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Zamfara: Gov Lawal declares state of emergency on education

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Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State has announced a state of emergency in the education sector, citing a significant deterioration in the state’s educational landscape. In a broadcast to the entire state on Tuesday, the governor expressed concern about the neglect suffered by the education sector, affecting primary to tertiary institutions.

Governor Lawal emphasized that the declaration of a state of emergency in education is consistent with his campaign promises to the people. He highlighted the government’s commitment to revamping the virtually collapsed education sector, aligning with his campaign manifesto’s pledges.

The governor disclosed that the state government has commenced the ambitious task of constructing and renovating 245 schools across all 14 local government areas. Furthermore, the initiative includes providing two-seater desks for 9,542 pupils and students in these areas, along with furnishing the renovated and newly constructed schools with 619 tables and 926 chairs for teachers.

Governor Lawal outlined additional measures, such as subject-specific training for all teachers and education managers and the suspension of licenses for private education providers in the state to ensure adherence to quality standards. In a bid to enhance the educational journey of Zamfara State indigenes, the government has approved the sponsorship of 50% of students admitted to the Federal Government Girls College Gusau for the 2023-2024 academic sessions.

Highlighting the commitment to academic excellence, the government has covered the National Examination Council (NECO) fees for all public school candidates who participated in the 2023 exams. Certificates for candidates who sat for the 2019 NECO examinations have been distributed, and the results for the exams conducted in 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be released by the end of the month. This follows the intervention of the current administration, resolving issues that led to the withholding of results by NECO due to non-payment by the previous administration.

Governor Lawal concluded by expressing the government’s determination to reverse the trend of underperformance, assuring that Zamfara State will thrive in all sectors. He emphasized that these efforts mark only the beginning of the administration’s mission to rescue and transform the state.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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