NYSC Issues Important Message For 2018 Batch C Stream II PCMs Posted To Yobe, Borno

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NYSC: 2018 Batch C Stream II PCMs Posted To Yobe, Borno To Camp In Gombe

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will be hosting the 2018 Batch ‘C’ stream II orientation course for corps members originally deployed to Borno and Yobe  States in Gombe State.

The state coordinator of NYSC, Mr David Markson, said this on Monday in a statement signed by Ms Margaret Dakama, Head Public Relations Unit in Gombe State.

NYSC 2018 Batch C Stream II Orientation Course Commences On Nov 15 (See Full Details)

According to Markson, the NYSC management had approved the deployment of 1,700 corps members for the orientation exercise, comprising Gombe State, 900, Borno State, 400 and Yobe State, 400.

NYSC Indefinitely Suspends 2018 Batch C Orientation In Kaduna

He further revealed that the prospective corps members are expected to report at the NYSC temporary orientation Camp, Science Technical College, Amada, Kilometre 21, Bauchi-Gombe Highway from Thursday, November 15.

 “Please note, prospective corps members are expected to report on time, as registration and verification will end at midnight on Sunday, November 18,” he said.

The state coordinator also solicited for the support of transport unions and people of the state to welcome and extend their usual hospitality to the prospective corps members.

“All should assist in directing them to the venue of the orientation exercise,” he pleaded.

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NYSC Issues Important Message For 2018 Batch C Stream II PCMs Posted To Yobe, Borno

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NYSC: 2018 Batch C Stream II PCMs Posted To Yobe, Borno To Camp In Gombe

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will be hosting the 2018 Batch ‘C’ stream II orientation course for corps members originally deployed to Borno and Yobe  States in Gombe State.

The state coordinator of NYSC, Mr David Markson, said this on Monday in a statement signed by Ms Margaret Dakama, Head Public Relations Unit in Gombe State.

NYSC 2018 Batch C Stream II Orientation Course Commences On Nov 15 (See Full Details)

According to Markson, the NYSC management had approved the deployment of 1,700 corps members for the orientation exercise, comprising Gombe State, 900, Borno State, 400 and Yobe State, 400.

NYSC Indefinitely Suspends 2018 Batch C Orientation In Kaduna

He further revealed that the prospective corps members are expected to report at the NYSC temporary orientation Camp, Science Technical College, Amada, Kilometre 21, Bauchi-Gombe Highway from Thursday, November 15.

 “Please note, prospective corps members are expected to report on time, as registration and verification will end at midnight on Sunday, November 18,” he said.

The state coordinator also solicited for the support of transport unions and people of the state to welcome and extend their usual hospitality to the prospective corps members.

“All should assist in directing them to the venue of the orientation exercise,” he pleaded.

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NYSC Issues Important Message For 2018 Batch C Stream II PCMs Posted To Yobe, Borno

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NYSC: 2018 Batch C Stream II PCMs Posted To Yobe, Borno To Camp In Gombe

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will be hosting the 2018 Batch ‘C’ stream II orientation course for corps members originally deployed to Borno and Yobe  States in Gombe State.

The state coordinator of NYSC, Mr David Markson, said this on Monday in a statement signed by Ms Margaret Dakama, Head Public Relations Unit in Gombe State.

NYSC 2018 Batch C Stream II Orientation Course Commences On Nov 15 (See Full Details)

According to Markson, the NYSC management had approved the deployment of 1,700 corps members for the orientation exercise, comprising Gombe State, 900, Borno State, 400 and Yobe State, 400.

NYSC Indefinitely Suspends 2018 Batch C Orientation In Kaduna

He further revealed that the prospective corps members are expected to report at the NYSC temporary orientation Camp, Science Technical College, Amada, Kilometre 21, Bauchi-Gombe Highway from Thursday, November 15.

 “Please note, prospective corps members are expected to report on time, as registration and verification will end at midnight on Sunday, November 18,” he said.

The state coordinator also solicited for the support of transport unions and people of the state to welcome and extend their usual hospitality to the prospective corps members.

“All should assist in directing them to the venue of the orientation exercise,” he pleaded.

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Buhari Signs Five Bills Into Nigerian Law

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Buhari Signs Five Bills Into Nigerian Law

President Muhammadu has signed five bills in Nigeria’s law, after several months of legislative action.

The bills are Federal Capital Territory appropriation act, 2018; Nigerian Centre For Disease Control and Prevention (establishment) act, 2018; extradition (amendment ) act, 2018; National Environmental Standard And Regulations Enforcement Agency act, 2018 and the Nigerian Institute Of Mining and Geosciences.

The announcement was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (senate), Ita Enang, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

“The Federal Capital Territory appropriation act, 2018 was submitted by Mr. President to the national assembly,” he said.

“The act allows aggregate capital and recurrent expenditure of N371, 532,518,887 (three hundred and seventy one Billion, five hundred and thirty two million, five hundred and eighteen thousand eight hundred and eighty seven kobo) up to the financial year ending   December 31, 2018.”

Enang said the Nigerian Centre For Disease Control and Prevention act is aimed at the prevention, detection and control of communicable diseases and other public health emergencies in the country.

His words: “The act submitted by Mr. President as executive bill on October 17, 2017 to the national assembly is to develop, maintain and coordinate surveillance systems to collect, analyse and interpret data on diseases of public health importance , in order to detect public health threats, guide health intervention and set public health priorities.”

“Lead the response to disease outbreaks, public health emergencies and disasters in order to minimize the impact on health.

“Develop and maintain a network of reference and specialized laboratories for pathogen detection, disease surveillance and outbreak response.”

According to him, the extradition amendment act vests jurisdiction on extradition proceedings now on the federal high court and no longer on the magistrates.

“The amendment further introduces a new section 15(2) preventing double jeopardy as protected by Section 36(9) of the constitution which prevents a person surrendered  to Nigeria in accordance with extraction treaty; obligation from being arrested, detained, extradited or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria or any other country within the commonwealth or any other country having same extraditing agreement with Nigeria,” he said.

“If the proceedings  relates to an offence for which he has been previously  convicted or acquitted in the requesting country for which extradition is sought by the Nigerian authorities.”

He said the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act 2018, was an amendment to the 2007 Act.

According to him, the Act more succinctly defines matters of appointment to the council, empowers the Agency or appropriate person to cause immediate abatement of imminent environmental pollution while appropriate warrant or court order is sought to ensure public safety, among others.

He said the Nigerian Institute Of Mining and Geo-sciences, Jos (Establishment) Act “establishes the institute to provide courses of instruction, training and research in Geo-sciences and mining and produce technicians and such skilled personnel normally required for the mining and related industries.’’

He revealed that the law was to provide for “both the public and private sectors alike, laboratory services for rock and mineral identification, sampling and mineral beneficiation, mineral and metallurgical analysis

“It is also meant to Conduct research in mining, quarrying and related industries and to provide skilled training for the artisanal and small scale mining operators, among others.’’

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Buhari Signs Five Bills Into Nigerian Law

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Buhari Signs Five Bills Into Nigerian Law

President Muhammadu has signed five bills in Nigeria’s law, after several months of legislative action.

The bills are Federal Capital Territory appropriation act, 2018; Nigerian Centre For Disease Control and Prevention (establishment) act, 2018; extradition (amendment ) act, 2018; National Environmental Standard And Regulations Enforcement Agency act, 2018 and the Nigerian Institute Of Mining and Geosciences.

The announcement was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (senate), Ita Enang, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

“The Federal Capital Territory appropriation act, 2018 was submitted by Mr. President to the national assembly,” he said.

“The act allows aggregate capital and recurrent expenditure of N371, 532,518,887 (three hundred and seventy one Billion, five hundred and thirty two million, five hundred and eighteen thousand eight hundred and eighty seven kobo) up to the financial year ending   December 31, 2018.”

Enang said the Nigerian Centre For Disease Control and Prevention act is aimed at the prevention, detection and control of communicable diseases and other public health emergencies in the country.

His words: “The act submitted by Mr. President as executive bill on October 17, 2017 to the national assembly is to develop, maintain and coordinate surveillance systems to collect, analyse and interpret data on diseases of public health importance , in order to detect public health threats, guide health intervention and set public health priorities.”

“Lead the response to disease outbreaks, public health emergencies and disasters in order to minimize the impact on health.

“Develop and maintain a network of reference and specialized laboratories for pathogen detection, disease surveillance and outbreak response.”

According to him, the extradition amendment act vests jurisdiction on extradition proceedings now on the federal high court and no longer on the magistrates.

“The amendment further introduces a new section 15(2) preventing double jeopardy as protected by Section 36(9) of the constitution which prevents a person surrendered  to Nigeria in accordance with extraction treaty; obligation from being arrested, detained, extradited or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria or any other country within the commonwealth or any other country having same extraditing agreement with Nigeria,” he said.

“If the proceedings  relates to an offence for which he has been previously  convicted or acquitted in the requesting country for which extradition is sought by the Nigerian authorities.”

He said the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act 2018, was an amendment to the 2007 Act.

According to him, the Act more succinctly defines matters of appointment to the council, empowers the Agency or appropriate person to cause immediate abatement of imminent environmental pollution while appropriate warrant or court order is sought to ensure public safety, among others.

He said the Nigerian Institute Of Mining and Geo-sciences, Jos (Establishment) Act “establishes the institute to provide courses of instruction, training and research in Geo-sciences and mining and produce technicians and such skilled personnel normally required for the mining and related industries.’’

He revealed that the law was to provide for “both the public and private sectors alike, laboratory services for rock and mineral identification, sampling and mineral beneficiation, mineral and metallurgical analysis

“It is also meant to Conduct research in mining, quarrying and related industries and to provide skilled training for the artisanal and small scale mining operators, among others.’’

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Teleology Is Officially The New Owner Of Nigeria’s 9mobile

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Teleology Is Officially The New Owner Of Nigeria’s 9mobile

Teleology holdings has been given final approval of no objection by the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to own Nigeria’s telecommunication company, 9mobile.

The take-over was finalised on Monday, November 12 – about 8 months after the Telecoms firm made the initial $50 million non-refundable deposit to acquire 9mobile.

A statement by the company said the decision followed a successful completion of the tenure of the former Board appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and in fulfillment of the consequential transfer of final ownership to the new investors, Teleology Nigeria Limited.

Teleology also announced the appointment of Nasiru Ado Bayero (Chairman), Stephane Beuvelet (Acting Managing Director) and 5 other directors to run Nigeria’s fourth-largest telecoms company.

“We thank all out-going members of the Board for helping to shepherd 9mobile through the critical transition phase it has passed through since July 2017 and wish them the very best in their future assignments,” the statement, signed by the company’s spokesperson, Mohammed Edewor, said.

“For us, the composition of the new Board of Directors is another significant milestone, and this follows the issuance of final approval of no objection by the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the effect that the technical and financial bids Teleology submitted for 9mobile met and satisfied all the regulatory requirements.This is indeed the dawn of a new era in the evolution of the 9mobile brand in the Nigerian market.”

The statement listed the “new Board of Directors to include Nasiru Ado Bayero (Chairman); Asega Aliga (Non Executive Director); Adrian Wood (Non Executive Director); and Mohammed Edewor (Non Executive Director). Others are Winston Ndubueze Udeh (Non Executive Director); Abdulrahman Ado (Executive Director) and Stephane Beuvelet (Acting Managing Director).”

“As we begin this new epochal phase, we wish to thank all the employees who built this viable business,” Mr Bayero was quoted to have said.

“Our debt of gratitude also goes to our subscribers even as we assure them to get ready for real best-in-class additional value for their relationship with the 9mobile brand. Without you, there could not have been a 9mobile business for us to invest in today. We will justify your confidence in our brand by making significant investments that will improve the value you get for using 9mobile.”

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Teleology Is Officially The New Owner Of Nigeria’s 9mobile

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Teleology Is Officially The New Owner Of Nigeria’s 9mobile

Teleology holdings has been given final approval of no objection by the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to own Nigeria’s telecommunication company, 9mobile.

The take-over was finalised on Monday, November 12 – about 8 months after the Telecoms firm made the initial $50 million non-refundable deposit to acquire 9mobile.

A statement by the company said the decision followed a successful completion of the tenure of the former Board appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and in fulfillment of the consequential transfer of final ownership to the new investors, Teleology Nigeria Limited.

Teleology also announced the appointment of Nasiru Ado Bayero (Chairman), Stephane Beuvelet (Acting Managing Director) and 5 other directors to run Nigeria’s fourth-largest telecoms company.

“We thank all out-going members of the Board for helping to shepherd 9mobile through the critical transition phase it has passed through since July 2017 and wish them the very best in their future assignments,” the statement, signed by the company’s spokesperson, Mohammed Edewor, said.

“For us, the composition of the new Board of Directors is another significant milestone, and this follows the issuance of final approval of no objection by the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the effect that the technical and financial bids Teleology submitted for 9mobile met and satisfied all the regulatory requirements.This is indeed the dawn of a new era in the evolution of the 9mobile brand in the Nigerian market.”

The statement listed the “new Board of Directors to include Nasiru Ado Bayero (Chairman); Asega Aliga (Non Executive Director); Adrian Wood (Non Executive Director); and Mohammed Edewor (Non Executive Director). Others are Winston Ndubueze Udeh (Non Executive Director); Abdulrahman Ado (Executive Director) and Stephane Beuvelet (Acting Managing Director).”

“As we begin this new epochal phase, we wish to thank all the employees who built this viable business,” Mr Bayero was quoted to have said.

“Our debt of gratitude also goes to our subscribers even as we assure them to get ready for real best-in-class additional value for their relationship with the 9mobile brand. Without you, there could not have been a 9mobile business for us to invest in today. We will justify your confidence in our brand by making significant investments that will improve the value you get for using 9mobile.”

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Boko Haram Turns Robbers! Steals 200 Cows, 300 Sheep, Goats In Borno

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Boko Haram Steals 200 Cows, 300 Sheep, Goats While On Robbery Mission In Borno

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said Boko Haram insurgents came on a robbery mission on Saturday night  at Bale Shuwa village in Jere Local government of Borno state and made away with cows, sheep and goats.

Alhaji Bashir Garga, NEMA’s Northeast Zonal Coordinator, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri.

Garga said: “Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa village in Jere Local Government Area at about 7:30 pm on Saturday.

“One disabled person was allegedly killed and 65 houses were burnt, while 200 cows, 300 sheep and goats were carted away”.

Garga added that those wounded in the attack were provided with treatment, noting that humanitarian needs assessment is being conducted, to ensure mobilisation of immediate relief assistance to the victims.

 The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that normalcy has been restored to the area as people who earlier fled the communities returned to their homes after the military repelled the insurgents’ attack.

(NAN)

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Drunk Driver Rams Into COAS, General Buratai’s Car

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According to the Nigerian Army via Twitter, a suspected drunk driver hit the official car of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai on Sunday at Jere town en route to Kaduna.

The General’s car was in a convoy along with other vehicles when the lone civilian vehicle veered off its lane and ran into the car. Although the Army boss was not in the car, his ADC sustained minor injuries and has been evacuated to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

General Tukur Buratai

General Buratai’s Car
“The driver of the civilian car that rammed into the convoy of the COAS is presently receiving medical attention at a NA Medical facility. Case has been reported to Police and Investigation has commenced. Initial findings showed driver was under the influence of alcohol”, the army tweeted this morning.

 

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That Man In Aso Rock Is Not Buhari – Femi Fani-Kayode Insists

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The former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has insisted that the person acting as the President and living in the Aso Villa is not President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reacting to the ongoing crisis going on within the ruling APC party, FFK added that the entire country would be shocked come 2019 when all is revealed.

The ex minister took to his Twitter account to reveal this, going on to quote the Governors of Ogun and Imo states respectively. He tweeted,

Buhari

He went on to insist on the President’s fake identity,

Buhari

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Rohr Arrives Delta As Super Eagles Camp Opens Today Ahead Of South Africa Clash

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Rohr Arrives Delta As Super Eagles Camp Opens Today Ahead Of South Africa Clash

Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr is expected to arrive in Asaba alongside some of his players to prepare for this weekend’s African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg, an official has said.

The team’s Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, who made this known while speaking with Nigerian Guardian on Sunday, said that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has prepared the logistics for the arrival of players in the Delta State capital.

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According to him, proper training will begin at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Tuesday, November 13.

His words: “The players and officials will use Monday to settle down before proper training starts on Tuesday. We have less than five days to train in Asaba because the team will depart for South Africa by Thursday or Friday through a chartered flight.”

Ibitoye said apart from the players out through injury, none of the invited players for the game is injured, adding that the team doctors would examine the players today to ascertain their level of fitness.

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Meanwhile, with the November 17 encounter at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg ranking as a decisive fixture to determine Nigeria’s early qualification for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Rohr is glad to see his players hit top form before the game.

He said: “I watch some of their games with their respective clubs and I am impressed with their performance.

“I am thrilled with the playing time my players are getting in their clubs in Europe. They are not only playing regularly, they are in good form and that is what I demand from them every week.

“They are doing very good and that is very well for us moving forward. If they continue like this, they will make the game against South Africa a bit easier.”

 

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NYSC 2018 Batch C Stream II Orientation Course Commences On Nov 15 (See Full Details)

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NYSC 2018 Batch C Stream II Orientation Course Commences On Nov 15

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced the date for the orientation course of the 2018 batch C stream II Prospective Corps Members (PCMs).

According to the Scheme, the 2018 Batch C Stream II Orientation Course would begin on November 15, and end on December 5, 2018.

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The date was announced on its website – few days after their online registration came to an end.

The PCMs are expected to spend three weeks at their various NYSC camps after which they would be deployed to their places of primary assignments.

NYSC Mobilization Time-Table For 2018 Batch C

 

S/N Event Date
1 2018 Batch ‘B’ Post Mobilization Workshop 9th – 12th September, 2018
2 2018 Batch ‘C’ Pre-Mobilization Workshop 18th – 22nd September, 2018
3 Uploading of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs 3rd – 30th September, 2018
4 Submission of Hard Copies of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs 2nd – 5th October, 2018
5 Online Registration by Foreign and locally Trained Nigerian Graduates. 6th – 15th October, 2018
6 Entertainment of complaints from Prospective Corps Members by the state Deployment and Relocation officers and NYSC Help Lines/Desks officers. 6th – 15th October, 2018
7 Action By ICT Department 16th – 18th October, 2018
8 Notification and Printing of Call-up Letters By PCMs 19th – 22nd October, 2018
9 Online Printing of Deployment Disposition By Corps Producing Institution/Delivery of Manual Call-up Letters to Institutions 18th – 23rd October, 2018
10 2018 Batch ‘C’ Stream II Orientation Course 15th November – 5th December, 2018

Bear in mind that the serving members of the NYSC deployed in Ebonyi state are currently receiving the increased monthly allowances granted them by the state government.

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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Be Completed In 2021

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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Be Completed In 2021

The Sagamu-Lagos area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project will be completed by 2021, the contractor handling the reconstruction of the expressway, Julius Berger said yesterday.

The Operations Manager, Julius Berger, Thamm Olaf, made this known when he spoke with the Senate Committee on Works, led by its Chairman, Kabiru Gaya, on Sunday,  November 11.

According to him, the project, which was to be completed in 2017, was stalled due to paucity of funds and additional facilities such as flyovers, u-turns and under parks, among others.

“Originally, it was two lanes, but now it has been widened to three lanes for each side. The delivery date for the project is 2021. Normally, it was to be completed in 2017 but four years were added because of additional works. There was the shutting down of the project for two times because of funding challenges, that is why we asked for extension of time. Instead of using lateritic surface, we are converting to stone-based to relief the cost of maintaining the road and make it last long”.

Gaya, who said a lot of money had been invested on roads, added that the committee was not happy with the speed of work on the project. He urged the contractor to increase the pace.

“We are visiting 27 states to inspect ongoing project and we are here not just to see the road but to supervise and check the level of work done so far. The road is going to take care of huge volume of traffic, but we are not happy with the slow speed.”

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Read Banky W’s Powerful Speech While Declaring Bid For House Of Rep (FULL STATEMENT)

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Read Banky W’s Powerful Speech While Declaring Bid For House Of Rep (FULL STATEMENT)

Popular Nigerian singer, Banky W, on Saturday, declared his intention to contest for the House of Representatives in 2019.

He seeks to represent Eti-Osa local government area in Lagos and is running on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party (MDP).

Here’s all he wants you to know below:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen… my name is Olubankole Wellington.

I’d like to start by saying a very special thank you to who is to me, on the inside and out, the most beautiful and incredible person in the world.. my wife, Mrs Adesua Etomi-Wellington.

For myself, and the team behind this MDP movement – the Modern Democratic Party, I can honestly say, that tonight is a dream come true. I’ve seen that happen many times, you know? I’ve seen dreams come true; and it’s amazing everytime. I am, infact, living proof, that the unlikeliest of dreams can indeed come true.

In 1981, I was born to a father from Lagos, and a mother from Cross Rivers – both of whom struggled and were it not for the Grace of God, had no business receiving University educations abroad. My Dad was an orphan, who was shuffled from relative to relative, and depended largely on a combination of street smarts, book smarts, and athletic abilities, to put himself through school, using a combination of scholarships, student loans, and multiple part time jobs.

 My mother’s story was not much different… born in Calabar, to a single mom, she was sent off to live with her relatives in Lagos. Through her belief in God, a lot of hard work, and sheer force of will, following her secondary education, she too earned and worked her way through University.

Neither of them grew up in particularly fortunate circumstances… but they held on to a set of beliefs that I have since inherited… we believe that what you lack in wealth, privilege and connections, you can make up for with hope, hard work, and determination. My parents taught me that if you believe in God, believe in yourself, never give up hope and work hard, dreams that seem impossible, CAN indeed come true.

In 1985, our family returned to Lagos. Like most families with a limited income, sacrifices had to be made. My parents realized at that time, that they couldn’t afford to rent a nice flat AND send us to a good school at the same time – it would be one or the other. And so we attended Corona Primary school in Ikoyi, while we lived on the ground floor flat of a sinking building in Akoka, Yaba. We were classmates with children of the rich by day, and playmates with children of the street by night. I remember during the peak of the raining seasons, our flat would literally get flooded and come up to about the knee level, and so Momsie would wake us up early to scoop water in buckets out of our home, before heading off to school and work.

But I went from Corona Primary school to Home Science Secondary school, and in 1999, just like my parents did, I gained admission into a University in the USA that the family really could not afford. But again, just like my parents did… by the grace of God, I used a combination of scholarships, student loans, and every job under the sun that you can imagine.. to put myself through school. It took focus, prayers, a lot of hard work – everything from working in Mcdonald’s restaurant, to at one point being a door to door knives salesman – and a whole lot of hope. That courage to Hope in spite of circumstances is what helped me earn a Bachelor’s Degree from one of the top Engineering schools in the USA.

Hope is what my best friend and I held on to in 2002, when we were crazy enough to start a record label in my University Dorm Room. We had no idea what we were doing, or what it would take… we didn’t know one single person in the music business home or abroad… but that’s kind of what hope and faith is all about, isn’t it? It’s about taking that first step even when you don’t see the entire ladder, or where it leads. You dream big but you start small, and you never let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.

It’s incredible what can be achieved with a dream, the willingness to work hard, and the courage to hold on to hope in spite of the odds. I’ve seen rock bottom create champions. I’ve seen grass watered until it becomes known as grace. “Hope” is almost always the common denominator. Hope is what helped a former househelp/plantain seller and a kid born blind at birth become 2 of the most internationally acclaimed and successful Music Producers, from this same Nigeria. Hope is what convinced 2 young Nigerians that they could take a company that at one point, wasn’t worth the paper it was registered on, and build it into one of the foremost Media and Entertainment Empires in the country. Hope is what convinced me that a scrawny little kid from Ojuelegba Shitta could one day become the biggest Artist on the African continent. Hope is what has helped me through 3 separate battles with skin cancer.

And to me, that’s what tonight is all about… it’s about this generation having the courage to hope again, and the will to work towards making our dreams for Nigeria, a reality. That’s what we are attempting to do with MDP – the Modern Democratic Party.

You see, subconsciously, we’ve kind of given up, haven’t we? As a generation, we have essentially accepted that things will never change. We’ve lost hope. It’s why more people vote in Big Brother Africa than in our General Elections. It’s why most of us are too busy to register for a PVC, but we’ll stand in line for days at the VISA Center – further proof that nowadays, for the average citizen, the ultimate Nigerian Dream is the one in which you get to escape Nigeria.

For many years, I’ve been a vocal critic of leadership and bad governance in Nigeria, and a vocal proponent of young people participating in the political process. And yet, the turn out is never  good enough, because we simply just don’t care enough to do what it takes.

I realized that all my years of Activism in Nigeria, didn’t amount to much more than my plight as an Arsenal fan. You see, as Arsenal fans, we love our club, but we knew it was time for change. We complained, we tweeted, we held up banners at the stadium, we shouted and hashtagged for many years. But until the people who were a part of the system – the board, the shareholders, the executives etc – until THEY decided that it was time for change, all of that noise would not have amounted to anything. Our former coach could have remained in that position until the day that he died.. and there’s not a damn thing any of us could have done about it.

The same can be said for Nigeria. Until the day that we decide as a generation, to get involved with the affairs of our country, nothing will EVER really change. The time has come for us to play our part. We can no longer afford to remain mere spectators. Getting a voter’s card alone is no longer enough; because that does not give you a say in putting up the kind of candidates that you believe in. We must take things one step further by building a new political platform for this generation. One that is not built for selfish interests.. but one that is built off of a shared vision and ideals. One that will put up the right kind of candidates: people with Integrity, the right intentions and the intellectual capacity to lead. People with vision and the ability to execute.

Make no mistake, WE ARE a generation in a battle for the soul and direction of our country, BUT we ARE stuck in a lose-lose situation. But when you’re in a lose-lose situation, you don’t pick sides. You change the situation. It’s time for us to do that. It’s time for us to hope and believe again. It’s time for us to work and build.

25 years ago, the majority of Nigerians overwhelmingly bought into a vision called “Hope ‘93”. We had the freest and fairest elections in our Nation’s history, and elected a great man called MKO Abiola into the Presidency. May his soul rest in peace, and his sacrifice not bein vain. Our Country’s trajectory might have been very different, had he been allowed to live and assume his rightful position. Back then, it didn’t even matter that he fielded an all Muslim ticket… because poverty, lack, and suffering do not discriminate. Unemployment, lack of infrastructure, a declining educational system, poor healthcare, gender inequality… these are issues all Nigerians are struggling with whether we are Christian, Muslim, or Atheist… Yoruba or Igbo, Hausa or Ijaw, Edo or Delta, Efik or kanuri.

Our generation does not really believe in the existing powers that be on both sides of the divide.. and for good reason. We have been taken advantage of and lied to.. we are tired and disenfranchised. We are frustrated and suspicious. We don’t believe in our current political options, so it’s time for us to build our own. We want a seat at the table of Governance in Nigeria, but we must bring our own chair. Because if we are to get in toleadership, it MUST be on our own terms and conditions, with our own vision and set of ideals… otherwise we risk being marginalized and handcuffed by the same systems we are criticizing.

And this vision is for beyond 2019, and for more than just the office of the President. It’s about every electable office in this country. We must start now to build a movement towards 2023 and beyond, otherwise, in every election we will find ourselves in this exact same spot.

We want to fix Nigeria, but we must begin by rebuilding our communities. Everybody seems so obsessed with the Presidential race – it’s one of the most frequent suggestions I get – “Banky W, run for President”. But see, like I said earlier, I do believe in dreaming big, but I believe in starting small, and working your way up. Hope is what we needed in ’93. 25 years later, hope is what we’ll need in 2019.  And it is with the greatest sense of humility, purpose and destiny, that I announce my candidacy for the 2019 Federal House of Representatives, in the Eti Osa constituency of Lagos State.

I have spent the majority of my life in Eti-Osa. It is where I went to Primary school and part of Secondary School. It is where I have built my home, and my business; it is where I plan to spend the rest of my life, with my wife and the children I pray God blesses us with. Most of the friends I have, most of the businesses I admire, and even most of the businesses that inspire our entire country are based here. The economy of Eti Osa is central to the Nigerian Economy, with a GDP contribution that dwarfs several states combined. And yet in spite of all this, it’s no longer a secret that much like Nigeria at large, the people in our neighborhoods are yearning for better representation, across local, state, and federal levels. Eti-Osa is infact, a microcosm of Nigeria as a whole. It is home to people from various backgrounds… it is home to the Market women in Ajah, the billionaires in Banana Island, the creatives living in Lekki, and the multicultural ethnicities in Obalende. We have people from various tribes and tongues, people from all walks of life.. extreme wealth, and extreme poverty. There are things that we should be proud of, and there are plenty areas for improvement. This is the headquarters of Corporate Nigeria, a model that has continued to encourage investors both local and foreign to sow into our country. And yet we still have residents who cannot afford 3 square meals a day.

Everyone knows that we have generated trillions of Naira at our toll gates, yet we still have potholes. We have the very best and worst of education in our school system and the same could be said of the healthcare in our hospitals. However this is not the time to point fingers and accuse. It is the time for all our leaders and citizens to come together, across party lines, and work with each other to love, rescue and rebuild our society. If Nigeria is to work as a country.. then Eti Osa must first work as a community. We must team up, with each of us playing our part, to make this the most desirable local Government in the country, and that will inspire others to do the same. My legislative agenda and detailed manifesto will be shared on my website, and I encourage you to please take a look at it in the coming weeks and engage me on the issues of job creation, gender equality, youth inclusion and empowerment, affordable healthcare, and education. I would love to hear from my constituents, current leaders in Government, regardless of background or affiliation – we can do this, if we do it together. That is how we can fix Nigeria, one community at a time.

Our generation needs a realistic rallying point. We need to begin in community, earn our way into the system and up the ladder. We need someone to stick their neck out and pave the way. The problem is that we’ve always looked only to our leaders for change… instead of looking in the mirror and at the neighbors around us. Isn’t it ironic that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for all along?

I have shared this vision with quite a few people. Some have been incredibly supportive, but some have advised against it. I am under no illusions that this run will be easy. Considering the machines we are going up against, some THINK it is impossible.

They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win?

You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying.

So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope.

At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need.  Thank you and God bless Nigeria.

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2019 Polls: Here Are 7 Easy Steps To Locate, Collect Your PVC

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2019 Polls: Here Are 7 Easy Steps To Locate, Collect Your PVC

With barely less than 97 days to the commencement of the 2019 General Elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has informed Nigerians that the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) should be collected at the Ward (Registration Area).

Here’s How To Obtain, Check Your Voters Registration Status Ahead Of 2019 Polls

The electoral body stated this in a statement issued on its PVC locator platform to registered voters who are yet to collect their PVCs.

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“With the decentralization of the collection of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), INEC has instructed that PVCs be collected at the Ward (Registration Area).

“This tool provides a means of identifying where exactly your ward is located so you can go there to pick up your PVC. If you experience challenges or have further questions, please contact INEC at 0700-CALL INEC (0700 2255 4632),” it stated in its website.

The INEC is currently doing everything possible to ensure that every validly registered voter get his/her Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to be able to exercise their franchise in the General Election.

Meanwhile, here are steps to locate and collect your PVC:

  1. Visit: http://pvc.inecnigeria.org/
  2. Fill the PU Number Search form
  3. Enter your Polling Unit (PU) Number on the Temporary Voter Card (TVC)
  4. Select the state you registered under (Polling Unit / Ward Number Search form)
  5. Select the local government area
  6. Select your ward
  7. Click on “Find PVC” to locate your PVC.

If you don’t have TVC to get your PU number, you can use your Ward and/or Polling Unit Description.

You can do this on the online PVC pickup locator. All you need to do is to select your State and LGA where you registered. If you know your Ward, select it from the dropdown.

If you don’t know your Ward, click on the checkbox and you can enter a keyword of your Polling unit. Click “FIND MY PVC” to view the Pick Up location for your PVC.

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The (PVC) or Voter’s card is a registration card a voter obtains at the registration centre where he/she was registered as a voter. The card is used to identify citizens who can vote at an election.

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Banky W Is Contesting For A Seat in The House Of Representatives In The 2019 Elections

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Music star, Olubankole Wellington better known by his stage name Banky W has announced he will be contesting for a seat in the House of Representatives representing Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos state in the coming 2019 elections.
The award winning artiste took to Instagram to make the announcement, posting a campaign flier for the forthcoming elections with the caption announcing his candidacy.
“They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win?” He wrote.
Banky W
Banky W would be running under the umbrella of the Modern Democratic Party, which is led by Prince Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, a 27 year-old youth activist and entrepreneur. The party along with 21 other parties received their certificate of registration from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in January, 2018.

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Banky W Is Contesting For A Seat in The House Of Representatives In The 2019 Elections

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Music star, Olubankole Wellington better known by his stage name Banky W has announced he will be contesting for a seat in the House of Representatives representing Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos state in the coming 2019 elections.
The award winning artiste took to Instagram to make the announcement, posting a campaign flier for the forthcoming elections with the caption announcing his candidacy.
“They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win?” He wrote.
Banky W
Banky W would be running under the umbrella of the Modern Democratic Party, which is led by Prince Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, a 27 year-old youth activist and entrepreneur. The party along with 21 other parties received their certificate of registration from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in January, 2018.

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BEWARE! Retailers Now Use Sniper To Preserve Beans – CPC Tells Nigerians

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BEWARE! Retailers Now Use Sniper To Preserve Beans – CPC Tells Nigerians

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) yesterday cautioned Nigerian consumers to beware of contaminated beans currently being sold in some market.

CPC, an apex consumer protection agency in Nigeria established to improve the well-being of the people, also confirmed that retailers in the open market are using a pesticide popularly known as sniper to preserve beans.

It called on consumers to properly wash their beans before consumption as well as make sufficient enquiries before engaging in new purchases.

The Council gave the advice in a statement released by its Director-General, Mr Babatunde Irukera.

The warning came on the heels of a video that had gone viral where some people were seeing using sniper to preserve beans.

The statement read: “The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has recently confirmed by credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market, are using a pesticide, 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound otherwise marketed and known as “Sniper” to preserve beans, and more particularly eliminate or protect from weevils.”

“There is no evidence that this process constitute any deliberate attempt by enterprise to injure consumers. Rather, and on the contrary, it is to protect and preserve the quality of the beans. However, Sniper by its chemical composition and nature is potentially injurious when people are unduly exposed by inhalation, absorption, direct skin contact or ingestion.

“There are significantly heightened risks to persons applying Sniper to the beans because of direct contact. However, risk of injury on account of consumption of beans exposed to, or treated with Sniper is also existential, even though, an unintended consequence.”

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JAMB Issues Update On Sale Of 2019 UTME Forms

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JAMB Issues Update On Sale Of 2019 UTME Forms

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a statement cautioning prospective candidates of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) not to buy into any news that states that it has begun sale of UTME forms.

Here’s How To Check Your Admission Status On JAMB Portal

The apex Exam Board took to its verified Twitter page on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, to inform candidates to ignore any source claiming it has begun the sales of UTME forms for next year.

“Kindly disregard news from any source stating that the Board has begun sales of it UTME application documents. Such news reports are false,” it tweeted.

Last month, JAMB had said that no less than 200,000 candidates have been offered admission by the board, for the 2018/2019 academic session.

2018 UTME: JAMB Reveals Number Of Candidates That Have Gained Admission So Far

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, also explained in September how the 2019 general elections would not affect the board’s 2019/2020 examination.

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“One Night Stand” Man Takes Home Male Disguised As A Woman

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“One Night Stand” Man Takes Home Male Disguised As A Woman

An Abuja-based man, who was looking for a woman that he can pay to spend the night with him reportedly, got the shock of his life when the partner he went home with turned out to be a 22-year-old man, who disguised as a woman.

It was gathered that Iliyasu Omika of Tungan Maje was picked up at a brothel in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory by the unidentified man for a night of pleasure at his home, but his expectations turned to frustration as his supposed partner turned out to be a man.

The Punch quoted the police as saying that Omika disguised as a lady to lure men at nightclubs for amorous relationships but that he ran out of luck when his supposed client raised the alarm upon discovering his gender, which led to his arrest.

However, the accused argued that he did not pose as a woman to lure men as alleged.

In an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, Omika explained that he was in a bar with his sisters when the complainant offered to buy him drinks, adding that he turned down the offer because he did not take alcohol.

He stated that he narrated to the man that he and his sisters were in the bar to look for jobs, but the man informed him that they could get employment at the bar.

The suspect said, “I was in a bar and a man saw me and asked if I was Igala (ethnic group), I said yes. He offered to buy drinks for me, but I told him I don’t take alcohol, so he bought me a soft drink.

“I told him that my sisters and I were in the bar to look for jobs, but he said there were no jobs there and offered to take us to his house. He explained that we could stay the night and promised to give us N3,000 so we could go back to our village; so, we went with him to his house.”

On getting to the complainant’s residence, Omika, who has feminine features, said the man asked his sisters to sleep with him in his bedroom, but they turned him down.

“The man said my sisters should come and sleep with him, but they refused and chose to sleep in the living room. So, I slept off and the man touched my chest and upon discovering that I was a man, he called the police and I was arrested. It was at daybreak that the police came and I was taken away,” Omika added.

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Woman Narrates Suffering As 121 Stranded Nigerians Arrive From Libya

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Woman Narrates Suffering As 121 Stranded Nigerians Arrive From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 121 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

Mr Segun Afolayan, Acting Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South West Zone, who confirmed this to newsmen on Friday in Lagos, urged the returnees to make good use of the second chance offered to them by God by forging ahead and making positive contributions to the development of the nation.

Afolayan said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 9.15 p.m. on Thursday aboard a chartered Al-Buraq aircraft and were received by NEMA and other government agencies.

He said the returnees were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) under its Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.

Afolayan said the returnees are made up of 29 females, five children and four infants.

Other, he said, included 75 male adults, two male children and six male infants, adding that the returnees were brought back from three volatile cities in Libya- Sabha, Bram Alshati and Oubari.

One of the returnees, Miss Chisom Johnson, told newsmen that she was a professional hair stylist before she was lured to Libya by her trafficker who promised to take her to Europe in 2014.

Johnson said, “I was deceived that I will get a better job in Germany as a stylist. There were 20 of us in the team and we were promised that we will fly to Germany but after two weeks we found ourselves in Niger Republic.

“We were in Lbya after three weeks. Madam told all of us that we can’t get to Germany immediately. She ordered us to sell our bodies in order to refund the N1.4 million she spent to transport us.

“I pleaded with her to give me another option and was asked to work at a restaurant where I refund her money.”

The 32-year-old returnee alleged that after making the full payment, her madam orchestrated her kidnap and she was made to pay N650, 000 with an additional threat of paying an extra N1. 3 million to the woman.

She said, “I paid her working all sorts of work. I returned to Nigeria with nothing to show for the wasted four years

“I want to beg those people thinking about traveling on irregular journey to desist. There is nothing better out there than Nigeria.

“Is it the freedom to move around? Is it the liberty to engage in work without fear of hoodlums breaking into your house and taking away your sweat because there is no banking system for you?

“We had to keep our cash with us and the boys invade us to take it away. Nigerians should stay and look for better opportunities here please.”

NAN

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Atiku Approves N33,000 Minimum Wage For His Over 100,000 Workers

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Atiku Approves N33,000 Minimum Wage For His Over 100,000 Workers

While the Federal government of Nigeria mulls on implementing a N30,000 national minimum wage, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has approved for all of his staffs in his corporation, N33,000 as minimum wage.

The managing director of the Atiku owned, Gotel Communications, Mohammed El-Yakub, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday, Nigerian Guardian reports.

The Gotel Communications based in Yola.

“The N33,000 new salary scale, which takes effect from November 2018, includes domestic servants and all categories of workers on the former vice president’s payroll,” El-Yakub said.

El-Yakub said over 100,000 people are currently drawing salary on a monthly basis from the former Vice President, says Sahara Reporters.

Following the recommendation of N30,000 as minimum wage by the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government, Atiku had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse the figure.

Abubakar on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be trusted to implement the proposed N30,000.

In a statement issued by his media office, the presidential hopeful said Buhari, who is known for ‘flip-flopping’ may not have the political will to implement the new wage which he said does not even translate to a ‘living wage’.

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Zenith Bank’s Amangbo Promises More Support As First Bank Retains Title

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Zenith Bank’s Amangbo Promises More Support As First Bank Retains Title

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, has assured the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) that the bank will continue to support women basketball in the country.

Speaking at the final of the 14th edition of the women’s league sponsored by the bank, Amangbo said it was no longer a sponsorship but a partnership that would stay for many more years.

Amangbo expressed his happiness on the level of the competition this year despite the fact that it was an abridged league as he extolled the virtues of the late owner of one of the finalists, Dolphins Basketball team, late Wale Aboderin, who died early this year.

“I want to use this opportunity to remember a personal friend of mine and also the owner of Dolphins Women Team, Aboderin,” he said.

“We all missed him today and the whole of the basketball family but I am happy that the players and the family are living his dream.

“I want to assure everyone that it is no longer a sponsorship, but a partnership with the NBBF that will last for long.

“I want to appeal to all the players to be more dedicated and focused on their careers and also look up to the future.”

Meanwhile, defending champions, First Bank Basketball team, retained their title after defeating youthful Dolphins.

Despite a late rally by Dolphins led by Veronica Charles in the third and fourth quarters of the game, First Bank held on for the victory with 84 points to 66 points.

In the third place game played between Customs Basketball and new entrants to the league, MFM basketball team, ended 57 – 49 in favour of the border girls.

The Final Six final match was witnessed by a huge turnout of lover of the game. The event started only on Sunday and the two finalists will represent Nigeria next week in continental basketball competition. 

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Bill Seeking To Remove Age As Employment Condition Passes Second Reading

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Bill Seeking To Remove Age As Employment Condition Passes Second Reading

A Bill for an Act to abolish age barrier in government employment on Wednesday passed second reading at the House of Representatives.

The “Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in Federal Government Agencies; and for Related Matters (HB. 1502)” was sponsored by Sergius Ogun (APC, Edo) and Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos).

Bill To Extend Retirement Age Of Nigerian Teachers Passes Second Reading

Mr Ogun, while moving the motion for a second reading, said the new law will ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is disqualified from government employment on the basis of age.

According to him, the bill will first take effect on federal government MDAs before other sectors.

“It is a key responsibility of we parliamentarians, as representatives of the people, to ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is discriminated against with regard to age in employment opportunities in Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs),” he said.

Mr Ogun added that the adopting that measure will curb the menace of unemployment in Nigeria.

In his part, Babajimi Benson, who co-sponsored the bill, while giving his submission, pointed out that apart from age, sex, religion and ethnicity are other variables in which discrimination is rampant in Nigeria.

“I therefore call for the abolition that has deprived qualified, energetic, and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to fulfil their goals and contribute to societal development.”

In his contribution, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun (APC, Osun) argued that the major aim of the bill has been taken care of by relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which if enforced, could be taken advantage of by anyone affected by discrimination in government employment.

When put to voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the bill was unanimously adopted for second reading.

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Bill To Extend Retirement Age Of Nigerian Teachers Passes Second Reading

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Bill To Extend Retirement Age Of Nigerian Teachers Passes Second Reading

A Bill for an Act to extend the retirement age of teachers in Nigeria and for related matters on Tuesday passed second reading at the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by Mr. Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid (PDP-Ogun) seeks to increase the retirement age of teachers in public primary and secondary schools from 60 to 65 years.

Leading the debate earlier, Abdel-Majid said that over the years, teachers had been clamouring for the extension of retirement age.

He said that due to the high rate of retirement without commensurate recruitment, a vacuum was being created.

The lawmakers said that most retired teachers still had a lot to offer and were often employed by private schools to tap into their wealth of experience.

He argued that the older the teacher, the more patient and caring s/he might likely become in attending to pupils.

Abdel-Majid said that the extension would also serve as a viable means of curbing the challenge of low manpower in public schools.

In her contribution, Ms. Betty Apiafi (PDP-Rivers) argued against the bill, saying that there was a case of generational gap.

She referred to present day school children as “generation Z”, saying they were computer literate and that 65-year-old teachers might not motivate them.

The legislator stressed the need for the country to return to the drawing board to build manpower that would drive the education sector.

Also, Mr. Muhammed Monguno (APC-Borno) said that the extension of retirement age for teachers would attract youths to the profession.

Monguno emphasised training of teachers saying that it would bridge any gap between the two generations.

He said that the retirement age for judges and lecturers had been increased, adding that there was no need to deny the teachers the same gesture.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yussuf Lasun, referred the bill to the Committees on Education and Services and Public Service Matters.

In his reaction, the National Deputy President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Mr. Kelvin Nwankwo, said that the union was happy about the development.

Nwankwo said that the bill was very important to the Nigerian teachers.

“Come to think of it, how many states have recruited teachers in the last five years? At the end of the day, they will blame the teachers for not doing anything.

“In some schools, it is one teacher to 300 to 500 pupils or students; so there is need to extend the retirement age of teachers in public schools,” he said.

 

(NAN)

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