The Nigerian Military School, Zaria, since the restoration of full military training through the aid of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen.Tukur Yusuf Buratai and NMS commandant, Brig.Gen.Mukhtar Muhammad Bunza, has been turned into a construction site for a conducive learning environment to bring back the vision of the founding fathers despite the economic recession facing the nation, MSUE AZA writes. The story of the birth of Nigerian Military School(NMS), Zaria, is tied to the history of Nigerian Army (NA) and the process of decolonisation. According to available records, in 1951, the West African Command of the Royal West African Frontier Force called for the establishment of Boys Company to be patterned after the boys Wing of the British Army in each of the four colonies of Nigeria, the Gold Coast (Ghana), Sierra Leone and the Gambia. The Boys Company of Nigeria was established with a vision “to inculcate a family...
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja The federal government yesterday said it is not against state governments developing their own power projects to support development and supply of incremental power. Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated this on Thursday at a meeting of the National Council on Power (NACOP) in Jos. He said: “I heard statements to the effect that Federal Government should allow the states to develop their own power projects. “The truth is that federal government is not standing on the way of any state; the laws do not stand in the way of any state to develop power projects. “Because as governor, we built seven power plants, government did not stop us; what we could not do is to do commercial distribution which the law actually allows under license through Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).” The federal government also urged state governments in the country to wake up to the call...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The federal government through the ministry of agricultural and rural development has expressed the desire to ensure Nigeria establishes 15 specialised universities of Agriculture in the next few years. This, according to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Bukar Hassan “is aimed at bridging the gap of having the current 3 Universities meeting the agricultural needs of the huge Nigerian population.” Alhaji Bukar stated this in his opening remarks when the Ministers of the Ministry, Chief Audu Ogbeh and his counterpart Minister of state, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri met with members of the three governing boards of the federal Universities of Agriculture in Abuja, yesterday. The permanent secretary who said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss on issues and challenges faced by the institution added that ‘‘the meeting is to ensure  that in the next few years we would have 10-15 universities of agriculture, because there...
By MSUE AZA, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday fired back at the Senate, declaring that Ibrahim Magu remains acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and cannot be removed by anybody. The declaration was an apparent response to the lawmakers who had on Tuesday warned that any further move from him to undermine the powers of the legislative arm of government will amount to crossing the red line. The Red Chamber relied on a comment made by acting president some months ago to suspend further confirmation of appointees of the president. The lawmakers chided the executive arm of government for refusing to strictly adhere to legislative decisions in particular and the 1999 constitution (as amended) in general. But speaking in Kaduna yesterday while commissioning a zonal office of the EFCC, the acting president who was represented by the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, described Magu as a “nightmare for...
By MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja and BUKOLA IDOWU and KAYODE TOKEDE, Lagos The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday retained the nation’s monetary interest rate at 14 per cent, citing headwinds confronting the domestic economy on one hand and the uncertainties in the global environment on the other as reasons for its decision. The monetary policy committee (MPC) decided by a vote of 6 to 2 to retain the MPR at 14.0 per cent alongside all other policy parameters. The bank also retained its cash reserve ratio (CRR) at 22.5 percent, liquidity ratio at 30.00 per cent and the asymmetric corridor at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR. “In consideration of the headwinds confronting the domestic economy and the uncertainties in the global environment, the Committee decided by a vote of 6 to 2 to retain the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 14.0 per cent alongside all other policy parameters”, the CBN...
By Andrew Ojih,  SOLOMON AYADO and Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Former governor of Taraba State, Pharm Danbaba Suntai, is dead. Suntai who survived an air crash at the Yola Airport in 2012 died at home yesterday. He is reported to have brain injuries arising from the plane accident. The former governor who flew the light plane himself crashed in October 2012 and had not recovered fully since then. Mr. Emmanuel Bello, a former commissioner for Information in the state, broke the news of his death. Suntai became governor of Taraba State in 2007 and was sworn in again on May 29, 2011 for a second term. A pharmacist by training, Suntai enrolled for training as a pilot at the Nigerian College of Aviation in Zaria in 2010 and was thus licensed. Prior to his plane crash in 2012, Suntai had been flown to Germany for medication after returning from his annual leave in August 2009, following...
Tope Fayehun gives insight into the gang war in Akure, Ondo State capital that left tears, sorrow and blood in the city last week. Like what is obtained in the past, when university campuses were theatres of cult clashes, the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital in the last few days were turned into a battle fields by different cult groups who engaged themselves in a war of supremacy. The battle of wits was between Eiye and Aiye confraternity groups in the city. In the most recent attack, the rival cult groups whose members brandished guns, cutlasses, cudgels and other dangerous weapons, took over all the popular streets in the state capital, and killed no fewer than 10 people in the attacks and reprisal attacks. Our correspondent reports that the cultists engaged in high noon gun battles in the state capital and apart from the murdered, several people in the...
Engr. Mohammed Wada Yahaya is the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport. He spoke to newsmen on the occasion of this year Democracy Day and six years of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura’s administration. Six years since this administration assume power in the state, what has it achieved? First and foremost is the improvement on education. This government rehabilitated and renovated so many primary schools, provided furniture, built new primary and secondary schools in all the 13 Local Government Areas of the state. For the tertiary, a Visitation Panel was constituted for the University to ascertain its performance and to improve its condition. The work of the Panel led to the recent convocation which did not take place for many years before this government came on board. The same thing goes for the State Polytechnic, Lafia and College of Education, Akwanga where there was not convocation for 12 years. The...
By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, as well as state assemblies may soon combine their legislative responsibility with executive functions as members of commissions. This is just as the new provision creates the ‘National Assembly Service Commission’ and empowers the National Assembly to provide for the powers and structure of this new body by subsequent legislation. The proposed amendment to the 1999 constitution titled ‘A  Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide immunity for members of the legislature in respect of words spoken or written at plenary sessions or Committee proceedings and institutionalise legislative bureaucracy in the Constitution; and for related matters’, is one of the 23 items approved by the special ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives on constitution review, headed by Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun. The 23 items have...
By Our Correspondents Governors of the 19 Northern States of the federation yesterday disowned a coalition of Arewa Youths who reportedly issued an ultimatum to Igbos to vacate the Northern part of the country within three months or be forced to leave. The governors urged easterners living in the North not to panic, saying they were in touch with heads of their security agencies and have taken measures that will guarantee the rights of all Nigerians to live in any of the 19 states in the three geo-political zones within the region. The governors’ position was made public by chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima who spoke on behalf of his colleagues in Maiduguri yesterday evening. Accordingly, the governors directed security agencies to arrest the youths and probe the motive behind the call, which they described as a suspicious act that falls in line with recent...