was held incommunicado. Three days later, the SSS applied to the Federal High Court for an ex parte order to detain him and investigate him for terrorism. The case was assigned to Judge Taiwo Taiwo (now retired). In acceding to the request, His Honor ordered Sowore to be detained for 45 days so that the SSS could carry out the investigation.
“Less than 24 hours later, we filed a motion for service on behalf of the detainee, seeking to vacate the ex parte order along with an affidavit of urgency. The main reason was that the SSS was not one of the agencies authorized at the time of the events to arrest, detain, investigate and prosecute any suspected terrorist under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2011, as amended in 2013. Period detention of 45 days. It is pertinent to note that, depending on the case, the SSS has since become one of the enforcement agencies under Section 99 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2022.”
Calling for uniform application of the law, Falana called for Emefiele's ruling to become a precedent for civil liberty cases.
Quoting him, “However, while I congratulate Mr. Emefiele on his temporary legal victory, I am compelled to ask the presiding judge of the Federal High Court and the presiding judges of the high courts of the states and the Federal Capital Territory to always assign fundamental rights cases with office. Such cases should take precedence over political cases in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009.
“As a matter of policy, Nigerian judges and magistrates must end the practice of authorizing anti-corruption agencies, security agencies and other law enforcement organizations to arrest and detain citizens based on ex-requests. part.
“Like Mr. Emefiele, other citizens whose liberty may be compromised must be notified, regardless of their status. After all, all citizens are entitled to equal rights, obligations and opportunities before the law.
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A civil society organization, the Justice Center, praised the presiding judge of the Federal High Court for his unusual courage, bravery, erudition and frankness in refusing to grant an Exparte request filed before him by the State Security Service. (SSS) seeking a warrant to arrest and detain Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele for at least 60 days.
This was the CSO's position at his year-end press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, where he expressed his views on the failed SSS plot to charge the CBN governor as a terrorist.
Remember that in a ruling issued by the Chief Justice of the Federal Superior Court, Justice John Tsoho, he denied the request for the granting of the order for lack of evidence, absence of authorization from the President to file the request and for being irregular. procedure that was unacceptable to the Court.
The group's director, Barr. Kingdom Okere also praised Judge Tsoho for standing firm in upholding the rule of law in the face of planned intimidation and harassment of the Court by secret police.
He said, “in addition, the State Security Service must have known that they did not have any credible evidence against the CBN Governor, but for political and pecuniary reasons they insisted on turning the rule of law upside down.
“Otherwise, what could be the possible reason why President Muhammadu Buhari would not have been informed of such serious accusations of terrorist financing against the Central Bank Governor when the President was in the country and in the same city of Abuja the same date the lawsuit was filed? .”
The group went ahead to join in calling for the removal of SSS Director General Yusuf Magaji Bichi for allegedly undermining President Muhammadu Buhari.
It added that “the Justice Center sees no other option than to join the growing call for the immediate removal of the Director General of the State Security Service, Mr. Yusuf Bichi, from his position to serve as a deterrent to anyone in the government. that contemplates undermining authority. of the president
"The entire world will now eagerly await the president's reaction to the recurring attack on his promise to deliver credible, free and fair elections in 2023."Credit: https://leadership.ng/justice-center-hails-abuja-court-for-rejecting-dss-arrest-warant-for-emefiele/
The Abuja Federal High Court has dismissed an application by the State Security Services (SSS) to order the arrest of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin's Emefiele. The secret police had filed an ex parte request for an arrest warrant for the CBN governor for alleged “terrorist financing acts, fraudulent activities, and economic crimes with a national security dimension”. The SSS filed the application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 in court on December 7, suing Mr. Emefiele as the sole defendant in the ex parte application. But the judge, John Tsoho, who is the chief judge of the Federal High Court, in a ruling on December 9, rejected the request on the grounds that the secret police did not provide sufficient evidence to justify issuing an arrest warrant against Mr. Emefiele. The judge said that the statements contained in the affidavit filed by the SSS in support of its request "purport that the preliminary investigation has revealed various acts of terrorist financing, fraudulent activities perpetrated by the defendant and his participation in economic crimes of a magnitude of National security". But in rejecting the application, the judge said: "These are certainly serious allegations, but ones that the applicant has not presented any concrete evidence to support." He also said that the SSS did not clearly identify the person against whom the arrest warrant was sought. He said it remained speculation whether the person was the same Godwin Emefiele who was serving as CBN governor. If the target person was the current CBN governor, the judge said it was necessary to get the approval of his boss, presumably meaning President Muhammadu Buhari, for his arrest given the crucial role he plays in boosting the economy. He said there was no evidence in the SSS application that such approval was obtained. “The defendant in this application names himself as 'Godwin Emefiele' without disclosing his status or position anywhere; not even in the affidavit. “It is left to speculation whether 'Godwin Emefiele' is the same person as the current Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. If he is, then he is unquestionably a high-ranking civil servant in Nigeria and indeed occupies a delicate position as one of the key drivers of the nation's economy. "Therefore, such a request must have evidence of the approval of the respondent's boss, who authorizes the adoption of such measures." With or without a warrant, the judge said the SSS had the power to arrest Emefiele based on reasonable suspicion, but that the agency's lack of concrete evidence must have led it to seek the court's warrant for his arrest. serve as a cover for an irregular proceeding. . “Therefore, it appears that the applicant intends to use the court as a cover for an irregular proceeding, which is unacceptable. “In light of the above reasons, I refuse to grant this ex parte request,” Mr. Tsoho said. But giving the secret service another option to proceed with its case, the judge added: "However, if the applicant still wishes to proceed with this application, then he must notify the respondent considering the sensitive public position he holds." 'Emefiele in the crosshairs for his economic policies' The ruling was made public after a protest by a civic coalition, comprising the Arewa Youth Consultative Movement and public interest lawyers, in Abuja on Monday, against what they called an SSS plot to arrest Emefiele for allegedly financing terrorism. Speaking at a press conference, Tochukwu Ohazuruike, the convener of the group known as the Coalition of Advocates of National Interests, said the move against the CBN governor was a plot by politicians uncomfortable with the bank's economic reform policy, especially reform. naira designation. The coalition accused the spy agency of failing to inform Chairman Buhari of its findings against the CBN governor. Questioning the veracity of the secret service's claims, the group said that if the SSS really had concrete problems, it would not have allowed Emefiele to travel with Buhari to the United States. PREMIUM TIMES reported that Mr. Buhari traveled to Washington on Sunday, December 11, to join other African leaders at the US-Africa Leaders Summit. The president had Mr. Emefiele in his entourage to Washington. The group called on Mr. Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to suspend, arrest, investigate and prosecute SSS Director General Yusuf Bichi. He accused Bichi of being used by politicians to thwart CBN's new cashless policy. critics Emefiele has faced criticism over recent CBN policies of redrawing the country's highest currencies and limiting cash withdrawals to N20,000 per day and N100,000 per week. Though it has yet to be independently confirmed by PREMIUM TIMES, many have said the SSS decision to arrest Emefiele is a plot engineered by politicians uncomfortable with CBN's new policies in the run-up to the election. generals of 2023. The cash withdrawal limits and currency redesignation will reduce the amount of cash politicians can hoard for illicit activities such as voter solicitation and bribery of security personnel and other relevant officials during elections to be held in about two months. READ ALSO: PDP and APC disagree over Emefiele's resignation request Emefiele, since 2014 when he took office, has also faced severe criticism over controversial policies and his handling of the economy. On his watch, the naira has suffered an unprecedented decline with the currency now trading at more than N740 to the dollar on the parallel market. Earlier this year, Emefiele covertly, but intensely, pursued a presidential ambition as CBN's acting governor. The CBN governor's unprecedented move to engage in partisan politics sparked public outrage and was widely condemned by several thought leaders, including a Editorial PREMIUM TIMES. It was also criticized after CBN obtained a court order to freeze the bank accounts of some #EndSARS protesters in 2020. The bank only backtracked by withdrawing its judicial request that led to the lifting of the freezing order in bank accounts after much criticism from the public. SSS reacts In reaction to the pro-Mr. Emefiele which criticized the SSS decision to arrest the CBN governor on Monday, the agency warned Nigerians against being used to "undermine" their investigations. SSS spokesman Peter Afunanya said in a statement Monday that the agency would not be distracted by "propaganda" aimed at undermining its legal investigations. Afunanya said that SSS had a duty to investigate "matters of a national security dimension" and "always discharged this responsibility in the general interest of Nigerian citizens." It urged Nigerians to "avoid being used to thwart or undermine the Service and its legal investigations, as those who wish to act in breach will be dealt with in accordance with the law." His statement further said: "As such, the Service will continue to disseminate actionable intelligence to the relevant authorities without any sentiment," the statement read. “While professionally fulfilling its mandate, DSS is committed to remaining focused and impartial. It will by no means succumb to the propaganda, intimidation and mercenaries' desperation to undermine it. “Nor will it allow for the use of falsehood and deception to mislead public understanding and perceptions of issues of national importance. “Since they do not join the trouble, the Service warns those in a futile chase to be aware of their actions. Similarly, he urges members of the public to ignore invectives and tirades from the wrong elements and not allow them to be used as instruments of destabilization. “In particular, these items should be reminiscent of the famous axiom that 'you'll only fool some people, some of the time, but not all of the people, all of the time.' "In short, the Service will not be distracted by individuals and/or groups from fulfilling their duties to the Nation, the citizens and the President and Commander in Chief." Credit: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/571378-court-rejects-sss-request-for-arrest-warrant-against-cbn-governor-emefiele.html
The State Security Service (SSS) has reportedly withdrawn its staff attached to Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke. It was learned that the security agency withdrew the personnel on Thursday after a disagreement between the personnel and the policemen of the governor's convoy. SSS headquarters said it will not return its officers until Adeleke has addressed the situation. Sources from the governor's convoy told our reporter that the disagreement started after the governor's Aide-de-Camp (ADC) invited some police officers from the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) to replace SSS personnel in the governor's convoy. governor. The SSS chief of staff attached to the governor was said to have reported the snub to his state headquarters in Osogbo. Olawale Rasheed, a spokesman for the governor, confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday. Rasheed described the situation as "a minor disagreement" between police and SSS personnel attached to the governor's convoy. “The attention of the Osun state government has been drawn to a report on the alleged withdrawal of Governor Ademola Adeleke's security personnel,” it said. "We want to clarify that it is a minor disagreement between the officers of the Department of State Service and the Police," he added. The governor's spokesman said the matter was being handled by the headquarters of the two security agencies. “The matter has been reported to the headquarters of the two security agencies for resolution. The issue is being resolved, ”he said. “We assure members of the public that there is no cause for alarm. Your governor is fully secured and the government is moving forward without hindrance or hindrance,” he said.
However, Falana in his interview said that DSS would not do anything to anyone because "they know the people behind the shortage."
He added that the Federal Government has made similar threats in the past without anyone being arrested or prosecuted.
"(As) you know, every year, at the end of the year, once it's Christmas, there must be an artificial supply of fuel," he said. “The ultimatum will not work because there is no sanction for impunity in Nigeria.
“The State Security Service does not operate under the law in Nigeria. He does his thing. There is no one to call the agency to order. They'll know it's just an empty threat because no one is going to be arrested and prosecuted to teach a lesson.
“The other day, toxic fuel was brought into Nigeria. The government promised: 'We will take care of them, it will never happen again.' Has anyone been arrested? Has anyone been prosecuted? It's the same because they know the people behind it. It's like oil theft. They know them.
Falana, who said the NNPC had a responsibility to supply petroleum products to all parts of Nigeria, added that if the organization failed in its duty, the Federal Government was obliged to call officials to order and possibly relieve them of duty. your responsibilities.
However, he acknowledged the secret service's security concerns and attributed the threat to economic sabotage, saying the continued presence of long lines at gas stations could lead to "serious security problems."
“So this agency is a secret agency required to submit reports: 'We fear there is a security threat in Nigeria.' And the president will then take the appropriate measures. We must run this country according to the provisions of the law.
“That (law that establishes the DSS) is a decree made by the military. But now, we have the constitution. Article 215 has imposed on the police the duty of maintaining the internal security of the country.
“But what is the SSS, not the DSS; it is not a state security department. It is not a department of the Presidency. It is the State Security Service for all of us. This body is obliged to present reports to the government: 'This problem can generate insecurity. What can we do very fast? The internal security of our country is the role of the police, ”he said.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi inaugurated the distribution of 11,000 free textbooks to all high school students (SSS 2) in public schools across the state.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the free Chemistry and Physics textbooks were sponsored and donated by Alh. Ahmed Ododo, Kogi Auditor General for Local Government, in support of the State Government School Adoption and Mentoring Program.
Speaking at the dedication at Abdulaziz Atta Memorial College, Okene, the governor praised the donor for the gesture of supporting education in the state.
Bello, who was represented by Washington Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology Mr. Wemi Jones, said his Administration had made education a top priority, especially Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The governor emphasized that his commitment to renewing the education sector in the state required the allocation of 30 percent to education in the 2022 budget, even beyond the UNESCO benchmark of 26 percent.
This, he said, has been reflected in the execution of massive educational infrastructure projects, as well as the continued hiring of qualified high school teachers throughout the state.
Bello said that in addition to building school infrastructure, the government also pledged to equip schools with well-qualified teachers.
He explained that the recruitment of teachers also reached the final stage after aptitude tests and oral interviews were concluded, saying that the final list was awaiting final approvals.
He added that the state had enacted the education law, which authorized the ministry to sanction any person or group that tried to jeopardize the government's efforts to renew education in the state.
He stressed that the state government had shown sufficient commitment, hence the need for individuals and organizations to support the government's efforts through its School Adoption and Mentoring Program.
He praised the donor, Ododo, for donating the 11,000 Physics and Chemistry textbooks to the state's public schools, describing it as "the industry's biggest intervention so far."
Furthermore, he revealed that another Kogi citizen had also promised to provide math textbooks for students.
He urged all well-meaning political appointees, individuals and organizations to emulate them, the state's adoption program and school tutoring.
However, he warned school principals and teachers against commercializing the textbooks, saying they were not for sale, but would be given to students free of charge.
He stressed that the ministry had put mechanisms in place to monitor the distribution of textbooks, and warned that people who make mistakes would be punished.
The governor advised students to justify the donor's use of the textbooks.
reports that many dignitaries, royal parents, alumni of the school and relevant education stakeholders attended the occasion.
Okene Local Government Chairman Mr. Abdulrasak Mohammad; the Ohi of Adavi, SAR Alh. Muhammad Bello, praised the donor for the gesture and the state for the initiative.
Edited / Isaac Aregbesola
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The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), says the just-concluded two-day International Students Recruitment Fair in Lagos has further cemented the relationship between Nigeria and Ghana. Mr Banda Abdullah, Deputy Director of GEPA, made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday at the fair, held at Providence Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. GEPA, in collaboration with Ghana High Commission in Nigeria, brought 16 accredited universities consisting of public and private Institutions, for the fair, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Abdullah expressed delight at the turnout of participants, numbering 383 students from 15 secondary schools in Lagos. Some 200 of them indicated interest to study in the universities. He noted that Nigeria and Ghana had collaboration in trade services, education, tourism, and other areas. “We tend to gain a lot from one another, it’s a win win fair for both countries. “I see Nigerians studying in Ghana as a collaborative approach that has a remarkable effect on Africa, especially in West Africa. “It’s about gaining knowledge, inter-nationalisation, it’s like being at home. “This boils down to developing the human capacity of Nigerians in Ghana. “There are lots of Ghanaians living in Nigeria, vice-versa, and I must say that the benefits are enormous.” The GEPA Deputy-Director disclosed that Nigerians had the highest number of African students presently schooling in Ghana, “I can confidently say that Nigerians consist of over 80 per cent.” He assured that the Students Recruitment Fair would be an annual event as part of efforts to sustain the relationship and extend the opportunity to more students who aspire to study in Ghana. Meanwhile, Mr Ekpo Idongesit, a teacher in Kings College, described the fair as enriching. He said that GEPA, the organisers, had created an enabling environment for Nigerian students to know about the educational system in Ghana. “We have heard from the universities’ representatives in this fair on how they are ready to absorb Nigerian students, duration of courses and financial involvement. “This is a laudable fair, very impactful; it’s an opportunity for Nigerian students to go outside there and experience educational system in Ghana. They have done well by this offer. “The take-home is that they have assured the students of quality education with standard facilities on ground needed for the courses. Besides, Nigeria and Ghana are brothers,” he said. Also, Jacob Dodoo, Director of Enrollment Management, Webster University, Ghana Campus, said that the Institution offers 50 per cent scholarship opportunity to students with merit in their WAEC. Dodoo said that students were also considered for internship at the end of every session, to enable them to have work experience and boost their chances in the labour market after graduation. He said that some students in SSS 3 who were at the fair had registered their interest to study in the university. According to him, the Institution operates in four continents and nine countries. He said that Webster is an American University with international campuses in Ghana and other countries. “Our students have the option to study abroad in any of our campuses. Yaw Dankwah, International Recruitment Officer, University of Ghana, said that the fair promoted regional integration. He said that its continuous existence would strengthen the affiliation between Nigeria and Ghana in the education sector. “Once we blend education with cross culture, there is always that harmony between the countries involved, and the idea is to promote regional integration. “Students from Nigeria have always had good inter-country relationship with others from other African countries, Europe, Asia schooling in Ghana, and that harnesses peace in our continent which education stands for.” The University of Ghana, Webster University, KAAF University College, and Kumasi Technical Universit were among the 16 universities at the two-day students recruitment fair. NewsSourceCredit: NAN