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PDP Chieftain Alleges Gov Matawalle Misappropriated N31billion

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A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State, Mr Aminu Umar Game-game has again challenged the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, to explain to the public how he spent over N31 Billion he collected in 31 Months.

In a press statement, Aminu Must, who is the Principal Private Secretary to the embattled deputy governor of Zamfara state, demanded that the governor give a detailed explanation on how he utilized the huge amount of money he received as security vote, cash allocation to his office, office of his Principal Private Secretary and that of the Government House in 31 months.

According to him, the governor opted to enriching himself rather than executing developmental projects for the benefit of all in the State.

He explained that in 31 months of Matawalle’s administration, he collected N600,000,000.00 as ‘security vote’ monthly, N350 Million as ‘cash allocation’ for his office; N30 million naira for the office of his PPS and N30 million as cash allocation for Government House, amounting to N1 billion and N10 million monthly which according to him if multiplied by 31 months will be equal to N31,310,000,000.

Aminu also berated Gov. Matawalle for not executing any meaningful project in the state, but instead was creating confusion in a state that is heavily suffering from terrorism and cannot even take care of the helpless internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) besides other critical challenges bedeviling the State.

In addition, Aminu accused Gov. Matawalle for crippling all sectors in the state, saying that in the educational sector, the governor refused to settle examination fees for WAEC, NECO and others thereby putting the teaming youths in jeopardy in their life ambitions.

Aminu also threw the same challenge to the Speaker of the Zamfara state House of Assembly, Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya, who according to him collects N6 million monthly as cash allocation which in 29 months amounted to N1,774,000,000, challenging him to give account on how he managed the resources.

He added that, his principal received the Sum of N595,000,000 in 19 months before the Governor’s directives to stop giving the cash allocation to his office, saying until then he received N30 million monthly for the 19 months which he used to sponsor 300 students to study in the Zamfara state College of Arts and Science (ZACAS), and 200 students in the College of Education Maru.

Others are, 100 Students in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Tsafe, 28 to the Al Bidayatul Jameelah, Kaduna.

The Deputy Governor Mahdi Aliyu also sponsored some of the students to study abroad; 10 in Ghana; 23 in Niger republic, 7 in Togo among others.

Aminu also revealed that, the deputy governor used the cash Allocation to support 120 people for medical treatment, 2,300 persons for livelihood assistance and 23 persons benefitted from marriage assistance. Since inception, the deputy governor also dedicated his salary for service to humanity and has earlier vowed to make good use of the cash allocation.

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NUC Approves 43 Academic Programmes For Federal University Kashere

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By Tom Garba, Yola

National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved all 43 academic programs presented for certification during the October/November 2023 accreditation exercise of Federal University Kashere.

This development was made known in a press release signed by the University’s public relations officer, Mrs Janet Ibrahim Ezekiel and presented to this medium today.

NUC approval document with the reference number NUC/ES/412/VOL.14/327, which was addressed to Prof. Umaru A. Pate, Vice Chancellor of the university with the caption, “Result of the October/November 2023 Accreditation of Academic Programmes in Nigerian Universities.

This indicated that in line with the provision of section 10 (1) of the Education (National Minimum Standard and Establishment of Institutions) Act CAP E3. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the commission organized the Accreditation of academic programs at the Federal University of Kashere in October/November and accredited all 43 academic status

Among the programs listed were postgraduate programs presented for accreditation, as well as some existing undergraduate programs presented for re-accreditation, and others were newly established programs presented for initial accreditation, all of which were approved, with no programs denied accreditation.

According to the results, out of the 43 programs offered, all four (4) postgraduate programs received accreditation status, 32 undergraduate programs received full accreditation, and 7 other undergraduate programs received interim accreditation status.

” It is important to note that any Postgraduate Programme with Accredited Status and Undergraduate Programme with Full Accreditation will remain valid for five (5) years after which they will be presented for re-accreditation, whereas those with Interim Accreditation Status will be valid for two (2) years before being re-accredited.

“You may be aware that the Federal University of Kashere offers 98 academic programs, 49 at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. It is also worth noting that all 49 Postgraduate Programmes have been authorized and recognized; 42 Undergraduate Programmes have Full Accreditation Status, while the remaining seven (7) Undergraduate Programmes have Interim Accreditation Status.” The statement said

In response to the latest development, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Umaru A. Pate, thanked Allah for the good conclusion and congratulated all staff participating in the accreditation process, calling it a communal achievement. While promising to work toward solidifying the achievement, the Vice Chancellor also requested additional cooperation from the entire University personnel in his efforts to convert the University into a true fortress of learning.

It should be noted that the Vice Chancellor, upon taking office on February 11, 2021, pledged to strengthen the University’s academic standards and quality assurance as one of his administration’s six priorities, as seen by the outcomes of this accrediting exercise.

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Cleric Advocates Educational Reform In Nigeria, Berates Change In National Anthem

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Reverend Father Maurice Kwairanga, the Parish Priest of Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Ngurore is emphasizing the need for educational reform in Nigeria, rather than just changing the national anthem.

He believes that the energy spent on changing the anthem could have been better spent addressing the issues in the education system, such as decay in public schools and institutions.

The priest said this during a mass to commemorate Saint Charles Lwanga Day and also unveiled a learning institute to address the decaying standard of education across the country.

He said it is worrisome that structures in public schools are now death traps, and unqualified teachers are now mentors of the younger generation.

He said the church has taken the initiative to establish a new school, Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery, primary school, and college, to contribute to improving education in the country.

“We will build a world-class school in this part of Nigeria. As a church, we might not have the funds at the moment, but we have the will to do it. The Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery and Primary will have all the modern teaching equipment and qualified teachers, unlike what is obtainable in the public schools”

His message highlights the importance of prioritizing education to drive meaningful change and development in Nigeria.

As a church leader, he lent his voice in calling for patriotic Nigerians to invest in education by supporting initiatives that will strengthen the sector and improve the standard of education.

Highlights of the Saint Charles Lwanga Day in Ngurore were traditional dances from different communities.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns As Ndatam Wesley Fwa Dies At 85

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has mourned the passing of late Baba Ndatam Wesley Fwa, at the age of 85.

Governor Fintiri in company of his Deputy Prof Kaletapwa George Farauta, and other Government officials joined mourners at the family compound of the deceased who died after an illness.

Governor Fintiri described death of Wesley Fwa as a great lose not only to his family but, the entire Mbula Chiefdom and the state as a whole.

He revealed that the deceased’s wealth of experience will be sorely missed especially at a critical time in history of the state and country and urged the family to take solace in God and emulate the lifestyle of their late father and brother.

The Governor extended his condolences on behalf of his family and the government and prayed to God to rest the soul of baba Wesley in peace.

Responding on behalf of the family, brother of the deceased, Mr Al’ajibi Fwa, appreciated the Governor and his cabinet for identifying with the Fwa family in their moment of sorrow and wish him well.

Late Baba Prince Ndatam Wesley Fwa, died at Absolute Care Hospital and left behind 6 children, grand children and great grand children. 

Prominent among the deceased children is the former Demsa LGA Chairman, Wenakan Wesley Fwa.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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