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Don’t toy with Rivers State, I’ll fight you to a standstill, Wike warns PDP

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned the Peoples Democratic Party not to toy with the state.

Wike, who said it would not be in the interest of the PDP to toy with the state, cautioned that Rivers State was capable of withstanding and fighting the party to a standstill.

The governor, who spoke in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, was reacting to the alleged illegal emergence of Ndudi Elemelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

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He specifically criticised the committee set up by the PDP to investigate the illegal emergence of Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Wike also described the committee as the most tainted and corrupt in the history of the party.

He said, “We are warning the PDP to be careful not to toy with Rivers State. Rivers State has all it takes to withstand the PDP and fight the party to a standstill.

“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those governors that anyone can cajole. The Rivers State Governor is not one of those governors that will kowtow to their illicit activities.

“The committee set up by the PDP on the illegal emergence of Ndudi Elumelu is the most corrupt committee ever set up by the party.”

The governor thanked the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, for withdrawing from the committee so as not to be entangled in the illegal outcome of the committee’s activities.

“We thank our worthy son, Austin Opara, for withdrawing from that committee, so that he is not entangled in the illegal activities of the tainted committee,” he added.

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Over five million applicants applied for N-Power batch-c enrollment- Minister

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has said that over five million applicants have registered for the Batch C N-Power that has closed on Sunday 9th of August, 2020.

The Honorable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed this through the SA Strategic Communication, Halima Oyelade that the registration which commenced on the 26th of June 2020 was initially scheduled to end on the 26th of July but the Ministry extended the date by two weeks to avail those that were unable to do so to apply.

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A total of 5,042,001 Nigerian youths have applied as at the end of the exercise.

Farouq said she wishes to officially inform the general public that registration of Batch C of N-Power has closed on Sunday 9th of August, 2020 and reassured Nigerians that due diligence will be applied during the next stages of the selection to ensure that only duly qualified applicants are enrolled.

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The Ministry will ensure that the applicants, as well as the general public, are kept fully informed on the progress of the scheme.

Adding that the N-Power program is aimed to provide the Nigerian youths with opportunities to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship which will also go a long way in assisting the country towards the post-Covid-19 economic recovery.

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She added that women and persons with disability will be prioritized during the selection.

She said that her Ministry remains committed to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 Hundred million Nigerians out of Poverty in the next l0 years and identified the N-power as one of the platforms that can assist in the realization of that vision.

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441 first-class graduates apply to teach in Oyo

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The Chairman, Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, Pastor Akinade Alamu, has said no fewer than 441 First-Class graduates from different fields applied to teach in the state public schools.

WuzupNigeria reports that the applicants began writing the computer-based test that commenced in Ibadan on Tuesday. The test ends on Saturday.

Alamu made the disclosure during the inspection of the exercise at the University of Ibadan CBT hall.

Alamu said the interest of the First Class candidates in teaching service portended significant turnaround for the education sector in the state, as the present administration in the state would ensure the judicious application of available resources.

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“We are happy to have the best applicants, especially the First-Class graduates taking part in this exercise. The government of Oyo State is desirous of lifting education to a higher level so that we will have as much as the best among our applicants.

“We want to bring back the pride attached to teaching in the old, it is the best profession and if we have the best hands joining, it is a good omen.

“The scores at the interview level will place applicants higher. We have a mark for NCE, we have different mark for graduates and there is a higher mark for First-Class. This shows that the whole thing will be based on merit.

“The present government is concerned with the upliftment of education in the state. This is why we decided that before we appoint anybody as teacher, such a person must be qualified, competent and ready to work in line with the passion of the governor for education. I believe this will raise the standard of education in the state and will catapult the performance rating of our state to the first three.”

He said the distribution of compendium of past questions of subjects, the intervention classes and the distribution of books among others were indicative of a state that always planned.

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Boko Haram no longer in North-East, remaining Borno, Buratai discloses

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Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff has disclosed that Boko Haram terrorists have been pushed out of all the north-eastern states except Borno State.

This disclosure was made by the Chief of Army Staff during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors from the North-East states on Monday, August 10.

Buratai further disclosed that troops are sharing intelligence to rout the insurgents out of Borno.

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According to a statement released by  Garba Shehu, the Presidential spokesperson, Buratai reportedly said;

“There are no Boko Haram terrorists in neighbouring states. They have been pushed out, and now cornered in Borno State. 

“We are coordinating with civil and traditional authorities, mobilising and reinforcing and all we need is patience. We will not relent.”

 

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