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Editorial: Nigeria’s assets that may be taken over by China

Nigeria’s assets that may be taken over by China


A few weeks ago, there was a deep outcry in Lusaka, Kitwe, Chingola, Ndola, Livingstone and all other Zambian cities and towns. What could be the problem in the land of KennethKaunda, that could have made people express this general deep anger throughout the country?
Zambians had woken up to the alarming news and were wondering how their best international airport would be taken over by another country. The country has defaulted in its debt repayment to China and consequently, China is about to take over the Lusaka International Airport.
As if that was not enough, a few days later, news went round the land of Chipolopolo that talks were underway for some Chinese companies to take over others priced assets: the power utility company, ZESCO, and other strategic national institutions and assets like KKIA, etc.
Nevertheless, Zambians were not really surprised, because they were aware that their government had been securing unending loans from China in recent years and many were also aware of Zambia’s indebtedness to China to the tune of $8 billion in the past few years.
The outcry was very strong, because Zambian state-owned TV and radio news channel, ZNBC, was already being run by the Chinese, who acquired 60% ownership that has given them influence over what should or should not be premiered on their stations.
The fear of China, the beginning of wisdom
The fear of China taking over national assets has now pervaded the entire African continent, as several African nations stand the risk of losing their sovereignty to this big creditor. The world’s most populous nation will seize national assets, once these owing governments default on the Chinese loans hanging round their necks.
Two weeks ago, Sierra Leone’s newly sworn-in president, Julius Maada Bio, cancelled a $400 million Chinese-founded project to build a new airport in the country. Former President, Ernest Bai Koroma, had signed the loan agreement with China, before he lost election in March; despite World Bank and IMF warnings that the project would impose a heavy burden on the country.
The decision comes amid concerns that many African countries risk defaulting on their debts to China, which might lead to the take-over of several assets funded by the project.
Nigerian projects that could be taken over by China if…
In the past three years, Nigeria has gotten over $5 billion loan from the People’s Republic of China, which has resulted in the execution of infrastructure projects across the country.
This was revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari last month in Beijing, at the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Round Table meeting, attended by African leaders and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chinese loans now make up 8.5% of Nigeria’s external debt of $22.08 billion, as at the end of June 2018.
To be fair, Nigeria sets aside a reasonable percentage of its budget for debt servicing yearly, and most likely would not fail to service its Chinese debts. However, Nairametrics takes a look at key Chinese-loan-funded infrastructural projects in the country, which might be taken over by China, in case Nigeria defaults in its debt repayment to the Asian giant, depending on what is contained in the terms of the loan deals.
Abuja Urban Rail System
This $500 million rail project was constructed with loans sought from China and happens to be the first urban rail system in the entire West African sub-region. The rail was commissioned in July this year.
Abuja-Kaduna Rail System
This is another $500 million Chinese-funded rail system that has been completed and operational in Nigeria. The amount was borrowed to complete the project, which brought the total figure to $1 billion. The 180km rail line connects Abuja and Kaduna and was commissioned about two years ago. The rail line system is the first in Africa that uses modern Chinese standard and technology.
Investigations by Nairametrics revealed that the rail line is functioning efficiently with no issues, and one could only hope that it would not be taken over by China.
Upgrading of Airport Terminals
This is one of various on-going projects worth $3.4 billion that Nigeria is leveraging Chinese funding to execute across the country. This amount was jointly borrowed under the administrations of Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan.
In 2013, Nigeria secured a $500 million loan from China at 2.5% interest rate, for the construction of four international airport terminals in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with China Exim Bank. The MoU for the loan was signed in Beijing, with the delivery of the four new International airport terminals to be constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
The new terminals, “designed to rival some of the best around the world”, were to be part of the achievements of President Jonathan’s administration, ahead of its 2015 re-election bid, however, none of the terminals were completed before he lost his re-election bid. The Port Harcourt International Airport terminal, part of the deal, was commissioned last week by President Buhari.
Lagos-Kano Rail Line
This is another project that is part of the recent $3.4 billion Chinese loan to construct infrastructural projects in Nigeria. Though the rail line is an extension of the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail gauge, it is to be funded with about $6.1 billion loan to be used on Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna- Kano line.
The railway will run parallel to the British-built Cape gauge line, which has a lower design capacity and is in a deteriorated condition.
Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project
This is a $1.2 billion loan power plant that is currently under construction by the China Electric Engineering Company (CNEEC). It was initially billed to be completed towards the end of 2019, but will now be completed in 2020.
The Hydro Power Plant will produce 700MW of electricity and it is a joint project between Nigeria and the Chinese government at a financial contribution ratio of 25/75 per cent respectively. It is expected to produce a yearly power generation of 2,640GWh and supply electricity to the National Grid.
Lagos-Ibadan Rail Line
This rail line is being funded by a $1.6 billion loan secured from the China Exim Bank. A sum of $1.6 billion was borrowed by the current government for the construction of this standard gauge Lagos-Ibadan rail line that will connect Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos to Ibadan. The project is a segment of the Lagos-Kano Railway modernisation project.
Fibre Cables for Internet Infrastructure
The Export-Import Bank of China provided a loan of $328 million to support Nigeria’s National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 11 (NICTIB 11) between Galaxy Backbone Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited (HUAWEI). This project is expected to boost Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology sector.
Furthermore, less than 3 months ago, Nigeria signed an additional $1 billion loan from China for additional rolling stock for the newly constructed rail lines, as well as road rehabilitation and water supply projects.
Can China take over these projects, if…?
The Federal Government hardly disclosed the full terms of its loan agreements with the People’s Republic of China. However, the Federal Government has dismissed insinuations of the possible takeover of the economy, by the Chinese Government, if it defaults on loan terms.
According to a statement issued by theDebt Management Office (DMO) last month, Chinese loans are cheaper compared to other international bodies and agencies and there is no risk of default on the Chinese loans.
“The public should be assured that Nigeria’s public debt is being managed under statutory provisions and international best practices, and there is no risk of default on any loan, including the Chinese loans.
“Thus, the possibility of a takeover of assets by a lender does not exist.
“For the avoidance of doubt, government’s borrowing in the domestic and external markets, including Chinese loans, are all backed by the full faith and credit of government, rather than a pledge of government’s assets.”
Nigeria won’t default in repayment
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed in Beijing last month, during the FOCAC meeting that Nigeria would repay the loans “as and when due”.
The president said:
“These vital infrastructure projects synchronise perfectly with our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. Some of the debts incurred are self-liquidating. Our country is able to re-pay loans as and when due in keeping with our policy of fiscal prudence and sound housekeeping.”
Experts’ Reaction
In her opinion, an economic expert, Sarah Pius, said:
“So far, China recently threatened to take over national assets in Zambia, for defaulting in loan repayment; then, what stops it from doing the same to Nigeria, if she fails to service the debts?”
An economist and former Director-Genera
l, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chijioke Ekechukwu, believes that Chinese loans are not totally bad. He said,
“I don’t have any problem with Nigeria borrowing from China. The only problem I have with Chinese borrowing is that the entire funds will eventually be repatriated to China.
“This is so because when the Chinese Government gives you loans for infrastructure, they will insist that only Chinese companies handle the construction.
“These funds end up going back to China instead of creating more wealth in Nigeria.”
However, speaking with Nairametrics, Kunle Bada, an Economics lecturer at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko differs. He said,
“I don’t believe the Nigerian government will be that naughty to include the takeover of national assets in its loan terms with the Chinese government. So, I don’t even want to think of possible takeover of our infrastructure, in case we default in loan repayment.”
Since the President has assured that loans will be repaid as at when due, one can only hope that Nigeria keeps to that promise, in order to prevent Nigerians from going through the agony and anger Zambians are still passing through.

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Governor Wike distributes protective kits to 257 schools ahead of resumption

Governor Wike distributes protective kits to 257 schools ahead of resumption


Ahead of resumption of schools for exit classes, the Rivers State Governor, Nyeson Wike, has distributed COVID-19 protective kits to 257 public schools in the state.
Wike, who distributed the items acquired by his government, said the move was in line with the guidelines for resumption.

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Oyo reopens praying grounds for Eid-el-Kabir prayers

Oyo reopens praying grounds for Eid-el-Kabir prayers

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday ordered reopening of praying grounds for Muslims in the state for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers.
Makinde in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, however, warned that Muslim faithful must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the state.
Makinde said that it has become imperative for the sake of public health and well being of all worshippers that the Eid prayers are conducted in strict compliance with the guidelines on prevention of COVID-19.
He urged the leadership of each praying ground in the state to ensure the availability of handwashing points and compulsory use of nose masks.
“As the Muslim Ummah prepare to undertake this year’s Eid-el-Kabir prayers, the Government of Oyo State wishes to advert Islamic clerics and leaders to the need to maintain strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols, especially the social distancing rule.
“The Eid Praying Grounds across the state have, upon the directive of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, been opened to Muslims for the purpose of the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers.
“His Excellency reckons that prayers are important to overcome the challenges that presently assail us, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, just like many aspects of our lives that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be an adjustment to Eid prayer gatherings.
“There is the need to ensure that not more than 25 percent of worshippers are allowed at every instance in order to ensure compliance with the social distancing rule.
“Similarly, let it also be noted that no worshipper should be allowed into the praying ground without face masks and readiness to wash hands with soap and water in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
“To further ensure safety and ownership of the Covid-19 preventive measures, the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC, of the Oyo State Covid-19 Task Force, has sent advisories to major markets and shopping malls, on the need for strict compliance with Covid-19 preventive protocols during this festive period and beyond.
“The EOC has also contacted all the health educators in the 33 LGAs in the state with a mandate to reach out to possible places of gathering and advise on the need for responsible behaviour, just as the centre has revved up risk communication advisories on radio.
“In addition to these measures, however, all clerics and leaders are expected to take on the responsibility of guiding our people to pay attention to even the minutest detail on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this festivity.
“The need to follow all laid down guidelines on COVID-19 prevention must be emphasized to every resident of the state at this period, in accordance with the Own Your Action initiative of the State’s COVID-19 Task Force, which emphasizes that our wellbeing and safety are individual responsibilities.
“The Oyo State government wishes the Muslim Ummah a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir, filled with the blessings and benevolence of Almighty Allah.”

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Reopening: What Happens To Private Universities’ Final Year Students? By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

Reopening: What Happens To Private Universities’ Final Year Students? By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

The Nigerian Government’s decision to reopen schools for students in exit classes and allow the country participate in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a welcome development.
It is also heartening to know that the Ministry of Education has finally come up with a comprehensive schedule for other national examinations. Of course, some people might say the ministry’s response was rather too late; it is better late than never. Some of us are simply excited that at long last, we are getting some clear signals from the managers of our country’s education sector. No doubt, past government’s contradictory pronouncements caused a lot of confusion among students and stakeholders alike.
Now, the education sector no longer appears rudderless. Besides, lots of burdens must have been taken off many people, especially schoolchildren, who unfortunately, have become the greatest victims of the uncertainty that characterised the sector for the almost five months that schools have been shut over the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this stage, it is important for the education ministry to leverage on the progress it has made by henceforth driving activities in the sector holistically. Having settled the issue of students in exit classes, it is high time it started the conversation on the mode of assessing pupils in the other classes for promotion to their next classes. At least, by now it should be inconceivable that schools will reopen for other students this year going by the growing cases of COVID-19 across the country. It’s obvious that government underestimated the problem at the initial stage and this accounted for its message to schools not to commence the 3rd term. With hindsight, we know that schools should just have been allowed to start their third term. Of course, the challenges would still have been there, but many of them would have been resolved.

I am aware that Oyo State government is using students’ continuous assessment tests to grade and promote them to the next class. The state has also officially cancelled the third term and released a time table for the 2020/2021 academic session. Just this Wednesday too, Lagos State said it was considering using the same method to promote its pupils. I think other state governments should make pronouncement on the method they intend to use in promoting students to their next classes. This is likely to help many parents and guardians to take informed decisions. Many of them have withdrawn their children and wards from the e-learning platforms of their schools with the hope that these children would still have a second chance of doing third term in school. If they know early that there won’t be a third term, they can make alternative arrangements for the children to cover their learning gap. Some could decide to enrol them in online classes, get them private teachers or ensure that they connect to the free learning platforms being provided by government. That way, these children will gain something instead of missing a whole school term.
It is also surprising that government has yet to speak about the resumption of classes for final year students in private higher institutions. Shouldn’t the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, have talked about phased resumption of classes in private universities too? Strangely, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 seems also to have completely forgotten final year students in these institutions. Let’s hope this is not a case of government being carried away by the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and inadvertently thinking that the whole university system has been paralysed.
Otherwise, final year students of private institutions should also be taken into consideration in government’s resumption schedule. Agreed, many of these students are on e-learning platforms, the complete efficiency of these platforms have been in doubt. There are problems of poor connectivity, huge data consumption and poor power supply among others. Some students have even said that their schools deliver lecture notes via Whatsapp. Such students will definitely benefit from classroom experience if they are allowed to go back to school under strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.
There are also students that need to make use of laboratories, workshops, clinics and other facilities that can only be accessed on campus due to the nature of their courses. Take for example, medical, engineering, and science students-these students do a lot of practical that online platforms may not be able to offer. E-platforms have their own limitations and their levels of delivery are dependent on what is programmed into them. I mean, how much of help can an ordinary Whatsapp platform offer. But then in Nigeria, it is also seen as e-learning platform. Again, there are students that still require the input of their supervisors in their final year thesis. Allowing such students to return to school will help them. Government may now advise schools that could effectively use online platforms to prepare their students for graduation to go ahead and do so as a way of controlling crowd on many campuses.
While I do not support situations that make students spend five years for a four-year course in our public universities due to different forms of strikes, such elongation is at government’s expense because the schools are more or less tuition free. That is not the case in private institutions. Many parents are making enormous sacrifices to keep their children there. Some of them would have probably preferred to put their children in tuition-free public universities but for the stiff competition for space that has made getting admission there a case of the survival of the fittest. So, government will be doing these parents a great disservice if after making a huge sacrifice to keep their children in these institutions, the industrial dispute between it and ASUU would still elongate the years these children spend in school.
Fortunately, the private schools are not as crowded as the public institutions. They also have basic amenities and infrastructures that are lacking in many government-owned tertiary institutions. One can indeed confidently say that they are more capable of observing the COVID-19 Guidelines protocols that their colleagues in public universities due to their functional system and safe environment.
In terms of discipline, many of these universities enforce discipline more than the public institutions. In most cases, their staff members and students live on campus. So, the risk of infection is minimised. In essence, the point being made is that these students are fewer in number, could be easily instructed, are more disciplined, live on campus, and do not have to take public transport to school.
From all indication, private universities are better equipped to comply with safety procedures that have been put in place by the PTF. We should also remember that the students we are referring to here are in their final year. They are older than the pupils sitting the WASSCE and thus expected to behave responsibly.
Beyond this, these students need to exit their classes before the new students can be admitted. The Federal Government should not forget that these institutions have commenced admission for the 2020/2021 academic session already. Besides, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has concluded the admission process for this academic year and looking forward to administering the 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). We can’t afford any form of vacuum. These are issues that should be diligently examined with a view to taking a workable decision.
Government should go beyond being sentimental. It should begin to put the whole education sector into perspective. We cannot afford to pile up admission seekers in a country that does not have enough capacity to absorb students willing to go for tertiary education. Every year, less than a quarter of the candidates seeking university education get admitted. Of course, many factors determine who gets university admission in Nigeria, but the fact remains that many candidates that would have loved to be in universities don’t get there at the end of the day. And sadly, these candidates are far more than the few that are privileged to gain admission.
Finally, considering the fact that there are state universities that do not have problem with being paid through the contentious IPPIS, I think government should ask every institution whose students are in the second semester of their final year to return to school. Those in solidarity with ASUU can decide not to obey government’s directive, but at least, the ones that are ready to work will have the opportunity to do so.


Olabisi Deji-Folutile is the Editor-in-Chief of Franktalknow.com and member, Nigerian Guild of Editors. Email:
bisideji@yahoo.co.uk

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Afenifere Leader, Ayo Fasanmi, Is Dead

Afenifere Leader, Ayo Fasanmi, Is Dead

A former senator and leader of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Ayo Fasanmi, is dead.
The 94-year-old died on Wednesday night in Osogbo, Osun State, after a brief illness.
Confirming the development, son of the deceased, Afolabi, in a statement said, “With gratitude to the Almighty God for a life well spent, we wish to announce the demise of our father, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, at the ripe age of 94 years.”

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Local Hunters Kill Bank Robbers In Okeho, Oyo State

Local Hunters Kill Bank Robbers In Okeho, Oyo State

FOUR suspected robbers who attacked a first generation bank at Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State were reportedly killed by local hunters in a gun duel.
PurpleWorld also gathered that one of the security men who confronted them was killed in the process.
According to information gathered, the gun-totting robbers first attacked a police station opposite the bank before they went into operation.
The source further hinted that the robbers who were seven in number blew off the security door outside the bank with dynamite.

The information reportedly got to the local hunters who confronted the robbers.
Three of the robbers were said to have been killed and set ablaze by the angry mob who besieged the scene.
When Today Splash called the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gbenga Fadeyi, he confirmed the robbery attack.
He was preparing a statement at the time of filing this report.

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RUSSIA PRESIDENT, Vladimir Putin Says: Africa Is A Cemetery For Africans

RUSSIA PRESIDENT, Vladimir Putin Says: Africa Is A Cemetery For Africans


“When an African becomes rich, his bank accounts are in Switzerland. He travels to France for Medical treatment.
He invests in Germany. He buys from Dubai. He consumes Chinese. He prays in Rome or Mecca. His children study in Europe. He travels to Canada, USA, Europe for tourism.
If he die, he will be buried in his native country of Africa.
Africa is just a cemetery for Africans. How could a cemetery be developed?”
~Putin Asks

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Coalition For Revolution Calls For National Day Of Action On August 5, Demands Better Governance From Nigerian Leaders

Coalition For Revolution Calls For National Day Of Action On August 5, Demands Better Governance From Nigerian Leaders

The Coalition for Revolution has called on Nigerians to rise up and demand better governance from the country’s political leaders by participating in its National Day of Action on August 5.
The event is in commemoration of the first anniversary of the #RevolutionNow campaign, which saw people across different parts of Nigeria on August 5, 2019 taking to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to ask for better leadership from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
While stating that the plight of ordinary Nigerians were worse than it was last year, CORE said that the people could no longer watch and be oppressed by the country’ political leaders.
In a statement, Co-conveners of the group, Baba Aye and Gbenga Komolafe, said that the time for action was now.
The statement reads, “The situation in the country for poor people keeps getting worse. While poverty continues to increase for the many, the rate of stealing of monies that could be used to improve lives and livelihoods keeps accelerating, on a daily basis. Repression follows in tow, to stop questions being asked. And those who actually work, waged workers are underpaid and overworked.
“The masses are fed up. This is the time to rise up and fight to break our chains. On 5 August, 2020, Coalition for Revolution will organise a national day of action in commemoration and continuation of its #RevolutionNow campaign.

“The situation of the country for poor working people was terrible when we flagged off the campaign last year. But now it is even worse. Every opportunity is used or created to loot. Agencies supposedly meant to assuage the lives of marginalised people like the NDDC for the poor people of the Niger Delta have become conduit pipes for billions of naira.
“Rulers in government bend the law and create companies like Mr Bola Tinubu’s Alpha Beta to steal billions of naira from states and federal governments in the name of providing services. Even agencies supposedly meant to apprehend those stealing us blind like the EFCC have themselves turned into means of fraudulent enrichment for a few.
“While governors and legislators in every state of the federation receive humungous amounts as salaries and allowances without taking their illegitimate self-enrichment into consideration, workers in at least a dozen states are yet to be paid the national minimum wage. And even some that pay the minimum wage either fail to put upward reviews of salaries generally in place, or have even gone further to slash wages, claiming these are contributions into COVID-19 funds.
“Meanwhile, houses and workplaces of poor workers in the informal economy are pulled down with impunity. Tens of thousands have been rendered homeless and without means of livelihood as their workplaces are destroyed. Poor working people are not covered by social protection, while billions of naira disappear into several social intervention plans, which are actually “jobs for the boys”.
“Enough is enough. We cannot let this situation continue. We cannot allow a few persons to throw the 99 per cent of the population of the cliff into the abyss of starvation and destruction. We will fight until victory, starting with the national day of action on 5 August.”

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[BREAKING News] FG fixes date for NECO, NABTEB Examinations

[BREAKING News] FG fixes date for NECO, NABTEB Examinations


The Nigerian Government has fixed the examination date for the National Examination Council (NECO) and the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB).
In a statement on Wednesday by the Director of Press and Public Relations, the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, NECO will commence on October 5 and end on November 18, 2020, while NABTEB will start on September 21 and end by October 15, 2020.
He said the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba, announced the dates at the end of a two-day meeting with Chief Executives of examination bodies in the country.
Goong added that the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Unity Colleges will hold on October 17, 2020. He also said the Basic Education Certificate Examinations, (BECE) for JSS 3 pupils also conducted by NECO, will start on August 24 and end on September 7, 2020.
The statement said registration for the NECO (SSCE), which is on-going, will end on the 10 of September 2020 with no option of extension.

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Lagos Governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu To Meet Little Boy Who Asked His Mom To “Calm Down” In Viral Video

Lagos Governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu To Meet Little Boy Who Asked His Mom To “Calm Down” In Viral Video

Governor of Lagos State, Jide Sanwo-Olu has expressed his desire to meet the young boy who was seen in a viral video, asking his mom to ‘calm down’ after offending her.
He commended the young lad for his sobriety and urged Lagosians to emulate and demonstrate his sense of self-restraint at this time the world is combating the scourge of COVID-19.
In his words;
“I saw a video of one charming young boy online asking his mom to ‘calm down’ as she was set to punish him for his misdemeanour. I was moved by his sobriety, which reflected in his promise of “last chance”, when confronted with the fact that he is a regular offender.
The exchange was indeed funny, but it depicts the efforts parents put in moulding children into responsible adults. I want to assume that his mom indeed calmed down because the appeal was moving enough to make anyone change their mind.
Interestingly, the video inspired this special message to the good people of Lagos State because of the deeper meaning it conveys. Fellow Lagosians, we need to ‘calm down’ as we enjoy the coming holiday and festivity.
It is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s heart of sacrifice and faith in Allah.
We need to emulate and demonstrate his sense of self-restraint at this time the world is combating the scourge of COVID-19.
We need to be moderate in our celebration and also observe prescribed protocols towards defeating the deadly coronavirus, which are, maintaining social distancing, washing and sanitizing our hands, and using our face masks.
The world needs responsibility and commitment of its people to oust coronavirus.
I urge every Lagosian to ‘calm down’ and not get carried away by the ‘excitement of the moment’. Like the rest of the world, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain extremely careful to keep the gains of the sacrifices we have all made in the past months. Let’s calm down!
Meanwhile, I would like to meet the young boy since we both have exclusive right to the phrasal verb ‘calm down”.

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There Is A Cure For Coronavirus, No Body Deserves To Die —Donald Trump Insists

There Is A Cure For Coronavirus, No Body Deserves To Die —Donald Trump Insists


He said this during a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC, PEN reported.
“It’s a recommendation of many other people, including doctors. Many doctors think it is extremely successful, the hydroxychloroquine. Coupled with the zinc and azithromycin. I happen to have taken it for 14-day period and I’m here. I happen to think it works in the early stages. Frontline medical people believe that too, some, many. So we’ll take a look at it. One thing we know it’s been out a long time, that particular formula and that’s essentially what it is, the pill, it’s been for malaria, lupus and other things.
“It’s safe. It doesn’t cause problems. I had no problem. I had absolutely no problem. Felt no different. Didn’t feel good, bad or indifferent and I tested. As you know, it didn’t get me. And it’s not going to hopefully hurt anybody. So we know from that stand — because it’s been so many years, from a safety standpoint it’s safe.
“I happen to think, based on what I read, I read a lot about hydroxychloroquine, I happen to think it has an impact especially in early years. There was very good tests, Ford. The doctor from Yale came up with a very, very strong testament to it. There was a large group yesterday that were put on the internet, for some reason the internet wanted to take them off. I guess Twitter took them off. I think Facebook took them off. I don’t know why. I think they’re very respected doctors.

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Private universities are ready to reopen – Pro-Chancellors

Private universities are ready to reopen – Pro-Chancellors

The pro -chancellors of private universities have decried the continued shutdown of the country’ s ivory towers by the Federal Government since the outbreak of COVID -19, saying failure to reopen them will have adverse effect on the continued viability of the institutions.
The Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Private Universities urged the Federal Government to approve the reopening of private universities in August following sustained efforts to comply with the guidelines for reopening “ in view of the contributions that private universities have continued to make in the manpower training and development in Nigeria . ”
“ Private universities are ready to reopen, having put in place all the necessary requirements and protocols specified by the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 to ensure safe and secure campuses . We are prepared to open in phases , first with the graduating students , and probably with the first year students , ” the committee stated .
A statement by the Head , Corporate Affairs Unit, Afe Babalola University, Tunde Olofintila , titled: ‘ CPCPU urges FG to reopen private universities’ , said the pro-chancellors made their position known in a communiqué signed by a former Minister of Education and ABUAD Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, at the end of an emergency online meeting of the CPCPU, which held on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
The communiqué stated, “ Our universities have resolved to mobilise relevant resources in our universities across the country to undertake researches that address the challenges of the pandemic for the wider benefit of the Nigerian populace and the world as a whole .
“ Indeed , further closure of our universities will be sounding a death knell to the continued viability of our institutions. In particular , the demise of private universities will increasingly become imminent and gravely undermine their role in assisting government in the provision of jobs , education for the populace and overall civil security . ”
This, the pro -chancellors said , was in view of the fact that “ private universities rely solely on student enrolment and fees , which are only realisable if the universities are open . ”
“ It is globally acknowledged that prompt solutions to economic, medical and scientific problems are best secured through the active participation of universities as knowledge workers through the performance of their teaching and research functions, ” the communiqué added .
The pro -chancellors affirmed the need for special grants from the Central Bank of Nigeria and Tertiary Education Trust Fund to cushion the effect of COVID -19 pandemic and the request submitted to the CBN for dedicated fund as palliatives to private universities to facilitate their efforts in reopening their institutions.

“ Private universities remain fully committed to producing competent graduates in a timely manner through our ethical standards and settings , building credible leadership and followership for a better Nigeria . Thus , we seek the full support of government as is the case in advanced countries of the world , ” the communiqué stated.
While faulting the lingering discrimination against private institutions in the various interventions by TETFUND , which are currently being enjoyed solely by public institutions, the pro -chancellors said , “ The plea is that the government should address this situation as the law setting up TETFUND expects it to intervene in all tertiary institutions without discrimination .
“ Towards this end , and as a starter , the government should fund scholarships to support aspiring but indigent private university candidates as well as provide special grants towards enabling private universities reduce , if not eliminate , tuition fees across the board for their students . ”

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Okupe wants FG to stop banks from selling airtime

Okupe wants FG to stop banks from selling airtime


A former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe wants Federal Government to ban banks from selling telecommunication airtime, which according to him creates jobs for Nigerians.
Doyin in a tweet said that the sector is a N10billion/day in terms of volume. He stated that banks involvement in the retails segment is strangulating small individual traders.
Through the use of mobile banking app and shortcodes, people can purchase airtime through their mobile phones.
Okupe argued that the government has a responsibility to protect the weak in the society.
“Government must stop Banks from selling of RECHARGE cards. This business is worth about N10B/day& can provide jobs for 5m youths nationwide and reduce unemployment. Banks should not be in the retail business where they strangulate small individual traders. The government must protect MSMEs.
“Even under “Capitalism”
The government still has the responsibility to protect the weak in the society against the strong and mighty. Secondly, the banking license does not cover Retail business. Any society that is not regulated is close to a jungle where might us right which is undesirable.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Gas explosion rocks Ajao Estate, Lagos

BREAKING NEWS: Gas explosion rocks Ajao Estate, Lagos

BREAKING NEWS: A house-hold gas cylinder has exploded in the neighborhood of Ajao Estate in Lagos State on Tuesday, 28th of July reportedly taking the lives of some victims and injuring others, OYOGist.com reports.
It is not yet clear how the explosion occured and if it was from some of the shops or from an household, however several user-generated video content show there were extensive damages.
The incident occurred around 7 PM in the evening.
In one of the videos reshared by OYOGist.com, a narrator (identity unknown) could be heard saying that several people have been killed in the explosion. The video showed a burnt vehicle in the area with several people crowding the area in what appears to be a mourning feat.

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My life is in danger because I know the truth about Covid19, US-based doctor cries out

My life is in danger because I know the truth about Covid19, US-based doctor cries out


A US-based doctor who schooled in Nigeria, Dr. Stella Emmanuel, has alleged there is a conspiracy of a group of pharmaceutical practitioners on COVID-19.
The radiologist, who said she has singlehandedly treated over 350 COVID-19, with no record of death, most of them elderly with underlying ailments, said she has been getting death threats and ran to the white House to expose the conspiracy.
She claimed COVID-19 has a cure and there is no need to wear a mask or create social distance.
Fearing for her life, she made a recorded speech to tell the world that there is nothing to fear.
According to her: “I’m Dr Stella Emmanuel I’m a primary care physician in Houston Texas.
“I actually went to medical school in West Africa, Nigeria, where I took care of malaria patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and stuff like that so I’m actually used to these medications
“I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID, patients that have diabetes patients that have high blood pressure patients that have asthma or people at my oldest person is 92, 87-year-olds and the result has been the same.
” I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax and they are all well; for the past few months I’ve taken care of over 350 patients.
“I have not lost one patient and on top of that I’ve put myself my staff and many doctors that I know on same drug for prevention.
“We see 10 to 15 COVID-19 patients every day. We give them breathing treatments, we only wear surgical mask.
“None of us has gotten sick, it works, so right now and I came here to Washington DC to say America nobody needs to die with this study that made me start using hydroxychloroquine.”
She said even research has shown that hiccup is a sympton of COVID-19 and is treated also with hydroxychloroquine.
“They definitely know that hydroxycholoquine is working. I’m upset, why I’m upset is that I see people that cannot breathe walk-in.
” I see diabetics sitting in my office knowing that this is a death sentence and they can breathe and I hold them and I tell them it’s going to be okay you’re going to leave and we treat them and they leave.
“No one has died. So if some fake science, some persons sponsored by all these fake Pharma companies come out to say it doesn’t work, I can tell you categorically is fake science.
“I want to know who is behind it because there is no way I can treat 350 patients and counting and nobody is dead.
“So I came here to Washington DC to tell America nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure it is called hydroxychloroquine, zinc and zithromax.
” I don’t even want to talk about mask… hello you don’t need mask. I know they don’t want to open schools now, but you don’t need these people to be locked down.
“There is prevention and there is a cure and let me tell you something all you fake doctors out there, that tell me this is a double-blinded study.
“You want a double-blinded study when people are dying it’s unethical.”
She said she has been threatened because of her stand, alleging “they have called me, they have threatened. I mean, I’ve gotten all kinds of threats.
“I don’t care. You can report me to the Board. You can kill me you can do whatever but do not let Americans die anymore
“I’m here to say, America, there is a cure for COVID, all this foolishness is not supposed to happen.
“There is a cure for COVID. There is a cure for COVID. it’s called hydroxycholoqione, is called zinc, is called zitromax and it is time for the grassroots to wake up and say No, we’re not gonna take this any longer, we’re not gonna die.
“So guys we don’t need to die there is a cure for COVID-19,” Emmanuel said.

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Coronavirus Is A Scam In Nigeria — Senator Elisha Abbo

Coronavirus Is A Scam In Nigeria—Senator Elisha Abbo


“I told you few months ago that COVID – 19 is largely politics and economic conduit pipe for money mongers.
“Donald Trump also believed so. America has withdrawn her membership of the World Health Organization (WHO). The reasons are obvious.
“Few months ago, Chief Raymond Dokpesi came out of the COVID – 19 quarantine/treatment center and publicly said that he was treated with chloroquine.
“Few days later, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) threatened to sanction NIgerians that came out to reveal what they were treated with.”
“Governments should not be merchants of death.”
“Let us all stand up and demand accountability from our leaders and stop economic marauders from evil profiteering for the sake of humanity.”

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BREAKING News: Schools to re-open August 4th, FG says

[BREAKING News] Schools to re-open August 4th, FG says


Federal Government, on Monday, announced that secondary schools in the country are to reopen on 4th of August, 2020, though, for exit classes only.
Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, in a statement released in Abuja, explained that the decisions was reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), Proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
He said that the stakeholders agreed that the students in exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.
Goong explained: “Stakeholders at the meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and public spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations for safe reopening, as agreed.”
He also disclosed that another meeting is to be convened on Tuesday between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously.
For months now, Federal Government has been meeting with stakeholders in education sector regarding the safe reopening of schools across the country following the prolonged shutdown of the schools due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Reps To Probe Minister, NEDC Boss Over ‘Disappearance’ Of N100bn


Reps To Probe Minister, NEDC Boss Over ‘Disappearance’ Of N100bn

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouk and the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC). Mr Mohammed Alkali over alleged misappropriation of N100 billion.
This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) at the plenary on Thursday in Abuja alleging that the Minister has entered into an unholy deal with the managing director of the commission which has resulted in serious corrupt practices at the Commission.
In his motion, Elumelu alleged that the NEDC which was set up to ameliorate the sufferings of the people is now enmeshed in serious corrupt practices by the management.
“The corrupt practices include high handedness by the Managing Director, Mr Mohammed Alkali, over inflation of contracts, awards of non existent contracts, massive contract splitting and flagrant disregard for the procurement laws in the award of contracts.
“The N100 billion so far disbursed to the commission by the Federal Government is said to have vanished under a year without any visible impact on the refugees nor any infrastructural development credited to the name of the commission in the whole of the Northeast.
“There are allegations of how the managing director and his close associates diverted funds meant for the commission to purchasing of choice properties in highbrow neighborhoods of Abuja, Kaduna and maiduguri to the detriment of the suffering refugees and infrastructural development,”he said.
He alleged that the deal illegally withdrew the sum of N5 billion from the account of the commission to purchase military vehicles without any recourse to the board.
The lawmaker said that the act completely disregarded the Nigeria’s procurement laws and must be seriously frowned at.
He alleged that the managing director single handedly procured Coronavirus materials and supplies to the tune of N5 billion without an approval from the board.
The minority leader alleged that there is another massive corruption scheme on the verge of being implemented in the name of housing scheme in Maiduguri without the board’s knowledge.
According to him, these consistent abuse of procurement laws if not checked may defeat the purpose for the establishment of the commission, hence the need for an urgent investigation.
The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabimila mandated the Committees on Finance, Procurement and NEDC to exhaustively investigate these allegations and report back in 8 weeks.
The Northeast Development Commission Bill was signed into law in October 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It replaced other initiatives, such as the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE) and Victims Support Fund (VSF) and the Board of Management Inaugurated in may 2019.
The commission was established with a mission of coordinating funds accruing from the federation account and donor agencies for the purposes of rehabilitating and resettling of victims of insurgency.

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10 Hot Major News In Nigeria Today | PurpleWorld [PW]

10 Hot Major News In Nigeria Today | PurpleWorld [PW]

  1. Nigeria has now confirmed more than 40,000 COVID-19 cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
    Late on Sunday, the NCDC confirmed an additional 555 cases and two deaths, lifting total infections in the country to 40,532 and fatalities to 858 from Friday’s figures of 39,977 and 856, respectively.
    Data from the centre shows that Lagos had 156, followed by Kano, Ogun, and Plateau with 65, 57, and 54 cases.
    Others are Oyo – 53, Benue – 43, FCT – 30, Ondo – 18, Kaduna – 16, Akwa Ibom – 13, Gombe – 13, Rivers – 12, Ekiti – nine, Osun – eight, Cross River – three, Borno – two, Edo – two, and Bayelsa – one.
  2. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara said he resigned from the PDP because of the alleged failure of governance in Bauchi State where he hails from.
    In his letter of resignation addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward chairman of the PDP, the former House of Representatives Speaker said Governor Bala Mohammed whom he helped into power, had not lived up to expectation.
  3. A meeting between the federal and state governments to discuss modalities for resumption of schools will hold Monday.
    The meeting which will be presided by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, is to have all state commissioners of education in attendance.
  4. The former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has apologized to the Enigies of the Benin Kingdom for the choice of Godwin Obaseki as successor.
    Oshiomhole has apologised to the kings for working tirelessly to make the incumbent Governor of Edo State, Obaseki, his successor in 2016.
  5. Governor Nyesom Wike, chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) national campaign council for Edo election, has taken charge in Benin, warning that nobody can rig the forthcoming election. Wike went ahead to declare that with Edo State sure to return, that the South-South was now completely PDP. Wike stated this during the flag-off of.
  6. The Chief of Army Staff (Nigeria) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai on Sunday evening said Nigeria is more peaceful now than it was in the last five years.
    The Army Chief, who stated this during his sit-out with wounded officers and soldiers at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, hinged his position on the dedication of men of the force in their quest to protect the territorial integrity of the country.
  7. ‘Take them to govt house or Aso Rock’ – Borno residents reject reintegration of ex-Boko Haram fighters
    Some residents in Borno state are kicking against the reintegration of repentant Boko Haram members into the communities.
    The military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram members.
    The aim of the operation, the military had also said, is to reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members into society.
  8. South-East Governors Forum says compulsory COVID-19 tests will be conducted on teachers before schools in the region reopen.
    Forum Chairman and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, who made the disclosure at a media briefing on Sunday, said there were fears for kindergarten and primary school pupils who do not understand what is social distancing.
  9. Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has declared that he will no longer hide but was now ready to fight back at orchestrated attacks against his person.
    Magu said he will henceforth reply to all the allegations against him in public, in a statement made available to reporters by Wahab Shittu, Magu’s lawyer on Sunday.
  10. The list containing names of Senators and House of Representatives members involved in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, contracts has surfaced.
    The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio submitted the names to the National Assembly committees probing the activities of the commission last Thursday.
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School resumption: FG, states meet Monday to discuss modalities

School resumption: FG, states meet Monday to discuss modalities

A meeting between the federal and state governments to discuss modalities for resumption of schools will hold next week Monday.
The meeting which will be presided by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, is to have all state commissioners of education in attendance.
An invitation to this effect was released Sunday night by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sony Echono.
Top on the agenda of the expected meeting, according to the invitation dispatched, are the reconsideration of new examination timetables for the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, the National Examinations Council, NECO, the National Common Entrance Examinations and BECEC.
The invitation to the meeting expected to take place through zoom, read: “Invitation to a webinar consultative meeting between the FME and Hon Commissioners of Education. The PS, Federal Ministry of Education,Arc Sonny Echono, cordially invites Honourable Commissioners of education of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to a consultative meeting on the way forward towards reopening our schools.
“In particular, the agenda for a new schedule for WAEC, NECO, BECEC, the National Common entrance among other issues will be on the table.
” The meeting will hold on Monday next week at 11 am.”

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Akpabio Names Lawmakers On NDDC Contracts’ List

Akpabio Names Lawmakers On NDDC Contracts’ List

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has linked some members of the National Assembly to some contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission, The PUNCH reports.
Akpabio, however, did not state if the lawmakers were directly awarded the contracts or they nominated the projects under their Zonal Intervention Projects, also known as constituency projects.
The former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Mr Nicholas Mutu, who represents the Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State, is among those linked by the minister with contracts.
The minister listed Mutu’s name against 74 projects, including various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on February 3, 2020, arraigned Mutu before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged abuse of office and fraud involving about N320m.
Akpabio also linked the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta-North), with 53 projects, which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku.
Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South), six; James Manager (Delta-South), six; Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-West, 8th Senate), 19; and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.
The minister, however, did not provide the cost of the projects listed against the lawmakers’ names, while the value of contracts given to non-lawmakers had costs of various projects attached to them.
PUNCH also observed that contracts listed against the names of the lawmakers were not up to 60 per cent of the 266 on the list provided by Akpabio.
Non-National Assembly members are also on the list.
It was further observed that the minister copied the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The House had on Thursday resolved to sue Akpabio for alleged perjury and defamation of the parliament.
Akpabio had on Monday, while appearing before the House Committee on the NDDC during an investigative hearing on the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement of funds, claimed that the commission awarded members of the National Assembly 60 percent of contracts.

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601 repentant terrorists graduate, paid N20,000 each

601 repentant terrorists graduate, paid N20,000 each


The 601 repentant terrorists who are being reintegrated into their communities have been given N 20 ,000 stipends and some basic equipment to practise their respective vocations .
The Borno State Commissioner for Information , Babakura Jatau , said this during a chat with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday .
Jatau said the funds and the starter packs were given to the repentant terrorists by the North East Development Commission and the International Organisation for Migration.
He denied reports that the state government was giving each of the beneficiaries N 100, 000 .
The commissioner said only about 10 per cent of the 601 repentant terrorists were actually Boko Haram members while the rest were those who were abducted and became accomplices .
The commissioner said, “ They are 601 of them and the question of government giving them N 100 ,000 each does not arise . What happened is that the North East Development Commission gave them starter packs . Some of them trained as barbers so they were given clippers and generators and then given N 20 ,000 cash and their shops will be paid for .
“ What the government will do is that they will be brought to Borno State from Gombe and they will be housed in two orientation camps where there are facilities for training and for them to practise whatever they were taught in Gombe .
The Defence Headquarters had on Saturday announced the reintegration of 601 ex -Boko Haram terrorists , including 14 foreign nationals from Cameroon , Chad and Niger into the society through their respective national and state authorities .
The Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor , Major General Bamidele Shafa, disclosed this on Saturday at the DRR Camp in Mallam Sidi , Gombe State .
However, a former Director of the Department of State Services , Mike Ejiofor, told Sunday PUNCH that the decision to re – integrate the repentant Boko Haram members was ill -timed .
Ejiofor said Nigeria ’s ability to manage and utilise data was not sufficient .
He stated, “ It is an unfortunate decision as far as I am concerned and it is not welcome at all . If you are taking their DNA , that is not enough because do we even have data ? It will increase crime rate and banditry in that area . The government should have thought this through and not reintegrate them into society just like that . It is not a welcome development .

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Musician Amadi loses father to Kaduna herdsmen attack

Musician Amadi loses father to Kaduna herdsmen attack

Musician, Joel Amadi, says herdsmen have shot his father dead in Zikpak Village , Kafanchan located in the southern part of Kaduna State .
Amadi, who is signed to record label , Kennis Music, said this on Twitter on Saturday .
He tweeted , “ It ’ s just been confirmed that my lovely dad is dead, shot by herdsmen and my mum and sisters can’ t even talk to me on phone please tag Governor Nasir el- Rufai . He needs to know that he is not doing enough to curb the state of terrorism in Kaduna state. ”
The musician, who has recorded songs with 2Face and Oritsefemi among others , said two of his cousins were also killed by the assailants .
“ I just heard they shot three of my mothers and two cousins . God , I hope this isn’ t real . If you Google the killings in southern Kaduna , the unbearable images of innocent human beings like you and I that you will see that were killed like chickens are enough for you to know how I feel right now and this has to stop, ” he added .

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia on Thursday night reportedly invaded Agwala Magayaki of Doka Avong in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State , killing seven persons, including an 85-year -old man . Some locals have been declared missing .
Several houses were also razed during the attack .
Governor el- Rufai , earlier on Thursday said banditry attacks were occurring everywhere in the North- West states of the country. He , however , said the attacks in Southern Kaduna were laced with ethnic and religious colouration.
The governor on Friday imposed a 24- hour curfew on the affected communities.

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601 ex-Boko Haram members who underwent rehabilitation training recently graduated

601 ex-Boko Haram members who underwent rehabilitation training recently graduated

About 601 former Boko Haram fighters have graduated at the DRR camp of Operation Safe Corridor in Mallam Sidi, Gombe state.
This was disclosed by Major General Bamidele Shafa, the Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, on Saturday, July 25.
The Nation reports that the batch 4 members arrived at the camp back in November and December 2019. The former fighters comprise of 592 Nigerians from 10 states and 14 foreign nationals from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
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Unfortunately, three out of this number died of health complications while one was referred to the Neuro-psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri for further medical treatment.
Former Boko Haram combatants graduate at DRR camp in Gombe. Photo Credit: The Nation/UGC
The programme coordinator went on to note that one was withdrawn on disciplinary ground and transferred for re-categorization and prosecution.
“On arrival at the camp, the clients went through documentation processes to obtain vital background information after which they were subjected to comprehensive medical screening to determine their health status,” he said.
It would be recalled that the military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram members with the aim of reintegrating repentant insurgents into society.
The former fighters comprise of 592 Nigerians and 14 foreign nationals.Photo Credit: The Nation/UGC

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The Rocket Science _ Written By Martins Jesuloni P.

The Rocket Science _ Written By Martins Jesuloni P.

REVOLUTION CLASS 003

TOPIC: THE ROCKET SCIENCE.

Rocket Science is a “slang” used for something way difficult to understand, or say something meant for some selected few. Can you give lists of things that you can call “rocket science”??? Alright, I have one right here. It’s called Government!!!, sincerely, I do not think I know of any rocket science beyond “government”.
I know you are wondering why I’d call government, a rocket science right??? We’re almost there

To a common man, government is a rocket science. He doesn’t know what it is that is being said, to him, it’s not a course for him to understand. Infact, even many literate, do not know what government is all about. To them, they are not into politics, so why should they know it. They are doctors, but do not care to know why the wages must increase, infact, they do not bother to know who determine the wages and what basis they do. It’s not their thing, it’s for them… The them, the few, who is doing it… And maybe, who should be doing it!!!…

The lackadaisical attitude towards governance has led us here. The fact that we have put in their hands is eating us deep already. To most people, those in governance are good will men and women who are catering for “them”, the less privilege. Each time they are lucky to receive 2% of their dividends as a citizen, they’ll be like a poor man who receives a token from a passerby. To them, those in government are some kind of superman.. Many youths, educated ones, sometimes share this ignorance too. It interests them to follow up and discuss on entertainment and sports, but not government, why??? Because it’s a rocket science.. Because those that are doing it, are doing it…

A country where government is made into a rocket science would suffer the same lot as Nigeria. A country where the least minority dictates, control, and make policy for clueless majority is bound to lead the poverty chart!!!.

While, it might not interest you to contest as an individual, it should necessarily interest you to understand how, who, and why you are being governed. Until, we stop considering “government” as a rocket science, or as a thing meant to be done by some people over some people, then we would still be right here…

When your street electricity is down for months, what comes to your mind??? Aren’t you waiting for those who should do it, to go and do it??? When the small road gets so bad in your street, what did you say??? Didn’t you say “won’t this people come and do this thing”.. The question, who are those people you are waiting for to come and do it. Why can’t you join them in doing it???..

We must come to the understanding that we won’t survive it if we leave what pertains to us, affects us, in the hands of some people. No, it should be in our hands.

For a revolution to happen, we must first know that government is not a rocket science, it’s not a thing for the adult alone or those who studied political science. You and I must take it in our hands…

Assignment
look around your environment, check for any social work you can do. It might be ensuring the surrounding is clean, it might be filling the little pot holes on the road, what else, just look around, I’m sure there would be a work waiting for you… Don’t go and be clearing someone else farm oooo… Ehehenn

Martins Jesuloni P. , A.K A MARTINALUTHER

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Meet Kafayat Sanni, Another Nigeria’s First Female Fighter Pilot

Meet Kafayat Sanni, Another Nigeria’s First Female Fighter Pilot


Kafayat sanni made history on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, when she became the first female fighter pilot in the 55-year-old history of the Nigerian Air Force..
After emerging as the overall best pilot @the NAF 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna State, in 2017, she was sent to the United States of America to train at the US Aviation Leadership Programm..
She is the first that went through regular combat training at the Nigerian Defence Academy to be winged for a fixed wing fighter aircraft..
Upon the completion of the programme, Sanni back and was decorated alongside 12 new fighter pilots at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday October in 2019..
she grabbed the first female trophy in flying Alpha Jets and others, her colleague, Late Tolulope Arotile, also trained at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa for 14 months, to become the first female combat helicopter pilot.

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2020 WASSCE: Lagos private schools to resume on August 3rd

2020 WASSCE: Lagos private schools to resume on August 3

NAPPS says the Lagos State Ministry of Education has permitted them to resume so far necessary requirements are met.
The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Lagos State has said that the senior secondary school pupils will resume on Monday, August 3, 2020.
While speaking at a press briefing on Friday, July 25, 2020, Amusa Olawale, the president of the association, Lagos State chapter, said there was a plan to conduct the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in September.
“ In the last meeting the South-West governors had with the commissioners for education, they are still working on how WASSCE would be conducted in September, because if these pupils don’t sit the exam, the 2020/2021 session will be seriously affected” , he said.
Olawale explained that the Lagos State Ministry of Education had permitted them to resume so far necessary requirements were met.
He said, “We had a meeting with the Director General, Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education and we shall be resuming on August 3. We have been given clearance for reopening of schools but if a school does not have the requirements, they may not be allowed to resume. For this reason, we also set up NAPPS quality assurance committee to go round and ensure our members meet up with these requirements.”
The Lagos State Government had earlier in June announced that schools would reopen for graduating students in primary six, JSS 3 and SSS 3 on Monday, August 3, 2020.
But days after the announcement, the Federal Government suspended its decision to reopen schools under its control and also advised state governments that were preparing to reopen schools in August to rescind the decision.

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Premier league 2020/2021 season begins in September

Premier league 2020/2021 season begins in September

The new Premier League season will commence on September 12 and and run until May 23, 2021.
The 20 top-flight clubs confirmed the calendar during a virtual meeting today, with new fixture list set to be unveiled weeks before the action restarts.
A statement from the Premier League read: “Premier League shareholders today agreed to start the 2020-21 Premier League season on September 12, 2020.
“The final match round of the campaign will take place on May 23, 2021. The Premier League will continue to consult the FA and EFL regarding the scheduling of all domestic competitions.”
The current Premier League season will end on Sunday, July 26, with Liverpool already crowned champions of Premier League 2019/2020 season. 
The Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated the Premier League this year and won the league with seven games to spare in late June. It took them 28 wins and 86 points to win the title.

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NYSC reacts to video of ex-corps member humiliated by policemen

NYSC reacts to video of ex-corps member humiliated by policemen

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Oyo State said its attention has been drawn to a viral video of a female ex-corps member arrested by security operatives at the resident of a suspected armed robber/kidnapper in Ibadan.
The viral video showed how some policemen arrested and dehumanized an ex-corps member, identified as Towobola.
Towobola was also questioned about her sex and private life.
However, Oyo state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Ogbuogebe said the video, which had attracted strong indignation from the public, showed that the action of the law enforcement agents was unacceptable.
“It was quite unfortunate for her to have been turned to a victim of circumstances and an object of ridicule despite the fact that she was not found in any crime scene, neither was anything incriminating discovered on her,” she said.
Ogbuogebe said the manner the operatives were interrogating Towobola about her private life in public glare was unprofessional and suggested a sinister motive.
She called on the Oyo State Police Command to ensure that appropriate disciplinary actions were taken against the operatives to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to exhibit such a tendency.
According to her, Towobola, who recently passed out of national service, had been released after NYSC’s intervention.
Also, the Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Seun Fakorede, who is the Chairman, NYSC Governing Board in the state, also condemned the act.
Fakorede called for a thorough investigation into the matter, by the police, to ensure justice.
“It could, therefore, be concluded that these officers deliberately humiliated this lady for a reason best known to them.
“This action is unprofessional and capable of bringing the police into disrepute.”

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Police Arrest Four Personnel Involved In Harassment Of Lady In Viral Video

Police Arrest Four Personnel Involved In Harassment Of Lady In Viral Video

The Nigeria Police Force said it had arrested all four of its officers involved in the harassment and molestation of a lady found at a scene of an arrest.
Some officials of the force had gone from Lagos to Ibadan, Oyo State, to arrest a suspected criminal when a lady identified as Towobola was met at the scene.
The officers harassed her by asking her vulgar and sensual questions.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, condemned the act of the officers and ordered a discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding the dehumanising treatment of the lady.
The police said following an investigation, three of its officers and one civilian accomplice, who participated in the unprofessional act, were identified, while two had been arrested.
In an update on the case today (Friday), the police said the other two persons involved had been arrested.
“The Nigeria Police have arrested the remaining two persons involved in the dehumanizing treatment of a female citizen in a viral video making the rounds since Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020, bringing the total number of persons now in police custody to four.
“The two additional persons arrested are CPL Aiyedun Akeem and one Ope Owoeye — the civilian accomplice popularly known as ‘Wyclef’. Recall that ASP Tijani Olatunji and Inspr Gboyega were earlier arrested for their involvement in the case,” the police disclosed via its official Twitter handle.
The police said investigation was still ongoing after which the internal disciplinary procedures will commence for the officers.
The police also stated that police detectives from the State CID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, have established contact with the victim with assurances that justice will be done.

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