The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Kwara State, has commended Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over his planned housing scheme for teachers in the state.
Fidel Info reports that the body described the initiative as a first in the history of the state, noting teachers are happy with the housing scheme.
Governor AbdulRazaq has turned around the education sector in Kwara State, as teachers get their salaries and entitlements as and when due unlike under the previous government where they suffered late payment, amputated salaries and non-payment.
The Governor has also embarked on a massive reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools across the three senatorial districts of the state, including capacity building trainings for teachers.
Speaking on behalf of the teachers, Chairman of Kwara NUT, Comrade Oyewo Muhammad Bashir, in an interview with the Herald, said the housing scheme is a welcome development, pledging total cooperation with the government.
He said, “It’s a welcome development and it is the first time any government in Kwara State has taught it wise and deemed it fit to make teachers more comfortable. Therefore, I think the government of Mallam AbdulRazaq deserves huge commendation for the kindness.
”I believe that one of the most convenient things that human beings need and desire is comfortable accommodation. If the state government has deemed it fit to capture teachers with the intention of providing a housing estate where teachers would have the opportunity of getting their personal houses, I think is a welcome development and a thing of joy to NUT and teachers in general.
“We are glad about it. Indeed, we are looking forward to a good working relationship as we also pray for the realization of the project,” he added.
Distinguished Senator Ajibola Basiru PhD; From Osogbo to Abuja
Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, Ph.D., is a man of many parts. He is a lawyer, a politician, a scholar, and a leader. He is also the current National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in Nigeria.
Ajibola Basiru’s journey to Abuja began in Osogbo, Osun State, where he was born and raised. He attended elementary and secondary school in Osogbo, and then went on to study at the University of Ilorin; where he was firstly rusticated for his students’ right advocacy, and again altruistically rusticated for the second time from Unilag before he eventually studied law successfully at the University of Lagos. As an unrepentant knowledge-hungry genius, he currently holds a Ph.D in Law. After graduating from law school, he badged the award of the overall third best graduate and first best graduate in Contract Law. Basiru Esq worked as a lawyer in private practice for several years and lectures in tertiary institutions.
In 2011, Basiru entered active politics when he was appointed Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties in Osun State. He served in this position until 2014, when he was appointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. In 2019, Basiru was elected to the Nigerian Senate, representing Osun Central Senatorial District.
Basiru’s time in the Senate was a tenure of four years but eventful and impactful. He was a vocal advocate for his constituents and for the Nigerian people. He was also a member of several important committees, including the Senate Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters as well as Chairing Media and Public Affairs.
In 2023, SRJ as politically addressed was elected National Secretary of the APC. This is a very important position in the party, as the National Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the party. Basiru is well-qualified for this position, given his experience as a lawyer, a politician, and a public servant.
Ajibola’s journey from Osogbo to Abuja is an inspiration to leadership-conscious all. It shows that anything is possible if you work hard, build your capacity and believe in yourself. Basiru is a role model for young Nigerians, and we are proud to have him as the National Secretary of the APC; the largest political party in sub-sahara Africa.
Distinguished Senator Basiru’s dedication to serving his constituents and advocating for the Nigerian people is truly inspiring. His track record of accomplishments and the positive impact he has made in various areas of governance and administration demonstrate his effectiveness as a leader.
With a deep understanding of the complexities of modern politics, Surajudeen has displayed grace and integrity in navigating the challenges that come with public service. His ability to skillfully address issues and find innovative solutions sets him apart as an exemplary politician.
One of Dr. Basiru’s greatest strengths lies in his unwavering commitment to social justice. Throughout his career, he has consistently fought for the rights and well-being of the people, particularly marginalized and disadvantaged communities. By championing issues such as education accessibility, healthcare improvement, and economic empowerment, he has become a voice for those who have long been neglected.
SRJ’s accomplishments not only benefit his constituents but also serve as a beacon of hope for the younger generation of Nigerians. His story is a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and dedication in achieving meaningful change. Through his leadership, he is inspiring and motivating young Nigerians to actively engage in shaping the future of their country.
As he continues to serve the Nigerian people, Senator Ajibola Basiru Ph.D, BL, is undoubtedly poised to lead into a brighter future. He possesses the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to tackle the pressing issues facing the nation. With his visionary outlook and ability to bring people together, he is well-equipped to foster unity and progress in Nigeria.
In Surajudeen, Nigerians have found a leader who is committed to building a better country for all. He is dedicated to creating an inclusive society where every citizen has access to equal opportunities and a high quality of life. With his compassionate and principled approach to governance, he is set to inspire and lead the people towards a better Nigeria.
Senator Basiru’s story is not just about his own success, but about the collective success of all Nigerians. It is a story of hope and possibility, reminding us that with determination, resilience, and dedication, we can overcome any challenges that lie ahead. As he continues to make a significant impact in governance and administration, Basiru will undoubtedly leave a profound legacy, shaping a brighter future for Nigeria and its people.
With his unwavering commitment to the Nigerian people and his ability to overcome obstacles, Ajibola Basiru has emerged as a true beacon of hope for the nation. His dedication to social justice and his advocacy for marginalized communities exemplify his compassion and empathy for his fellow citizens.
In his quest for social equality, Comrade SRJ has been a vocal advocate for education reform. He not only keeps awarding educational scholarship from his personal wealth, he understands that investing in the education of young Nigerians is essential for the country’s development and progress. By championing initiatives that improve access to quality education and ensure equal opportunities for all, Senator Basiru is laying the foundation for a future where every young Nigeria has the chance to succeed.
Additionally, Senator Basiru recognizes the critical importance of accessible healthcare, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. He has consistently pushed for policies and programs that prioritize healthcare accessibility, aiming to ensure that no Nigerian is left behind in their pursuit of a healthy life. His efforts to improve healthcare infrastructure, promote preventive care, and increase support for those with chronic illnesses demonstrate his commitment to the well-being of his constituents.
Furthermore, Senator Basiru’s focus on economic empowerment underscores his dedication to creating a prosperous and inclusive society. He understands that sustainable development requires addressing economic disparities and providing opportunities for all Nigerians to thrive. By advocating for policies that promote entrepreneurship, job creation, and economic growth, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru is working towards bridging the wealth gap and uplifting communities that have historically been marginalized.
The Alubarika’s (as widely hailed) leadership has not only tangible improvements to the lives of Nigerians but has also inspired a new generation of leaders. Through his example of hard work, integrity, and a genuine concern for the welfare of the people, he is motivating young Nigerians to actively participate in shaping the destiny of their country. His story serves as a reminder that anyone, regardless of their background, can rise to positions of influence and create lasting change.
As Nigeria faces numerous challenges, it is leaders like Ajibola Basiru who give us hope for a brighter future. With his visionary outlook, resilience, and compassionate approach to politics and governance, he is well-positioned to lead the nation towards unity, progress, and prosperity. Senator Basiru’s legacy will undoubtedly be one of transformation, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of Nigerians for generations to come.
Celebrating the man denied of the return ticket to represent 10 local governments at the senate, who now emerged as the APC National Secretary with jurisdiction of all the 774 local governments across the 36 states and FCT of Nigeria.
Surajudeen’s victory at the APC National Convention is a testament to his resilience and receipt of purposeful loyalty. He was denied the return ticket to represent Osun Central Senatorial District in the 2023 elections, but he bounced back and won the National Secretary position.
As National Secretary of the APC, Ajibola Basiru Ph.D now has jurisdiction over all the 774 local governments across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. This is a huge responsibility, but Basiru is up to the task. He is a committed and experienced party man, and he is determined to lead the more unified APC to victory.
Babawale Jamiu POPOOLA,
Media and Communications,
Office of the National Secretary,
All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mohbad: Police Issue Warning To Bloggers, Celebs, Others
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has warned bloggers, celebrities, and others not to interfere with the inquiry into the death of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
Naija News reports that the police gave the warning through its Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
Adejobi made this known in a post via his X (formerly Twitter) handle on Friday.
While urging celebrities and bloggers not to use the late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba’s death to attract attention or mobilize followers, Adejobi warned that the police would call anyone who was discovered making comments regarding the late singer’s death to testify in the case.
He wrote, “I have warned the so-called bloggers and celebs to allow us to do our work. They should not use Mohbad’s death to cruise or mobilize followers. They need to wait for the outcome of the investigation.
“Anyone who makes comments (affirmatively) on the issue might be invited by the police or any security agency to corroborate or testify in the case. You’d better be careful and allow the law to take its course. The law is wide and complex and could, at the same time, be flexible. Be warned.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has dismissed reports that the body of the late singer has been returned to the grave after the conduct of an autopsy.
The Command Public Relations Officer told The PUNCH that the remains of Mohbad have been deposited at the mortuary
Gov elections: Police to deploy drones, others in Kogi, Imo, Bayelsa
The police have said they will deploy adequate personnel, including plain clothes officers, for the governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states slated for November 11.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed in an interview with one of our correspondents that some anti-riot equipment such as teargas canisters, water cannons, Armoured Personnel Carriers and drones would be used by policemen during the elections.
Adejobi disclosed that the leadership of the police had held several meetings with the Independent National Electoral Commission at the level of a committee co-chaired by the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
Saturday PUNCH reported that with about seven weeks to the off-season elections, there is palpable political tension in the three states as thugs have continued to inflict terror on parties and supporters, especially those in the opposition in the states.
The report also noted that governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa have in recent years been marred by several unsettling events. This has led to avoidable loss of lives and property.
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State is seeking re-election, likewise his counterpart in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, while Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is rounding off his second term and is supporting the All Progressives Congress candidate, Usman Ododo, whom he anointed among the aspirants to win the party’s primary.
Adejobi however said, “For our preparation towards the off-cycle governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states, we have done our operational order for each of these states and we are very ready for deployment.
“We have shared our election duty documents – the Standard Operating Procedures – with our personnel. Since it’s an off-season election, we are going to have adequate personnel deployed.
“The Inspector-General of Police has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operations to circulate the operation order and Standard Operations Procedure – just like a bucket note that everyone deployed for the assignment would be armed with.
““We are going to deploy our equipment as well to make sure that each of the three states is fortified for free, fair and credible elections. We have enough equipment, arms and ammunition, teargas canisters, water cannons, armoured personnel carriers, drones, and our plain clothes officers would also be on the fields to gather intelligence for us.”
No rigging – APC
Meanwhile, the governing All Progressives Congress has disclosed that contrary to speculations by the opposition, it has no plan to rig the November 11 elections.
The rebuttal came barely one week after the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, in the company of some governors, ministers and heavyweights in the party inaugurated the campaign council for Uzodinma’s re-election in Imo State amid funfair.
A similar swearing-in ceremony took place two weeks ago when the APC national chair stormed Kogi State with another political delegation for a 191-member campaign train for Bello’s anointed candidate, Ododo
Reacting to the development, the Chief Spokesman of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko, also expressed concern that it would be unfortunate if the ruling APC was planning to reduce the country to a one-party state.
He added, “Already, there is a narrative that if you can generate money, no matter how much or where you got it from, you can use it to manipulate. That is the new narrative now. All those rules and regulations that we used to have don’t matter anymore to anybody. They are killing democracy all in the name of redefining it.”
Reacting, APC’s Director of Publicity, Bala Ibrahim, kicked against the notion by challenging critics of the ruling party to provide evidence to substantiate the claim that the party was planning to rig.
He stated, “They are just crying wolf where none exists. Instead of doing their homework and marketing their franchise to the electorate, they are busy creating confusion in their own imaginations and sending it to the public thinking such sympathy can work in their favour. No, it doesn’t work that way. Now, they want to use this so that when they lose, they can claim the election was rigged.”
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