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Your promotion based on hard work, dedication, CP tells newly promoted officers

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The Jigawa Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Gomna, on Monday in Dutse decorated newly promoted officers of the state command with their new ranks.

Speaking at the decoration ceremony, Gomna said the promotion was a reward for hard work and dedication.

He noted that the promotion meant higher responsibilities and more leadership roles.

Newsmen reports that the Command’s Spokesman CSP Abdu Jinjiri, was also promoted to the rank of CSP.

“Welfare of officers and men of the police is the number one concern of the present police administration under the able leadership of the I-G Mohammed Adamu, to boost the morale of the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force.

“In this regard, the command also benefitted from the gesture in which officers across the following ranks were promoted,” the police chief said.

He announced those promoted to include three CSPs, 12 SPs, one DSP and one Inspector.

Gomnan urged the newly promoted officers to reciprocate the good gesture of the I-G through effective service delivery to the good people of Jigawa.

In his remarks, ACP Ibrahim Sumaila, one of the decorated officers, commended the I-G, the CP and Police Service Commission for the wonderful gesture.

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Lagos Cholera death toll rises to 24, 417 suspected cases reported

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The cholera outbreak in Lagos State has claimed 24 lives, according to the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi. Abayomi disclosed this on his Instagram handle on Friday, adding that 35 cases have been confirmed out of 417 suspected cases across 20 Local Government Areas in the state.

The Commissioner urged residents to maintain personal and environmental hygiene, emphasizing that cholera can be prevented with proper sanitation and hygiene practices.

Cholera is a food and water-borne disease caused by ingesting the bacteria Vibrio cholerae, which can cause severe acute watery diarrhea and kill within hours if left untreated.

The World Health Organization has also reported a spike in cholera cases globally, with almost 195,000 cases and over 1,900 deaths reported in 24 countries since the start of 2024.

The Eastern Mediterranean Region has been the most affected, followed by the African Region, the Region of the Americas, the Southeast Asia Region, and the European Region.

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FG to launch civil service e-learning platform

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Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), says that there were plans to launch e-learning platform, to fasttrack training of more civil servants for quality service delivery.
Yemi-Esan made the disclosure at a public lecture on Thursday in Abuja, as part of activities to commemorate the 2024 Civil Service Week.
According to her, this unprecedented resource will ensure that we are able, significantly, to increase the number of civil servants, who can undertake induction and Structured Mandatory Assessment- Based Programme (SMAT-P) module.
She also said that civil servants could also undertake other specialist trainings at the same time.
“The objective of the e-learning platform is to train many more civil servants at the same time. We have modules that would ensure that civil servants are well trained,” she explained.
According to her, the Information and Computer Technology (ICT) initiative also contains modules that can enable civil servants train themselves, to gain more knowledge on the new Performance Management System (PMS), while preparing for any promotion examination.
The HOS said the government was fully prepared to reposition the nation’s civil service to global standards, adding that it could only be achieved through training and retraining of officers.
“This entails equipping of the next generation with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate and thrive in an increasingly complex world of work.
“In this light, the Nigerian Civil Service, in collaboration with its partners, and stakeholders and the most prominent is the AIG-Imoukhuede Foundation, has invested massively in the training, retraining of the workforce,” she said.
Yemi-Esan also said the Federal Government would identify mentors among the civil servants, and strategically deploy 500 civil servants to various sectors of the service.
According to her, this is to make them the future leaders, service wise by the end of 2025.
“Previously, the absence of structured and targeted training programmes for civil servants in the Nigerian civil service was a major challenge.
“Training across the MDAs was carried out without considering the actual competencies lacking in the service,” she said.
She emphasised the need for continuous self development by the public officers, as Nigeria was focusing on the reposition of the sector.
Also, Prof. Peter Okebukola, the Guest Speaker, who described the present crop of civil servants as “the best in the African continent”, commended Yemi-Esan for her efforts.
Okebukola spoke on the topic, “Education Fit For The 21st Century: Preparing Nigerian Public Servants to Address Global Challenges While Fostering Employee Engagement, Retention and Satisfaction”.
According to him, if Nigeria fails to plan well 25 years from now (2050), It might not meet with the required global standard in terms of quality service delivery on expected mandates.
“So this lecture is about painting the scenarios of the future of Nigerian civil service by 2050, ” he said.
Okebukola advised the government to engage the civil servants in ICT training, so as to fill the gaps in service delivery.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the week is,  “Educate an African Fit For The 21st Century: Building resilient systems for Increased Access To Inclusive, Lifelong, Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa”.
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Massive defection hits PDP, other political parties in Benue

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

As the Governor of Benue state Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia of the All Progressives Congress (APC) embark on a thank you tour across the 23 local government areas of the state to appreciate the Benue electorates for the overwhelming victory they gave him in the 2023 governorship election, the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties suffered serious set back with a total of 4,459 card carrying members of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties dumped their parties to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.

The mass defection took place on Tuesday in Sankera comprising of Logo, Ukum and Katsina Ala local government areas as well as Kwande and Ushongo local Government Areas on the first day of Governor Alia’s thank you tour.

Governor Alia thanked the people of Sankera for their overwhelming support during the 2023 governorship polls that made him victorious over other contenders.

Alia reiterated his administration resolve to return all the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of armed herdsmen attacks back to their ancestral homes to continue with their normal farming activities.

He expressed concern that Sankera which is the hub for yam production in the country, is greatly hit by the attacks by the armed bandits.

The Governor maintained that the issue of security is not the responsibility of government alone, and enjoined all and sundry to synergies with him to rid the state off attacks.

He urged the people to form cooperative societies through which they would receive farm inputs and other benefits from his administration to develop themselves to be self reliant.

The Governor dismissed the widespread reports that he had borrowed huge sums of money from foreign financial institutions to execute infrastructural projects in the state and announced the award of contract for the construction of the Sankera-Chito-Vaase road to help check the worsening insecurity situation bedeviling the area.

He revealed that he had contacted President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to assist the state construct more roads network in Sankera and has graciously approved the construction of the Katsina-Ala Head Bridge-Hausa Quarters/Victory Bible Church Wukari Junction; the Zaki-Biam Yam Market-Iwar Ior-Y Junction roads and urged the people to be patient with the President as he meant well for the state in the area of development projects.

Speaking on behalf of his constituents, the member representing Ukum, Logo and Ukum federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Solomon Wombo, endorsed Governor Alia for a second term.

Hon. Wombo said Sankera people have unanimously endorsed the governor to contest again because of the track record of achievements he has put on the sand of history within his one year in office which he said no governor of the state had ever recorded.

The federal lawmaker frowned at the growing insecurity situation bedeviling the area which he said is in dual fold including local militia and armed herdsmen and appealed to the governor to tackle the menace for the development of Sankera to enable residents go back to their farms.

Collaborating Hon. Wombo’s position, the governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Paul Biam, lauded the one year scorecard of the Alia’s administration which he noted have surpassed those of the immediate past governor.

Biam disclosed that the Alia’s administration has a programme of stomach infrastructure for the people after critical projects might have been attended to, to enable the people have the feel of government.

“After roads and other infrastructural development, the governor will resort to stomach infrastructure and the cries of hunger will be a thing of the past”.Biam assured.

In Kwande/Ushongo, Governor Alia also appreciated the people’s support to him, promised to reciprocate the gesture via the construction of the Adikpo-Mbape-Ada road to link the state to neighbouring Cross River state.

He commended chairman of the local government for lighting up Adikpo town within few days in office, but lamented the insecurity situation in the local government especially the armed herdsmen attacks and the illegal mining activities, and tasked traditional rulers to rise up by ensuring that anyone caught confronts the full wrath of the law.

The state Acting chairman of the APC, Mr. Benjamin Omakolo, urged the people to support the Alia’s administration to take the state to the next level of development.

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