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Tuition hike: Poly students protest, rector escapes attack

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Angry students of the Isa Musthapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Thursday, staged a protest against the closure of the school’s registration portal by the institution.

The protest, which began around 12.30pm, lasted for two hours and led to the blockage of the Lafia-Jos federal highway.

It was gathered that the students damaged some property, including part of the administrative block, streetlights, vehicles belonging to staff, the Information and Communication Centre security house, among others, until they were dispersed by personnel of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force.

Our correspondent, who visited the scene of the protest in Lafia, learnt that the rector narrowly escaped being attacked by the students.

The National President of the Nasarawa State Students Association, Mr Alkamis Ladan, said the protest was caused by the closure of the registration portal.

According to him, students are to commence examination on Monday, March 15, 2021, adding that those who have yet to pay for their registration are being compelled to pay N10,000 for late registration before they can access the portal.

Also Read: Niger State Shuts All Public Secondary Schools Over Insecurity

Ladan urged the management of the institution to reopen the portal in the interest of peace and the development of the institution.

He also admonished his fellow students to remain calm, assuring that student representatives would engage the management to find a solution to the problem.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Mrs. Justina Kotso, said the management was meeting with officials of the Ministry of Education to decide on the next line of action.

She said, “The management of the institution is currently on top of the situation and as soon as the committee set up by the management concludes its findings, it will brief the press.”

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Mbaise leaders roll out drums for APC

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…Select Alozie apex leader.

The  IMC Chairman for Ezinihitte Mbaise Local government Council ,Chief Francis Samuel Onyeberechi  has unveiled renewed efforts in depleting  decent and responsible Political Eggheads amongst the Opposition  Parties in the Area.   

Speaking at an enlarged Leadership / Stakeholders extra ordinary meeting of Ezinihitte Mbaise APC , Hon  Francis- Samuel  Onyeberechi  stated that Sen. Hope Uzodinma‘s resolve to run an all inclusive and Purposeful governance has propelled a Formidable Force that is reducing the  number of opposition Parties in the LGA.

He noted with satisfaction the emergence of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Barrister Loui Alozie as the apex  Leader of APC for Ezinihitte Mbaise and Supports of Many Sons like comrade Franklyn Edede and others.

    The new Apex Leader, who has being a community leader of note  stated that his emergence can never be a burden as the trust and  Confidence bestowed  is an added Challenge to lead a Political Party in a Democracy to aggregate divergent Views  and agreements  towards restoring  Unity amongst Political Stakeholders.

He described Imo state as being Lucky with a leader that is broad minded, ready to accommodate and develope the state.

In his words, “this is the desire that has made me Join the APC so as to attract more govt attention and Patronage for Ezinihitte Mbaise since we are the Least developed amongst the Mbaise nation”.

The event was a gathering of Political “who is who” with Leaders as ; High Chief Dr. Charlton Ugochukwu  Osuagwu,  ( Kpakpando) Chiefs Basil Ogwunga,  Frank Erivo,  Chief Osondu, Charles Ekechukwu  ,  Dr. Agbasonu,. Prof. Uhuegbu, Hon. Stanley former APC Chairman, Chief C.C Nwachukwu.,Bon  Oguh, Prince Ugochukwu  Osuji from Amumara , Ezeakachi  Irem ,Lady Rose Nwosu ,Woman Leader ,Chief Charles Kelechi Amuzie who was elected deputy apex Leader and many others .

   Chief Mark Adindu , Local govt APC Chairman who also addressed the People could not hide his feelings as he described the gathering as a revolution expanding beyond bounds with notable sons and daughters of the LGA.

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Uzodinma hails security agents for capturing oil fraudsters

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Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has commended the security agencies for bursting illegal oil bunkering syndicates operating in the State, describing the effort as a major breakthrough.

He said by uprooting members of the syndicate from their base and dismantling their illegal refineries, the security operatives are helping to restore confidence in those doing genuine businesses and contributing to the development of the society.

The Governor spoke when he visited the headquarters of the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) in Owerri on Monday to assess the quantity of petroleum products seized from the suspects s well as the persons caught by the security operatives in relation to the oil bunkering and illegal refining of crude.

The Governor noted that illegal oil bunkering and refineries has of late been on the increase, regretting that the activities have caused serious economic dent on the Federal Government and by extension, the State Governments revenue.

The Governor said: “The consequences of these illegal practices have been that the federal revenue has gone down so much, the State revenue, also by extension, has equally gone down.”

The Governor said that the offence of illegal oil bunkering and refining is a very serious one, noting that “apart from being a national economic sabotage it has not helped matters in the determined efforts to reduce crime in the southern part of the country.”

Governor Uzodimma recalled that oil companies have of late bore the brunt of the nefarious activities of the operators of illegal refineries and those vandalizing oil pipelines and stealing crude oil in Nigeria.

He therefore reassured that “Government will do her best to continue to go against those in the illegal business to help conserve Federal Government revenue and by extension, that of the State, and as well bring sanity to the operating environment of oil companies in Nigeria.”

He expressed joy that so far the efforts of government and the security agencies in partnering to sanitize the environment against crime and criminality is yielding positive result.

The Governor pointed out that members of the syndicate were “caught on their various places of operations where they were practicing their activities on the various illegal deport they established for the refined oil.”

He explained that the value of what was found on members of the gang in terms of naira and kobo is huge and runs into “hundreds of millions of naira.” 

“The reassuring good news is that the culprits have confessed to the crime because they were caught in the act,” the Governor explained.

The Governor therefore thanked the security agencies “for a job well done” and enjoined them “not to relent”

He also urged the public to be vigilant and report any case of illegal practice “be it in oil or other security breaches to the security agencies for prompt action.”

Also Read; Nawao! dissolved Imo appointees sit tight at offices

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Jubilation in “Kpakpando” family over Izunaso’s call to Bar

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Members of Political family of Senator Osita Izunaso the Kpakpando have been thrown into jubilation as their Principal; Izunaso was yesterday called to Nigeria Bar. 

Some of the supporters of the Senator who spoke to Weekend Lead expressed gratitude to God for a successful completion of his studies included, Ford Ozurumba, Prince Nixon Okwara, Barr Jude Oduoma, Chief Jonas Edom amongst others.

Describing Izunaso as an accomplished politician, Ozurumba and Oduoma revealed that his coming out in flying colours both in the law school and the university have proved him as a determined personality.

They however prayed to God to grant him good health in his future endeavors. 

Also Read;   Nawao! dissolved Imo appointees sit tight at offices

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