***Raises the Alarm of shortage of Staff in the Institution
The Niger state College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has honored members of staff of the college for their outstanding contribution to the academic excellence and the development of the college, with a call on the government to as a matter of urgency address the acute shortage of manpower in the institution.
This was part of activities as Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s UNESCO world Teachers day.
The recipients of the awards which include cash, food items and other materials are retirees, serving and late staff of the college who have distinguished themselves in the service of the institution since its establishment decades ago.
No fewer than 25 staff of the college were honored with cash rewards of N200, 000 each, 50kg bags of rice and other materials which the Chairman of COEASU, Niger state college of education chapter, Dr. Hassan Mohammed said were in recognition of their contribution to the college and the development of education in the state.
The COEASU Chairman in his welcome address at the awards ceremony on Friday at the college of education main campus in Minna, the state capital said though the awards are the first of its kind in the Institution, the Union could not allow the world Teachers day celebration come to pass without recognizing its members both those who have retired and those that are late.
Dr. Hassan pointed out that while the government continues to pay lip-service to the welfare of Teachers in the country, “it is high time we begin to recognize our colleagues and reward them here on earth”, adding that era of Teachers to wait for their reward in heaven is over.
He however used the occasion to draw the attention of the authorities to the shortage of manpower in the institution both Teaching and non Teaching staff which according to him is not only crippling academic activities in the college but putting undue pressure on the few available Teachers in the institution.
He disclosed that while the welfare of the Teachers remains a source of concern, they (Teachers) have been over stretched both mentally and physically due to the current shortage of manpower, adding that “people have died, some have retired and others left the service voluntarily yet there is no replacement for them.
“This is a threat to quality delivery in our education system because this situation is not peculiar to college of education Minna alone”.
This was collaborated by the Provost of the college, Professor Yakubu Muhammad Auna who said there is a huge gap in the manpower requirements of the institution and this, he admitted is taking the toll on both academic and non academic activities of the college.
Giving the statistics of the manpower requirement of the institution, the provost disclosed that as at 2017 when he was appointed as the provost of the college, the manpower shortage was 178 but today the gap has widen to 529, stressing that “this is a common knowledge in the institution and the government is very much aware of the current situation”.
In his goodwill message at the occasion, the state commissioner for education, Dr. Hadiza Asabe Mohammed said the current administration in the state is committed to addressing the current challenges facing the education sector in the state which include shortage of manpower.
He added that “the education sector in the state is in dire need of transformation and we can only do that when we have enough and well trained Teachers”.
She equally expressed concern over the mass exodus of Teachers from schools in the rural areas and therefore call for community based Teachers in other to close the gap, pointing out that “there must be a deliberate effort by government towards community based Teachers if we must revive the decline”.
NCS raises the alarm over the use of diplomatic number plates for smuggling cars
***Generates N10 million in one month as revenue
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has expressed concern over the activities of smugglers using both government agencies and Diplomatic plate numbers to smuggle vehicles across the land borders in the country.
The Comptroller in charge of Kogi/Niger Area command of the Nigerian Customs Service, Busayo Kadejo stated this in Minna, the Niger state capital on Tuesday when he displayed 11 units of various exotic cars seized by the area command, among them is a 2019 Range Rover sport car with diplomatic plate number.
It could be recalled that the command had earlier in the year intercepted a number of smuggled vehicles bearing the plate number of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), describing the development as not only worrisome but a great security implications.
This development he said, is giving the command a serious concern due to the security implications of this new tactics being adopted by the smugglers to smuggle in second hand vehicles into the country through our land borders.
Mr. badejo who used the briefing to enumerate the successes recorded by the command in its anti-smuggling activities in the month of November alone said that a truck laden with dutiable items, jerry cans containing Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) were also intercepted by his men on patrol.
He put the Cumulative Duty Value of all the seized items to N56.6million, adding that the feet was achieved following massive deployment of intelligence and respected rule of engagement without any casualty.
Mr. Badejo equally disclosed that the command recorded N10,020,990 as revenue with the period under review, principally from Demand Notice (D/N).
He pointed out that smuggling activities in the command has been brought to a minimum level despite being the largest interland command in the country.
While commending his men for keeping their eagle eyes on smuggling activities in the command, the Comptroller pointed out that this year alone his men have intercepted and handed over 317 packages (blocks) of compressed cannabis sativa (Marijuana) weighing 253.6kg, with an estimated street value of N20,605,000 to the Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger state command.
In addition to this, he stated further that a truck loaded with Nigerian Railway Corporation Locomotive parts (slippers) was intercepted and handed over to the Nigerian Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Niger state command.
He therefore warned smugglers and other criminal elements within the command that there will be no hiding place for them, stressing that “our job is to implement the federal government’s fiscal policies and we are committed to achieving that no matter the obstacle.
“We are determined to frontally confront smugglers and our economic saboteurs whose antics we will always discover and continue to make arrests, seize and cripple their operations”.
Tears as Murdered FUT Minna Lecturer, late Dr Adefolalu is buried
Tears flowed freely on Saturday as the late Lecturer of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Dr Mrs Fumilola Adefolalu who was murdered by her housemaid at her Gbaiko residence of Bosso suburb of Minna, the Niger State capital was buried.
The late Dr. Mrs. Funmilola Adefolalu, was murdered at her residence in Gbaiko, a suburb of Minna three weeks ago by her assiliants.
One week after her murder, the Niger Police Command swiftly apprehended a 14 years Joy Afekafe ‘of Gbeganu, community in Minna, the state capital as a prime suspect over the gruesome murder of the Lecturer.
Police in a statement by the Public Relation Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said that the 14 year old prime suspect was a former housemaid of the deceased.
The suspected housemaid, according to Wasiu, served as her housemaid for three weeks but later parted way before her assassination.
According to the police after she was laid off, the suspect met her classmates called Walex and Smart and narrated her ordeal with her late Boss to them and conspired to attack the Lecturer at her residence.
However hundreds of sympathizers who trooped out on Saturday to pay their last respect to late the Lecturer could not hold back their tears as her body was laid to rest.
Her colleagues Lecturers, family members, friends and students, gathered at the Voice of Mercy Ministry, Minna for the funeral service where they extolled the virtues of the late Dr. Funmilola Adefolalu.
The atmosphere in the church became charged when the Head of her Department told the congregation that the late Lecturer was sent a letter asking her to submit her credentials for promotion to Professorship three days before her unfortunate death.
The HOD said that she has left a big shoe in the Department of Biochemistry in the university saying that the department has lost a dedicated and hardworking colleague.
He described her as honest, faithful and one with high principle.
Her Son-in-law, Adegboyega Odogiyon who spoke on behalf of the family said they will miss a lot about the deceased, saying that her work and walk with God will continue to challenge them in their Christain race.
“Boisterous, unrelenting, steadfast in the work of God was her disposition to the things of God. Inspite of the dreadful passing away, our one consolation is that mummy is resting in the bosom of the Lord.”
Her childhood friend who was the deceased Chief Bridesmaid during her wedding, Mrs Abigail said that the deceased was beautiful inside and out pointing out that she was a humble lover of God and trustworthy to a fault.
“I have no words to say. She was beautiful inside and out. She was gentle but firm, she was principled and a humble lover of Jesus. She was a peacemaker .
“She was my friend. Neither of us saw this coming. Heaven has gained a silent achiever. I can say that this is not the act of God. It is the act of evil men. They killed a righteous one.”
The Senior Pastor of the Voice of Mercy Ministry, Reverend Ojo Peters, said her death is a big blow to the church and to him personally.
“I lost a warrior, a fighter, I lost Aaron, it is a trying moment, I lost a Laborer in the vine yard.
“I will revenge every drop of her blood by winning every soul for christ. Devil this is the worst you have done. We will redefine our fight for the winning of souls.”
Niger Speaker grieves over death of Security Aide, Inspector Isiyaku
**Describes him as a perfect disciplined Officer
From John Adams Minna
The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abdulmalik Muhammed Sarkin Daji has lost one of his security aides, Inspector Isiyaku Mohammed of the Nigerian Police.
The late inspector died at an Abuja private hospital after a brief illness on Thursday night.
The late Security aide was among the others who accompanied the speaker to an official engagement in Abuja but took ill shortly after arriving Abuja and was immediately rushed to a private hospital where he gave up.
Reacting to the death of the officer, the speaker, in a statement in Minna on Friday, described the demise of late Inspector Isiyaku as shocking and unfortunate.
He said until his death, late Inspector Isiyaku remains one of the best and most disciplined officers with a high sense of professionalism, adding that “the death of the officer is a personal loss to him and his immediate family.
“His dedication to duty, loyalty and sense of responsibility was the Hallmark of his career as a professional police officer”.
The statement added that the death of the officer came when his contribution to the Nigerian Police Force and the country in general was highly needed, especially in the wake of the rising security challenges in the country.
The Speaker stated further that the late Inspector Isiyaku distinguished himself throughout his career, stressing that his services will not only be missed by the Niger state House of Assembly security department, the Niger State Police Command but the entire Nigerian Police Force.
The Speaker then prayed that “the Almighty Allah (SWT) grant his soul eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the great loss
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