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Government Technical College Patigi is now a Shadow of Its Old Self – ENetSuD

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Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) based in Kwara state has described the Government Technical College Patigi (GTC) as a caricature of its old setting.

The CSO, through its press statement dated 27th June, 2018, had also previously reported the Islamiyyah College in the same Patigi local government of Kwara state as a school where students receive learning in uncompleted buildings with no considerable learning facilities.

In a statement made available to Journalists and signed by its Coordinator (Dr. ALAGBONSI Abdullateef), ENetSuD disclosed that, as part of its obligation to bring the state government’s attention to areas of public interest that need immediate government intervention, the group’s Directorate of Investigation and Public Petition visited the GTC, which is the only Technical College in Kwara North Senatorial District and one of the five Technical Colleges owned by Kwara State Government. The GTC, which was first established in September 1950 as Craft School and later upgraded to Technical College in 1976 by Kwara State Ministry of Education in accordance with the Education Law of the State, was raised to the status of a fully fledged Technical College in 1988 running six departments.

ENetSuD noted that the stock of machines in the various workshops of GTC can hardly be found in many of our present day tertiary institutions, a fact that explains why the Kwara State Government proposed the movement of some of the equipment in the school to the newly established International Vocational Technical and Entreprenuership College (IVTEC) Ajasa Ipo when it was officially Commissioned in November, 2017.

According to ENetSuD, “This was a plan that was strongly objected to by Patigi indigenes in unequivocal tone. We further confirmed that the deplorable conditions of the school classrooms with dilapidated structures make it unhealthy for effective teaching and learning, which could have been one of the reasons for its low students patronage in recent time compared to the past when the school attracted guardians and students from all parts of the state and even other parts of the country; the deplorable condition of the school is a disincentive to any serious student who intends to acquire the up-to-date technical skills and vocations.”

 

“However, it is shameful and regrettable that the laboratories and workshops that had produced prominent technicians and engineers in the past are today in shambles due to continuous negligence by Kwara State government” ENetSuD lamented, adding that one of the causes of this retrogressive status, the ENetSuD learnt, was that the number of teaching staff in GTC is grossly inadequate for any school of its standard. The school has not only been neglected in terms of infrastructural development but also poorly staffed. Presently, it has a total number of 18 teachers and 2 non-teaching staff in the Senior Secondary School section, and 13 teachers in the Junior Secondary School section.

The ENetSuD commends the state government for the creation of IVTEC Ajase-Ipo, which will definitely promote vocational and technical education in Kwara state. However, we totally condemn the consistent lack of maintenance culture by the state government on the already existing Technical Schools like GTC, which was a promising institution that could have positioned Kwara state as a hub of vocational and technical education. Based on the pitiable level of negligence of the school, we do not have confidence that the government will also maintain the recently commissioned IVTEC built by tax-payers money.

“ENetSuD is aware of the state government’s reliance on grants from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), which cover infrastructural needs of Primary and Junior Secondary Schools but not Senior Secondary School. Because quality basic education is one of the things that must be provided by any responsible government, which will have direct impact on the lives of all Kwarans, we strongly recommend that the state government provide adequate budgetary provisions for the counterpart funds that will enable it secure the UBEC grants, so as to address the infrastructural needs of our schools. We also call on the state government to urgently declare a state of emergency in the educational system of Kwara state” Dr. Abdullateef I. ALAGBONSIappealed.

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Dr. Abdullateef I. ALAGBONSI, ACPA, Ph.D.                          

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How Ekweremadu Was Mobbed By IPOB Members

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Ex-Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, escaped being mobbed by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), in Nuremberg, Germany.

A video in which Ekweremadu was physically abused by members of IPOB surfaced online with its credibility initially being questioned.

However, confirming the veracity of the video, his media aide, Uche Anichukwu said that the development took place when Ekweremadu gave a keynote address at an event on Germany.

Ekweremadu, who also gave an account of the event on his social media handle, @iamekweremdu, however, assured Ndigbo and his supporters across the nation that he was safe.

Detailing what happened, Ekweremadu said: “I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however could not make it eventually.

“I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.

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“I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organisers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.

“Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons, who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency and the media as well as rallied the South East Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to heart against them, for they know not what they do.

“I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well meaning Ndigbo. I want to assure them that I am hail and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar,” Ekweremadu said.

Meanwhile, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has asked German law enforcement officers to bring to book perpetrators of Ekweremadu’s attack.

While condemning the attack, the socio-cultural group said that the act was disgraceful and an embarrassment to a revered son of Igbo.

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A statement by the president general of Ohazneze Ndigbo worldwide, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, described the action as ‘un-igbo’ and lamented that Ekweremadu who had always been in the forefront of fighting Igbo cause did not deserve the kind of treatment meted out to him by the pro-biafra agitators.

He said, “The assault on Ekweremadu by Igbos in Germany, described as IPOB, is disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity. This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause. It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weakens our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights.

“Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail. He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace. A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo race. Whilst I condemn the attack on our revered son and leader, I call on the law enforcement agencies in Germany to bring to book the perpetrators of this despicable act. It is un-Igbo. It is disgraceful,” Nwodo said.

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Another Priest Escape Death In Enugu State

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A Catholic Priest identified as Fr. Chimezie Ani escaped death in Enugu State after he was attacked by gunmen.

 Fr. Ani was attacked by gunmen at Ugwuomu Emene, a suburb of Enugu metropolis, late in the evening on Thursday.
Confirming the attack, Fr. Benjamin Achi,  spokesman of the Enugu Diocese of Catholic Church said the priest escaped his assilants without any injury.
Achi said the gunmen were firing at an SUV jeep when the priest ran into them in his car
According to him, a haul of bullets hit the car of the priest but he escaped unhurt.
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Police Arrest Killers Of Fr. Offu

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The suspected killers of Enugu Catholic Priest, Fr. Paul Offu have been arrested by the police.
They were paraded at the Enugu State Police Headquarters on Friday.
According to the police, the suspects were identified as Ibrahim Adamu (25 yrs) from Taraba State and Idris Tobe (25 yrs).
Three other suspects, Garba Basulugu, Mohammed Lagu and Mojunpan Duna, were said  to be at large.
Fr. Offu was killed in Agbudu, Awgu LGA, Enugu State on August 1.
Briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Enugu on Friday, Sulaiman Balarabe, the Commissioner of Police, said two of the suspected killers of Fr. Offu were arrested in different locations at Abia and Benue State.
Balarabe said the police were trailing the remaining three suspects at large.
He said the suspects were also behind the kidnap of a traditional ruler, Igwe Sunday of Agbogugu town and his wife on August 4.
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