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ODION IGHALO EMOTIONAL GOODBYE MESSAGE TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Nigeria international and also Manchester United striker pen down emotional goodbye message to Manchester United Football Club, as his loan spell from Shanghai Shenhua expires at the end of the month  JANUARY 2021.

The striker join Manchester United from Shanghai Shenhua in January 2019 on one year loan deal. Throughout his loan spell at Manchester United, the striker has 5 goals to his name in 18 appearance in all competition.

 

Check his messages

 

BENUE STATE GOV, TEST POSITIVE TO CORONA VIRUS

His Excellency, Samuel Ortom, the executive governor of BENUE STATE test positive to Covid-19. The governor in his state house in Makurdi urge all the people who had came in contact with him to go into self isolation and also plead with the people of Benue and Nigerians to continue observing all Covid-19 protocol in other to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

THIS IS A LUCKY GENERATION

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By Shaibu Stephen Ojate

 

Going to school in the 80s and early 90s was a very big project,  it was like someone preparing to build a house. Just like how the less privileged individuals saved for many years for a building project, Is a good illustration to depict how less-privileged parents prepare ahead of their Wards’ admission year in the past.

The working class parent whose monthly salary  is not enough to take care of their children’s school fees would go extra length to obtain a short-term loan from banks for the admission process of their children. The children of these parents are not left out too as many would have to undertake menial jobs to raise little funds to support whatever their parents gathered ahead of their admission year. The children whose parents showed no seriousness or were not financially buoyant would stay at home for years before they finally gain admission into secondary schools or any higher institution of learning.

Whether a Parent is a working class individual or not, education for their children is not an easy task as they solely take care of their responsibility without  help from any quarter. Even when the children finally gain admission into school, it is still a great challenge as the parents hustle for more funds to cater for their yearly or quarterly purchase of school textbooks and other educational materials. 

Parents who lack funds to do all these most times opt for motor mechanics, carpentry, tailoring and other handiwork for their children. The young girls in the less-privileged home are always advised to marry early in life to avoid further parental responsibility on them. Due to the impoverishment of these parents, brilliant young boys and girls who would have become  intellectuals today have had their education halted. Those who were not wise enough to enrol their Wards for vocational work, would later have such children taking to crime and the resulting aftermath is the social menace as experienced in our society today. In those days, scholarships from private individuals and corporate organizations were very rare.

But today, this is not the case as average and brilliant students can gain admission and even advance their education with ease without good financial backing from their parents. Today, What the Students need is to show serious commitment to their studies as many of them would have their school fees paid by politicians. Today, paying school fees for Students has become a sort of competition by political office holders and aspiring politicians. People who have political aspirations undertake this measure as a means to sell themselves very well to the public ahead of any election. 

This generation, Youths are very lucky. Aside from their quarterly school fees being paid , the final year students have their WAEC registration fees paid by the State Government and in some cases by private individuals too. Juxtaposing this to what was obtainable in the past, the present Youths are quite lucky.  In our time, every individual parent would have to source for funds to pay for their respective wards’ School fees. Inability to pay could cause Students’ withdrawal from the schools. 

The Youths of this generation are so lucky. Today, they not only enjoy WAEC registration being paid by the State government or private individuals, some even get their JAMB form registration paid by serving and aspiring politicians too. Even when they finally gain admission into any institution of higher learning, State Government and Politicians still offer them scholarship. Many Students presently in Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education are enjoying scholarships of different sorts.  

In the past, students dropped out of school due to lack of funds to pay school fees and this is not the case as of today. Today, what the youths need is to show serious commitment to their studies as they can make it through school without good financial backing from their parents. What a lucky generation!

 

REAWAKENING THE LION OF THE NORTH.

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Ebira Community Magazine

Education in ebiraland: a wicklow in tiger’s claws 

The place of education in the development of any nation/society cannot be quantified. This is due to the fact that education remains a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy and no disposition can enslave. In fact education is the only ornament that beautifies all spectrum of the society. Many developed nations of the world have been able to reach and sustain their socio-economic and political heights because of their unflinching and unquenchable thirst for the development of their respective education sectors.

However, the story line is not the same in Africa particularly Nigeria where concern for the development of education as the nation’s thinking industry is consistently given the least priority. This unarguably accounted for the nose-diving standard of education, inability to train minds that drive the social and economic institutions of the country, high degree of uninformed minds, increased level of social vices/unrest among the youths and the hall-mark is, the deliberate effort by the elites who are products of free and sound system of education which hitherto existed in Nigeria, to kill our public schools. 

Whether we like it or not, with the way the country is currently programmed coupled with the lackadaisical attitude towards the development of our educational institutions, the doomsday is already here with us, the brunt of which will continue to remain with all of us if nothing is done to revitalize the system. Poor as it is, Nigeria ranks high if not number one among other countries with large numbers of qualified and willing candidates denied admission to schools for no good reasons. Though, carrying capacity is often blamed for this disturbing phenomenon, to me, it is a calculated attempt to widen the knowledge gap between privileged few and a large number of brilliant indigent candidates. This is due to the fact that, if the purported carrying capacity affects the children of the rich, they have alternatives in private institutions. The accompanying question is, how many poor parents can afford the tuition of private institutions if their wards are caught in the net of ‘lack of carrying capacity’?.         

Away from the nation, the contagious dwindling concern for the development and improvement of education standard has in no small measure infected the brilliant, tenacious, resilient and hardworking people of Ebiraland. History has it that our fore-fathers were predominantly farmers but had undying quest and respect for education. This, they demonstrated by sending at least one person in the family to school while others remained in the farm to assist in farming activities. Our fore-fathers were so smart, foresighted and intelligent that they anticipated that their wards may be discriminated against and denied admission by the then missionaries on account of ‘carrying capacity’, that they deemed establishing native and community schools fit to function alongside other missionary schools like; Roman Catholic School in Okene (1917) and St. Peters Primary School in Ogori (1918). This saw the establishment of Ebira Native Authority Central School in 1923 having: Abdulmalik Atta, Abdulrahaman Okene, Ali Arigi, Amadu Rufai, Umaru Oricha among other prominent sons of ebiraland as pioneer students. 

Also, it was reported that due to lack of opportunity for higher education beyond elementary three in the northern region then, his highness, Late Alh Sani Omolori (immediate past ohinoyi of ebiraland) was made to spend five years in elementary three. Consequently and in bid to respond to the education needs of the people of Ebira then, Okene middle school now known as Abdulazeez Atta Memorial College, Okene (AAAMCO) built in 1933. The school also enjoyed the credit of being called then, ‘the Lion of the North’. Also, Okene Secondary School, Okene was established in 1944. Following  the upsurge in the population of ebira people and the growing enthusiasm to attend school, several other community schools such as Ebira Community Secondary School, Ogaminana (ECSSO), Ebira Muslim Community College, Okengwen (EMCCO), Ihima Community Secondary School, Ihima (ICSSI) among others, were constructed through communal efforts. The community schools which competed favourably with similar schools in big cities then, were able give solid academic and moral foundation to many very prominent Ebira sons and daughters, names too numerous to mention.

The uncommon reverence, eminence and glory instituted by our fathers particularly in education has dwindled that the then ‘lion of the north’ is now clawless and toothless while other community schools that gave foundation training to our reputable sons and daughters (Professors, Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Accountants, Geologists, Architects among others) are now WAEC and NECO centers. Also, sons and daughters of ebira who strive to get out of secondary school still find it difficult to secure admission into higher institutions of learning to study choice courses. Though statistics has it that the number of ebira sons and daughters securing admission into schools in the north is high, a large number of our people who are qualified that still find it difficult to secure admission remains an incubus. There is also a case of very many of them being pushed to study courses against their wish. 

Also, the increasing number of ebira sons and daughters passing required exams (WEAC, NECO and JAMB) but denied admissions coupled with those that have to settle down for any giving course due to reservation of very special areas of study for indigenes of communities where universities are situated call for serious concern. 

First, the sharp and continuous decline in the standard of education can be traced to indiscipline on the parts of: teachers, parents and students, poor funding and lack of commitment. This has culminated into breakdown of laws and order, lack of respect for constituted authorities, increased civil unrest and underdevelopment. If we must restore the old glory of education in ebiraland, we must be communal in approach. Ebira is largely blessed with brilliant individuals across different districts whose talents are currently under-utilized. Each district like okene, eika, okengwen, adavi/ogaminana, ihima, obangede  should strive to have one standard school (Gifted School) each with best brains in each subject areas as teachers, selected purely on merit, handsomely remunerated and motivated with highly disciplined principles to oversee the activities of the schools. This crop of individuals together with institutions put in place will help achieve superior performance, distinctive impact and lasting endurance. In addition, each district must give its all, financial and otherwise, in ensuring that the schools continue to thrive on the path of success and glory. This will enhance in no small measure, the quality of secondary education in Ebiraland.  

Also, we must also take charge of ensuring that our secondary school leavers do not only secure admission into higher institutions of learning, but institutions that train our children on pure academic and entrepreneurial skills and we can achieve this by looking inwards. To this end, I don’t think it will be too much to ask for an institution of higher learning in this regard. After all, if our illiterate but highly intelligent fathers could do the uncommon magic in making ebiraland a one-time citadel of academic excellence during their own time, I challenge our elites who are products of our forefathers’ efforts in education to take this as a challenge for the sake of posterity. Yes we can do it! I recall an effort made by one our own (professor M.S Audu, the former Vice Chancellor of the Federal university of Technology, Minna) in this regard. He and his team then had already identified a cite and even cleared for the first university in ebiraland. We understand that such is a capital project that requires concerted efforts and huge financial wherewithal. I call on all well meaning sons and daughters of ebiraland (his majesty, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, our most amiable governor, our professors, Ebira senior academics, those in private practice and those in positions of authority to do what I call ‘ leave a legacy project’ in our education. The whole essence of our brilliance, affluence, influence and positions is to impact and benefit the society and in this regard, our primary constituency is no other than Ebiraland. 

Furthermore and in x-raying the impact of having our own higher institution of learning, our men and women are known to be exceptional in any chosen vocation like: ceramic ware, fashion designing, hair dressing, basket making, carpentry works, bricklaying, computer and phone repairs and so on and these skills can be fully utilized by providing institutional based training ground for our people as well as other interested candidates from other parts of the country. This can be captured in the entrepreneurial aspect of the proposed institution.

More so, the institution will provide economic succor to the trainers, trainees and the host community. Trainers in various vocations, stand to earn more financially through the offer of practical skills to students/apprentices, build up their level of confidence and enjoy the unprecedented benefit of having institutional exposure. Trainees will have a full blend of academic and practical touch which will give them the opportunity to take on life challenges, set up their own business, train others, earn more money and help in greasing the wheel of commerce in our society. The host community is not left out in the benefit of having higher educational institutions in ebiraland. The presence of such institutions will provide jobs for our people, the presence of students from different states will be accompanied by funds from such states and they will inevitably put a smile on the faces of those that engage in any meaningful commercial activities. This will not only put us on the national/world map but also helps to showcase our society as a specialized education destination.

Finally, education is one of the treasures in ebiraland, we have the manpower, land and finances to harness this treasure but the problem is, who ‘bells the cat’. We can all bell the cat together and at once. Remember, the difference between what we are doing now and what we are capable of doing as a people will change our lives and the society for the best. Dare to try, Dare to win! See you all at the foundation laying ceremony of our proposed secondary schools and higher institution of learning.            

Dr. Abdulazeez Adeiza Daniya    

VIGILANTE GROUP APPREHEND SOME KIDNAPERS ALONG OKENE – LOKOJA ROAD

Joint effort of the Vigilante group representing Okehi and Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State pays off.

The Vigilante groups engaged in a severe gun battle with Armed robbers/Kidnapers in Lokoja – Okene road Today 18th January 2021, many were injured and one of the Kidnapers Bello Muhamudu who is a native of Zamfara State was apprehended by the Vigilante group and he is currently in custody helping with some useful Intel.

MAN STABS HIS BROTHER TO DEATH IN OKENGWE

The people of Okengwe were in complete shock  in the early hours of Monday 18th January 2021 as a mentally unstable man named Mustapha stabbed his elder brother Mr. Jamiu to death.

 

Mr. Mustapha who used to live in the Capital City of Abuja relocated to Okengwe, Okene LGA Kogi State a few months ago because of his mental health challenge, according to a reliable source who has chosen to remsin anonymous, Mr. Mustapha came to their family house in Okengwe, Okene Local Government Area, Kogi State on Sunday 17 January 2021 where his sick father lived and  threatened to kill his father Pa “Shaibu Councilor” with a scissors, but with the efforts of the neighbors he was overpowered and the scissors taken away from him. Mr. Mustapha had threatened to kill his father and other members of the family repeatedly before this ugly incident occured.

 

Mr. Jamiu  came down to their family house on Monday morning, he administered his father’s medication to him before sitting at the front of the house. The eye witness told us that Mr. Mustapha who is mentally challenged came to the house with a knife and was involved in a physical fight with his brother Jamiu, he stabbed him and took off immediately. The wounded brother  was rushed to a nearby hospital but was announced dead within minutes of arrival.

 

Their father Mr. Shaibu Councilor on hearing the tragic news gave up the ghost in the late hours of Monday 18 January 2021.

Mr. Mustapha was later apprehended by the youths in the Area.

 

Mr. Jamiu before he was mudered

Mr. Jamiu after he was stabbed

 

Late Pa Shaibu Councilor

MAN FOUND STRANGE CREATURE IN HIS COMPOUND

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The world is yet to discover all the species of animals living on the planet Earth as strange creatures keep unveiling their selfs.

A man found a tortoise like creature in his compound.

What do you call this?

Kogi State Governor charge stake holders to revamp culture and tourism in the State in order to promote development.

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The Governor of Kogi State, his Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello who was represented by Engr. Abubakar Ohere, Commissioner for Works & Housing has promised  to develop culture and tourism in Kogi State and also called on relevant authorities in other states in Nigeria to do the same.

 

This Pledge was made at Riverton Hotel in the State capital  Lokoja during the launch of Habibat Onoku Sanni’s album titled Ohurohuro & Ogomigomi . The governor promised his full support for innovative ideas that will promote culture and tourism in the state. 

 

He further assured the people that his administration is already working on all the tourist sites in the State to attract investors from within and outside the State. He also enjoined  the people of Kogi State to continue to be law abiding citizens as his administration from the onset of his tenure has taken security related matters very serious, while reiterating that without a well secured environment no meaningful development can take place.

 

 

 

UNILAG SETS TO RESUME 

University of Lagos set to resume virtual classes on 25th of January 2021.

The revised 2019/2020 academic calendar shows that 1st semester will span through January 25 to April 1st 2021.