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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated that the state is ready to host the National Sports Festival (NSF) scheduled to hold next month, noting that facilities for the various competitions are ready for use.

Obaseki who was on an inspection tour of facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium said the swimming pool, lawn...

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated that the state is ready to host the National Sports Festival (NSF) scheduled to hold next month, noting that facilities for the various competitions are ready for use.

Obaseki who was on an inspection tour of facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium said the swimming pool, lawn tennis courts, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), power and security systems were all ready for the games.

The governor, however, assured that the gymnastics complex, which is over 90 per cent complete, will be ready within the next ten days.

Edo State will host athletes from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the national event, scheduled to hold in March.

He noted, “I have been assured by the contractor that the gymnasium hall will be ready in 10 days because all the materials are already here. The centre court of lawn tennis has also been completed. Overall, we have a very competent contractor on site and with the resources available to him, we will be able to complete the job and get the workers out of the site and commence the games.”

The governor said, “In terms of parking spaces, we have been able to locate spaces not too far from the stadium, from where people will be transported to the stadium so that we will be able to manage the traffic.”

He noted that athletes representing Edo State will be coming into camp next week, while the state has identified and secured over 11,000 spaces of accommodation for visiting athletes from other states, adding, “We have institutions around town, and the hotels have been very supportive.

We have at least 3,000 commercial hotel rooms available for the game.”...

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  1.   27 February 2020
  2.   observer

BENIN CITY – In furtherance of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s job creation and empowerment drive, over 5,000 Edo residents, including youths and women, have benefited from the Federal Government’s rural area engagement programme, tagged Special Public Works (SPW).

The pilot phase of the programme was flagged off in Benin...

BENIN CITY – In furtherance of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s job creation and empowerment drive, over 5,000 Edo residents, including youths and women, have benefited from the Federal Government’s rural area engagement programme, tagged Special Public Works (SPW).

The pilot phase of the programme was flagged off in Benin City, the Edo State capital, by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo and the Director General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Dr Nasir Argungu.

The pilot phase includes the flag-off of the 5,000 transient jobs for women and youths under the Presidency’s pilot SPW programme, disbursement of Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES) loan to 1,069 beneficiaries and resettlement items to 41 persons in the state.

Commending the governor’s developmental achievements in the state, Keyamo described Governor Obaseki as a man that God has destined to win, adding that Edo State was chosen among the eight states to benefit from the Federal Government Special Public Work programme, because of the special interest of President Muhammadu Buhari in the governor.

Also, Director General of NDE, Argungu, described Obaseki as a performing governor who has the love of his people at heart, noting “We are dealing with a serious governor and somebody who has the love of his people at heart; and that is the reason they call him ‘Wake and See’.

“Whenever we are in Edo State, issues of religion, tribe and age do not come in and because of the performance of the governor, we like to dance whenever we are in the state.”

The Special Public Works in Rural Areas Programme is a Federal Government Strategy designed to mitigate lack of job opportunities in the rural areas through short-term engagement of unemployed persons in various Local Government Areas for a period of three months.

It is a dry season/off season-based initiative and participants are unskilled persons of 18 to 30 years old. No formal education is required for participation. Beneficiaries are expected to engage in drainage digging and clearance, irrigation canals clearance, rural feeder roads maintenance, traffic and street cleaning, and cleaning of public infrastructure like health centres and schools, among others....

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  1.   27 February 2020
  2.   observer

BENIN CITY – Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe has cleared the air on allegation of siphoning away $7.5 million British pounds.

In a signed public statement made available to The NIGERIAN OBSERVER, the commissioner who is also the chairperson, Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking said the...

BENIN CITY – Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe has cleared the air on allegation of siphoning away $7.5 million British pounds.

In a signed public statement made available to The NIGERIAN OBSERVER, the commissioner who is also the chairperson, Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking said the fallacy of all the assertions made by Cutis Ugbo in his write-ups and videos are well known to the public.

She further affirmed, “I would not normally respond to what I can only refer to as total fabrication.
“However it is my duty to ensure that the truth is told.”

The Commissioner recalled that “within the last few weeks a certain person who stated that he is Cutis Ugbo of the Benin Solidarity Movement has been making libelous and totally unfounded allegation against me, stating that I have siphoned away 7.5 million of British taxpayers money to the Edo Women Development Initiative, and to African Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (ANEEJ).

According to the commissioner, all records and evidence will show the total fallacy of these assertions, but suffice it to say as follows:-
That: “the Edo Women Development Initiative is an NGO which I was Chairperson of until my appointment as Attorney General of Edo State. It has never received one penny from the British Government project, stamp Out Trafficking in Nigeria SOTIN, and has no application before it.

That: “Independent donor agencies and their implementing partners are not in the habit of giving out money based on the whims or desires of any member of government. They have clear procedures and processes that must be adhered to.”

“I challenge Cutis Ugbo and any other person to come out with facts and figures concerning any acts of impropriety that I have committed throughout my tenure as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; and Chairperson, Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking. I entered into office with my name intact, and will surely leave the same way,” the commissioner submitted....

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  1.   27 February 2020
  2.   observer

EKPOMA – Every University has its overall objectives which it seeks to achieve. These objectives are often dictated by the peculiar demands of any given society based on the prevalent economic situation. The ultimate objective of most universities is to stay competitive in the education sector.

To achieve this, the university is required to...

EKPOMA – Every University has its overall objectives which it seeks to achieve. These objectives are often dictated by the peculiar demands of any given society based on the prevalent economic situation. The ultimate objective of most universities is to stay competitive in the education sector.

To achieve this, the university is required to have in place a robust strategic and innovative approach in university education management strategies to enable it thrive not just in good times but also in adverse socio-economic, political and regulatory terrains which ultimately gives it a competitive edge in the production of quality graduates.

This is what Professor Ignatus Onimawo has been doing in the last three years as the Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University AAU.

The 37th matriculation ceremony of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma where a total of 6,600 students took oath that constrains them to abide by the rules and regulations of the University and were formally confirmed as students of the institution, was another proof of its management’s commitment to attaining the noble goals the university had set for itself.

It is instructive to note that Ambrose Alli University held its historical first matriculation on the 8th of February, 1982 for 408 students and since then, the University students population had increased tremendously.
It is no longer news that in the last three years, the University has stood out as the best State University in Nigeria. This has been the manifestation of the vision of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Ignatus Onimawo’s administration which ensures that all hands are on deck for the university to excel.

At the occasion, the VC called on the new intakes to key into the vision of excellence in learning and character. He further said that all 100, 200, and part of 300 level examinations are computer- based which according to him, helps students to access their results immediately by clicking submit on their computer and the score is produced on the spot.

“Therefore no cheating, no marks trading, no missing results and no delay in knowing your grades.

“Ambrose Alii University is one of the few Universities in Africa that have successfully implemented this technology. The University is making huge investments into building you up as the future leaders of this country. You are therefore, required to be focused, diligent and committed to your studies and your training”, the VC emphasized.

“The society expects discipline and hardwork from you. Your certificates at the point of graduation will be issued for learning and character. Therefore, you must work hard to merit your certificates”, he further admonished the students.

Exuding an air of satisfaction and modesty, the VC told the eager and smiling students: ” You have been admitted into the best academic culture and you are assured of well rounded tutelage in learning and character. Some of the leaders of industry, governance, music, entertainment, sports, politics,science and technology, administrators, education sector,the judiciary,agriculture, banking, insurance and all other sectors graduated from this University which includes the First Lady Her Excellency Aisha Buhari, Governor of Cross Rivers state Professor Ben Ayade, Minister for State Labour and Productivity,Barrister Festus Kenyamo and Prince Clem Agba, Minister of state for Budget and National Planning ,etc.

“There are numerous other alumni of the university making waves all around the world. You are therefore being admitted to participate in solid legacy of innovation, achievements, breakthrough and success. You must guard this legacy, do not fail society,your country, your state, your community, the University and your families. Above all, do not fail yourself. Be focused on the vision and mission of your studentship. Don’t be led astray by friends. Use the social media with wisdom and care. You must shun all evil associations such as cultism and all anti-social behaviours*, he concluded.

The Vice Chancellor also congratulated the parents who presented the the young minds whom he said, the university had accepted raw materials which after four or five years from now, the institution would have turned them into exceptionally finished products, who would be able to contribute their quotas to the service of themselves as well as the larger society and mankind....

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  1.   26 February 2020
  2.   observer

ABUJA – The House of Representatives yesterday ordered the arrest of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer CEO of Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority Mr. Olufemi Olayemi for failing to appear before its Committee on Public Accounts probing the audited accounts of ministries, departments and Agencies of Federal Government.

Ho...

ABUJA – The House of Representatives yesterday ordered the arrest of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer CEO of Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority Mr. Olufemi Olayemi for failing to appear before its Committee on Public Accounts probing the audited accounts of ministries, departments and Agencies of Federal Government.

Hon. Oluwole Oke Chairman of the Committee, gave this directive to its Clerk to issue the warrant of arrest on the CEO of the agency at the ongoing investigative hearing of the Committee where it directed the agency to reappear for their backlog of unaudited accounts.

Hon Oke who was Irked by this development, had earlier told the Managing Director of the agency to appear before the committee for their own audited accounts to be scrutinized, but was absent and wondered why the agency helmsman failed to turn up.

Meanwhile the Committee has placed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC, the Nigerian Agriculture Quarantine Service, the National Insurance Commission NICON under status enquiry for failing to properly submit their audited accounts as an when due.

Further more, the Committee Chairman had noted that most of these agencies that made some efforts to submit their yearly audited accounts did so after more than one year against the extant provision of the laws.

He equally frowned at the non-appearance of the CEOs of the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS, Upper Benue and Benin Owena Development Authorities and some other agencies and called on them to urgently report to the probe panel or be ready for arrest and other sanctions.

The Committee also quizzed the management of the Federal Medical Centre Janice Abuja, Federal Medical Centre Entire Meta, Lagos and other hospitals for keeping a backlog of u audited accounts.

Hon. Oke and other committee members had grilled the Chief Medical Director CMD of FMC Ebute Meta Dr. Dani Dada who said that he had submitted the audited accounts up date since he only assumed office in 2017.

The lawmakers also ordered the Minister of Water Resources Mr. Muhammad Sabo Nano to appear before it unfailing to shed light on the unedited accounts of Water Basin Development Authorities under the ministry....

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  1.   26 February 2020
  2.   observer
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