Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has directed all the 18 local government chairmen in the state to handover to their respective council’s Head of Local Government Administrator (HOLGA) on Friday.
The directive was contained in a memo dated March 2, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs to the elected council chairmen.
In the memo titiled, “Handing over by Local Government Council Chairmen” and signed by the Ministry Permanent Secretary, M.E. Jos-Bazuaye, the elected council officials were asked to vacate office on the said date due to the expiration of their tenure.
According to the memo with the reference number: FMLC.170/vol.111/646, also affected by the mandate are the councillors and all political appointees of the 18 council areas of the state.
“I am directed to refer to the above subject and to request that all Local Government Council chairmen are to hand over the administration of the 18 Local Government Councils to the respective HOLGA in their various Local Government latest by Friday the 5th March, 2021,” reads the memo.
Recall that the council officials were inaugurated on March 5, 2018 following their victory in the local government elections of March 3, 2018.
COREN Begins Evaluators Training For OBE
Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) on Thursday began the training of programme evaluators for the Outcome-based Education (OBE) system intended to produce graduates with required skills to excel in the workplace.
The training, which took place at the Benson Idahosa University (BIU), had participants drawn from the universities and private sector within the South South region.
According to the Registrar of COREN, Prof. Joseph Odigure, the workshop was to train and equip programme evaluators of the OBE who would form COREN database for accreditation of Engineering programmes.
He noted that every aspect of the accreditation process have been streamlined to enhance the credibility of the evaluation.
He said: “In Nigeria, accreditation is necessary for recognition of programmes and registration of engineering graduates as professional engineers. The goal of the workshop is train and equip programme evaluators of OBE who will form COREN database for accreditation of engineering programmes.
“Every aspect of the accreditation process has been streamlined to enhance the credibility of the evaluation. Contrary to earlier practice, there is no quantitative mechanism for final decision making. Therefore, programmes under accreditation must sustainably comply with the requirements in all areas of evaluation.
“Every action of the evaluators must be driven by responsibilities and conducts, according to the stipulated Code of Ethics for Evaluation. Constituency amongst various accreditation team members in terms of evaluation and final recommendation must be maintained,” he added.
The Registrar said that the training would take place in other geo-political zones in the country.
Vice-Chancellor of BIU, Professor Sam Guobadia, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Johnson Oyedeji commended COREN for the initiative, noting that efforts at upgrading and streamlining engineering practice in the country is great.
‘Why Obi Cubana Is Still With Us’ — EFCC
The interrogation of socialite and businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu aka Obi Cabana, entered the third day, on Wednesday, without any hint of when he would perfect his bail and leave the anti-graft agency in Abuja.
An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, confirmed to Vanguard that the businessman was still being grilled and that his release was hinged on his ability to perfect his bail conditions.
The official did now, however, give details of what the businessman was expected to do to satisfy the bail conditions.
“There are many things for which the businessman is being interrogated and until he meets the conditions for his bail, the interrogation would continue,” the official said, without explaining what the issues linked to Cubana are.
But among the likely charges are those bordering on abuse of the Naira, tax fraud and money laundering based on what the source called ‘verified business transactions’.
It will be recalled that the EFCC had, on Monday, invited the businessman to its head office to answer questions on sundry issues.
The agency merely classified the issues as tax fraud and money laundering but declined to give specifics.
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It will also be recalled that Obi Cubana came to the spotlight following the flamboyant burial he and his followers staged for his late mother earlier this year.
It is not clear if the invitation by the EFCC to Cubana is related to the way local and hard currencies were sprayed during the obsequies of his mother.
Or whether there are other issues related to his questioning by the operatives of the anti-graft agency.
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
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