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Bauchi: Commissioner Charges Parents On School Enrollment

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Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, Dr Jamila Dahiru has called on parents and guardians to make sure they send their wards to school.

The Commissioner made the call on Friday at the end of schools visitation embarked upon by the ministry.

According to her, it was not ideal for the state government, having placed education in its topmost priorities by investing resources to upgrade school facilities without students to learn.

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“It is sad to mention that we are seeing the need to improve on the enrollment because you don’t just want to come and build structures with no one to teach.

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“We are calling the attention of parents, that people can send their children to these schools because honestly, we cannot continue to invest resources to upgrade school facilities without students to learn.

“So, please, this is a clarion call to everyone that we can exchange these learning possibilities for our students.

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“We have a whole lot of schools with good infrastructure and a dedicated government that is super ready to come in and transform the system but then we also have a nonchalant attitude from some of our communities sending their children to schools,” she said.

The Commissioner also explained that her visit to some of the schools among many others was to understand the condition of learning, the environment, the students, and the teachers themselves.

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She added that the visit was also to see areas of improvement as the government was determined to improve and transform the quality of education in the state.

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“As you can see, in various schools, we have different stories to tell such as concerns areas of improvement around infrastructure, areas of improvement around teachers participation and enrollment.

“So far so good, we are happy with what we see because it’s a step forward as we have seen where we can improve and we have seen where we are doing very well.

“In terms of student attendance, we are very happy with the population in Tafawa Balewa Local Government.

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“We have also seen an indication that we need to improve in the aspect of enrollment in Alkali Local Government especially for our boys and this is also an indication that we can sustain the status quo in the areas of enrollment in Tafawa Balewa Local Government,” said the commissioner.

Some of the Schools visited included; Government Secondary School (GSS), Duguri in Alkali Local Government, Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Bununu in Tafawa Balewa LGA.

Others were; Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Gital in Tafawa Balewa LGA, Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), also in Tafawa Balewa and Government Girls Day Secondary School (GGDSS) Gyamas in Dass LGA.

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Police Officer Shot, 3 Others Arrested Over Destruction Of Property In Delta

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Police operatives arrested three officers for allegedly supervising land encroachment and destruction of properties, following alleged land dispute between Ogbeozoma quarters of Okpanam and Akpoma quarters Issele-Azagba, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State

A police officer was also reportedly shot during the operation which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

Trouble, sources said, started when one of the parties mobilized to the site after they received information that some people were destroying the properties of their tenants.

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A source who craved anonymity said on arrival, the people were confronted by police the officers as other people who came with them for the operation took to their heels.

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The source said a police aide to one of the tenants was shot and was rushed to the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

The source said the arrested officers claimed that they were attached to Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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He said the three officers and the payloader driver were taken to the Police Command headquarters, adding that two Hilux vehicles and the two payloaders recovered from the site were parked in the premises of the police divisional headquarters in Okpanam.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mt. Bright Edafe , said “No information, l don’t know whether it happened or how it happened, but once l have been properly informed, l will let you know.”

 

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Navy Uncovers Illegal Oil Bunkering Storage Facility In Rivers, Rescues 4 Fishermen

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Nigerian Navy units across the Nation’s maritime domain fighting against oil theft, have uncovered a storage facility for illegal oil bunkering, and rescued 4 fishermen just as they seized 56 bags of cannabis in the last two days.

A statement by Naval headquarters said, ‘Specifically on Monday, 22 July 2024, the Quick Response Team of Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder under the auspices of Operation Delta Sanity uncovered an illegal storage facility used by illegal bunkerers of crude oil and refined products at Egbema Okwuzi town in Rivers State.

“Accordingly, the team swiftly cordoned the area and arrested 2 suspects involved in the illegal activities.

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“About 68,000 litres of illegally refined Automative Gas Oil was stored in various containers, sacks, drums and tanks within the facility.

“Additionally, equipment such as pumping machines, hoses, and outboard engines, were also discovered within the illegal facility.

“Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the owner of the illegal facility and other collaborators.

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“On the same day, Monday 22 July 2024 at about 9:40pm, personnel of the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base Badagry rescued 4 drowning fishermen about 10 nautical miles from Lagos Fair Way Bouy.

“The fishermen were all Ghanaians fishing within the area when their boat capsized due to the rough seas.

“In a different incident, on Wednesday 24 July 2024, the Quick Response Team of Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft intercepted a wooden boat loaded with 56 bags of cannabis sativa at Moba Beach, Badagry.

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“The Quick Response Team is currently in pursuit of the suspects who will be arrested soon.

“It is important to remind all operators and stakeholders within the Nation’s maritime domain that under the leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, the Nigerian Navy is poised to keep Nation’s waters safe and secure for legitimate economic activities.

Consequently, nefarious elements are advised to desist from perpetuating any form of illegalities within Nigeria’s territorial waters.”

 

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Gunmen Abduct 2 Chinese, Kill 5 Nigerians In Lokoja

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Two Chinese Nationals have been kidnapped while five security personas have been killed following the attack from some gunmen who invaded a mining site on Zango City, the outskirts of Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

It was gathered that the gunmen in large numbers had a field day on Monday when they stormed a mining site in Zango City and killed five persons, made up of three vigilante members and two staff of the mining site before they abducted two Chinese citizens.

Locals said the unfortunate attack occurred in the evening at about 5 pm and lasted for about 45 minutes when sounds of sporadic gunshots emanated from the hilly range behind Al Azhar International School. They said the suspected gunmen were about 20, with many of them bearded.

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It was gathered that while the audible gunshots from the mountain were unrelenting, people hurriedly closed their shops, and panic-stricken locals abandoned their homes to take cover in other places considered safe.

A hunter who preferred not to be named claimed to have participated in evacuating the corpses, identifying the deceased vigilantes simply as Abdulazeez, Tijani, and Yusuf, said gory photos of their remains were sighted.

Abdul, a resident and shop owner in Zango, said he heard the sounds of the gunshots, “Initially, we did not know what was happening, and the gunshots were loud. I had to leave the area along with other people out of fear. This is very bad and worrisome in the state capital. We urge the government to step up security in the state.”

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Efforts to reach the police including telephone calls and messages to the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, William Anya, did not yield results.

 

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