Academics And Alumni Of University Of Liverpool Among Top Scientist In The World

It’s the outcome of Stanford University’s top researchers list

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A study led by experts at Stanford University, which has identified the top 2% of scientists worldwide, includes a large number of academics and alumni from the University of Liverpool.

Published at the end of 2020, the list features 284 academics whose institution was registered as the University of Liverpool, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine or Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Through an analysis of data collected between 1996 and 2019, more than six million scientists from 149 different countries, were included to create a database of more than 100,000 of the most cited scientists. Covering 22 major fields and 176 subfields, the analysis was carried out by Professor John P.A Ioannidis and his research team using common citation indicators, including H-index, co-authorship, and a composite indicator for career-long impact to create the dataset.

Alumnus Professor Jamal Khatib (MSc Eng Structural Engineering 1986) is one of the alumni who featured on the list, ranking at 129th out of a total of 27,014 authors in the field of Building & Construction. Professor Khatib worked at the University of Wolverhampton as a Professor of Civil Engineering specialising in a number of sustainable construction materials themes.

Despite taking early retirement from the University of Wolverhampton in late 2016, Professor Khatib continues to undertake research activities as an Emeritus Professor. On the discovery of his ranking in the Stanford University research, Professor Khatib said: “When I was at Liverpool, I would not have imagined that I would reach this level. I may have gone to the construction industry instead of academia. While doing my PhD, there are (were) top researchers in my field who are (were) much more senior than me (research and age). My current ranking is similar to many of theirs.”

“Originally, I came from Lebanon and this achievement would have been a dream for me, for my family and for my community. This classification meant a lot for me. It is a life time achievement. One is competing against the top researchers in the whole world. It may or may not happen again.”

Also representing the University of Liverpool was academic Professor Andy Cooper, ranking 83rd amongst 111,388 fellow authors in the field of Organic Chemistry. Professor Cooper was one of the researchers from the University’s Department of Chemistry and Materials Innovation Factory who recently built a robot scientist that can work 24-7, carrying out experiments by itself.

The robot scientist, the first of its kind, can also make its own decisions about which chemistry experiments to perform. The robot scientist, built by Professor Cooper and his team, has received further international recognition, collecting a Super AI Leader Award at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference held in Shanghai earlier this year.

The University of Liverpool sends its congratulations to all alumni and staff whose contributions to research have been recognised by this impressive study. If you have any significant accomplishments or upcoming announcements, we would love to hear about them via alumni@liverpool.ac.uk.

World leading ‘end-to-end’ Pandemic Institute for Liverpool

Liverpool is to headquarter the new Pandemic Institute, committed to helping the world prevent, prepare, and respond more effectively to pandemics.

Launching today, the Pandemic Institute is a medical, academic and civic partnership between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool).

The partners have an unrivalled breadth of world-leading clinical, academic, public health and data-driven expertise, all co-located on one campus. The Institute will have significant global reach with collaborations and hubs located across the world.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Liverpool has pioneered innovative approaches including a whole city community testing pilot which cut transmission rates by a fifth, as well as hosting large-scale pilot events on behalf of the Government that provided evidence of how to safely reopen important sectors of the economy – developing Liverpool’s reputation as a leader in pandemic management and resilience.

Initially funded by a £10 million gift from Innova Medical Group, a global health innovator and the world’s largest provider of rapid antigen tests, the Pandemic Institute will be headquartered in The Spine, at Paddington Village.  The Spine is soon to be designated one of the world’s healthiest buildings and the newest addition to KQ Liverpool’s impressive Health and Life Science campus.

The Pandemic Institute will offer world-leading clinical and research expertise across all stages of the pandemic lifecycle. It will have global reach, working across the world to deliver new science and build preparedness for future pandemics. The outputs of its work will be rapidly translated into tangible policy, solutions and activity, ensuring real world impact for governments, businesses and individuals across the globe.

The overall aim is to accelerate the global response to pandemics, unify global intelligence and increase the reach and impact of pandemic research.

Professor Matthew Baylis, Director of the Pandemic Institute and Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool, said: “The Pandemic Institute has the potential to help revolutionise how the world responds to pandemics.

“Uniquely, it will take a holistic view, from looking at future threats through to the response of communities and the healthcare system as well as treatments such as medicines and vaccines.

“Liverpool is perfectly placed to be the home for the Pandemic Institute – building on the foundations laid so far in the city, and its significant contributions in this field, Liverpool is a global city with expertise in many fields relevant to pandemics, including medical, tropical and veterinary research.

“We appreciate Innova’s support of the Pandemic Institute, and recognise the impact and significance of their generous gift for the city of Liverpool and wider global community.”

Daniel Elliott, CEO and President of Innova Medical Group, said: “Innova is committed to improving pandemic outcomes globally and we were attracted to Liverpool after being impressed by the unparalleled amount of large-scale pilot research programmes and the guidance on global public health policy that Liverpool provided during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are passionate about supporting organisations that will make a difference and it is clear now that pandemics are the biggest threat to the health of the world’s population, and that is why we are excited to support Liverpool’s partners with the Pandemic Institute, which has the potential to save lives and improve health outcomes for communities across the globe.”

FIVE REASONS WHY LIVERPOOL:

  • Liverpool is unique within the Higher Education ecosystem globally, in hosting medical, veterinary, public health, tropical medicine and behavioural science schools and institutes. Liverpool has an unrivalled breadth of world-leading clinical and academic expertise in the domains required to deliver an end-to-end response to the challenge of both the current and future pandemics, all co-located on one campus.
  • Liverpool has been at the centre of global pandemic research and science for many years. It boasts a unique ecosystem available to support the work of the Pandemic Institute. Furthermore, Liverpool is home to the world’s brightest minds in infectious diseases, more than providing the expertise and capability required
  • Liverpool is a national leader in genomic sequencing, the crucial first step to understanding a pathogen and developing vaccines and treatments.
  • Liverpool hosts one of only five High Consequences Infectious Disease Units in the UK.
  • A world leader in COVID-19 testing, with Liverpool the first city globally to undertake city-wide smart asymptomatic COVID-19 testing pilot.

A sample of the anticipated year one outputs from the Pandemic Institute include:

  • Public health intelligence labs set up
  • Category 3 GCP laboratories available
  • Expansion and further development of on continent teams including in South East Asia, Africa and South America
  • Physical space for open innovation in pathogen genomics operational
  • Expanded clinical trial capacity building on the Agile model
  • In-field genomic sequencing in final stages of testing and development

More information about the Pandemic Institute can be found at https://www.thepandemicinstitute.org

When Your Child Says “I Don’t Care”…..

Is your child’s answer to everything, “I don’t care” or “It doesn’t matter?”

Parents often think that if they can find a new way to encourage their child, he or she will magically start achieving more.

I don’t think it’s like that at all. I think the problem is that these kids are motivated to resist, to withdraw, and to underperform. They act out by acting in.

The first thing to understand about teens and pre-teens who seem to have no motivation is this: it’s impossible to have no motivation. Everybody is motivated in some way.

And these kids are motivated to resist and to do nothing.

Understand that to do nothing is an action. It’s an action to resist—to resist their parents and to resist their teachers. They’re motivated to say, “I don’t care,” with their words and their actions.

Once you realize that your adolescent is motivated to do nothing, it will become obvious to you that she puts a lot of energy into doing that “nothing.” She puts a lot of energy into resisting you and withdrawing from you.

When you talk with adolescents who are underachievers, you hear them express ideas that are what I call thinking errors. They say:

“It’s too hard.”

“I can’t.”

“It doesn’t matter.”

And most of all, they say:

“I don’t care.”

In fact, “I don’t care” is their magic wand and their shield. “I don’t care” takes the pressure off them and makes them feel in control. When they start to feel anxious, it soothes them to say, “I don’t care.”

Fear of failure? “I don’t care.”

It’s hard to do? “I don’t care.”

It’s how they try to solve the basic problems of everyday life.

The first step in addressing this problem is to understand that you can’t make your child care. Let’s be honest, the old saying, “You can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” is true.

But you can make him thirsty. And that’s the key to managing the child who says “I don’t care.”

Here are 9 steps to take when your underachieving child says “I don’t care.”

1. Identify What You Can Use for Rewards and Incentives

Look for things that can be used as rewards for your child. Make a point of observing what your child cares about and enjoys. And don’t take his word for it because he’ll tell you he doesn’t care about anything. He’ll say that “nothing matters.”

But look at his actions. If he watches TV, plays on the computer, plays video games, or texts with his friends, you know what he likes already.

Once you have an inventory of what he likes, you can use these things as incentives and rewards.

2. Take the Electronics Out of His Room

I think underachieving kids should not have electronics in their rooms. Look at it this way: their room is just a place for them to withdraw.

If you have a child who holes up in his bedroom, the computer should be in the living area. And if he’s going to use it, he should be out there with other people.

He also shouldn’t have a TV or video games in his room. And if he’s not performing, don’t let him have his cell phone, either.

3. Make Your Child Earn Privileges

I think that you have to hold unmotivated kids accountable. Make sure everything is earned. Life for these kids should be uncomfortable if they do not meet their daily responsibilities.

Make them earn video games every day. And how do they earn them? By doing their homework and chores. In the same way, make them earn their cell phone today and then start over tomorrow.

4. Talk about What Your Child Wants

When times are good, I think you should talk to your child about what he would like to have someday. Try to sneak in different ideas to get your child to think about how he will achieve what he wants in life.

Sit down with your child and say:

“So what kind of car would you like to have? Do you like Jeeps?”

Try to get him to talk about what he’d like. Because later on you can say:

“Look, I care about you and I want you to get that Jeep—and you’re not going to get it by unless you do your homework.”

As a parent, I’d be talking this way to your child from pre-adolescence onward. You can say things like:

“Just think, someday you’re going to have your own place. What kind of place would you like?”

5. Don’t Shout or Argue

If you’re shouting, you’re just showing your frustration—and letting your child know that he’s in control.

Here’s the truth: when people start shouting, it means they’ve run out of solutions. With underperforming kids, I think you have to be very cool. Arguing, pleading, and trying to get your teen to talk about how they feel is not very effective when they’re using withholding as a relationship strategy.

6. Tell Your Child That What She Does Matters to You

Tell your child that what she does matters to you. Personalize it by saying:

“It matters to me. I care about you. I want you to do well. I can’t make you do it and I won’t force you. But it matters to me and I love you.”

By the way, when I tell parents to personalize it by saying “It matters to me,” that doesn’t mean you should take it personally. Taking something personally means believing that your child’s inappropriate behavior is directed at you. It’s not. In reality, their behavior is their overall strategy to deal with the stresses of life.

The concept of “It Matters to Me” helps because relationships can be motivating. Nevertheless, understand that your child is her own person. It’s no reflection on you if she doesn’t want to perform. You just have to set up an approach to enhance the probability that she’s going to meet her responsibilities.

But again, don’t take it personally, as if somehow you have to make her do it. The truth is, you can’t make her do anything that she doesn’t want to do. But you can hold her accountable.

7. Don’t Do Your Child’s Work

Kids learn early on that when they give up or act helpless that someone will step in and help them. Acting helpless becomes a way to get other people to do things for you. Psychologists refer to this as learned helplessness. And over time, you come to believe that you are helpless. It’s a bad lesson to learn.

8. Coach Your Child

Let’s face it: it’s often sports coaches who get the most out of our kids. It’s their job to help kids to want to improve their skills.

A good coach is constantly developing his players by challenging them and complimenting them on the specifics of their progress:

9. Set Deadlines and Use Structure

Tell your child clearly when to do chores and schoolwork—and when you want them done by. I think it’s important to schedule these kids, to give them structure. Say to your child:

“Do your chores from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and then you’ll have free time until dinner. And during free time, you can do whatever you want to do.”

Conclusion

Being an underachiever gives your child a sense of control and power because then he doesn’t have to worry about the anxiety of failure or meeting challenging responsibilities. He doesn’t have to compete with other kids. He doesn’t have to deal with other people’s expectations.

Set better boundaries between your work and home

By Dawn Wotapka September 27, 2021

When his wife was pregnant with twins, Dalton Sweaney, CPA, vowed to be a present partner and parent. “I didn’t want to be an absentee father, and I didn’t want to be the type of husband that sends the text: ‘Sorry, gotta stay late again tonight,'” he said.

So he implemented firm boundaries between his work and personal lives. Sweaney, a partner with Gray, Salt & Associates LLP, in Claremont, Calif., doesn’t answer email or other messages between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. or between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. He also avoids anything work-related on Sundays and doesn’t check messages while on vacation, though he does monitor his inbox to delete junk and answers his cellphone for work colleagues.

Using this system, he’s more focused. “When I’m on, I am fully on and not distracted by personal things,” he said. “Conversely, when I’m off, I’m fully off.”

This plan has benefited him, his family of six, and his employer as well. Sweaney, who is a 2019 graduate of the AICPA Leadership Academy, said it keeps him enthusiastic about his work. “After a decade in the profession, I’ve never once had a feeling of burnout and have always enjoyed coming into work,” he said.

Often, drawing firmer boundaries between your work and home lives can help your career in the long run. “If you’re in a healthy work environment, setting boundaries doesn’t inhibit your growth or career path,” said Amanda Gessner, CPA, an audit manager with Schmitz-Holmstrom LLP in Bismarck, N.D. “It can help you focus on your career and keep it moving in the direction you want it to go.”

Sweaney said that his strategies for better work/life balance have contributed to his success, In the past four years, his collections have exceeded his firm’s expectations. Appearing “balanced and not stressed out” has helped him bring in more clients, he said.

Approaching your manager with requests for boundaries between work and home, however, can be daunting. You may worry that doing so can make you appear less committed. By demonstrating that more defined boundaries can help both you and your employer, though, you can build a convincing case for greater work/life balance. Here are some tips for doing so:

Define your boundary. It may seem simple, but you need to start by figuring out why you need to draw such a line in the first place, said Joel Garfinkle, an executive coach and author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. “You’ve got to know your own personal values, he said.” If you value family time, for example, you might opt to leave the office at 5:30 every day so you’ll be home in time for dinner.Then, think about what will allow you to do your best work while still meeting the expectations for your position. For example, you might choose to say no to working on weekends or yes to a full and uninterrupted lunch break. “Boundaries start by knowing exactly what you want,” said Garfinkle, who is located in San Francisco. “You’re clear, and you’re defined.”

Decide on specifics. Think about what areas of your life you want to create boundaries around. Maybe you want to set aside designated time to exercise, to be with your family, or to eat lunch without interruptions. Then, set precise parameters. For example, you might ask that you not be expected to reply to work emails after a given time at night.

Find a focus. It can also help to prioritize certain areas of your work. Gessner, a 2019 AICPA Leadership Academy graduate, chose to step back from some management areas to focus on newer work areas for her, such as forensics. She reduced the number of projects she was juggling, giving her more energy and focus. What’s more, the move also gave her “the opportunity to delegate to other teammates to take on new tasks and grow in their career,” she said.

Defining a focus area can also help you turn down nonstrategic work and focus on the areas that will help get you to the next level. “CPAs are naturally inclined to say yes to everything,” Gessner said. “Having a focus can let you know what to prioritize.”

Generosity Isn’t Just About Money

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Alex Haley, the author of Roots, is known to have a picture in his office of a turtle sitting on a fencepost. When asked why he kept this picture he said that it reminded him that if a turtle is on a fencepost you know he had some help.

In an age of platform-seeking celebrities, it’s easy to overlook this reality. Both inside and outside of the church, nobody is the person they are without the investment of others. A glimpse in the rear-view mirror of life will reveal that the mysterious hand of God’s sovereignty often worked through the love, investment, and sacrifice of others. We are who we are because of other people.

Blessed by the generosity of others

Christians are no exception to this rule. It’s easy to think that we’ve carved our own way, worked hard, proven ourselves, and been blessed by God as a result. There’s some truth here, but these realities need not obscure the fact that we are all in the positions of influence that God has us as a result of the generosity of others.

We’ve all had help and we know it.

This may be a blow to our deep-seated pride, but along the way there have been those who have gone out of their way to give us an opportunities, met with us when we were at a low point and wanted to tap out, challenged us to grow in grace and holiness, and confronted us in our prodigal waywardness.

Christian leaders are where they are because someone cared enough to love us when we were young, foolish, and naive. Some of these people we know, and some we don’t. Often, we are where we are because of a conversation or a phone call we may never know about.

We praise God when this happens in our lives ‒ celebrating the fact that the baker and the cupbearer did not forget about us. Someone spoke kindly of us, prayed on our behalf, gave us grace when they could have given up, or advocated for us in places that mattered. And God used that to change our lives.

My story is no exception to that rule ‒ I would not be where I am were it not for parents who prayed, a camp staffer who talked to me about the gospel while we shot ball, a pastor who spent time showing me how the gospel changes all of life. I’m not a self-made man and I know it.

Generosity isn’t just about money

Over time it becomes my turn to do the same for others. But far too often I don’t. Sadly it seems that though I know I am where I am due to the generosity of others, I fail to demonstrate that same level of generosity to those God has put in my life.

I used to think of generosity primarily in terms of money. I was generous when I saw a need around me and provided the resources to help. Or, I might see generosity as a gift of time ‒ I was generous when I gave time to meet a need. But, I’m not sure this is the full extent of the generosity God calls me to. In many ways this level of generosity is reactive in nature ‒ I see a need around me and seek to do something to address it.

Generosity can also be proactive. In Philippians 2, Paul challenges the church to count others as more significant than yourself by not merely looking to one’s own interests but also to the interests of others (2:3–4). Looking out for the interests of others extends far beyond giving money or time to someone in need.

It means that I consciously ask myself: “What could I do to promote the interest of someone else?” “How can I make them better?” “How can I serve as a conduit of God’s grace?” “How can I give them an opportunity they might not otherwise have?” These questions demonstrate a truly generous heart.

It often seems like this type of generosity is far more common for believers in the fourth-quarter of their lives. They know that their legacy hinges on the investment they make in others. But it’s often a rare trait for Christians in the prime of their lives, who have recently awakened to the beauty of the gospel and taken on leadership positions in the church.

We’re often quick to forget the life-shaping role we can play in the lives of others by looking out for their interests before we consider our next pet project, work promotion, or personal growth plan.

The Real Palestinian ‘Heroes’: Terrorists

As far as [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas and the PA leadership are concerned, any Palestinian who joins the jihad (holy war) against Israel and Jews and gets killed, wounded or imprisoned is a ‘hero’ and a ‘freedom fighter.’ This is the

Source: The Real Palestinian ‘Heroes’: Terrorists

This Day in History: September 30

Transgender students ‘unknowingly’ admitted to Catholic seminaries, archbishop warns

Bishops should consider requiring DNA tests or physical examinations to ensure that all seminarians are biological men, said Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki in a recent memo sent to the members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“Recently, the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance was made aware of instances where it had been discovered that a woman living under a transgendered identity had been unknowingly admitted to the seminary or to a house of formation of an institute of consecrated life,” said the memo. Listecki is the chairman of the USCCB’s canonical affairs committee.

In one case, said Listecki, “the individual’s sacramental records had been fraudulently obtained to reflect her new identity.”

“In all instances, nothing in these individuals’ medical or psychological reports had signaled past treatments or pertinent surgeries,” he added. None of the biologically female seminarians received Holy Orders, said Listecki.

The archbishop’s memo does not identify which seminaries or houses of formation have enrolled a biological female who presented herself as a male, nor was it clarified if these “instances” occurred in the United States or elsewhere. Rocco Palmo, who writes the blog Whispers in the Loggia, first reported the memo via Twitter on Sept. 23.

While a Catholic baptism certificate typically does not indicate the sex of the person being baptized, other Christian denominations have invited people identifying as transgender to re-affirm their baptismal promises under their new, chosen, name.

The archbishop said that he was “encouraged by the Committee” to send the memo to his brother bishops, so that they could “exercise special vigilance as a new year of seminary formation begins.”

Listecki, a doctor of canon law, noted that “canon law requires the diocesean bishop to admit to the major seminary and to promote to Holy Orders only men who possess the requisite physical and psychological qualities,” and that the bishop “can require various means to establish moral certitude in this regard.”

The memo continues: “Some members of the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance observed that a bishop could consider requiring a D.N.A. test or, at a minimum, certification from a medical expert of the bishop’s own choosing, to assure that an applicant is male.”

Democrat-Controlled House Votes 219-212 to Suspend Debt Ceiling Through December 2022

Speaker Pelosi The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 219-212 to suspend the debt ceiling through December 16, 2022. Every Republican voted no except for toxic RINO Adam Kinzinger. Two Democrat lawmakers joined with the GOP and voted no: Reps Jared Golden and Kurt Schrader. The House-passed bill will head to the Senate where…

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Investigation: In Nigeria, Millions of Naira disappear as National Human Rights Commission awards project to mysterious contractor in Jigawa

ALMOST a year since the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) awarded a multi-million-naira contract for the installation of solar street lights in Jigawa North-West Senatorial District, WikkiTimes can reveal that there is no evidence of the work or the contractors on the ground.The project was nominated by Senator Danladi Sankara, who represents Jigawa North-West Senatorial District at the upper legislative chamber.

Normally, a legislator is expected to identify the location and the kinds of projects to be implemented in their constituencies. After identifying the needs of their constituents, the National Assembly then reflects such needs in the budget of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, which then advertises the project in line with the Public Procurement Act.

The NHRC, a commission under the Ministry of Justice, under whose purview Senator Sankara nominated the Solar Street Lights Project, budgeted the sum of N80 million for the project in its 2020 national budget.

Records from Open Treasury show that the contract was awarded to Schramm Global Services Ltd and over N62 million was paid in two tranches to the company from the Federal Government.

WikkiTimes investigation reveals that Schramm Global Services Ltd received N32,980,448.80 in November 2020 and again the same amount in December that year but there is no evidence that the project was executed.

Unqualified Contractor

A search by WikkiTimes into the company’s profile on the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, verification page shows that the contractor was registered as a merchant and trade business in 2012, a business operation different from the contract it was awarded. This, according to the procurement laws, made Schramm Global Services Ltd unqualified to be awarded the contract.

The record also shows that the company’s status with the CAC has been inactive, meaning it has not been filing its annual returns as mandated by the CAC.

Despite the company being on track to be delisted by the CAC for inactivity, the Human Rights Commission handpicked it for the award of the multi-million naira project.

A visit by WikkiTimes to No. 3 Shuaibu Yola Street, Hotoro Kudu, Nassarawa, Kano State, listed by the CAC as the company’s address, revealed that no such company existed there.

Alkali Usaini, who said he has been living in the area for over 30, said that no company has ever operated on the street. The address, he said, has always been a residential address occupied by different families.

The company does not have a website or any online presence, WikkiTimes discovered.

Suleiman Abdullahi, Business Names officer of CAC in Jigawa state office, said: “Also when a company status shows inactive, that means the company has not been paying its annual return. Such a company stands the risk of losing its registration. An inactive company can’t be awarded a contract by either the state or federal government and even ministries or agencies.”

Disregard for the rule 

The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) law clearly outlines the processes in the bidding and award of contracts. These requirements were brushed aside by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in awarding this contract to Schramm Global Services Ltd.

Checks by this medium on the Federal Tender Board record of 2020 confirmed that the Human Rights Commission did not advertise the project for other qualified contractors to tender bids as recommended by the procurement law.

The Public Procurement Act charges the BPP with the responsibility of preventing “fraudulent and unfair procurement” and applying administrative sanctions “where necessary.”

However, despite the company’s status, the BPP issued a “Certificate of No Objection” to clear the way for the Human Rights Commission to award the contract to the company, which had also been awarded other contracts by other federal agencies like the Hadejia Jama’are River Basin, among others.

While companies seeking contracts are required to provide tax clearance and audited accounts for the preceding three years, it is not known if Schramm Global Services Ltd presented any such documents.

LGA authorities’ residents deny benefiting 

At Gagarawa Local Government Area, where residents still plied dilapidated roads, Muhammad Auwalu, the Deputy Chairman of the council denied that there is any such project by the commission in the LGA.

“All the street lights in Gagarawa LGA are Jigawa State Government project right from the time of the former governor of the state, before 2015. Most of the street lights you see are over eight years and there is no such project either as a constituency project from any commission between last year and this year aside from the new ones installed by this present administration.”

Salisu Muhammed, a resident of the LGA, also confirmed that there was no such project in the area, saying street lights are not hidden. If they had been installed, they would have been seen.

Babura Local Government, where the governor hails from, was not spared from the racketeering.

Alh Lawan Alaska on hearing about the project and the commission involved said he felt heartbroken by the news.

Across most of the communities visited, there are recently installed street lights lining newly constructed roads. In other areas, old ones are being replaced. But the ones for the constituency project awarded by NHRC is nowhere to be seen.

The Secretary to the Babura Local Council, Lawal Alaska said, “We can be deceived on paper, but in reality, we can’t be deceived. Since you have gone round and all you see is the governors’ project, that means we have been shortchanged and defrauded.”

Likewise, in Maigatari LGA where Mamuda Zakari, the Director of Admin labelled the street light project by the commission as fictitious.

“We have not heard of any project of street light by the commission in this local government till date. 2020 is not that far that we can’t remember if there was any such project the secretary will tell you better, but as far as I know, none has been executed in that name over here,” he said.

Gumel Local Government is one of the five Emirate councils in the state located in the senatorial district.

The Executive Chairman, Ahmad Gumel, in an interview with WikkiTimes, denied being aware of the project in the local government, saying he had not seen any record of the project since he assumed office a few months ago.

Executive Chairman Gumel LGA, Ahmad Gumel
Executive Chairman Gumel LGA, Ahmad Gumel

Muhammad Idris is the generator operator in charge of street lights in the emirate, while Habu Alhassan is the electrician in charge. Both confirmed that the state government owns and maintains all the street lights in the emirate.

“This street light which you can see are newly installed by the state government and this is the generator we use to power it. Aside from this, there are some other solar street lights installed by the state government in the LGA which we still manage. There is never a time I have come across any street light aside these by the government either in the name of constituency project by any commission or zonal intervention by any government agency in Gumel,” Idris said.

Habu Alhassan added, “if there is any new street light in Gumel, we will be among the first to know because we are the ones in charge of street lights in Gumel.”

In Sule Tankarkar Local Government Area, which makes up the senatorial district, there is also no evidence of the project.

Sule Ahmed Danzomo, the executive chairman of the LGA, declined to comment while Sule Habu, the secretary, said they are all new in office and cannot give out any information as regard projects in the LGA just yet.

Furthermore, Danladi Ibrahim, a retired LGA civil servant, in the local government said that the dilapidated street lights have long stopped working.

“It will be good news to see new and modern street lights in our LGA. The ones here are as old as most of the roads, which were constructed by the previous administration, I don’t think there has been any new street light by any commission in Sule Tankarkar in recent time that I know,” he said.

NHRC, Senator Sankara Ignore FOI Request, Calls

An FOI request to the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Commission, which received an acknowledgement, was never responded to. A reminder sent to the commission has also been ignored so far. Several calls put to the commission seeking clarifications on the fictitious project were also ignored.

The senator representing Jigawa North-West Senatorial District, Senator Danladi Sankara, also has neither answered calls nor responded to text messages to his phone number.

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