2019 INEC Timetable And The Fate Of The NotTooYoungToRun Bill

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2019 INEC Timetable and the Fate of the NotTooYoungToRun Bill, By Moshood Isah

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It is no longer news that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule of activities for the all-important 2019 General Elections and this basically means that there is now a sacrosanct timeline which all electoral activities must fall within. According to INEC, both the presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February 16, 2019, while the governorship and state assembly elections will also hold same day on March 2, two weeks after the presidential election.

This piece was written by Moshood Isah. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The dates for the election might not be as important as the timelines for the party primaries and submission of candidates form to INEC, for these will ultimately determine which candidates political parties will impose on Nigerians to choose from. The conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from these for national and state elections, according to the INEC timetable, has been slated for between August 18, 2018 and October 7, 2018. This basically means that young Nigerians have barely 10 months push for the #NotTooYoungToRun bill, to make up our minds to run for political office and pull through the bottle-neck of political parties.

Kudos to the National Assembly, the Senate and House of Representatives who have played their own parts by passing the #NotTooYoungToRun bill since July 2018. Although it took a bit of time for the bill to get transmitted to the state houses of assembly, however its been over a month since the bill has been with these state assemblies. Thus, it’s time to give the final push to see that at least 24, if not the 36, states pass the age reduction bill, along with the independent candidacy bill. This will not only give young Nigerians aspiring for political office the opportunity to run in 2019 but will also afford us ample time to navigate the hassles of political parties and other conundrums ahead of the 2019 general elections. More so, independent candidacy is another bill on the table of the state houses of assembly, which is also as important as the age reduction one. The independent candidacy bill, if also completely passed, will help young politicians to completely evade the intrigues in political party politics.

Its cheering to know that the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign, a citizen-led movement driven by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) has been embraced beyond just Nigeria but across the sub-African region and other parts of the world. The movement, comprising YIAGA and other youth-friendly organisations embarked on ferocious advocacy across Nigeria, ranging from town-hall meetings, nationwide protests, the engagement of lawmakers, dissemination of letters to lawmakers, social media campaigns and every other legitimate means to get the attention of Nigerians and indeed the world.

The massive presence of youth organisations, media outlets – including broadcast, print, online, and social media discussions on the #NotTooYoungToRun town hall meeting back in December 2017, coupled with unending conversations on the issue, go a long way in showing that young Nigerians only need a little push to actualise that necessity of taking over their own future. The need for the inclusion of youth who make up about 70 percent of the African population is a no brainer and should not be up for debate.

Borne out of the NotTooYoungToRun campaign is the ReadyToRun – a movement dedicated to inspiring young men and women to take a shot at public office. This is in a bid to make a statement that young people can demonstrate excellent public leadership, while addressing Africa’s governance challenges. Scrolling through the #ReadyToRun website reveals a whole lot that citizens are not only taking giant strides towards leadership but also the youth have been educated and sensitised enough to know the social resources they possess in their repertoire.

Within two months of launching the #ReadyToRun platform, over 160 young men and women have expressed interest to run for political office at various levels. This is no doubt borne out of the urgent need for responsive, accountable and innovative leadership on the African continent. Therefore, after intense perusal, the platform looks like an avenue that will inspire young people to participate in and sanitise politics in Nigeria on the long run. Although, there is a general perception that Nigerian politics tends to be dirty, recent experience has showed that only the players are dirty, which makes preparation for the next phase of the political dispensation inevitable.

Political campaigns and winning elections are complex enterprises which require specialised skills and knowledge. Undoubtedly, there are numerous opportunities for young people to run for elective office. However, such opportunities must be tapped into by people with the requisite capacity and competence. As we continue to generate knowledge on youth candidacy in Africa through monitoring trends on youth participation in politics, it is important to utilise any opportunity at hand like the #ReadyToRun platform which will profile and promote youth candidates with capacity, integrity, competence and creativity.

With the launch of the #ReadyToRun platform, young candidates can be located, mobilised and supported in the bid to eliminate all forms of phobia and apprehension faced by the youth when it comes to contesting and winning elections. This also comes with training opportunities, through organisations, to build leadership and organising capacity.

2019! Young People are ReadyToRun!!!

Moshood Isah is media officer of Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).

This piece was written by Moshood Isah. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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2019 INEC Timetable And The Fate Of The NotTooYoungToRun Bill

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2019 INEC Timetable and the Fate of the NotTooYoungToRun Bill, By Moshood Isah

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It is no longer news that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule of activities for the all-important 2019 General Elections and this basically means that there is now a sacrosanct timeline which all electoral activities must fall within. According to INEC, both the presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on February 16, 2019, while the governorship and state assembly elections will also hold same day on March 2, two weeks after the presidential election.

This piece was written by Moshood Isah. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The dates for the election might not be as important as the timelines for the party primaries and submission of candidates form to INEC, for these will ultimately determine which candidates political parties will impose on Nigerians to choose from. The conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from these for national and state elections, according to the INEC timetable, has been slated for between August 18, 2018 and October 7, 2018. This basically means that young Nigerians have barely 10 months push for the #NotTooYoungToRun bill, to make up our minds to run for political office and pull through the bottle-neck of political parties.

Kudos to the National Assembly, the Senate and House of Representatives who have played their own parts by passing the #NotTooYoungToRun bill since July 2018. Although it took a bit of time for the bill to get transmitted to the state houses of assembly, however its been over a month since the bill has been with these state assemblies. Thus, it’s time to give the final push to see that at least 24, if not the 36, states pass the age reduction bill, along with the independent candidacy bill. This will not only give young Nigerians aspiring for political office the opportunity to run in 2019 but will also afford us ample time to navigate the hassles of political parties and other conundrums ahead of the 2019 general elections. More so, independent candidacy is another bill on the table of the state houses of assembly, which is also as important as the age reduction one. The independent candidacy bill, if also completely passed, will help young politicians to completely evade the intrigues in political party politics.

Its cheering to know that the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign, a citizen-led movement driven by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) has been embraced beyond just Nigeria but across the sub-African region and other parts of the world. The movement, comprising YIAGA and other youth-friendly organisations embarked on ferocious advocacy across Nigeria, ranging from town-hall meetings, nationwide protests, the engagement of lawmakers, dissemination of letters to lawmakers, social media campaigns and every other legitimate means to get the attention of Nigerians and indeed the world.

The massive presence of youth organisations, media outlets – including broadcast, print, online, and social media discussions on the #NotTooYoungToRun town hall meeting back in December 2017, coupled with unending conversations on the issue, go a long way in showing that young Nigerians only need a little push to actualise that necessity of taking over their own future. The need for the inclusion of youth who make up about 70 percent of the African population is a no brainer and should not be up for debate.

Borne out of the NotTooYoungToRun campaign is the ReadyToRun – a movement dedicated to inspiring young men and women to take a shot at public office. This is in a bid to make a statement that young people can demonstrate excellent public leadership, while addressing Africa’s governance challenges. Scrolling through the #ReadyToRun website reveals a whole lot that citizens are not only taking giant strides towards leadership but also the youth have been educated and sensitised enough to know the social resources they possess in their repertoire.

Within two months of launching the #ReadyToRun platform, over 160 young men and women have expressed interest to run for political office at various levels. This is no doubt borne out of the urgent need for responsive, accountable and innovative leadership on the African continent. Therefore, after intense perusal, the platform looks like an avenue that will inspire young people to participate in and sanitise politics in Nigeria on the long run. Although, there is a general perception that Nigerian politics tends to be dirty, recent experience has showed that only the players are dirty, which makes preparation for the next phase of the political dispensation inevitable.

Political campaigns and winning elections are complex enterprises which require specialised skills and knowledge. Undoubtedly, there are numerous opportunities for young people to run for elective office. However, such opportunities must be tapped into by people with the requisite capacity and competence. As we continue to generate knowledge on youth candidacy in Africa through monitoring trends on youth participation in politics, it is important to utilise any opportunity at hand like the #ReadyToRun platform which will profile and promote youth candidates with capacity, integrity, competence and creativity.

With the launch of the #ReadyToRun platform, young candidates can be located, mobilised and supported in the bid to eliminate all forms of phobia and apprehension faced by the youth when it comes to contesting and winning elections. This also comes with training opportunities, through organisations, to build leadership and organising capacity.

2019! Young People are ReadyToRun!!!

Moshood Isah is media officer of Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).

This piece was written by Moshood Isah. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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5 Oil Workers Kidnapped By Gunmen In Niger Delta

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Some men armed with weapons have kidnapped five oil workers in Nigeria’s restive southern Niger Delta region, an area regularly hit by militant attacks and abductions, police told AFP on Friday.

It was gathered that the suspected militants seized the workers on Wednesday near the Ajoki community, which borders Edo and Delta States, said Delta State police spokesperson, Andrew Aniamaka.

“The police in partnership with the military are working to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt with the perpetrators arrested and brought to book,” Aniamaka said.

The workers are employees of Sahara Energy Oil Company, a Nigerian energy firm.

“The oil workers were in a boat en route to an offshore location when the gunmen arrived,” said local resident Ajugu Fidelis, who witnessed the abductions.

“(They) stormed the waterside and ordered the workers into their boat amidst gunshots and sped off to an unknown location.”

This is coming barely a few hours after the Niger Delta Avengers, a rebel group known to attack oil pipelines, issued a statement warning the government it was ending a 2017 ceasefire agreement.

The NDA’s targeting of oil and gas infrastructure in 2016 led to a slump in output that helped tip Nigeria into recession.

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Welcome To The World, Chicago West

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Chicago West is in the building as as you could probably predict, her swagger would be on a hundred, thousand, tri… You get the message.

Kim Kardashian West took to her website on Friday to share the name of her and Kanye West’s third child. As we all know, Kanye was born and raised in Chicago so we can guess that was a big factor behind the name choice.

The name news comes four days after the baby was born via surrogate. The couple decided to use a surrogate after Kim experienced numerous complications during her first two pregnancies.

“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care,” Kim wrote shortly after the baby’s birth.

Chicago joins her older siblings 4 year old North and 2 year old Saint.

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BREAKING: Court Sacks 21 Ibadan kings installed by Gov Ajimobi

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A High Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, on Friday, January 19, nullified the installation of 21 kings by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The Punch reports that the Court, which was presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki, declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

Olubadan Sues Oyo Governor Ajimobi, 23 Others For Installing 21 Kings

The review was recommended by a panel set up by the state government.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Olubadan Of Ibadan Distances Self From Mass Coronation Of 21 New Obas

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

In her ruling, Aiki held that wearing of beaded crowns was beyond the purview of sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws.

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The court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.

Aside Ladoja, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, also sued Ajimobi and 23 others, over their involvements in the crowning of 21 kings in Ibadan on August 27, 2017.

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Hot Shots! Pop Titan Mayorkun Glows In New Photos

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Cop a gander of Mayorkun, as he emits stardom in new promotional photos unleashed by the performer’s camp.

The pop titan rocked 2017 with the sleeper hit “Sade”, the mega smash “Mama” and his current running hit “Che Che”; and he cemented himself as a bonafide music star in the African music arena.

The singer who made a debut in 2016 with “Eleko” has achieved a lot in a short space of time and soars above his contemporaries; as he is set to embark on a U.K tour in February of 2018.

Mayorkun is currently putting finishing touches on his hotly anticipated album which is slated to hit stores in the last quarter of 2018.

CREDITS:
​Photographer – Anny Roberts
Styling – Sanusi Lagos (Sneaker Boy)
Direction – Avante Digital Concepts

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Go And Sin No More! Nigerian Military Clears 95 Deradicalised Boko Haram Members

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The Nigerian military has cleared a total of 95 surrendered Boko Haram terrorists having undergone De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration (DRR) programme organised by the military authorities through its Operation Safe Corridors.

The deradicalised Boko Haram members were certified fit for reintegration into the society.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja when he declared open a meeting of stakeholders to work out modalities for the reintegration of rehabilitated ex-Boko Haram fighters.

It was gathered that modalities that would determine how this would be done is being worked out by the special committee set up by the governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General of Department of State Service (DSS) among others.

Accordingly, the de-radicalised Boko Haram members would be transferred to their various state authorities for re-integration to their communities.

The 95 surrendered Boko Haram fighters, who were admitted into military facilities located in Gombe State in July 2017, according to the military, have successfully gone through its 16-week deradicalisation programe.

Olonisakin said: “The ex- fighters have been transformed, made to imbibe good characters and habits, and have also learnt vocational trades to empower them.

“The DPR camp, located in Gombe State is structured and mandated to absorb surrendered Boko Haram terrorists and cleared suspects into the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration Programme under the military’s Operation Safe Corridors (OPSC).”

The Commandant of DRR Camp of Operation Safe Corridors, Col Adegoke Adetuyi, while giving a review of the programme, said out of the 95 deradicalised Boko Haram fighters, Borno State alone has a total of 91 while Adamawa and Bauchi have one each, leaving Yobe also with two.

He said the 95 Boko Haram ex- combatants that commenced the DRR programme in July 2017, were adequately exposed to various therapies in the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and rehabilitation programme.

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Go And Sin No More! Nigerian Military Clears 95 Deradicalised Boko Haram Members

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The Nigerian military has cleared a total of 95 surrendered Boko Haram terrorists having undergone De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration (DRR) programme organised by the military authorities through its Operation Safe Corridors.

The deradicalised Boko Haram members were certified fit for reintegration into the society.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja when he declared open a meeting of stakeholders to work out modalities for the reintegration of rehabilitated ex-Boko Haram fighters.

It was gathered that modalities that would determine how this would be done is being worked out by the special committee set up by the governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General of Department of State Service (DSS) among others.

Accordingly, the de-radicalised Boko Haram members would be transferred to their various state authorities for re-integration to their communities.

The 95 surrendered Boko Haram fighters, who were admitted into military facilities located in Gombe State in July 2017, according to the military, have successfully gone through its 16-week deradicalisation programe.

Olonisakin said: “The ex- fighters have been transformed, made to imbibe good characters and habits, and have also learnt vocational trades to empower them.

“The DPR camp, located in Gombe State is structured and mandated to absorb surrendered Boko Haram terrorists and cleared suspects into the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration Programme under the military’s Operation Safe Corridors (OPSC).”

The Commandant of DRR Camp of Operation Safe Corridors, Col Adegoke Adetuyi, while giving a review of the programme, said out of the 95 deradicalised Boko Haram fighters, Borno State alone has a total of 91 while Adamawa and Bauchi have one each, leaving Yobe also with two.

He said the 95 Boko Haram ex- combatants that commenced the DRR programme in July 2017, were adequately exposed to various therapies in the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and rehabilitation programme.

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How Naira Traded Against Dollar At Investors’ Window

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The Nigerian Naira traded at N360.56 against the United States Dollar at the investors’ window on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

At the Bureau De Change window, the naira exchanged at N362 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N492 and N440, respectively.

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At the official CBN window, the naira was N305.75 against the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N420.47 and N373.72.

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Traders expressed optimism that the naira would continue to remain stable in the weeks to come.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the development, Mr Johnson Ejike, an importer, said that the relative stability of the naira at the parallel market would impact businesses positively in 2018.

Ejike noted that the Nigerian currency traded above N400 to the dollar in January 2017, which caused a lot of instability in the business community.

He expressed the hope that with the continuous intervention of the CBN at the nation’s foreign exchange market, the naira would maintain its stability.

The apex bank had expressed commitment in its series of interventions at the FOREX market.

The CBN injected 210 million dollars to the market on Monday.

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How Naira Traded Against Dollar At Investors’ Window

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The Nigerian Naira traded at N360.56 against the United States Dollar at the investors’ window on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

At the Bureau De Change window, the naira exchanged at N362 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N492 and N440, respectively.

Access Bank Approves Paternity Leave For All Male Employees

At the official CBN window, the naira was N305.75 against the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N420.47 and N373.72.

Sale Of 9Mobile In Jeopardy As Court Issues New Order

Traders expressed optimism that the naira would continue to remain stable in the weeks to come.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the development, Mr Johnson Ejike, an importer, said that the relative stability of the naira at the parallel market would impact businesses positively in 2018.

Ejike noted that the Nigerian currency traded above N400 to the dollar in January 2017, which caused a lot of instability in the business community.

He expressed the hope that with the continuous intervention of the CBN at the nation’s foreign exchange market, the naira would maintain its stability.

The apex bank had expressed commitment in its series of interventions at the FOREX market.

The CBN injected 210 million dollars to the market on Monday.

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Buhari Approves Licence For UNILAG TV | Varsity Commends President

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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving a TV licence for the institution, UNILAG TV.

The vice chancellor of the university, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, made the commendation at a meeting with the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and the Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

Mr. Ogundipe expressed optimism that the TV station would enhance research-oriented education and ease communication within and outside the university campus.

He said the TV station would completely alter the communication style in the university, and enhance its visibility across the continent.

The vice chancellor, who was accompanied by the Chair and Head of UNILAG Mass Communication Department, Ralph Akinfeleye, said the approval of the TV station further confirmed the president’s position on promoting free press and unhindered access to information that promotes development.

“It is now on record that the present administration signed the first campus TV licence and we remain deeply grateful to the president.

“The university is a brand. We want the university to be the research hub in Africa, and we are working towards being among the best three in the entire continent,’’ the vice chancellor added.

Apart from the TV station, Mr. Ogundipe noted that the Federal Government’s Independent Power Plant to improve electricity was already ongoing, while the NEEDS assessment fund for training of academic staff had already been received.

Mr. Akinfeleye said it took the university 25 years to get the first campus Radio station licence, but the TV station licence was processed in three years.

“It is interesting that President Buhari signed the first TV station licence for a university. We will use the TV station for pedagogical purity of education,’’ he said.

Mr. Adesina, who congratulated the vice chancellor on his appointment, said Mr. Buhari was fully committed to improving the standard of education in the country.

He urged the management team to take the university to higher heights.

On his part, Mr. Garba reiterated that President Buhari would always work towards creating an enabling environment for purposeful and visionary projects.

“It’s a signal of the president’s clear thinking. He will never put an obstacle on the path of progress.

“If you are ready with a project that will bring good to society, the president will instantly approve and support you to do it,’’ he said.

(NAN)

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Buhari Approves Licence For UNILAG TV | Varsity Commends President

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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving a TV licence for the institution, UNILAG TV.

The vice chancellor of the university, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, made the commendation at a meeting with the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and the Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

Mr. Ogundipe expressed optimism that the TV station would enhance research-oriented education and ease communication within and outside the university campus.

He said the TV station would completely alter the communication style in the university, and enhance its visibility across the continent.

The vice chancellor, who was accompanied by the Chair and Head of UNILAG Mass Communication Department, Ralph Akinfeleye, said the approval of the TV station further confirmed the president’s position on promoting free press and unhindered access to information that promotes development.

“It is now on record that the present administration signed the first campus TV licence and we remain deeply grateful to the president.

“The university is a brand. We want the university to be the research hub in Africa, and we are working towards being among the best three in the entire continent,’’ the vice chancellor added.

Apart from the TV station, Mr. Ogundipe noted that the Federal Government’s Independent Power Plant to improve electricity was already ongoing, while the NEEDS assessment fund for training of academic staff had already been received.

Mr. Akinfeleye said it took the university 25 years to get the first campus Radio station licence, but the TV station licence was processed in three years.

“It is interesting that President Buhari signed the first TV station licence for a university. We will use the TV station for pedagogical purity of education,’’ he said.

Mr. Adesina, who congratulated the vice chancellor on his appointment, said Mr. Buhari was fully committed to improving the standard of education in the country.

He urged the management team to take the university to higher heights.

On his part, Mr. Garba reiterated that President Buhari would always work towards creating an enabling environment for purposeful and visionary projects.

“It’s a signal of the president’s clear thinking. He will never put an obstacle on the path of progress.

“If you are ready with a project that will bring good to society, the president will instantly approve and support you to do it,’’ he said.

(NAN)

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Reekado Banks’ Manager, Temi Expecting Baby With Wife (PHOTOS)

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Reekado Banks’ manager and brother, Solomon Temioluwa Seth is expecting his first child with his wife Amy Demure. The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in April 2017.

READ ALSO: Reekado Won’t Apologise For Saying He Is Better Than Lil Kesh – Manager

Amy’s first ever baby bump photos have surfaced online. see photos below;

Reekado Banks' Manager, expecting a baby with wife

Reekado Banks' Manager, expecting a baby with wife 2

Reekado Banks' Manager, expecting a baby with wife

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In Kaduna: NUT Suspends Strike As El-Rufai Allows Sacked Teachers To Reapply

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna State has suspended the indefinite strike action they embarked upon 10 days ago in all state public schools and directed teachers to resume duty.

Public primary and secondary school teachers in the state had embarked on the strike 10 days ago over the sack of over 21,000 of primary school teachers the state government said failed a competency test.

However, the NUT Chairman, Comrade Audu T. Amba, on Thursday announced that the decision to bring an end to the strike was the resolve of an emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council, SWEC of the union.

The state chairman also stated that the NUT supports the State Government in the quest towards qualitative education in the state.

He said, “The state wing of the NUT, Kaduna state met today 18th January, 2018 to review the situation in the light of the pronouncement of the Kaduna state government which was broadcast on the state media outfit the KSMC.

“The broadcast which is to the effect that the State government after a meeting with the interim chairman and Education Secretaries of the 23 local governments has decided to give the 21,780 teachers who did not pass the recent competency test another opportunity for consideration under the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) program of continuous recruitment that will give every willing teacher a chance to apply.

“The State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of NUT Kaduna commends the above decision of the Governor and sees in it an opportunity to resolve the impasse between the teachers in Kaduna state and the state government, the end results of which will be an improvement in service delivery in our public schools

“In the light of the above, SWEC unanimously resolved to reciprocate the gesture of the Kaduna State Government by calling off with immediate effect the indefinite strike action embarked upon by teachers in the public schools and secondary schools in Kaduna state.

“SWEC hereby extends its hand of fellowship to the Kaduna State government and implore it to always engage the NUT in all matters relating to the implementation of service delivery in the Education sector and teachers welfare”. The teachers’ leadership also commended her members for remaining united and resolute in the struggle, and the leadership of the Labour movement in Nigeria and the NGIs and general public who identified with them during their principled struggle.”

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In Kaduna: NUT Suspends Strike As El-Rufai Allows Sacked Teachers To Reapply

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna State has suspended the indefinite strike action they embarked upon 10 days ago in all state public schools and directed teachers to resume duty.

Public primary and secondary school teachers in the state had embarked on the strike 10 days ago over the sack of over 21,000 of primary school teachers the state government said failed a competency test.

However, the NUT Chairman, Comrade Audu T. Amba, on Thursday announced that the decision to bring an end to the strike was the resolve of an emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council, SWEC of the union.

The state chairman also stated that the NUT supports the State Government in the quest towards qualitative education in the state.

He said, “The state wing of the NUT, Kaduna state met today 18th January, 2018 to review the situation in the light of the pronouncement of the Kaduna state government which was broadcast on the state media outfit the KSMC.

“The broadcast which is to the effect that the State government after a meeting with the interim chairman and Education Secretaries of the 23 local governments has decided to give the 21,780 teachers who did not pass the recent competency test another opportunity for consideration under the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) program of continuous recruitment that will give every willing teacher a chance to apply.

“The State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of NUT Kaduna commends the above decision of the Governor and sees in it an opportunity to resolve the impasse between the teachers in Kaduna state and the state government, the end results of which will be an improvement in service delivery in our public schools

“In the light of the above, SWEC unanimously resolved to reciprocate the gesture of the Kaduna State Government by calling off with immediate effect the indefinite strike action embarked upon by teachers in the public schools and secondary schools in Kaduna state.

“SWEC hereby extends its hand of fellowship to the Kaduna State government and implore it to always engage the NUT in all matters relating to the implementation of service delivery in the Education sector and teachers welfare”. The teachers’ leadership also commended her members for remaining united and resolute in the struggle, and the leadership of the Labour movement in Nigeria and the NGIs and general public who identified with them during their principled struggle.”

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Benue Crisis: “You Can’t Label Miyetti Allah As A Terrorist Organization” – Sultan

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jama’atul Nasir Islam, Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has stated that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) can not be labelled as a terrorist organisation.

Emir Sanusi Admits To Be Patron Of Miyetti Allah Alongside Sultan Of Sokoto, Others

The monarch said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 1st General Assembly of Inter-faith Dialogue forum with the theme, ‘Living together, achieving together,’ The Punch reports

While admitting that he is a patron of the MACBAN, the Sultan stressed that the group had no control over the Fulani herdsmen, whom he said were preoccupied with their animals in the bush.

Sultan Abubakar, who berated those calling for proscription of the group, challenged them to as well call for proscription of other Socio-ethnic organisations like the Afenifere, Ohanaeze ndi Igbo and Arewa Consultative Forum, among others.

He said, “We pray not to get to the level of Afghanistan where everybody is bearing arms, but you can’t label Miyetti Allah as a terrorist organisation. It has never sat down to discuss how to kill innocent people and take over their land. The Fulani (herdsmen) don’t care about electricity, roads or the government because they live in the bush.

“We refuse to accept that all Fulani are bad. The crisis in Benue is not a religious or ethnic problem but an economic one. It is a fight between herdsmen and farmers and unless the government takes it seriously, it may get out of hand.”

The Sultan also queried the competence of the security agencies and their inability to stop the attacks and killings by herdsmen in Benue State.

He stated that everything must be done to stop the ongoing loss of lives, warning religious and political leaders to avoid inflammatory utterances that could further worsen the situation.

“The killings must be stopped, they have gone too far. This is not the time to apportion blames, but to seek solutions. What are the security agencies doing and when will these killings stop? We must challenge the leaders with one voice, the issues must not be looked at with the prisms of religion or ethnicity,” Abubakar cautioned.

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Confusion As 200 Cows Go Missing In Plateau

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There was confusion on Thursday at the Headquarters of the Special Military Taskforce, codenamed ‘Operation Safe Haven’ in Jos, Plateau State, over the alleged theft of over 200 cows.

The Punch reports that the Commander of OPSH, Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe, had earlier disclosed that 200 cows were missing, out of which 100 had been recovered and 20 found dead.

This is after some members of the Miyatti Allah had on Monday claimed that 350 of their cows were stolen and subsequently threatened to “violently search” for the cattle in Ganawuri, Riyom local government.

While Atolagbe alleged that some of the suspects had been arrested, the spokesman for the agency, Maj. Umar Adams, said no arrest had been made.

Adams said, “Up till now, there is no arrest; the security operatives are still on their trail and so far, they are still recovering more of the cows. They recovered about five cows and one sheep yesterday (Wednesday) while on the trail of the rustlers.”

When reminded of the statement from the OPSH Commander, he said, “I am not aware of any statement. The only statement I am aware of is the one I am telling you now and no arrest has been made.

“However, our personnel have been deployed and they are carrying out raids to ensure that they arrest the perpetrators. And in the course of the operation, they have been able to recover about five cows and one sheep. For now, there has been no arrest.”

Other sources claimed that 20 persons had been arrested for cow rustling in the state.

“Over 20 suspects have been arrested by security operatives in connection with the stealing of cows and they are currently being detained at the headquarters of OPSH in Jos. As soon as investigations are concluded, they will be handed over to the appropriate agencies for prosecution,” said a source.

However, a statement issued on behalf of the Commander of OPSH by Brig.-Gen. Bello reads:

“Our attention has been drawn to some newspaper articles reporting palpable tension in Plateau State. The reports indicate that the state had been thrown into a state of fear, following alleged threats issued by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state over an alleged attack on their kinsmen and the rustling of 350 cows belonging to their people.

“Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) wishes to state authoritatively that the rumor is unfounded, misplaced and out of reality and should therefore be disregarded.

“Please note that only 200 cattle were missing out of which a hundred were recovered while 20 were found dead. Efforts are ongoing to find the remaining ones with the assistance of the locals in the area.

“However, some suspects were arrested and investigations are ongoing.

“Furthermore, the command has made efforts at meeting with all the parties involved and strongly advised them to remain peaceful and work closely with security agencies to unravel these criminals once and for all , rather taking laws into their hands.”

“We therefore advise members of the public to go about their normal business as the situation is under control.”

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Principal, Teachers Suspended For Flogging Students In Nasarawa (Watch Video)

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The Nasarawa State government has suspended the Principal of Government Science Secondary School, Nassarawa-Eggon, alongside three other teachers for one month for meting out corporal punishment to some students.

The suspension came on the back of the controversy that ensued after a video went viral on social media in which some female students of GSS, Nassarawa-Eggon were “badly” flogged.

Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Funke Akindele, had also strongly condemned the flogging of the students, calling for sack of the teachers involved.

In reaction to this, the state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Tijjani Ahmed, who confirmed their suspension to newsmen on Thursday in Lafia, also said the state government had banned corporal punishments in public schools across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.

He said, “We have constituted a committee to investigate the matter and report to the ministry in the next one week to enable the ministry to take appropriate action.

“Already, three staff members of the school including the Principal have been given a one-month suspension over their involvement in the corporal punishment pending the report of the committee set up by the ministry.”

He explained that the ministry had also written to all public schools informing their managements of the ban on corporal punishment.

He further warned teachers meting out corporal punishment to students to desist “as anyone caught would face disciplinary action.”

“Even if teachers would want to punish students for any offence, it should be minor punishment, the government would continue to respond to the challenges facing the education sector in the state.”

Watch video below:

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Osun State Government Rejects Cattle Colony Idea From FG Regarding Fulani Herdsmen

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The Osun State Government has rejected the cattle colony idea being proposed by the Federal Government.

The establishing of cattle colonies idea was brought up by the Federal Government in a bid to address the continuous killing of farmers by Fulani herdsmen across the country. However, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osun State, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, on Thursday, said the state government would not buy into the idea.

The Commissioner disclosed that the Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, had foreseen the kind of herders-farmers’ crisis being witnessed in many states and had already established a committee comprising of government officials, farmers and herdsmen to quickly resolve whatever issue that might come up.

According to Baderinwa, the committee had been in existence for almost two years, and had already resolved thousands of cases, and that it’s the reason why there had been no herdsmen – farmers’ clashes in the state.

The commissioner said, “The truth is that we have gone ahead of that long before the current crisis in some parts of the country happened. We have a committee of Yoruba and Fulani which is overseeing the issue of farm destruction by livestock and other related issues.

“There is understanding between the two groups. The understanding is that no cattle rearer should graze their livestock into any farm and if this happens, the herder will pay for the destruction.

“If a new herder is entering into Osun from any part of the country, such person will be taken to the head of the Fulani and he will be registered and be included among those whose activities will be monitored by the committee. Members of the committee know everyone and I believe it is a great job.

“That is what we have put in place in order to prevent this kind of crisis and it is working. We are hoping that there won’t be any intruder to disrupt the peace we have been enjoying for more than one and a half years. So, I don’t think that the proposed creation of cattle colonies will be necessary for us in Osun State.”

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Osinbajo Heads 10-Member Committee To End Killings By Herdsmen

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The National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved a 10-member working committee on the herdsmen/farmers conflicts in the country.

Literally, it means the Vice President is to chair the committee made up of other nine state governors that will put an end to the killings by herdsmen in parts of the country.

This was one of the decisions reached at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, stated this at the end of the meeting presided over by Osinbajo.
Ganduje named members of the committee to include governors of Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Edo, Plateau, Oyo, and Ebonyi states.

The governor said, “On the farmers/herdsmen crises, Council constituted a working group to collaborate with the Federal Government in addressing the issues of impunity regarding the killings and violence.”

“The Committee, composed of nine governors under the chairmanship of the Vice President, would work in accordance with the President’s commitment to ensure that all perpetrators of violence are brought to book”

“The working group comprises of governors of Zamfara, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Ebonyi and Oyo States.

“The committee has started its meeting right after today’s National Economic Council.’’

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