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Call To The Bar: Eze Congratulates Former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi.

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Rotimi Amaechi

Former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has extended a heartfelt congratulations to Nigeria’s former Minister of Transportation and ex-Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for emerging successful in the November 2023 Bar (Part ll) finals of the Nigerian Law School and his scheduled Call to the Bar as Barrister and Soli

In a message to the media, Eze said Amaechi’s can-do spirit, which propels him to embrace challenges with the daring of a stuntman, continues to inspire Nigerians of all ages.

He stated that Amaechi’s success at the Bar Finals has brought his long-held dream of becoming a member of the Bench to fruition, demonstrating that whatever dream a committed man of vision, such as the former Transport Minister, sets out to achieve is possible with the divine’s help.

The APC Chief hinted that, behind the harsh arena of practical politics in which the former Rivers Governor has been a major player since 1999, the one-time Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly RVHA is deeply immersed in academics; in addition to his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English Studies, he has a Master of Arts in African Literature and an LLB in Law. The former Minister is currently pursuing an LLM in Corporate and Company Law at Kings College in London.

Chef Eze wrote with gratitude, “Hearty Congratulations, my beloved leader, best friend, and associate.”

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The APC Chief prayed that God continue to bless and guide the former Governor as he continues to break new ground and accomplish new feats.

On the fictitious narrative previously peddled by mischief makers that Gov. Amaechi purchased a law degree at Baze University, Chief Eze agreed to the extent that the degree was purchased with the currency of hard work, dedication to studies, commitment to class activities, and punctuality to class, all of which virtues define a serious student.

Responding to naysayers’ efforts to denigrate Amaechi’s great feat, Eze said such indulgences smack of ill-will and can only come from those threatened by the former Minister’s rising profile.

Eze recalled that Amaechi successfully balanced his studies during his LL.B days at Baze with his very busy schedules as a then-member of the Federal Executive Council, viz-the Minister of Transportation, which included attending Council meetings, ensuring that all files before him were critically scrutinised, supervising all projects under his supervision, and ensuring strict compliance to specifications by contractors handling projects under his Ministry.

Despite the demands of his academic studies at Baze, Chief Eze stated that Amaechi never failed to fulfil his duties as Minister, earning him the title of Best Minister under the dispensation and the true face of the President Buhari administration.

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In fact, his accomplishments as Governor of Rivers State and Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are legendary and still a mystery.

Eze went on to describe the few weeks he decided to monitor this machine in human form: “I observed that during his days as a law student, he would always wake up at 4 a.m. to attend to files, which he did until 7 a.m., when he would be in his office. He always arrived at his office before any other Ministry staff, and between 8 and 10 a.m., he presided over one meeting or another, and by 10.30 a.m., he was off to school, dismissed by 5 p.m., and returned to his Ministry to attend to other issues. By 11 p.m., he retires to his home to attend to associates who have gathered from various states.
“Amaechi had little or no time for sleep because he went to bed at 12.30 a.m. and usually by 3 a.m. to begin activities for the next day.

“The fact remains that during the few weeks I stayed, I was rushed to the hospital, and I told him that I was not sure if I would ever return to his home for any reason. I sincerely pity the majority of his aides because it baffles me how they keep up with the routine of this machine.”

Chief Eze expressed his joy and that of his family members to learn that the former Rivers Governor is finally set to become a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court upon enrollment after being Called to the Bar on Monday, March 5, 2024, having met all of the requirements.

Eze expresses heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has sent him congratulatory and goodwill messages since this great accomplishment was made public. In Jesus’ Name, God will reward you all based on His mercies and love.

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Friends, associates, political foes, and well-wishers will be invited to a reception at his Abuja residence in Asokoro at 3pm following the historical event at the Body of Benchers (BoB) Complex in Abuja.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit BUK As Management Eulogises Senator Barau

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Ibraḥima, ECOWAS Parliamentarian Speaker

The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) welcomed members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to the institution’s new campus on Thursday.

The parliamentarians’ visit to the university was one of the activities planned for the Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature of the Parliament, which is being held in Kano.

Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, the university’s Vice Chancellor, and other institution officials welcomed the parliamentarians at the Abubakar Rasheed Senate Building.

During the visit, Professor Abbas thanked the parliamentarians, saying, “This is the first time that we will be receiving the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

Senator Barau was described as a politician par excellence, and he listed the lawmaker’s numerous interventions at the university, adding that he has made significant contributions to the institution’s development.

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“He has made enormous contributions to the development of BUK. He is an excellent politician. To my knowledge, he has had a positive impact on the lives of those he represents. Aside from paying for students’ school fees, he has brought projects to the school,” he stated.

He listed several projects, including a four-story building, over 20 kilometres of road, streetlights, and a laboratory.

He urged parliamentarians to facilitate subregional university collaboration in addressing the member states’ developmental challenges.

“We need political intervention to collaborate with other universities in the subregion on research for member state development,” he said.

Senator Barau Jibrin, the First Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, explained that the ECOWAS Parliament’s second extraordinary session was held in Kano to bring the assembly closer to the people.

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“The parliament of West Africa is now in Kano and at BUK because the institution is important not only to Kano but to the entire country,” he stated.

He described education as the bedrock of society, claiming that any society without a strong educational system is doomed.

Senator Barau, while commending the university’s management for the institution’s transformation, stated that the ECOWAS Parliament will assist the university in addressing some of its challenges.

Billay Tunkara, the Fourth Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, praised Senator Barau and thanked the university for bestowing an honorary doctorate on the Senate’s Deputy President recently.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit Kano Schools, Barau Donates Buses, Uniforms To 856 Students

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Members of the Sixth Legislature of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament paid sensitization visits to two schools in Kano State on Wednesday as part of activities planned for the regional legislative arm’s Second Extraordinary Session, which is taking place in the North West Nigeria town.

Senator Barau Jibrin, a prominent son of Kano State, led the delegation to Aliyu Saidu Bebeji Government Arabic Secondary School and Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria.

The second extraordinary session of the parliament in the ancient town is being attended by parliamentarians from 12 countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Republic of Togo.

The parliamentarians were greeted by jubilant crowds who were delighted that the town was hosting the historic meeting and that their son had touched their lives through impactful projects.

Senator Barau explained the importance of ECOWAS in subregional integration at the secondary school, stating that they are there to bring Parliament closer to the people and to allow students to benefit from their wealth of experience.

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He stated: “We are here today to inform the members of the ECOWAS Parliament about our educational system and to meet our students, as well as for you, the students, to learn more about the ECOWAS Parliament.

“This school is similar to my school. I am a member of this community. In 1999, I was the first member of the House of Representatives from this federal constituency (Tarauni).

“As a result, I am donating uniforms to all of the school’s students, one set per student. I will send tailors to take your measurements for the new uniform. I will also provide a new Sharon vehicle for the school and N1 million to the teachers.”

Similarly, another member of Parliament, Paschal Agbodike, who represents Anambra State’s Ihiala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, donated N1 million to the school.

Earlier, Umar Doguwa, the state commissioner of education, thanked the parliamentarians for their visit, calling it the first in history.

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Represented by the Ministry’s Director of Schools, Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi, the commissioner praised Senator Barau for bringing the ECOWAS delegation to Kano, stating that it would benefit the entire state.

The school’s principal, Yusuf Atiku, stated: “I am not surprised by what Senator Barau did to us because of his generosity. That is why he is known as Maliya.

“We appreciate your kind gesture and support for us. We will never forget what you did to us. We appreciate you and the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

At MAAUN, lawmakers spoke with students about the importance of ECOWAS.

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TEDA School Celebrates 19 Students Who Excelled In 2024 JAMB Examination, Had Best Result In 2020 WASCE

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The 19 students

Nineteen students from TEDA School in rural Eke-Owerri, Obingwa Local Government, Abia State, scored between 250 and 345 points on the 2024 JAMB examination. Their results confirmed the school’s top-tier profile in the Nigerian school community.

TEDA has a consistent track record of academic success. In 2023, TEDA represented Nigeria at the 55th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Switzerland.  Grandville Chukure, who scored 345 in the 2024 JAMB, represented TEDA and Nigeria in that contest.

Furthermore, TEDA students were the only Abia State representatives in the finals of the International Olympiad Competition in Senior Chemistry and Maths.

Furthermore, TEDA students finished first, second, and fourth place in the 2022/2023 secondary school Junior Science competition. This comes after TEDA was named the Best School in Junior Science in 2020/2021, finishing first, second, fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth in the competition. That year, their student won the award for Best Boy in Junior Chemistry.

The Abia State Ministry of Education named TEDA the Best Government-Approved Private Junior Secondary School and the Second-Best Government-Approved Senior Secondary School for the academic year 2021/22.

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In response, TEDA founder Dr. Godson Dinneya congratulated the students and their tutors in their outstanding JAMB results. He stated that the school would continue to invest in creating an enabling environment in order to achieve consistently outstanding results.

The school has recently invested in a 1000-seat auditorium with platforms for artistic productions, laboratories for all science and technical subjects, and workshops for mechanical, electrical/electronics, and woodwork.

Dinneya stated, “We began with a vision of comprehensive and holistic education and will continue to do so.” We provide comprehensive education for the entire man. Students work hard at their studies and extracurricular activities, and those seeds produce good results in external examinations while preparing them for the

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