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Ex-Gov Yari Left N2.8bn Debt on NECO, WAEC, Others, Says Transition Committee

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The immediate past administration in Zamfara State led by former Governor Abdul’aziz Yari is said to have left over N2.8 billion liabilities involving external examinations, the state transition committee has disclosed.

The Chairman of the committee, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, disclosed this at a press conference in Gusau, the state capital, yesterday. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Wakkala, the immediate past deputy governor of the state was a member of the APC-G8 political group in the state who was appointed as the Chairman of the state’s Transition Committee by Governor Bello Matawallen-Maradun.

Wakkala said that the examination bodies involved are the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), National Examination Council (NECO), National Board for Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) and National Board For Islamic and Arabic Studies (NBAIS).

He also said there were also liabilities from the institutions including the Crescent University Abeokuta; Al-Hikma University, Ilorin, and Key Science Academy, Abuja.

“This is the total amount of the debt under the State Ministry of Education which stands at N2,812,172,155,” he said. Wakkala said the transition committee was in place for over a month and “the social media reports on the activities of the committee necessitated this news conference”.

“I deemed it fit to make a briefing on the significant stage we have reached in the course of this onerous assignment in order to clear the air on the activities of the committee and put the records straight.

“The committee is here to serve Zamfara State with all sense of humility and patriotism not to witch-hunt anybody or group of individuals.

“This committee has received and reviewed submissions from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies through various sub-committees consisting of seasoned administrators and technocrats and also from the reports of the Transition Committee of the immediate past administration of former governor Adul’aziz Yari,” he said.

Reacting to the development, the Media Aide to former governor Yari, Mr. Ibrahim Dosara, has denied the allegations against the past administration. Dosara noted that the transition committee had no constitutional right to brief journalists on findings of the committee.

“Let the present administration speak on this matter but not transition committee,” he said.

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Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa To Sponsor 100 Students In University

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Captain of the senior national team of Nigeria Ahmed Musa has decided to pay the tuition fee of hundred students at Skyline University Kano after he was named as ambassador to the university.

The 26 year old became the first sportsman to be named an ambassador by the school based in the state where he made his mark ‎as a teenager playing for Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) side Kano Pillars.

In reaction to the gesture by the school, Musa announced on his instagram handle that he will be sponsoring hundred students to school in the institution as a believer in the importance of education in rebuilding Nigeria.

” I am a great believer in the importance of education hence my excitement in joining this great team to promote the vision of becoming anything you want to be in life as long as you can dream it”, he posted on Instagram.

” So, I am pleased to let you know that I would be sponsoring 100 students at this university (Skyline University). Yes! 100. Details to follow shortly “, he concluded in the post written on Wednesday evening.

The cost of sponsoring a student till graduation at the school is worth 5 million Naira in tuition fee and Musa plans to bear the cost of it all for a hundred students as his way of giving back to the society.

Already he is involved in several charity works, one of which is the popular sharing of food items, cash and provision of free medical services whenever he is in Nigeria for holidays. A practice he started since he was with Russian side CSKA Moscow.

Now playing for Saudi Arabia side Al-Nassr, Musa reportedly earns $270,000‎ a week, a huge increase from what he was earning at English Premier League side Leicester City and also makes him the highest earning Nigerian footballer.

So far he hasn’t enjoyed the best of season in Saudi Arabia with injuries limiting to just few games, and that has also cost him his spot in the senior national team of Nigeria as he began his role as substantive captain of the team by sitting on the bench in the last two games of the team.

Musa played as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Benin Republic and also in the 4-2 win over Lesotho in the recent AFCON 2021 Qualifiers but according to coach Gernot Rohr is largely due to the fact that he is just returning from injury.

In Musa’s absence the trio of Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu and Victor Osimhen have form a deadly combination in attack that produced four of the six goals Nigeria scored in their last two games. Moses Simon has also impressed when played in place of the three players mentioned above. Despite that Rohr insist that Musa’s spot in the team is not under threat.

He (Musa) is our captain so we have to treat him as the leader. He is not at the best level to start games but everybody knows his quality and what he brings to the team. We are hopeful that very soon he will reach full fitness and play a role in helping us achieve our set targets for the year”, Rohr said

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Fear Grips Ekiti Varsity Workers Over Alleged Plot To Sack Staff

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There is palpable fear in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti as the university management was alleged of making underground moves to sack over 500 staff of the institution.

The Nation gathered that the staff are those employed by the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Oye Bandele during his tenure. It was also learnt that some professors and workers who were unduly promoted during that time might be demoted over allegation that academic due process was not strictly adhered to in their elevations.

One of the affected staff who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Nation that the new management, chaired by Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof Bamitale Omole, had consistently been complaining that over bloated workforce exists in the university and that prompt action must be taken to correct it.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, EKSU chapter, had in September threatened to embark on strike owing to inability to pay their salaries and other benefits

The ASUU chairman, Dr Kayode Arogundade, disclosed that the monthly wage bill of the university had increased from N380 million to over N502 million, while the monthly subvention from government stood at N260 million, leaving the university to grapple hard to make up for the N262m shortfall internally.

The source, who was employed as an academic staff said: “I can confirm to you authoritatively that efforts are at the top gear by the university management to issue out sack letters to over 500 staff because of complains that the university was overstaffed.

We have been notified and anytime from now, the letters of disengagement will be distributed and this has been creating panic and tension in the university,” he said. In a swift reaction, the EKSU’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, said the management has no plan to sack or demote any worker.

There is no tension on campus over sack issue; I am on campus as I speak with you. The university is peaceful and I am not aware of any such plan,” he said.

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9-Year-Old Boy Sets To Become World Youngest Graduate

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A Nine year-old boy is set to go into the Guinness world records as the youngest person to complete a degree programme in electrical engineering .

Laurent Simons will next month complete the degree programme at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) in the Netherlands.

He will replace Michael Kearney as the World’s Youngest Graduate. Kearney graduated from University of South Alabama at the age of ten. He studied anthropology.

The younger genius is half Belgian and half Dutch.

According to a report by The Telegraph, Laurent has an IQ of at least 145. In fact, the prodigy managed to complete his high school studies at the mere age of eight in just 18 months.

Reportedly, he even became the youngest-ever university student when he joined the graduation course earlier this year.

Laurent’s father, Alexander Simons told CNN that the nine-year-old plans to get enrolled for a PhD program in electrical engineering and along with that he wants to pursue a degree in medicine.

He further revealed that many prestigious universities around the world want to enroll Laurent.

While there are many options to consider, Laurent’s parents want to find a balance. They told CNN, “We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes. We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

The Education Director of electrical engineering at TUE, Sjoerd Hulshof said in a statement “Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here. Not only is he hyper-intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent’s mother, Lydia told CNN that it was his grandparents who first noticed that he was special. “They noticed something very special about Laurent,” she said

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