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Why I won’t Leave APC – Kogi Gov

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State says he is still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as there is no crisis in the state chapter of the party as being reported by the media.

Mr Bello spoke with State House correspondents on Monday at the sidelines of the Induction of New and returning governors at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the outgoing and the incoming governors needed to be inducted so that they would be informed on the challenges ahead.

”I think all I can say about my state is that the APC is not in crisis in Kogi.

”The real elders and the real stakeholders, the youth, the women and people of integrity know that Kogi chapter of the APC is intact and that was why we were able to deliver the state for the President.

”We were able to deliver two out of the three Senatorial seats to our party; we were able to deliver seven out of nine House of Representatives to our party and for the first time ever in the history of politics in Kogi State we were able to deliver 100 per cent; that is 25 House of Assembly members in Kogi State.

“If there is crisis there is no how we could have achieved this.

”So I want to assure you that the APC in Kogi is intact and I remain a bonafide member of APC and as a matter of fact, I rebuilt the party in Kogi State from the scratch to what it is today and we are able to achieve this feat.

”So those that are making certain passes of me leaving the party I think that is their wish and by the grace of God their wish will never be granted,” Mr Bello said.

On alleged misappropriation of funds by the state government, Mr Bello said his administration had been transparent and could not be termed corrupt.

He said the state’s finances, starting from bailout funds to Paris Club refunds and bank statements were published in dailies.

According to him, with the little resources the state is generating, his administration has been able to achieve a lot of infrastructural development, security among others.

”This is what was not done for the state in the past 20 years of Kogi State’s existence before I came on board but under three years we were able to achieve all these successes.

”Probably some might think we were using stones or sand to do all these but this is the prudent management of resources and the good hands that we were able to recruit in my cabinet and in governance in the state.

”So those that are making such comment; it is a strategy; it is either that they want me to perform more or they are simply living in oblivion.

”They don’t know anything that is happening in the state and they cannot participate in state’s politics as it stands today because we are doing politics of inclusiveness or exclusiveness, the way it was done in the past,” he said.

On recent remarks allegedly made by the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, that he would not support him for a second term office, the governor said he did not believe the royal father would say so.

He said the traditional ruler is like a father to him and could not have said such that about a son that restored the real value of the traditional institution.

Mr Bello said he had repositioned the state in terms of security, addressing lopsided employment among others.

”You know what security situation used to be in the state and Ebiraland and today we are having a different story.

“He should not be misquoted by the press or anybody.

”The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland is a revered person; we hold him in very high esteem; he will continue to be my father; my great supporter and by the grace of God, he is urging me to re-contest and also to do more than what I have done in this first term,” he said.

The governor said he is giving the traditional ruler assurance that he would not disappoint him in terms of performance.

(NAN)

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JAMB Pegs Cut-off Marks at 140 and 100 for Universities and Polytechnics Respectively

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the official cutoff marks for the 2024/2025 academic year. Following the stakeholder meeting on the 18th of July, 2024, these benchmarks were established to guide admissions into tertiary institutions across Nigeria. These include colleges of education, polytechnics, and universities.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Universities

Universities have a higher threshold, with the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 set at 140. This standard is uniform across federal, state, and private universities. The aim is to ensure that candidates possess the requisite academic readiness for the rigours of university education.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Polytechnics

Polytechnics will adhere to a JAMB cutoff mark 2024 of 100. This benchmark is intended to align with the practical and technical training focus of these institutions. Candidates seeking admission into polytechnic programmes must meet or exceed this score to be considered eligible for entry.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Colleges of Education

For colleges of education, the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 has been set at 100. This threshold applies to all colleges, ensuring a standard level for candidates aspiring to teacher training institutions. This measure aims to streamline admissions processes and maintain a consistent academic standard.

Addressing misconceptions about JAMB cutoff marks

Several misconceptions exist regarding JAMB cutoff marks. It is essential to clarify these misunderstandings to help candidates better understand the admission process.

Misconception 1: The cutoff mark guarantees admission

One common misconception is that meeting the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 guarantees admission. While achieving the cutoff mark is necessary, it does not automatically secure a spot in an institution. Admission is highly competitive and other criteria, such as post-UTME scores, O’Level results, and course quotas, also play significant roles in determining eligibility.

Misconception 2: The cutoff mark is uniform across all courses

Another misunderstanding is that the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 is the same for all courses within a particular institution. In reality, while the overall institutional cutoff may be set, specific courses, especially those in high demand like Medicine, Law, and Engineering, often require higher scores. Institutions may set additional benchmarks for such competitive courses to ensure only the most qualified candidates are admitted.

Misconception 3: Institutions cannot set higher cutoff marks

It is also wrongly believed that institutions cannot set their own higher cutoff marks above the JAMB benchmark. While JAMB sets the minimum threshold, individual institutions have the discretion to establish higher marks based on their specific admission policies and the competitiveness of their programmes. This practice ensures that institutions maintain high academic standards and admit students who are best suited for their engaging programmes.

Final thoughts on JAMB official cutoff marks for all institutions 2024/2025

The JAMB cutoff mark for 2024 signifies a unified approach to admissions, reflecting the input and agreement of key stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector.

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Finally, Labour, FG, Settle on 70k Minimum Wage

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President Bola Tinubu and the organized labour unions have reached an agreement on a N70,000 minimum wage for workers.

The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, made this announcement while briefing reporters at the State House after meeting with labour union members and government officials.

Additionally, Idris revealed that President Bola Tinubu has assured that Nigeria would be more CNG-compliant to reduce reliance on fossil fuel energy.

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Take Full Advantage of Reviewd Act, Sulaiman-Ibrahim Charges NPTF

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The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim has reiterated the need for the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) to take advantage of the review of the act to address any gap that exists in the revenue of the agency.

She stated this when he received the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) led by its Executive Secretary, Mohammed Sheidu at the Headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja, according to a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Information & Public Relations, Mr. Bolaji Kazeem, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

The Minister of State pointed out that the agency must look for another avenue for resource mobilization noting that the Nigeria Police Force requires Rapid Intervention Projects to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency.

In her words, “all the training institutions, barracks, police stations, hospital and others require urgent attention. There is a need for new technology that would enhance the service delivery of the Nigeria Police Force. We have the biggest police force in Africa and have to leverage on the existing resources with sincerity of purpose”.

The intervention projects require a huge amount and there is a need for support from all the stakeholders noting that the Ministry is harmonizing the reforms in partnership with the stakeholders to strike the right connection for implementable reforms of the police force.

According to her, there is a lot of work to do and you cannot do it alone. You have to sit with the police to discuss and synergize with the Ministry to avoid duplication of efforts. It would be best if you worked with the police and the Ministry for an effective strategy that will improve service delivery of the NPF to the citizens”.

She added that the police are the obvious symbol of the Federal Government across the country. Every nook and corner of the country has the presence of the police, and urged all government agencies to capture the role of police from planning stages for effective national security.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) Mr. Mohammed Sheidu promised to do his best for the Nigeria Police Force and its security infrastructure noting that its agency is the heart of the ongoing reforms of the federal government.

He stated that there is no way the country can move forward if it is not secure to enable investment and growth adding that it is an enormous task that needs the help and support of all stakeholders for the agency to achieve its mandate.

In his words, “Nigeria Police Trust Fund is a focal point, and it would be more visible to end users and people would soon feel the impact of the agency. I assure you that is what is going to happen.”

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