Education crisis deadlier than Boko Haram - NGO
A Bauchi-based NonGovernmental Organisation (NGO) Better Life Restoration Initiative (BERI) has described education crisis in Northern Nigeria as a menace deadlier than the Boko Haram insurgency.
The organisation made the observation yesterday in Bauchi during the World Literacy Day.
BERI Executive Director, Mr Nkem Ogadinma Ogbonna who quoted World Development Indicators regretted that seven out of 10 adults in Northern Nigeria cannot read or write.
He said that the NGO was ready to eradicate illiteracy in Northern Nigeria adding that they were disturbed by what was bedeviling the country’s education sector.
Ogbonna however commended the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for expanding literacy and numeracy among Out-ofSchool-Children The Acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, John Ochala has berated attempts by members of the party from the state who occupy federal positions but meddle with, and want to control the party.
Ochala spoke when he honoured an invitation from the state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa who said he had intelligence reports about a planned attack on the state secretariat of the party to disrupt a purported meeting.
The party chairman told the police boss that he alone has the power to convene any meeting in the name of the party in the state.”The constitution of the APC empowers me alone as the sitting chairman. It is not a minister or such high-ranking federal government staff resident in Abuja. I am the leader of the party not any minister. Chief John Oyegun is the national leader of the APC, not President Muhammadu Buhari,” he explained.
He urged the commissioner to arrest anyone who convened any meeting without his knowledge at the party secretariat, insisting that such meeting would be illegal.
The state secretary of the party, Bishop Victor Ebong, who was similarly invited by the CP, disagreed that there were factions in the party but that there were differences in approach and views. in Bauchi and Sokoto through the Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+).
The director also commended USAID and Creative International Associates for introducing digital platforms such as Voice SMS, Interactive Voice Response and other Social media strategies aimed at deploying messages that would improve social behavior towards basic literacy in Northern Nigeria.
Minister, aides have no power to control C’River APC, says chairman PDP donates to flood victims
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday donated relief items worth millions of naira to victims of recent flooding in Benue State. The party also commended Governor Samuel Ortom for swiftly responding to the flood crisis.
The Chairman of PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who led a team on a visit to Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi said, “We have been very much encouraged by your response, by the way you handled the crisis, that is how a responsive leader should do, should behave in times of crisis.”
Represented by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP called on the federal government to deploy part of the funds from the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation to alleviate the suffering of victims in the state.