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NDDC release N2 billion for schools renovation in Niger Delta

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The Niger Delta Development Commission has confirmed the approval of N2 billion for the renovation of schools in the Niger Delta region in line with the 2017 budget.

NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, disclosed this on Friday when members of the executive of the Regina Coeli College, Essene, Old Boys Association, paid him a courtesy visit at the commission’s corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt.

Ekere assured the Old Boys Association that their alma mater would benefit from the renovation exercise, even as he expressed regret that the school, which used to be a centre of excellence in education, was now saddled with dilapidated infrastructure.

He stated that it was unfortunate that the situation was the lot of many schools in the Niger Delta region.

“This is what has made NDDC to be intervening actively in the renovation of schools. This year, we have made a provision of N2bn for the renovations of schools in the region.

“We have an extra N1bn for schools in Akwa Ibom State and some of these (funds) will definitely be extended to Regina Coeli College,” Ekere said.

The NDDC boss noted that education was the key to the development of the society, adding that it was also the tool that could be used to fight insecurity.

He added, “If you educate the minds of the people and educate the minds of the youths, they will know that violence is not an option. They will concentrate and channel their energies and resources towards sustainable livelihoods rather than engage in violence and criminality.”

Ekere maintained that the NDDC was determined to support education at all levels, saying, “We know that the state governments in the region are doing a lot in the education sector, but being an interventionist agency, we will see where gaps exist and fill them.”

He assured that the commission would respond to the needs of the schools where necessary, stating that NDDC was ready to work with the Old Boys of the school to restore the dilapidated facilities.

In his remarks, the President of the Old Boys Association, Chief Clement Isok, said that they were eager and desirous to restore the college to its former glory as one of the elite secondary schools in Nigeria.

According to him, the school was once “the toast of the 60s and 70s with educational and infrastructural facilities that were second to none, the school was the undisputed choice of parents nationwide for the training of their prized wards.”

Isok further said, “The college is currently bedevilled with an avalanche of problems. For instance, the college has no perimeter fence, thereby exposing the students and staff to serious security threats.

“The main entrance road to the college and internal roads are being washed off by erosion and have become inaccessible. The academic block, chapel, dormitories and staff quarters have all deteriorated to various stages of disrepair.

“More pathetic is the fact that the college assembly/dining hall, which used to be the pride of the students, has gradually degenerated into a prison-like cafeteria with blown-off roof.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River
Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

Ben Ayade

Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has relaxed the curfew in the state from 4 pm-6 am to 6 am-6 pm.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christain Ita on Saturday.

The new time is scheduled to take effect from Saturday, October 31st.

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Recall that following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums, the state governor, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, on Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The state governor, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade has reviewed the curfew imposed on the state and has directed that with effect from Saturday, October 31, 2020, curfew hours will now be between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am daily.

“Restriction of movement is hereby relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm,” the statement added.

 

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers
El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai has condemned the attack on police officers and police barracks in the State following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

He made this remark when he met with youth leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state on Friday.

At the event, he appealed to them not to engage in any act of violence or looting.

El-Rufai vowed to prosecute those behind the looting and threat of peace in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas according to the law.

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“You cannot condemn an entire profession because of the misconduct of a few. SARS is just a small unit of the Nigerian Police Force, and even among SARS, they are not all bad,” he said

“Yes, some of them might have been quite bad and killed many people, but that should not be used to frame the police in a manner that people feel justified to attack and kill policemen.

“I have seen a video where a policeman was attacked and burnt to death. For what? That policeman is a human being, creation from God, he has children, and he has a family.

“Who will look after them? The Nigerian Police is the only police we have, it Is our collective duty as citizens, as leaders to come together and help the police to be better.”

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

Abdullahi Sule

Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule has called for the training of police officers in the country to tackle the numerous security challenges affecting the country.

He made the call during an empowerment programme on Friday in Karu, Karu Local Government Area of the state.

At the event, he described the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as disheartening.

He, however, called for understanding from the youths.

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“The kind of reforms we would want is to ensure that the police is well trained and well equipped and that is why it is disheartening to see that SARS is completely dismantled,” he said.

“SARS as I understand is the unit that has been trained specifically to be able to confront armed robbery and some kind of dangers that probably other policemen have not been trained for that.

“Now that we have dismantled them, whatever form that we have, we have to go and train them again so I call on us to use the opportunity not to be throwing away the bathing water and the baby at the same time.”

 

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