A New Down At The Ministry Of Women Affairs- By Luqman Umar Kankia

A NEW DAWN AT THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS. Appointing Haj Zainab M Musawa to lead the Ministry of Women Affairs was akin to putting a round peg in a round hole. In his campaign days, Governor Dikko Umar Radda made an unwavering pledge to integrate as many women as possible into his government aligning with the 35% Gender Affirmative Action mandated by the National Gender Policy in Nigeria (NGP). With three accomplished female Commissioners at the helm of affairs of key ministries, accompanied by a constellation of Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Special Assistants, and heads of various Departments, Agencies, and Parastatals, too numerous to mention here, one can rightly say the Governor has walked his talk. What adds value to this narrative is that these women are not just mere placeholders but, in the words of Governor Radda, 'Women with immense capacity.' In a strategic move that seems almost preordained, While Zainab Musawa takes her role as commissioner, her sister Hannatu was sworn in as a Minister. President Tinubu, renowned for his commitment to assembling the best brains into his cabinet, chose Hannatu Musawa to oversee the Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy for Nigerians to tap into her vast knowledge and wealth of experience. The same could be said of her sister. Glancing at the rich resume of Zainab, from day one, I knew Governor Radda wouldn't let go of this vibrant, articulate, and versatile lady. Armed with a B.S.C. in Accounting from the prestigious University of Abuja, a master's in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigeria Defence Academy, as well as a master's in International Studies from the University of Liverpool, Musawa perfectly fits the qualities of people Governor Radda was looking for to populate his cabinet. As she entered the ministry, the new Commissioner was met with a warm welcome from the dedicated staff of the Ministry led by the indefatigable Permanent Secretary. That she found the Ministry in limbo was no exaggeration, and that she was starting from scratch was a stark reality she kept in mind. Without procrastination, she set the wheels in motion to turn the tides. Her first project was carrying out some renovations to make the Ministry's working environment more conducive for work. Next, she embarked on a statewide familiarization tour of the various agencies under the Ministry's umbrella. The sights she encountered were heartbreaking where she found structures in deplorable condition due to years of neglect. Presently, the Ministry is diligently collating data of all registered Women Affinity Groups (WAGs) and those who wish to register, with a view to having a robust and comprehensive database that will guide the Ministry in implementing its programs. The pace at which the Honorable Commissioner is moving bespeaks her passion, zeal, and profound commitment to rewriting the narratives. If this lady with an uncommon passion for women's development channels the same fervor that characterized her tenure at the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program (GEEP), the women of Katsina State will have no reason to falter. The Ministry of Women Affairs has been reinvigorated. What was once a forgotten institution is now a bustling hive of activity. The Ministry's dedicated staff now conduct their duties with enthusiasm aware that there is a new sherrif in town. The future of Katsina State women more than ever holds a promise.

Malam Dikko Radda, PhD: A Champion Of Education - By Malam Kabir Abdullahi Yantumaki

Malam Dikko Radda, PhD: A Champion of Education - by Malam Kabir Abdullahi Yantumaki Education is the most effective key to unlocking the potential of every individual and society. It is the foundation of human development, economic growth, and social progress. Education is also a fundamental human right that should be accessible to all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or location. However, in many parts of Nigeria, especially in the northern region, education faces many challenges, such as inadequate infrastructure, insufficient funding, poor quality, low enrolment, high dropout rates, and gender disparities. These challenges have been exacerbated by the dearth of teachers. It has been well-documented that one of the most serious challenges facing education in Nigeria is teacher shortage. Teacher shortage means that there are not enough qualified and trained teachers to meet the demand for education at primary and secondary levels. The teacher shortage has weighty negative impacts on students, teachers and society as a whole. First, teacher shortage harms students’ learning outcomes and opportunities. When there are not enough teachers, class sizes increase, which reduces the quality of instruction and interaction between teachers and students. Large class sizes also make it very difficult for teachers to manage student behaviour, provide feedback and differentiate instruction according to student’s needs and abilities. Moreover, when there are not enough teachers, some subjects or courses may not be offered or taught adequately, which limits students’ exposure to a broad and balanced curriculum. Furthermore, when there are not enough teachers, some students may not have access to education at all, especially in rural or remote areas where schools are inadequate or understaffed. Second, teacher shortage affects teachers’ well-being and professionalism. When there are not enough teachers, teachers have to take on more work and responsibilities, such as covering for absent colleagues, teaching multiple subjects or grades, or supervising extracurricular activities. This increases teachers’ workload and stress levels, which can lead to burnout, dissatisfaction and attrition. When there are not enough teachers, teachers also have less time and opportunities for professional development, collaboration, and recognition. This lowers teachers’ morale and motivation, which can affect their performance and commitment. Third, teacher shortage undermines the education system and social development. When there are not enough teachers, the education system cannot provide quality and equitable education for all children, which is a fundamental human right and a key goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Similarly, when there are not enough teachers, the education system also fails to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, such as innovation, creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship. Again, when there are not enough teachers, the education system also loses its potential to contribute to the economic growth and social progress of society. In this context, the Governor of Katsina State, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda, Ph. D., has shown remarkable leadership and commitment to improving the education sector in his state. Since he assumed office in May 2023, he has embarked on several initiatives and policies that aim to enhance the quality and access of education for all Katsina citizens. One of the most notable initiatives of Governor Radda is the recent recruitment of 7,325 new teachers into the Katsina Civil Service. This landmark recruitment effort is the most massive recruitment ever in the education sector throughout the history of Katsina State. It is a big step towards addressing the acute shortage of qualified teachers in the state, especially in rural areas where many schools lack sufficient staff. Another commendable effort is that the recruitment process was not only transparent but merit-based, involving an aptitude examination conducted by an ad hoc committee. The candidates underwent screening in four distinct categories: S-Power primary school teachers, S-Power secondary school teachers, newly recruited teachers, and part-time voluntary teachers for secondary schools. To improve the quality of the newly employed teachers, Malam Dikko directed a refresher training programme for them to ensure they are well-prepared for their roles in the teaching profession. Upon the conclusion of the training programme. The newly employed teachers will be posted to their respective Local Government Areas of origin, which will help to reduce the cost of transportation and accommodation for them and their families. It will also foster a sense of belonging and community among the teachers and their students. It is worth noting that the recruitment of 7,325 new teachers is not only a boost for the education sector in Katsina state but also a source of employment and empowerment for thousands of young graduates who have been seeking job opportunities to contribute to the development of their State and the country in general. For this extraordinary gesture, Malam Dikko deserves commendation and appreciation for his visionary and pragmatic approach to tackling one of the most pressing issues facing education not only in Katsina State but in Nigeria as a whole. He has also demonstrated that he is a champion of education who understands its importance, value and impact on the present and future generations. In all, I hope that other State Governors and leaders will emulate Malam Dikko's classical example and invest more resources and efforts into improving the education sector in their respective states and regions. In the same vein, I also urge the Federal Government to support and collaborate with the State Governments to ensure that every Nigerian child has access to quality education that will enable them to achieve their life dreams and aspirations. I also hope that the Governor’s effort will be recognized and appreciated both at State, Federal or global levels, as he has set a high standard for other leaders to follow. He has proven that with political will and dedication, anything is possible and nothing is impossible. He has made Katsina State and Nigeria proud.

Akinwunmi Adesina: Steadily And Steely Feeding Africa- By Prof MK Othman

Akinwunmi Adesina: Steadily and Steely Feeding Africa By Prof MK Othman Tenaciously in leadership style with a head high, Adesina is a replica of Indian Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi used a non-violent strategy to achieve free independence for his native country, India; Adesina was mobilizing human, financial, and other resources to feed Africa. Indefatigability in human salvation, Adesina is a replica of his mentor, Dr. Norman Borlaug, of blessed memory, a prestigious American scientist who covered a distance of 9,859 km to Asia and fathered the Asian Green Revolution, thereby saving millions of souls from ravaging and liquidating hunger in the late 1960s. Adesina has been tenaciously using his talent, position, and connection to empower smallholder farmers to multiply their food production for Africa and beyond. Dr. Borlaug was awash with several awards, including the most prestigious Novel Peace Prize of 1970 and the 1977 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the 2002 Public Welfare Medal, and the 2006 Padma Vibhushan Prize, among several others too numerous to mention. All these global recognitions and accolades were made to Dr. Borlaug for his lifetime of work doggedly performed to feed the hungry world. Thus, he was nicknamed the "father of the green revolution." Sometimes, someone makes a simple statement that intensifies vigor in achieving a goal quicker than imagined or making the unimaginable. That happened in 2006 when Dr. Borlaug told his mentee, Dr. Adesina, walking on 5th Avenue in New York, going to the Rockefeller Foundation. He said, "Akin, do you play soccer?" Dr. Adesina gave an affirmative response. Dr. Borlaug added, "You know that in soccer, you will not know you can win unless you score your first goal, go to Africa, and score the first goal for agriculture. Then, Africa will believe that it can feed itself in Agriculture". That was a clarifying moment, the inspirational motivation to conquer hunger and feed Africa. Since then, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina has been steadily and steely working hard to feed Africa without pausing, 24/7. From his position in AGRA, IITA, Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, to his current exalted position of President, African Development Bank, the most famous bank in Africa and one of the most successful in the world, Dr. Adesina's iron hands are tirelessly bringing more food to the tables of tens of millions of African households. This tribute is the odyssey of one man who gathers like minds to bring hope to the hopeless and food to hungry people. It is the story of Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, who is replicating the excellent job of Dr. Borlaug, his mentor, through initiatives, policies, projects, and programs to achieve food security and eradicate poverty in Africa. To understand the need for Adesina's tenacious fight against hunger, one must understand the need to subdue hunger's menace against individuals, families, and nations. Buttressing this point requires Dr. Richard Berkland's statement, who said, "We must fulfill physiological needs before we can truly address and make progress on higher–level needs". Maslow's hierarchy of needs best illustrates this maxim, "we have to fulfill physiological needs (hunger, thirst, air), then move to safety (personal, financial security, health), move up to social needs, esteem, cognitive, aesthetic and finally to self–actualization." Therefore, hunger is a cataclysmic monster to humanity, and fighting it is the most desirable action. And society must not accept defeat in this life-and-death game. How has Adesina been feeding Africa, thereby fighting hunger? Dr. Adesina was educationally well-grounded in African agriculture with the First-Class Honors of a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, in 1981. He pursued further studies at Purdue University, Indiana, up to the level of a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1988 and won the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis prize for his research work. He earned a Rockefeller Foundation (RF) fellowship and briefly worked with the organization in 1988. After his superb academic performance at American University, Adesina could have become one of the famous American professors but decided to be among the knowledge-driven hunger fighters in Africa. Consequently, Adesina joined the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) in Bouaké, Ivory Coast, as a senior economist from 1990 to 1995. Adesina rejoined the Rockefeller Foundation from 1999 to 2003 as its representative in South African countries. He became its associate director for food security from 2003 to 2008. During this period, he organized the 2006 African Fertilizer Summit in Abuja, making him the most potent instrument for salvaging Africa from the shackles of hunger. Dr. Adesina is an optimistic personality nicknamed "Africa's Optimist-in-Chief." A combination of Adesina's diplomatic mien, down-to-earth humility, social disposition, convincingly articulated-oratory, and optimism gathered a mammoth crowd of qualitative organizations and people at the Abuja summit. It was a unique assembly of African leaders, technocrats, and international and developmental agencies in one place under an amiable environment, all brainstorming to find a solution to the devastating situation of agriculture in Africa. With the support of RF, the African Development Bank, the African Union, and the World Bank, and motivation from his mentor's inspirational words, "until you score the first goal", Adesina used God-given assets to bring attention to the food crisis in Africa. The Summit identified problems and solutions to the challenges against food production in Africa. What are the significant outcomes of Abuja's Summit declaration? The key highlight of the Abuja Summit was not only the presence of Dr. Norman Borlaug but also his presentation of the keynote address to the gathering of global leaders. During his keynote address at the age of 92, Dr. Borlaug emphatically challenged the African presidents and leaders that he wanted to see the happening of the Green Revolution in Africa before his death. The passionate words of Dr. Borlaug moved President Obasanjo, the chief host of the event, who broke protocol and jumped to the podium after the speech, announcing to the mammoth gathering of more than 1,000 that: "Norm has chastised us— and, so, we have to move forward and get our agriculture moving". The most memorable scenario kept inspiring serious-minded leaders like Dr. Adesina. With impetus from the Abuja Summit, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other global donors, it promulgated the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan served as Chairman, and Dr. Namanga Ngongi as President. AGRA is an organization that seeks to transform African agriculture from a subsistence model to strong businesses that improve the livelihoods of the continent's farming households. After recognizing his principal role as a lead organizer in the conduct and success of the Summit, Adesina was saddled with the leadership role of coordination and management of AGRA. He was made Vice President of AGRA for Policy and Partnerships. His appointment galvanized the African financial Institutions to provide financial services to smallholder farmers. As Adesina scored more goals in AGRA, Dr. Goodluck Johnathan, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, appointed him Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. After four years of service as Minister of Agriculture in the most populous country in Africa, Adesina made tremendous success lifting tens of millions of Africans, particularly Nigeria, out of hunger and poverty. These famous efforts earned him the prestigious 2017 World Food Prize. These were the preliminary goal scorings before he advanced his goal-scoring skill when he became the 8th President of the African Development Bank. What are his feats in his odyssey to feed Africa? To be continued next week

Prof Malumfashi Congratulates Gov. Raɗɗa On 100 Days Of Magnificent Achievements

Professor Mansur Malumfashi Congratulations Gov Radda on his 100 days Professor Mansur Malumfashi has congratulated Katsina State Governor, Mallam Dikko Radda (Phd) on his 100 days in office saying the people of the state have enjoyed unprecedented dividends of a democracy since his assumption. Malumfashi, who is of the Faculty of Technology Education, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, disclosed this in during an interaction with journalists at his residence in Bauchi on Friday. From: Paul Orude Bauchi “The good of the Katsina have enjoyed the dividends of democracy since your assumption of office and100 days in office,” Malumfashi, who holds the traditional title of Sarkin Malaman Galadima, Katsina, disclosed. “Your 100 days in office are not only remarkable but have witnessed massive infrastructural developments unprecedented in the history of the state “We received with great pride and appreciation your administration’s approval of N1.8 billion to all the 34 Local Government Councils in the state for capital project. This gesture would not doubt stimulate development at the grassroots” According to the University Don, the Katsina State Governor’s 100 days in office have witnessed many transformation and development projects. “Within the period under review, the administration has launched the distribution of 40, 000 bags of rice across the state as palliatives to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal. “This is highly welcome and would go a long way in ameliorating the suffering among the people. “Again, within 100 days in office, the administration has also approved procurement of 10 Armored Personnel Carriers, 65 Toyota Hilux and 700 units of motorcycles to maintain security in the state. “There is an on-going rehabilitation of water pipelines across the state to provide portable water to the residents “Within the period under review, Governor Radda approved the sum of N600 million allocation to procure 40 new buses to Katsina State Transport Authority for inter and intra State transportation as parts of efforts to address the removal of fuel subsidy. “This is even as the administration of Mallam Radda (Phd) approved the sum of N600 million to settle the outstanding scholarship payments in which over 50,000 students benefitted Time and space would not permit me to list all the people-oriented projects that have been executive by your administration with of our administration in the 100 days of office. Indeed the people of Katsina State made the right choice when they overwhelmingly voted for you to lead the state. “I pray to God to give you the wisdom and good health to continue to lead the state to greater heights in the years ahead. Congratulations”

My Message To My Polo Family And Beyond- By Sada Muhammad Abdullahi

My message To my polo family and beyond- By Sada Muhammad Abdullahi Of all the gifts that polo has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you. As many of you know, the just concluded Katsina 2023 polo tournament have presented me with challenges in the form of humiliating physical violent attacks. I’ve worked hard to return to my normal self. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I have played matches in multiple polo clubs over the years. Polo has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career and my appearance in the Nigeria polo cycle. This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the polo has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special recognition especially recently by His Excellency, former President General Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and it happened at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible. I would like to especially thank my amazing boss Senator Hadi Sirika without him nothing would have been possible, Thank you Sir. I also want to thank Mr. Dini Mangal for being the first person to gift me a polo pony to play. I would also like to thank and recognize my Polo coaches Idris Badamasi, Abdulmalik Badamasi, Manuel Crespo (Buddy) who always guided me in the right direction...you have been wonderful! And to Katsina Polo, who believed in me as a young player and gave me an ideal start. I really want to thank and acknowledge Magajin Gari Katsina Crown Prince Aminu Abdulmumin Kabir Usman who have given me the best advice and have always been there for me. I want to thank my loyal sponsors, especially AYFIR Petroleum Ltd who are really like partners to me; and the hard-working teams and tournaments on the Nigeria Polo tour, who consistently welcomed all of us with kindness and hospitality, I would also like to thank my competitors on the pitch. I was lucky enough to play some epic matches that I will never forget. We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful. We pushed each other, and together we took polo to new levels. Above all I must offer a special thank you to my unbelievable fans. You will never know how much strength and belief you have given me. The inspiring feeling of walking into full stadiums and arenas has been one of the huge thrills in my life. Without you, those successes would have felt lonely, rather than filled with joy and energy. The last 15 years on tour have been an incredible adventure. While it sometimes feels like it went by in 24 hours, it has also been so deep and magical that it seems as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime. I have had the immense fortune to play in front of you. I have laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and most of all I have felt incredibly alive. Through my travels, I have met many wonderful people who will remain friends for life, who consistently took time out of their busy schedules to come watch me play and cheer me on Thank you. When my love of polo started, I was a little boy when my Uncle Aminu Gagare who is a polo player used to take us to the Sir Usman Nagogo Polo Ground whenever there is a tournament or practice. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day. So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make my dreams come true. Finally, to the game of Polo: I love you Mohammed Sada Abdullahi

FGN-ASUU Imbroglio: Deceitful Silence And Rapid Brewing Of Avoidable Crisis By-MK Othman

FGN-ASUU Imbroglio: Deceitful Silence and Rapid Brewing of Avoidable Crisis By MK Othman With head high, the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) continues to celebrate its judicial but false victory over the FGN-ASUU case, which the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) judged in September 2022 and May 2023. Part of the Court's overall judgment is "Call off the strike; the government is legally right to implement the no-work-no-pay policy." This phrase has made FGN celebrate the clipping of the ASUU’s wing, the bunch of "trouble makers" who have become "clogs" in the wheel of university progress as they always demanded more funding for university education in Nigeria. They were defeated, their ego was shattered, and some of them paid supreme price, and the rest are leaking and still nursing their wounds. They dare not go on industrial action again and are coerced to "teach" their students for the peanuts they get as salary. Any striking worker will face the wrath of the "no-work-no-pay" policy, and the union will be "legally" dealt with. This victory made the FGN refuse to implement the 23% salary increase the government offered the workers during its industrial action. Even the so-called 40% salary increment across the salaries of Federal workers paid at the beginning of this year, the university workers were excluded. The society nodded its agreement with government action by remaining silent and thinking that the ASUU agitation for more funding was unnecessary. When ASUU suspended its strike action, FGN stayed quiet and pretended to have resolved all contending issues. Coincidently, the "victory" came at the period of changing government officials at various levels, which provided a perfect alibi for pretentious behavior as time passed, thereby creating restiveness. According to the opinion of government officials, FGN cannot fund university education, and the parents must shoulder significant responsibility to support the education of their wards. ASUU has consistently opposed this opinion and argued that demanding more parental funds will exclude multitudes from university education. The reason is that several parents need help to afford additional costs to educate their children. For this reason and staff welfare, ASUU negotiated and renegotiated with FGN signed and resigned the agreements willingly from 2009 to 2020 before going on strike. The strike was due to the FGN's failure to implement the signed agreements after strenuous, time-consuming, brain-storming, and rock-breaking negotiations. During the strike, ASUU was open to renegotiation and renegotiated with Professor Nimi Briggs-led Committee on behalf of FGN. FGN jettisoned the recommendations of its committee, dragged ASUU to Court and gained "victory," thereby shirking its commitments and responsibilities. Since then, FGN has maintained deceitful silence over the agitations of ASUU and other university-based unions. Muscling ASUU into defeat is a nation's failure, and the repercussions will be catastrophic to society. As mentioned in this column, ASUU is demanding a change from rots to prosperity, from decay to progress, the kind of progress the country needs to become a great nation and a well-deserved position we all crave. If we fail to meet ASUU's demands of stopping the rots in the university system, the country may be doomed sooner or later. The university education, the bedrock supporting pillars of societal development, is the brooding house for leaders of tomorrow. University is the epicenter of integrating hypothesis and empirical concepts, meeting points of theory and practical reality, and a home for creativity and innovations. Therefore, all deserving citizens should have access to university education for the nation's progress. While FGN has kept mum enjoying the "victory", ASUU is keenly watching, strategizing, and restiveness among the university workers is building, thereby breeding an avoidable crisis. FGN ducks away all commitments, including the promise to release N50 billion for payment of outstanding earned allowances to universities and inter-university centers. What of all the funds included in the 2023 budget to address the demands of the university-based unions? So far, nothing has been released. The new session for 2023/2024 is around the corner, and parents will be made to pay charges for services to the universities in multiple of three or four higher than they paid previously. This is the crux of the matter. Now, the chickens have come home to roost. How much should parents pay for educating their wards in Nigerian public universities? In the last two months, public university management in Nigeria has been busy determining appropriate charges for the parents to enable universities leave their gates open for the new academic session. Considering all variables, the cost of educating an undergraduate student per year ranged from about a million Naira for an art student to nearly three million for a medical student. The government contributes 40% of the cost, and the remaining 60% must be generated internally if the university gates must remain open. How much can a student be charged? Hitherto, the students were charged less than 10% of the cost for their training, which amounts to about N50,000, and now there is a need to increase this charge to between three and four times. FGN is introducing students' loans to care for the indigent students, but more than 60% of the students are under this category. Can the government cater to all of them? This is a story for another time. With the "defeat" of ASUU, the hike in university fees is inevitable. The implication will be having many students dropping out and becoming jobless and unemployable young men and women on the street. The Kaduna State University fee hike under the immediate past governor, Mallam El-Rufai, is a good example. El' Rufai, in his elitist madness, did the opposite to his campaign slogan, "Dole dan talaka yaje makaranta- children of the poor must attend school", hiked the fees of Kaduna state higher institutions of learning. For example, the state university tuition increased from N24,000 and N26,000 to N150,000 and N500,000 for indigenes and non-indigenes respectively. In the end, more than 50% of the students transferred to other universities or dropped out and joined the overpopulated labor market. Currently, there are about two million, five hundred thousand undergraduate students nationwide, and with a hike in fees, one-quarter of the number might have to drop out. Can Nigeria handle massive, energetic, jobless youth roaming our streets? The youth constitute 60% of the Nigerian population, and they are inexperienced and highly vulnerable to involvement in social delinquencies and violent crimes. The security situation is already messier and should not go beyond the current situation. However, the problems in the university system are not unsolvable. With good intentions and clarity of purpose, government can address the issues in no time. The university system in Nigeria is decaying exponentially due to several years of gross negligence, and reversing the decay requires the injection of necessary funds and care. Thus, ASUU has identified all the problems responsible for the decay and proffer solutions, including "how and means" of sourcing the funds with negligible financial pressure on the government. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (PBAT) needs to give listening ears to ASUU with the genuine intention to address the problems. Before then, however, PBAT should direct the immediate release of the withheld salaries of the university workers to soothe them for the harm they were subjected to during their industrial action. The gesture will pave the way for genuine reconciliation and boost their morale. The nation must arrest and reverse the decay of the university system to secure a glorious future for the country. The ball is in the court of PBAT, please, Mr. President, do the needful to bring permanent and sustainable peace on our campuses.

Katsina Gov't Can Generate N10 Million Daily From Digital Economy- Dr Babangida Ruma

A Visionary Technology Entrepreneur Dr Babangida Ruma said Katsina State Government can generate N10 Million every single day from Digital Economy. Dr. Babangida Ruma, a visionary Technology Entrepreneur said if katsina taps many aspects of the digital economy, it will get enough money for the revenue generation. He said: "All development plans of the Katsina in the past ignored the digital economy sector which is the largest outside oil and gas, and this was very detrimental to the state revenue. Katsina State, with a population of over eight million people, stands at the precipice of a digital revolution. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is imperative that communities harness the potential of the digital space. Currently, about 3 million people in Katsina are connected to the internet, yet a considerable portion of the population remains untapped in terms of digital opportunities. The digital landscape holds immense promise, encompassing avenues for e-commerce, online education, remote work, and digital service delivery. However, many citizens in Katsina State are missing out on these prospects due to limited access to technology and digital skills. This void presents an urgent call for action, urging the Katsina State Government to step in and champion the digital transformation journey. In 2022, the former Katsina State Government recognised the need for a digital revolution and approved some of my initiatives to transform the state into a hub of technological innovation. Unfortunately, despite the initial promise, these plans were not fully realised. The potential benefits of a digitally transformed Katsina State were left untapped, leaving its citizens without the comprehensive advantages offered by the digital era. My startups, Digital Skills Bank, Digital Skills Clinic, Opportunities Hub (OHUB), Shopi Nigeria Project and Hatsi Project have emerged as beacons of hope in this digital landscape. Shopi Nigeria Project , an innovative e-commerce platform, has empowered local businesses to extend their reach beyond physical boundaries, creating new market opportunities. OHUB, a technology and innovation hub, has provided a platform for fostering digital skills, incubating startups, and nurturing a culture of innovation among the youth. The current Katsina State Government has a unique opportunity to rekindle the vision of a digitally transformed state. By investing in digital infrastructure, promoting digital literacy, and fostering a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, the government can unlock the full potential of its citizens and place Katsina State on the global map of digital innovation. Dr Ruma calls on the Katsina State Government to seize this moment, ensuring that the digital dreams once envisioned for the state become a reality. With his expertise, passion, and commitment to technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Dr. Ruma stands ready to collaborate with the government in shaping a brighter and digitally empowered future for Katsina State. For media inquiries, please contact: [08100061111 / 08100000739] About Dr. Babangida Ruma Dr. Babangida Ruma is a visionary entrepreneur, technologist, and advocate for digital empowerment who is named as father for creativity and innovation by UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education for his work using technology to impact communities and lives with sustainable digital solutions. he has pioneered startups that harness the potential of the digital age to transform communities and economies. Dr. Ruma is committed to driving sustainable change in Katsina State through the power of technology and entrepreneurship.