Matthew Seiyefa, former director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), has said that those from Southern Nigeria are already disadvantaged when it comes to leadership positions at the federal level.
Seiyefa reportedly said this at the launch of the Bayelsa Tertiary Education Loan scheme in Yenagoa, capital of the state, according to ThisDay.
Saiyefa, who is from Bayelsa state was briefly appointed as DSS DG on August 7, 2018, when Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacked Lawal Daura as director-general of the DSS following the invasion of the national assembly.
Seifeya was compulsorily retired by President Muhammadu Buhari less than one month after and was replaced by Yusuf Bichi, the present head of the agency.
Seiyefa, who spoke about the days before his compulsory retirement said John Pepper Clark, a notable scholar, and Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, stood solidly behind him.
He said, “I want to thank two people who encouraged me during that period (crisis in the leadership of DSS). Prof. JP Clark, who was in Lagos and constantly, encouraged me not to give in but to stay and His Excellency, our dear governor. ”
“In fact, on two different occasions, he offered to employ me if I should leave, but I stayed the course.
“When August 7 last year happened, I was told of the jubilation in Bayelsa State. That they heard that one of their own is the head of a federal agency. People went to beer parlours, they bought drinks and they were happy and that moment of shared stakeholding in the Nigerian nation is very important.
“That moment of celebration that we too belong here is very important. But people made it happen and His Excellency is one of them. I appreciate what we have been through as a people.
“Education, as has been said, is it. I particularly want to encourage the boarding schools, because in the years to come, as far as I am concerned, that will be the game-changer.
“When I look back at my own story, the secondary school that I attended made all the difference. And for the young people, at the corporate and federal level, the years ahead will be very tough, competition will be very fierce and hard.
“At the moment, at the federal level, critical agencies are thinly spread, our presence is very little. At the corporate level, we are virtually nowhere, but those are opportunities for us because we cannot all be here struggling for crumbs, we need to be out there too.
“But how to be there and survive depends on education, the quality of education you have. I went through a lot of difficulties, but the education I had put me through.
“Because you are from here, you are already disadvantaged. But if you are also poorly educated, then that is double jeopardy and you will be doubly endangered.
“As it is, we are poorly represented at the federal level. Since you are already disadvantaged coming from here, if you don’t have quality education, then you don’t stand the test of time.
“On occasions, during my career, I was denied promotion, not because of anything else, but because people were being positioned. That is the reality. But if you are good and have a point to make, they will look at you in the end because you don’t have any traditional ruler to run to, no religious leader to run to and that is the reality. Identity politics is a fact of life in our nation.”
He is currently the pro-chancellor of the Niger Delta University (NDU) in Bayelsa.
Low UTME Cut-off Mark Makes Northern Youth Lazy – El-Rufai
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed that the low cut-off mark in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME for Northern students admission into universities makes them lazy.
He expressed that the North has not taken advantage of the educational benefits the country has provided to the region.
El-Rufai made this remark during a plenary session on “Rethinking Sub-National Competitiveness” at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit.
“The northerners are at advantage. The low JAMB cut-off mark is making northern youth lazy rather than encouraging them. Despite the advantage of education in Nigeria, we have the highest number of children out of school,” he said.
According to the United Nations, the huge number of out-of-school children in northern Nigeria poses an enormous challenge.
“For example, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, (JAMB), gives different cut-off marks for different states and you say you are building a nation, no you are dividing it.
“I am from the north but we have suffered educational disadvantage and the JAMB has given us a lower cut-off mark to catch up, have we caught up?
“It is making people lazy,” the governor said.
Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been asked to pay N500 million in compensation by the family of Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor shot dead last week by a State Security Service (SSS) officer in the convoy of the Speaker.
This was contained in a letter written to Gbajabiamila by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
The family gave the speaker seven days to fulfill their demand or face legal action.
In the letter dated November 23, Ozekhome, revealed that he has the mandate of the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke, and his younger brother, Destiny Okereke, to make the demand.
The demand is coming a few days after Gbajabiamila visited the immediate family and pledged to support his children’s education until they become adults.
“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.
“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only.
“This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life.
“But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.
“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights,” the letter read.
Don’t Allow Conspiracy Theorists Undermine Lagos Security, Sanwo-Olu Tells Residents
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the residents of the state not to allow conspiracy theorists and external forces destroy the wellbeing and security of the state.
He made this appeal on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ engagement, tagged, ‘Internal Security and Conflict Resolution in Lagos State.’
The meeting, which held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, was also attended by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi; human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, among others.
“We have to reignite the communication link between government and the people so that fifth columnists or conspiracy theorists will not be able to infiltrate and spread disinformation and misinformation that would jeopardise the future of our country or the opportunities available for our youths to contribute to the greatness of our country,” the governor told the audience at the event.
He added, “The level of insecurity being experienced across the nation calls for serious concern, considering its implication not only on the socio-economic development and prosperity of our people but also on the unity and territorial integrity of our nation.
“The importance of an effective strategy for peaceful resolution of conflict cannot be overemphasised.”
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