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Kwara on assignment to reclaim education glory, says AbdulRazaq

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara said his administration is on a mission to reclaim the glory of the state, especially in the education sector.
Abdulrazaq gave the commitment at the inauguration of training for the newly recruited teachers at the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
He said the state would not relapse to an awful era of anything goes, when teaching slots were being distributed to loyalists of Saraki at the ward meetings of the ruling party.
Abdulrazaq who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Prof. Mamman Saba Jubril, said before, the recruitment of teachers was politicised to the ridiculous extent that slots for teaching jobs were being shared at the meetings of the ruling party.
”I found it funny that the characters who replaced the golden legacy of our forebears with ‘anything goes’ in their bid to cast the state in their own egocentric image had the gut to say that Kwarans made a mistake in voting them out in 2019.
”Under them, Kwara lost its glory. The basic education system collapsed under their watch.
“I am proud to say that the very brilliant teachers that were recently engaged and are being given institutional training today are a legacy of our administration.
”We have successfully redefined how things should be done in the education sector.
”We raised the bar of how to engage those who hold the key to the future of our children, that is our legacy for history to judge,” the governor said.
He commended the management of the TSC for this training session and urged the new teachers to make the state proud.
”We want to see our efforts materialise in the quality of teaching, care and commitment.
”We will do our bit in the area of welfare, especially promotion and related perks.
”I am aware of the hitches in the payment of the package for those we recently effected their promotion from 2017, this is being rectified; We are sorry about that and I urge them to kindly be patient,” Abdulrazaq said.
The governor said the state of Kwara in 2019 was a far-cry from the great legacies of the founding fathers of the state.
”This administration is doing its all to ensure Kwara regain its glory and place among Nigerian states.
“The history of the old northern Nigeria will not be complete without deserving mentions of great people of Kwara origin, they were among the best in the bureaucracy and other areas.
”That is the legacy of our forebears and I am a son of one of these eminent people.
”So, I am conscious of leaving a legacy that history will remember for good,” he added.
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No president will say there won’t be banditry next year — Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that no president will say banditry will next year.

Lai Mohammed said this while responding to a question on whether the current security challenges would end before President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.

Responding to the question at a press conference on Wednesday December 15, Lai Mohammed said;

“Nobody, I’m not sure any president will say by next year there will be no banditry. It is just like saying by next year, there will be no thief.

“But what is important is that they should judge us by our achievement. We’ve not thrown our hands in the air. There was a time they asked us to hire mercenaries, but our soldiers are doing their best in these circumstances.”

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Buhari jets out Turkey for summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday leave Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey.

According to the organisers, the theme of the Summit is ‘‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity’’ and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last Summit in 2014.

This was disclosed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, on Thursday morning.

The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State visit to Nigeria during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.

The Turkish leader had during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars and the Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.

It is expected that the Summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.

President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by his wife, Aisha Buhari; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); FCT, Mohammed Bello; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar; Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd); and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 19.

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2023 presidency: I’m not going to turn it down – Tinubu

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he will not turn down the calls of those asking him to contest for president in 2023.

Tinubu stated this after a meeting with leaders of the Northern Alliance Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the former Governor of Lagos said he would, however, make consultations before officially announcing a decision on the matter.

“I’m not going to turn them down but I will still effectively and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly to tell Nigerians.

“But the president is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges that he might face today.

“So, don’t muddle the political water. Consult, make our programme known to the people later,” Tinubu said.

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