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NTI DG denies allegation of fraudulent practices, removing Registrar



The Director General of the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Prof. Musa Maitafsir, has dismissed allegations of fraudulent practices and removing Registrar opposed to his maladministration.

A group, Zazzau Indigenes Progressive Association (ZIPA), had cataloged the alleged misdeeds of the director general in a petition sent to the Minister of Education, and anti-corruption agencies.


The group accused Maitafsir of illegal recruitment, witch hunting some staff members, including the acting Registrar, award of fictitious contracts and other infractions. The NTI director general dismissed the allegations on Tuesday in Abuja, saying they were mere fabrications.


According to him, the acting registrar,Ibrahim Hamid, was removed on the directive of the former minister of state, education following a petition written by a Deputy Registrar, Obioha Ogundele.


“The then Minister of State, Mr Goodluck Nanah-Opiah, wrote a letter directing us to suspend the acting Registrar and the Deputy pending the outcome investigation.


“After investigation, the committee recommended that both of them should be dismissed,’’ he said.


Maitafsir claimed that since he assumed office, the acting registrar and his deputy have been at loggerhead, writing petitions against each other.


The director general added that he personally pleaded with the investigation committee set up by the minister to review their recommendation of dismissal, for the integrity and family responsibilities of both officers. He said that the NTI management thereafter transferred them out of the Headquarters.


On the allegation of marginalization in the recruitment of new employees, Maitafasir dismissed it as false. He added: “Unlike what happened in 2016 recruitment by my predecessor when 150 of 180 officers recruited were from Zaria and Kaduna State, this time every section of the country benefited.


“The management before me cancelled the employment, but I insisted on settlement out of court.


“Luckily, we were granted permission to consider 116 persons of which 40 are Kaduna state indigenes.”


On the claims of awarding fake contracts, Maitafsir said he inherited over ₦2.2 billion debt mainly from the contracts, and was able to clear more than ₦1.2 billion in two years.


“We have all the records of contracts awarded, We didn’t spend a kobo without following due process,’’ he stated.


He also dismissed the allegation of refusal to comply with the directive for directors who served for eight years to leave the service.


“There were two directors affected, we were in examinations, retiring at that time would have caused a lot of problems, but later they did,‘’ he said.


It would be recalled that the association had in August called for the removal of the NTI director-general.


In a five-page petition signed by the Chairman , Ibrahim Ahmed, the association had accused Maitafisr of removing the institute’s acting registrar and appointing Fatima Abbas-Jega to replace him, an action the group said contradicted public service rules.


“No DG can send a director on leave, in fact there is no word called indefinite leave in Public Service Rules, secondly, you cannot have two acting registrars in an institution.


“Thirdly, an investigation was carried out and Malam Ibrahim Hamid was exonerated, yet Maitafsir went ahead to mete punishment on him, even after not found guilty of any offence.”


The association further accused Maitafisir of illegal award and inflation of contracts , recruitment racketeering and sidelining communities in Zazzau emirate in the recent recruitment. It urged the minister to confirm Hamid as the substantive Registrar of the institution, having acted in the position for 18 months.


The petition was copied to the minister of education, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, EFCC , ICPC, Speaker House of the Representatives, Kaduna State Governor and the Emir of Zazzau.

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Kaduna NASS Legislator, Rep Dan Amos, orchestrates free medical surgeries for 600 constituents



Kaduna NASS Legislator, Rep Dan Amos, orchestrates free medical surgeries for 600 constituents

In a remarkable display of commitment to the welfare of his constituents, Rep Dan Amos, representing the Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency in Kaduna State, has spearheaded a program offering free medical surgeries to 600 individuals. The initiative, conducted in collaboration with the Graceland Health Care Development Foundation, was inaugurated in Kafanchan on Friday.


Amos, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), emphasized that the initiative was a fulfillment of his campaign promise to bring relief to those silently grappling with health challenges. The lawmaker acknowledged the harsh economic realities in the country, which often left vulnerable individuals struggling to cover their medical expenses.


Speaking at the inauguration, Rep Dan Amos stated, “This exercise is in line with my campaign promise to put smiles on the faces of those suffering in silence. The purpose is to show care to people who have health challenges and are unable to foot their bills due to the hardship in the country. Health is the biggest wealth in life because without it you can barely do anything.”


The free medical surgeries, estimated to cost nearly ₦100 million, covered a range of procedures, including 500 general surgeries such as fibroid and appendix removal, along with 100 eye surgeries. Dr Joseph Thot, Head of the medical team, revealed that the surgeries began the previous day, with approximately 50 already completed. Additionally, 1,000 eyeglasses were distributed to individuals with various forms of eye defects.


Rep Dan Amos emphasized that this philanthropic endeavor would become an annual event, extending beyond his tenure in office. He reaffirmed his commitment to fairness and justice for all constituents, soliciting their cooperation and support in fulfilling the mandate entrusted to him.


Commending the legislator’s efforts, the Chief of Godogodo, Rev. Habila Saidu, urged other well-meaning individuals and organizations to follow Amos’s example in providing assistance to the downtrodden.


Sen. Sunday Katung, represented by Yohanna Allah-Magani, lauded Amos for prioritizing the health of his people. Beneficiaries, expressing gratitude to the lawmaker, prayed for blessings and additional opportunities for him to continue making a positive impact in his constituency. The initiative not only addresses immediate health needs but also underscores the importance of public servants actively engaging in initiatives that directly impact the lives of their constituents.

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Corruption crackdown: 11 LASTMA officers face disciplinary panel as agency vows to weed out bad elements



Corruption crackdown: 11 LASTMA officers face disciplinary panel as agency vows to weed out bad elements

In a determined effort to root out corruption within its ranks, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has confirmed the arraignment of 11 officers before a disciplinary panel. The officers face various charges related to corrupt practices, with one officer being found not guilty out of the 12 originally arraigned.


The acting General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olalekan Bakare, affirmed the disciplinary proceedings in a statement released on Friday, providing insights into the agency’s commitment to upholding its rules and regulations as guided by the Lagos State Civil Service Rules.


Bakare, who also served on the disciplinary panel, disclosed that the cases were adjudicated by a panel, statutorily constituted with the presence of three permanent secretaries. The outcome saw 11 officers found guilty of corrupt practices, while one officer was exonerated.


The disciplinary panel has forwarded its recommendations to the State Civil Service Commission for ratification in accordance with public service rules. The recommended punishments range from dismissal, reduction in rank, to immediate termination of appointment from the state public service.


Addressing the public, Bakare issued a stern warning to corrupt officers within the agency, emphasizing that stiff and severe punishments would continue to be meted out to those tarnishing LASTMA’s image. He urged residents, especially the motoring public, to support the ongoing restructuring by promptly reporting errant officers through the agency’s complaints hotlines, providing proof of evidence.


Bakare emphasized, “All officers are, hereby, warned to always carry out their duties without fear or favour, but in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority. Any operative caught in the process of bringing the agency or the state government into disrepute shall equally face the consequences.”


While commending LASTMA officials for their dedication, dutifulness, diligence, and professionalism, Bakare issued a warning to the motoring public against inducing traffic personnel with bribes. He highlighted that the law frowns upon both the giver and the receiver in such transactions and urged compliance to avoid prosecution.


The move to discipline corrupt officers aligns with LASTMA’s commitment to maintaining transparency, efficiency, and public trust. The agency’s resolve to root out corruption reflects broader efforts within Nigeria to instill accountability and uphold ethical standards in public service. For complaints and inquiries via its social media handles, the following social media handles were given for motorists to reach out to LASTMA management. including Instagram – ekolastma; Twitter ‘X’ – @followlastma; Facebook – ekolastma and Youtube – LastmaTV.

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Ruger’s ‘Asiwaju’ reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023



Ruger's 'Asiwaju' reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023

In a resounding celebration of the global dominance of Nigerian mainstream music, Afrobeats has emerged triumphant on Spotify’s list of the most streamed songs in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023. Notably, eight Nigerian songs have claimed spots in the top 10, underlining the genre’s continuous ascent on the international stage.

Leading the pack is Ruger’s chart-topping single ‘Asiwaju,’ a smash hit that has resonated across the continent and secured its status as the most streamed song in sub-Saharan Africa for the year. The accomplishment highlights Ruger’s prowess and the widespread acclaim his music has garnered.

Following closely at the second spot is Ayra Starr with her sensational track ‘Rush,’ a global hit that propelled her into the international spotlight and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance. The recognition affirms Ayra Starr’s rising influence in the music industry.

Claiming the fourth spot is the award-winning superstar Asake with ‘Lonely At The Top,’ a compelling single from his sophomore album ‘Work of Art.’ Asake’s ability to blend impactful lyrics with infectious beats has solidified his position among the musical elite.

Omah Lay, one of the most streamed artists in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023, secures the fifth spot with ‘Soso.’ His consistent chart presence reflects the profound impact he continues to have on the music scene.

Notably, Davido makes a double appearance on the list with ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’ claiming the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. The versatility and popularity of Davido’s music are underscored by his dual presence in the top 10.

The complete list of the most streamed songs on Spotify in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023 is as follows:

1. Ruger – Asiwaju
2. Ayra Starr – Rush
3. Tyler ICU – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Cecka RSA & Tyron Dee)
4. Asake – Lonely At The Top
5. Omah Lay – Soso
6. Davido – Feel
7. Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys
8. Libianca – People
9. Burna Boy – Last Last
10. BNXN – GWAGWALADA ft Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

This remarkable achievement not only underscores the influence of Nigerian artists but also highlights the diverse talent and global appeal of Afrobeats. As the genre continues to dominate international music charts, artists like Ruger, Ayra Starr, and Davido are at the forefront of shaping the contemporary sound that resonates with audiences across the world.

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