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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.                          

Coordinator    

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IBB Not Dead, Spokeperson, Kassim Afegbua Says

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Kassim Afegbua, spokesman to Ibrahim Babangida, has denied rumours that he is dead.

Afegbua made the claim on Sunday while reacting to speculation that the 78-year-old who ruled Nigeria as a military leader untill 1993 had passed on.

He said this is about the third time Babangida has been rumoured dead in 2019 alone.

His statement reads:

“It has become consistent fake news for quite some time now wishing our own IBB, the one we easily refer to as ‘the last don’ of Nigeria politics, dead. The “fake news bill” would be a suitable response to this category of fake news carrier.

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“IBB is very much alive and bubbling. He just started attending to friends and associates who came to see him today, Sunday, 15th December, 2019 right here at his Minna Hilltop mansion. He is full of life and in his characteristic bubbling mood.

“May Allah forgive those who wish IBB dead. God is the giver and taker of life, not humans. Death, as the irrevocable end of all creation, will surely come to everyone some day and at the appointed time and hour, but to deliberately spread fake news and wish someone dead, is to take humanity to another bizarre level. May Allah forgive them

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“IBB, by the special grace of Allah, the omniscient and omnipotent One, shall live to fulfil his journey and destiny in life, to the consternation of those who are always wishing him dead. This is about the third time this year.

“We wish to thank those who took time to reach out to us, home and abroad, to find out the truth. We thank you all for your love, care and concern. May Allah grant us all good health, sound mind and long life.”

 

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CAN Calls For Removal Of Tanko Muhammad As CJN

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for the removal of Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

This follows his call for the amendment of the constitution to accomodate more aspects of the Shari’a law.

Muhammad urged academics to champion the cause of redesigning the methods of teaching Shari’a law, while pointing out that implementation of his suggestions would be more feasible if universities give the Shari’a law its own faculty.

Hiwever, reacting to the comment credited to the CJN, CAN raised an alarm of a plan to islamize Nigeria and backed its claim by pointing out that the President’s recent appointment was in favour of a certain religion.

The Christian group also called for the removal of Tanko and the Chief Justice of Nigeria over the comment it described as reprehensible, reckless and insensitive.

According to the CAN, the CJN is religiously compromised and no longer trustworthy in the dispensation of justice.

A statement by CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle which issued by his Special Assistant (Media & Communications) Pastor Adebayo Oladeji reads:

 

“Our attention has been drawn to the advocacy of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed for the amendment of the Constitution with a view to adding more Sharia contents.

“Justice Muhammed reportedly made the call while declaring open the 20th Annual Judges Conference at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Faculty of Law’s Moot Court.

“We have not seen the full text of the paper presented and we learnt the Chief Justice was represented at the event. So, it is difficult to know if the speech was that of the Chief Justice or his representative.

“We don’t believe that such a reckless and provocative statement could be made by the number one judicial officer in the country. How could the CJN say ‘We as Muslims have the numbers to amend the constitution’? It is not possible. It is either he was misquoted outright or quoted out of context.

“Asking for constitutional amendment with a view to adding more to the Sharia contents is ill-timed, provocative and unacceptable. Was the Chief Justice of Nigeria put there deliberately for the promotion of Islamic matters or to be unbiased and fair judge for all irrespective of religion? It appears from this statement (if he made it) that he was put there for Islamisation agenda.

“Those in government are warned not to use the cheap popularity or acceptance they seek to set two religious practitioners against each other.

“This type of statement, if true, is enough for the President of the country to initiate the removal of this Chief Justice from office. He is religiously biased and partisan. We have no more confidence in him. And we once again reiterate our advocacy for religious balanced in the appointments that are being made by the President.

“Lopsided appointments are direct contradictions to some portions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). These include but not limited to Sections 10, 13 (3-4), 15 (2) (d) and (4). It is widely believed that no country survives two civil wars. Our leaders should be mindful of the complexities of the people they are leading.

“There have been Presidents, who are Christians. During their time, there was never a time they promoted their religion at the expense of others. Our leaders should stop paying lip service to the unity and peace of the country.

“Do we take it that what he said is the official position of this regime on inter-faith relations? Why has no one in leadership, either, the Executive or Legislative arm of government taken him up on it? The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is eagerly awaiting the rebuttal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria on the unfortunate and unguarded utterances that can provoke a religious crisis in the country.”

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UK Will Leave European Union Unfailingly January 2020-Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has revealed that the UK will complete Brexit on or before the end of January 2020.

Johnson  said this in the wake of his resounding victory in Thursday’s UK elections that saw his Conservative Party defeat the Labour Party winning 364 of the 650 seats up for grabs in the House of Commons.

Speaking on Brexit, Johnson said there will be ‘no ifs buts or maybes’, adding that the UK will leave the European Union on or before the 31st of January, 2020.

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After resounding election victory, Boris Johnson promises Brexit on or before January 31

“We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes,” Johnson told his supporters on Friday.

“I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out to prove that you were right in voting for me this time, and to earn your support in the future.

“And I say to you that in this election your voice has been heard, and about time too.”

“Because we politicians have squandered the last three years, three and a half years in squabbles – we’ve even been arguing about arguing, and arguing about the tone of our arguments.

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“Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.”

The Conservative party has been working to achieve Brexit since 2016, but have been blocked by the EU with strong opposite from the UK’s Labour Party.

However, Thursday’s defeat of the Labour Party now paves the way for Parliament to vote on Brexit.

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