Nigeria Railway Suspends Lagos-Kano Train Operations For 2 Weeks

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation has suspended the Lagos-Kano train operations for two weeks.

The suspension followed the collapse of the Tatabu Bridge in the Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State after a heavy rainfall, which affected the rail line.

Speaking on the development, the Managing Director, NRC, Mr. Fidet Okhiria, in Lagos, said that the two-week break was to enable the corporation erect a temporary bridge along the affected rail track that would facilitate the movement of trains.

Okhiria further stated that the temporary bridge being moved from the Ibadan railway station would arrive at the Tatabu site today (Monday) along with other materials such as ballast and granite from Lagos for the repair work.

He stated that an emergency team that would fix the problem had been assembled, with some track officers and engineers already at the site to assess the situation and begin some preliminary work.

The Tatabu Bridge collapsed on June 11 after a heavy rainfall that led to the washout of some portions of the rail track. This also affected a major road linking the North to the South-West as well as some residential buildings and farmlands in the area.

Okhiria said the damaged parts of the track, stretching about 300 metres, were at different spots within the area.

“The cause of this disaster is not really known yet as this is being investigated; but from experience, it is usually as a result of the overflow of a dam. I don’t see the level of the downpour that can cause that damage,” he said.

The MD, NRC placed the total loss by the corporation during the shutdown of its operations in the area at N50m.

According to him, the corporation has had to appeal to its customers for their understanding due to its failure to transport their goods.

He further assured that the corporation would work very hard to get the bridge ready for the Lagos-Kano train service to resume in two weeks.

“We are going to construct a temporary bridge that will cost us about N5m. Some of our men, including engineers, are already at the site. The train bringing emergency materials from Lagos will arrive at the site on Monday (today) for proper work to commence,” he said.

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753,307 Nigerian Graduates Apply For N-Power Jobs In 5 Days | Register Here

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About 753,307 Nigerian graduates have applied for the N-Power job recruitment scheme as at June 18, just five days after the N-power portal was opened.

The record 753,307, it is understood, has exceeded by 2,307, the number of both graduate and non-graduate applicants in 2016.

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This disclosure was made on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba, Delta.

He described the figure as a landmark.

Imoukhuede also said that the figure for 2017 was generated barely five days after the application was opened on June 14, while the applications for the previous year were got during the two and half months it was opened.

According to the SSA, N-Teach, the teacher volunteer aspect of the scheme, got the highest applications so far with 470,456 while N-Agro the Agriculture extension section of the scheme followed with 127,315.

He said that N-Health generated 85,691 applications while the latest component, the N-Tax, generated 69,842 applications in five days.

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Imoukhuede said that in 2016 the total graduate applicants were 350,000 being less than 50 per cent of the applications already received in less than one week of entries for 2017.

He said the reason for the large number of applications might be because “a lot of graduates now have faith in the scheme unlike last year when many were a bit skeptical and refused to apply.’’

He said that in spite of the number, the Federal Government would restrict itself to the recruitment of 300,000 graduates in the current scheme in order not to exceed the programme’s budget for the period.

Imoukhuede hinted that the selection process would maintain same transparency as in 2016 and expressed gratitude that the hiccup in 2016 registration was completely absent in 2017.

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He added that everyone to be engaged this year must satisfy the recruitment requirements outlined in the advertisement such as age and academic qualification as well as completion of the NYSC scheme.

The applications for 2017 will come to an end on July 13.

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Governor Ikpeazu Sacks Commissioners, SSG, Special Assistants In Abia State

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has dissolved the state executive council.

The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Onyii Wamah, in the late hours of  Friday, June 16, 2017.

According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained his Chief of Staff, Sunny Nwakodo, and the Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku.

It is also understood that the governor retained his Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Umeh Kalu (SAN).

No reason was, however, given for the sack of the commissioners, special advisers as well as senior special assistants and the SSG.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dissolution followed the presentation of their scorecards at a forum attended by the governor on May 28 and 29.

The statement also announced the appointment of three special advisers to the governor, including the former Commissioner for Works, Eziuche Ubani, who was appointed as special adviser on works and project monitoring.

Others were Emma Nwabuko and Solomon Ogunji, who were appointed as special adviser/personal secretary to the governor and special adviser on urban renewal, respectively.

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NNPC Forces Diesel Price Down To N175 Per Litre Across Nigeria

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has forced down the price of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), better known as Diesel, to between N175 to N200 per litre across the country, Vanguard reports.

In a statement issued on Sunday by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, the apex oil firm said that the price crashed by 42 per cent over the last six months from N300 per litre recorded earlier in the year, due to strategic intervention efforts by the NNPC towards sustained improvement in the supply of the diesel.

He added that the intervention by the corporation also ensured that ex-depot prices of the commodity dropped to between N135 and N155 per litre.

Ughamadu further said that in the first quarter of 2017, retail prices of AGO, which is one of the deregulated products, shot to an all-time high of N300 per litre in major demand centres across the country.

He said such unpleasant situation placed a huge burden on truck drivers, who need the product for transporting their vehicles; the nation’s manufacturing sector, which requires it to run its operations; as well as on the masses, who need it for household power generation.

Ughamadu highlighted some of the NNPC’s strategic interventions in this regard to include improving the supply of AGO and remodeling of the product distribution to address sufficiency issues across the country.

He said, “Since January this year, we have worked very hard with relevant stakeholders to improve distribution from refinery depots, by implementing a robust loading programme.”

The NNPC further disclosed that as a result of consistent positive engagement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it equally extended the expansion of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Foreign Exchange Intervention Scheme to accommodate diesel and Aviation Fuel.

“The general public is hereby assured that the Corporation would continue to ensure seamless supply and distribution of diesel and other petroleum products across the country to make the lives of Nigerians better,” he assured.

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Nigeria Signs N4.34bn Mou With Dangote, Others For Reconstruction Of Apapa Wharf Road

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The Nigerian government, through the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dangote Group and other stakeholders for the reconstruction of Apapa wharf road in Lagos.

NAN reports that by the signing of the N4.34 billion MoU, the site has been handed over to Dangote and other stakeholders to commence reconstruction of the road.

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Speaking at the signing of the MoU in Lagos on Saturday, Fashola said that it was difficult to move cargo due to the gridlock caused by the bad state of the road.

He explained that the decision of the transporters to use the road instead of rail for haulage increased gridlock, caused degeneration as well as well as hardship to residents of Apapa.

“As a result of all these unsavory practices, we have reached a point of near total gridlock, it is difficult to move cargo in or out, difficult for residents to get home and this must stop,” the minister said.

“We have finished with the design, we now have a Bill of Quantity and the cost of the road is N4.34 billion to be funded and paid for by these three groups, Flour Mills of Nigeria, AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd and NPA.”

The minister pleaded with My Nuru, Apapa area commander of the Nigerian Police Force, to apprehend reckless drivers who drive against traffic during the period of construction.

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Who Wants Biafra?

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Who Wants Biafra? – Minabere Ibelema

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In studies of political movements, there is one constant finding: the sway of extreme elements is always disproportionate to their numbers. They are more fanatical. Their rhetoric is more emotional. And they don’t hesitate to threaten or intimidate those who hold less radical views. When level heads fail to prevail, the outcome is often disastrous.

This article was written by Minabere Ibelema and first published on The Punch Newspaper. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

That was certainly the case in the events leading to the secession of Eastern Nigeria in 1967. The pogrom against Easterners in Northern Nigeria was the precipitating event. Yet, historians have noted that the horrors per se were not enough to make the Eastern populace want to exit Nigeria. The prevailing view was that the country was undergoing a horrific crisis but normalcy would be restored. The declaration of secession was propelled by those who opted for the most radical option, and that included those who were driven by political ambition.

The horror of the pogrom was real, as was the anger it generated. But it was the exploitation of the emotions through massive propaganda that generated popular support for secession.

Lt. Col. Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, the military governor of Eastern Nigeria, told the world that he declared secession after due consultation. But quite a few historians and other Biafran leaders take issue with that claim. Among them is Ntieyong U. Akpan, who headed the Biafran civil service.“[T]he majority of people in former Eastern Nigeria, including the Ibos, did not initially support secession, and would have rejected the whole idea if they had been freely and fairly consulted,”Akpan wrote in his memoirs, “The struggle for secession, 1966-1970.”

Of course, fair consultation in the context was hardly possible. Emotions ruled and empowered the radical stance. Alas, that history may be repeating itself.

There is certainly an indication of that in the communique issued by a coalition of Igbo groups in response to the Arewa youths’ ultimatum that the Igbo should leave the North by Oct. 1. In the communique, the Eastern Consultative Assembly demands that the Igbo be allowed to leave Nigeria if the country is not restructured immediately. “Restructure Nigeria now or let us go,” the communiqué asserts.

Any student of group dynamics would readily discern that this statement is a compromise between radical and moderate wings of the assembly. If the pattern of such discussions held true, the radicals pushed for an independent Biafra while the moderates called for restructuring. With such polar positions, it is inevitable that a compromise would yield a demand for the improbable: Restructure now or let us go.

That the moderates acquiesced to the “now” demand is a demonstration of the sway of radical elements, a sway that will probably loom larger with time. Incidentally, the name Eastern Consultative Assembly was lifted from Ojukwu’s strategy book.

General Yakubu Gowon’s administration created 12 states out of four regions virtually overnight. But Nigeria is now a democracy, and in democracies, nothing happens overnight, not even the replacement of a broken street light. There are deliberations, negotiations, rejections and compromises, and these take a while to play out.

The Arewa youths that issued an ultimatum to the Igbo also seem bent on reprising the horror meted out to their 1966 counterparts. The only difference is that this time round they are humane enough to give a three-month grace period.

Northerners bore the brunt of the bloodshed of the January 1966 coup, which was led by Igbo officers. Yet the pogrom against the Igbo and other Easterners didn’t begin until several months later. It evidently wasn’t spontaneous mass hysteria. It was fermented by radicals — both civilian and military — who saw an opportunity to settle ethnic scores and advance political ambitions.

Despite the incitation, most Northerners were still horrified by the mass killings of people with whom they had lived peaceably for years. Had the masses in the North been as bloodthirsty as the radicals, few Igbo would have escaped. Quite the contrary, many Northerners provided shelter and facilitated Igbo escapes. Moreover, as General Joseph Garba recounted in his own memoirs, “‘Revolution’ in Nigeria: Another View,” the bloodshed would have been much worse had many Northern officers not risked their lives to quell it.

A tragic aspect of the current Biafra advocacy and radical Northern response is that both sides seem immersed in parochial views of the realities of the 1960s crises. There appears to be little awareness of the complications caused by the expulsion of Easterners from the North, not to talk of the loss of about one million lives during the ensuing civil war.

In the ultimate case of strange bed fellows, the Arewa youths’ ultimatum was supported by Biafra advocates MASSOB. Yet the expulsion of the 1960s caused considerable problems on both sides. Even before the outbreak of the civil war, a major crisis in Igboland was the challenge of accommodating hundreds of thousands of Igbo in a highly densely populated area. Ironically, that problem was eased by the drafting of young men into the Biafran army to fight and die.

The North experienced a reverse problem: a skills vacuum. With the departure of Igbo tradesmen and professionals—physicians, engineers, administrators —many Northern establishments found themselves barely functional.  As then Major General Olusegun Obasanjo recounted in his own memoirs, “My Command,” the Army Corps of Engineers in the North was so depleted it had to resort to a crash programme for re-staffing.

These are just scratching the surface of the complications, and they are certain to re-occur, probably in greater magnitude.

Perhaps because I am not privy to the details of the neo-Biafra advocacy, I am not sure that there is a projected map of the advocated Biafra. In 1967, the boundary was easy enough to determine: Eastern Nigeria became Biafra. Today, things are a lot more complicated. So, when the Eastern Consultative Assembly demands immediate restructuring or “let us go,” what do they mean by “us”? Just the Igbo or other Easterners, as the name suggests?

The map of the advocated Biafra would seem easy enough if it is exclusively for the Igbo, but it isn’t that simple. It begs the question of who are the Igbo? Are the Ikwerre of Rivers State included? They are an amalgam of Igbo and Ijaw cultures. How about the Midwestern Igbo, with their similarly hybrid identity?

Things get a lot more complicated, of course, if “us” includes all Easterners. Non-Igbo Easterners were the least enthusiastic for the 1960s Biafra. Though sentiments have shifted somewhat over the years, it is improbable that a majority would embrace Biafra now that they have their own states. There may be considerable strife over such a choice.

Like the many other multi-ethnic countries around the globe, Nigeria is like a marriage involving many people. As with actual marriages, if one spouse incessantly expresses the desire to get out, there is bound to be a souring of interest all around. The Arewa youths’ ultimatum to the Igbo is readily a dangerous development in this regard.

Unlike in 1966, when things quickly got out of hand, the indications are that moderates will contain the political extremes this time. And their clarion call may well be another version of the triple Rs: re-negotiation, redistribution and/or restructuring.

This article was written by Minabere Ibelema and first published on The Punch Newspaper. 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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Deposit Banks May Resume Dollar Loans As Naira Appreciates

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Following the palpable improvement in the value of the Naira, there are indications that the Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) will soon start to raise dollar-denominated loans, especially Eurobonds.

It is understood that banks were now favourably disposed to raising dollar loans following the creation of the Investor & Exporters FX window by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the subsequent appreciation of the naira.

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The Punch, while quoting top sources in the banking sector, is reporting that another reason the banks are considering Eurobonds is because some of them are looking at refinancing their dollar loans, which will soon start falling due.

A top bank executive said, “Many banks have no choice than to raise dollar loans or Eurobonds partly to refinance their Eurobonds falling due, or to take advantage of the appreciation in the naira value to raise dollar funding.”

It was gathered that while Guaranty Trust Bank Plc’s $400m Eurobond is due in November, Fidelity Bank Plc’s $300m is due next May. Access Bank Plc has $350m of bonds due in July.

GTBank has said it has no plans to issue fresh Eurobonds, but Fidelity Bank and Access Bank have yet to decide.

This is just as economic and financial experts have agreed that the banks will start to raise dollar-denominated loans.

Even so, more lenders will issue Eurobonds because they need dollars to offer loans in the United States currency or to repay debt, an analyst at Vetiva Capital Management Limited, Mr. Lekan Olabode, told Bloomberg, adding that more banks would issue Eurobonds, because they needed dollars to offer loans and to repay debt.

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Already, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated has said it is planning to raise $400m five-year convertible bond this month to refinance debt and provide short-term bridge funding for non-performing loans at its Nigerian unit.

Experts believe more banks will raise dollar loans this year and next year.

Already, United Bank for Africa Plc has raised $500m in its first Eurobond sale.

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Nigeria Bans Smoking In Public Places | Offenders Liable To N50,000 Fine Or 6-Month Imprisonment

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Nigerian Government Bans Smoking In Public Places | Offenders Liable To N50,000 Fine Or 6-Month Imprisonment

The Federal Government, through the office of the Ministry of Health, has launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.

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The Health Ministry, in a communiqué, said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50, 000 and/or six months’ imprisonment.

Tagged the Clean Air Campaign, the ministry said the law would henceforth be taken seriously in a bid to protect and promote the citizens’ right to health, life, physical integrity and safety, The Punch reports.

The communiqué read, “The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide, second-hand tobacco smoke is currently responsible for the deaths of about 600,000 people yearly, 80 per cent of which occur in low-income and middle-income countries like Nigeria.

“Smoking in public places is now banned in Nigeria. Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015 stipulates that offenders, once convicted, are liable to a fine of not less than N50,000 or not less than six months’ imprisonment, or both.

“Public places where smoking is prohibited by law in Nigeria include: child care facilities, educational facilities, health care facilities, playgrounds/amusement parks, public parks (gardens), stadia, restaurants/bars, public transportation parks and plazas.

“The Federal Ministry of Health is committed to the fight to ensure a tobacco-free Nigeria, and will in the weeks and months ahead actively collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure enforcement of the Act, and with the National Assembly to ensure that necessary supporting regulation is passed.”

To carry out the campaign successfully, the ministry also said it was being supported by the Cancer Society of Nigeria, World Health Organisation, ONE Campaign, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Civil Society Organisations and the Tobacco Free Kids based in Washington DC, United States.

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INEC Issues Certificates To 5 Newly-Registered Political Parties

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued certificates of registration to the five newly-registered political parties in the country.

The parties are Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Democratic People’s Movement (ADPM), Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).

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During the presentation of the certificates to the parties on Friday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, urged them not to consider their registration as an end in itself.

He further said the registration should be seen as opportunity for the political parties to exercise their critical roles in the best interest of growing the country’s democracy.

“As you are aware, political parties are at the heart of our democracy. Under the Constitution, no Nigerian can contest an election conducted by lNEC unless he/she is sponsored by a political party.

“Similarly, under the Constitution, you are registered to operate as national political parties.

“As such, you should remain committed to the politics of principles and development of the entire nation as articulated in your party constitutions and manifestos which you submitted along with your applications for registration.

“You must eschew the politics of division, bitterness, mud-slinging and hatred.

“You must also be inclusive in all your activities by giving opportunity to all citizens, especially disadvantaged groups such as women, youths and persons with disabilities,” Mr. Yakubu said.

He assured the new parties would enjoy equal rights and privileges of recognised political parties under the Constitution, the Electoral Act as well as INEC’s regulations and guidelines.

“At sometime, the commission will continue to strictly monitor the activities of all political parties and will not hesitate to apply sanctions against any violation of the law governing the terms and conditions of your registration.

“I wish to remind all political parties that the law also provides for de-registration of parties. We shall vigorously apply this aspect of the law as the need arises,’’ he said.

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N-Power Jobs: Nigeria Announces Plans To Recruit Another 300,000 Youths

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The Federal Government has announced that it is set to recruit 300,000 youths in the second batch of its N-Power social intervention and job creation programme.

The announcement was made on Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in Isanlu-Isin community near Omu-Aran town in Kwara State.

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Mr. Mohammed said the Federal Government would “reopen the N-POWER portal by next week to commence the process for the recruitment”.

The minister further urged the youths to take advantage of the recruitment exercise by completing the application process on line, adding than 200,000 people benefitted from the first batch of the programme.

He said at least 27,000 people had benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, while government had given 7,000 interest free loans to market men and women across the country.

The minister said the home grown school feeding programme of government had covered over 1.2 million pupils and that Kwara State would be on the team of the social intervention programme in September.

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It is understood that the minister was in Isanlu-Isin to explore ways to develop the road leading to Owu Water Fall, located near the community.

The Water Fall, which is 120 metres above sea level, is credited to be the highest and most spectacular natural water fall in West Africa and a significant symbol of nature.

The minister recalled that he visited the Owu water fall in February, where he advocated Public-Private-Partnership for its development.

He said he was glad to hear that efforts had been made as far back as 2009 to develop the road leading to the fall.

Mr. Mohammed urged the community leader to make available to him documents relating to the contract to enable him move for quick execution of the project.

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Nigerian Navy Announces Date For Commencement Of 2017 Recruitment | And Basic Requirements

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The Nigerian Navy on Friday announced the commencement of its online registration for the 2017 recruitment exercise from July 1 to July 31.

“The Nigerian Navy wishes to inform the general public and all interested candidates that the online registration for the 2017 recruitment exercise will commence on July 1 and closes on July 31,” said a statement issued on Friday by the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas via the Navy Secretary.

Premium Times quoted the naval chief as saying that the 2017 recruitment exercise is free of charge for applicants, and that interested candidates are to apply online via www.joinnigeriannavvy.com.

Mr Ibas, in the statement, urged applicants to apply once, adding that multiple online application will lead to disqualification of candidate.

“On submission, applicants are to print out the completed application form which must include; declaration and certification by parents/guardian, Local government area certificate form, Police certification form and guarantor form,” he said.

Mr. Ibas also said the recruitment exercise will commence with an aptitude test and screening of certificates of candidates at designated centres for various States across the country on October 7.

“You are advised to carefully read the instruction page on the website or call support line 08159999011 from 9am to 4pm on working days,” the notice said.

“Candidates are further advised in their own interest not to give any form of gratification or inducement to any person or group of persons to assist them on the recruitment exercise,” he added.

Basic Requirements for 2017 Exercise

Applicants Must:

  1. Possess a minimum of five credits in not more than 2 sittings in WASCE/SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB (English and Mathematics inclusive)
  2. Candidates must be between 18-22 years old for O/level applicants while 24-26 are acceptable limits for those with ND, NCE, Nurses and Motor Transport Department, MTD respectively.
  3. Applicants must be single and of Nigerian origin by birth.
  4. Required height of 1.7m for male and 1.67m for female applicants

Meanwhile, 360nobs had reported – two days ago – that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has closed application for the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC).

The information was made known on a day the Navy alerted Nigerians on the activities of fraudsters currently operating fake online recruitment sites.

Recall, NAF had said “online registration starts on 18th May, 2017 and closes on 15th June, 2017.”

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290,000 Nigerians Apply For N-Power Jobs In 3 Days | Register Here

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No less than 290,000 Nigerians have visited the N-power portal to apply for jobs on Friday, just three days after the portal was opened, a presidential aide said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Afolabi Imoukhuede, made this known during an interactive session with the first batch of the scheme’s beneficiaries in Edo at the Urhokpota Hall, Benin City.

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According to him, 200,000 graduates are already participating in the scheme while the next batch of 300,000 will be engaged from the new applicants.

“The recruitment portal opened on Wednesday and 290,000 applications have entered as at this morning.

“The next recruitment will be very competitive.

“If we do validation of data and any applicant fails at the point of recruitment he or she has lost the chance,” he said.

Imoukhuede expressed displeasure with the wave of wrong data fed into the portal by graduate applicants and said such problems were discouraging.

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He told the volunteers that while the scheme was making efforts to assist them to validate their entries it would not do same for the next batch of recruits.

“The Federal Government is spending N6 billion on stipends to current beneficiaries every month and the amount is not a child’s play.

“It is a lifeline to lift you out of unemployment and out of poverty.

“This is a serious business to reduce unemployment and you have to maximize this chance,” he advised the youth.

The SSA advised applicants to file their applications by themselves and ensure that the information asked for in the application is correct and verifiable.

He acknowledged the challenges encountered by volunteers in the scheme which were largely caused by them and called on the new applicants to ensure that they did not make same mistakes.

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Mr. Imoukhuede also said that many of the applicants residing in the rural areas stood better chance of being recruited as emphasis would be on residence of the applicants to curb rural-urban migration.

“We do not encourage state re-deployment because the scheme is unlike the National Youth Service Corps.

“Anyone who is not ready to do volunteer job in his state of domicile should not bother to apply,” he added.

NAN reports that the presidential aide announced that deployment of the non-graduate applicants successful from the screening of applications received in 2016 would be done in batches from July/August 2017.

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Nigerian Govt Reacts As South African Communities Give Nigerians Quit Notice

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The Nigerian mission in South Africa on Friday said it had waded into issues surrounding the alleged quit order given to Nigerians by two communities in that country.

Martin Cobham, Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Pretoria that the mission was on top of the situation.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Union in South Africa had accused two communities in that country of ordering Nigerians residing within their territories to vacate.

Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa said that he had engaged in processes to nip in the bud whatever crisis or situation that could affect the welfare of Nigerians living in South Africa.

“I engaged the union leader who has given me the graphic details of what happened.

“In view of that I have engaged with the authorities here to bring in the community, the police and the Nigerians living there for a meeting so as to prevent any mayhem.

“On Monday, I am going to dispatch our officials to the Northern Cape Province to engage in a meeting with the local police and the community for a tripartite meeting,” he said.

The High Commissioner said that he would also meet with the authority to ensure that instruction was given to the police not to allow any outbreak of violence.

“All we are trying to ensure is to nip in the bud any breakdown of law and order or anything that could lead to violence.

“So, we in the embassy are on top of the situation. And I am engaging the union leader and my office is equally engaging the South African Foreign Ministry on the issue.

“So, I believe with this measure we will be able to contain all these excesses,” he said.

The President of the union, Ikechukwu Anyene, had alleged that the Kuruman community in Northern Cape Province also gave Nigerians till Friday, June 16 to leave.

Mr. Anyene also said that the Klaafontein community, Extension 5, Johannesburg, directed landlords not to renew the rent of Nigerians in the community.

He said that the grievance of the South Africans was that Nigerians were responsible for some social vices such as illicit drug trade and prostitution.

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Evans: Rise Of The Invisible Neighbour

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Evans: Rise Of The Invisible Neighbour, By Louis Odion

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Mathew Hassan Kukah (MHK), it was, who perhaps best framed a key ethical question bogging the contemporary society with collapsing values. To reclaim the moral boundary, the engaging Catholic Bishop once argued that it is no longer enough for the cleric to expressly grant the request of a congregant to bless his or her endeavour out of shared ecumenical spirit without first ascertaining its nature.

To gloss over such little details is to risk donating the ecclesiastical seal to an undertaking likely to fail the integrity test, thus inadvertently allowing the impression to be created that the mere sprinkling of “holy water” could confer the hygiene outlaws usually crave in seeking to have their loot laundered. And in case such “enterprise” turns out to be less than licit, the shepherd stands as condemned as the calculating Pharisee.

Of course, we can take liberty to assume that implied in MHK’s sermon was also a frown at pastors who readily demand and accept gifts of private jets or limousines from their “spiritual children” who, in reality, were no other than those already officially certified as fuel subsidy thieves or vampires sucking crude from the nation’s pipelines.

Today, against the backcloth of the fabulous revelations since last Saturday of the exploits of kidnap king, Chukwudi Onuamadike (a.k.a Evans), MHK’s words could not be more pungent.

Until he met his Waterloo, Evans would easily have passed as a celebrity next door. He possessed and flaunted all that are now discounted as the only success indicators by an increasingly materialistic society: big houses at home and abroad, front-row seats at temples, big cars, big titles, big families often on foreign holidays, etc.

At his upscale estate, neighbours recall he was the perfect resident. He paid his dues promptly even though he avoided community meetings like a plague. Watching him driving by in exotic automobiles or power bike, many must have eyed him with envy, wishing God put them in his shiny shoes.
At the car wash, he would sit inside his wonder-on-wheels with the engine running while the cleaning lasted.

In his village, we read about his step-brother describing him in flattering terms as “nice, kind-hearted guy”.

We also read of fat envelopes donated by him to charity homes and temples of worship.

One account (though unconfirmed) states he was arrested and arraigned in court earlier this year alongside his wife but, predictably, soon bought his way to freedom.

But what many must still find most puzzling is how a man dreaded for sowing fear and terror across the land for years, almost thought invincible as to warrant the police placing a big bounty on head, would eventually be found not in a fortress or catacomb, but at a regular tenement.

This could in part be attributed to the dysfunctionality of the three socialising agencies: family, the neighbourhood and those sociologists describe as “the significant others”.

That Evans could inhabit Magodo for so long and remain invisible is a reflection of the new reality in our big cities. Everyone is in a hurry. People rush out even before dawn in pursuit of a living. On return at dusk, they are mostly too broken by the pressure at work, agonising over what awaits them the next day. By weekend, most prefer to remain indoors, lying in bed more or less, trying to recover the breath they lost during the past grueling working days.

In place of old-fashioned hearty chatter in neighborhood recreational parks over drinks, we now find it more convenient to set up WhatsApp conference on the go. Social media platforms are taking the place of the clubs and confraternities of old as the new socialising venues. Phone calls are replacing physical visits. Fawning symbols contrived by computer are now accepted as substitute for the bonhomie of old, that throaty human laughter in real life. Territorial boundaries have collapsed.

So, over time, the big paradox unfolds: neighbours grow into strangers even when social media is supposed to bridge distance. While rapid urbanisation is robbing our communities of their soul, technology is increasingly rendering our humanity impersonal.

Only that could explain why no one still seemed to have taken notice of sneaky Evans in Magodo even three years after the police placed a ransom on his head. In the days gone by when intimacy defined the community, Evans would not have been able to hide for so long. Neighbours were each other’s keeper. Suspicion would have easily arisen if anyone chose to step out of line.

Once upon a time, when three or four people were gathered, someone was bound to break the ice soon. But not any more. Today, rather than chat up an acquaintance at a public space, we would rather now spend the time fondling our phone devices – texting or browsing.

In a way, the concept of society has changed. Instagram, Facebook and other cyber platforms constitute the new society. Seamless as access could be, the values are false, the language vile. They have become arena to show off.

It used to be said that when your yam harvest was bountiful, a shared communal sense of proportion dictated that the news be hoarded, if not entirely hidden. Today, we all seem in a hurry to even exaggerate our worth on social media as if modesty has become a cardinal sin. We glory in spending what we don’t earn.

It explains why soon it took only a few moments after Evans was paraded on Monday for pictures of his brood to surface online, oozing opulence. Though the source was not stated, it is most likely to be a screen-grab from either an Instagram or Facebook entry. Such is the perversion of the new society.

On the other hand, family failure is undoubtedly illustrated in Evans’ evolution from a petty thief to becoming the czar of the underworld. According to reports, his parents knew he was into crime and unwittingly aided and abetted him by keeping silent.

At least, his father reportedly admitted his son once told him he was into drug trafficking. While the mom was said to know of the kidnappings but never gave her blessings.

Planning, conducting reconnaissance and executing kidnaps on Evans’ scale and keeping victims for months, evading security dragnet, definitely require uncommon intelligence. If only Evans deployed his in a positive way.

Parental deficit of the Onuamadikes could be situated in the context of what is now commonly termed the “micro-wave” parenting model. It consists of the abdication of responsibility by the authority figures at home often under the excuse of pursuing daily bread.

When the parents cannot meet the family’s basic needs, they often end up forfeiting their voices all together at home. When a son without visible source of likelihood brings home a brand new SUV or undergraduate daughter begins to flaunt the next generation iPhone, how many parents still possess the moral authority to ask questions?

Surely, the bottom of sudden wealth is often very murky indeed.

Overall, more poignant questions certainly await the Onuamadikes. Apart from possible tepid reprimands uttered understandably beyond the earshot of a third party or immersion in the usual “fasting and prayer”, what other concrete steps did they take to really wean their ward off the life of crime early in the day?

A parent who cherishes the family’s good name, is conscious of the inevitability of Karma and un-desirous of eternal shame would not have quickly thrown up their hands in cheap surrender.

Even more abominable is the role of the wife. Evans reportedly confessed that his spouse sometimes cashed the ransom on his behalf. Could he have lied to her on the real nature of his “business”? But it would have been humanly impossible for her to remain in the dark all these years while her hubby rolled in billions without an office address.

The only logical conclusion to make under the circumstance is that she knew about all the secret trips, the nocturnal calls and why the bales of dollars bore bloodstains. We are then let into the grotesque shadow of Jezebel and Saphira rolled into one. And then, what sort of business could they been telling their children daddy was doing?

Again, what sort of a woman – a mother of five at that! – would happily go to bed with and wake beside a devil like Evans each morning? And she was not scared of having her children trained with such blood money? We can only pray the iniquities of the evil couple don’t come back to haunt the little children who must be treated as innocent in the circumstance.

As for the “significant others”, the guilt list will certainly stretch from the social circuits to the conclave of miracle merchants and allied specialists who partook of Evans’s tainted dollars. He often introduced himself as an “international businessman”. The Nigerian ambassador to Ghana reportedly attended a shindig once held in his honour in Accra.

Evans also reportedly confessed that he gave fantastic donations in form of offering to churches, thereby implicating pastors in his web of sin. What then remains is for him to name all his spiritual fathers – both orthodox and traditional – who collected dollars in appreciation of “special prayers” or ritual sacrifice to help him either beat police traps or evade arrests all these years.

Then, you can be sure many in cassocks across the west coast will be losing sleep in the times ahead.

This leads us back to MHK’s golden charge. More would certainly be achieved if more and more of our pastors, imams and traditional priests join in helping to enshrine a custom that dishonours wealth which provenance is either suspicious or unknown. No more recognition or glorifying so-called business moguls of no visible merchandise and who purport to run an offices without identifiable addresses.

Of course, that will only mean massive pay-cuts for many self-styled prophets. Recall the story of a popular Lagos-based prosperity pastor implicated in the theft by a church member sometime ago. The latter was found out by his employer in the hospitality industry to have systematically stolen tens of millions of naira as a account clerk.

He later confessed to the police that more than half of his loot was donated to his church either as offering or “seeds”. He said each time the pastor made an altar call for “anyone blessed or expecting miracles” to sow a seed, he was often over-powered by a spirit to give and give.

The bigger shocker came when the implicated pastor was eventually confronted. While not denying receipt of millions and a giant generating set, he categorically ruled out the possibility of a refund even after it became clear the source was unclean.

So, the impression invariably created in public mind could be put roughly as this: were Judas Iscariot to offer ten percent of his infamous 30 shekels of silver to that same pastor, it would be game as well.

Such is the new ethical bind we now have to deal with.

Now, a little quiz for the day: how much of your neighbour do you really know?

Louis Odion is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (FNGE).

This article was written by Louis Odion. 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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Evans: Rise Of The Invisible Neighbour

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Evans: Rise Of The Invisible Neighbour, By Louis Odion

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Mathew Hassan Kukah (MHK), it was, who perhaps best framed a key ethical question bogging the contemporary society with collapsing values. To reclaim the moral boundary, the engaging Catholic Bishop once argued that it is no longer enough for the cleric to expressly grant the request of a congregant to bless his or her endeavour out of shared ecumenical spirit without first ascertaining its nature.

To gloss over such little details is to risk donating the ecclesiastical seal to an undertaking likely to fail the integrity test, thus inadvertently allowing the impression to be created that the mere sprinkling of “holy water” could confer the hygiene outlaws usually crave in seeking to have their loot laundered. And in case such “enterprise” turns out to be less than licit, the shepherd stands as condemned as the calculating Pharisee.

Of course, we can take liberty to assume that implied in MHK’s sermon was also a frown at pastors who readily demand and accept gifts of private jets or limousines from their “spiritual children” who, in reality, were no other than those already officially certified as fuel subsidy thieves or vampires sucking crude from the nation’s pipelines.

Today, against the backcloth of the fabulous revelations since last Saturday of the exploits of kidnap king, Chukwudi Onuamadike (a.k.a Evans), MHK’s words could not be more pungent.

Until he met his Waterloo, Evans would easily have passed as a celebrity next door. He possessed and flaunted all that are now discounted as the only success indicators by an increasingly materialistic society: big houses at home and abroad, front-row seats at temples, big cars, big titles, big families often on foreign holidays, etc.

At his upscale estate, neighbours recall he was the perfect resident. He paid his dues promptly even though he avoided community meetings like a plague. Watching him driving by in exotic automobiles or power bike, many must have eyed him with envy, wishing God put them in his shiny shoes.
At the car wash, he would sit inside his wonder-on-wheels with the engine running while the cleaning lasted.

In his village, we read about his step-brother describing him in flattering terms as “nice, kind-hearted guy”.

We also read of fat envelopes donated by him to charity homes and temples of worship.

One account (though unconfirmed) states he was arrested and arraigned in court earlier this year alongside his wife but, predictably, soon bought his way to freedom.

But what many must still find most puzzling is how a man dreaded for sowing fear and terror across the land for years, almost thought invincible as to warrant the police placing a big bounty on head, would eventually be found not in a fortress or catacomb, but at a regular tenement.

This could in part be attributed to the dysfunctionality of the three socialising agencies: family, the neighbourhood and those sociologists describe as “the significant others”.

That Evans could inhabit Magodo for so long and remain invisible is a reflection of the new reality in our big cities. Everyone is in a hurry. People rush out even before dawn in pursuit of a living. On return at dusk, they are mostly too broken by the pressure at work, agonising over what awaits them the next day. By weekend, most prefer to remain indoors, lying in bed more or less, trying to recover the breath they lost during the past grueling working days.

In place of old-fashioned hearty chatter in neighborhood recreational parks over drinks, we now find it more convenient to set up WhatsApp conference on the go. Social media platforms are taking the place of the clubs and confraternities of old as the new socialising venues. Phone calls are replacing physical visits. Fawning symbols contrived by computer are now accepted as substitute for the bonhomie of old, that throaty human laughter in real life. Territorial boundaries have collapsed.

So, over time, the big paradox unfolds: neighbours grow into strangers even when social media is supposed to bridge distance. While rapid urbanisation is robbing our communities of their soul, technology is increasingly rendering our humanity impersonal.

Only that could explain why no one still seemed to have taken notice of sneaky Evans in Magodo even three years after the police placed a ransom on his head. In the days gone by when intimacy defined the community, Evans would not have been able to hide for so long. Neighbours were each other’s keeper. Suspicion would have easily arisen if anyone chose to step out of line.

Once upon a time, when three or four people were gathered, someone was bound to break the ice soon. But not any more. Today, rather than chat up an acquaintance at a public space, we would rather now spend the time fondling our phone devices – texting or browsing.

In a way, the concept of society has changed. Instagram, Facebook and other cyber platforms constitute the new society. Seamless as access could be, the values are false, the language vile. They have become arena to show off.

It used to be said that when your yam harvest was bountiful, a shared communal sense of proportion dictated that the news be hoarded, if not entirely hidden. Today, we all seem in a hurry to even exaggerate our worth on social media as if modesty has become a cardinal sin. We glory in spending what we don’t earn.

It explains why soon it took only a few moments after Evans was paraded on Monday for pictures of his brood to surface online, oozing opulence. Though the source was not stated, it is most likely to be a screen-grab from either an Instagram or Facebook entry. Such is the perversion of the new society.

On the other hand, family failure is undoubtedly illustrated in Evans’ evolution from a petty thief to becoming the czar of the underworld. According to reports, his parents knew he was into crime and unwittingly aided and abetted him by keeping silent.

At least, his father reportedly admitted his son once told him he was into drug trafficking. While the mom was said to know of the kidnappings but never gave her blessings.

Planning, conducting reconnaissance and executing kidnaps on Evans’ scale and keeping victims for months, evading security dragnet, definitely require uncommon intelligence. If only Evans deployed his in a positive way.

Parental deficit of the Onuamadikes could be situated in the context of what is now commonly termed the “micro-wave” parenting model. It consists of the abdication of responsibility by the authority figures at home often under the excuse of pursuing daily bread.

When the parents cannot meet the family’s basic needs, they often end up forfeiting their voices all together at home. When a son without visible source of likelihood brings home a brand new SUV or undergraduate daughter begins to flaunt the next generation iPhone, how many parents still possess the moral authority to ask questions?

Surely, the bottom of sudden wealth is often very murky indeed.

Overall, more poignant questions certainly await the Onuamadikes. Apart from possible tepid reprimands uttered understandably beyond the earshot of a third party or immersion in the usual “fasting and prayer”, what other concrete steps did they take to really wean their ward off the life of crime early in the day?

A parent who cherishes the family’s good name, is conscious of the inevitability of Karma and un-desirous of eternal shame would not have quickly thrown up their hands in cheap surrender.

Even more abominable is the role of the wife. Evans reportedly confessed that his spouse sometimes cashed the ransom on his behalf. Could he have lied to her on the real nature of his “business”? But it would have been humanly impossible for her to remain in the dark all these years while her hubby rolled in billions without an office address.

The only logical conclusion to make under the circumstance is that she knew about all the secret trips, the nocturnal calls and why the bales of dollars bore bloodstains. We are then let into the grotesque shadow of Jezebel and Saphira rolled into one. And then, what sort of business could they been telling their children daddy was doing?

Again, what sort of a woman – a mother of five at that! – would happily go to bed with and wake beside a devil like Evans each morning? And she was not scared of having her children trained with such blood money? We can only pray the iniquities of the evil couple don’t come back to haunt the little children who must be treated as innocent in the circumstance.

As for the “significant others”, the guilt list will certainly stretch from the social circuits to the conclave of miracle merchants and allied specialists who partook of Evans’s tainted dollars. He often introduced himself as an “international businessman”. The Nigerian ambassador to Ghana reportedly attended a shindig once held in his honour in Accra.

Evans also reportedly confessed that he gave fantastic donations in form of offering to churches, thereby implicating pastors in his web of sin. What then remains is for him to name all his spiritual fathers – both orthodox and traditional – who collected dollars in appreciation of “special prayers” or ritual sacrifice to help him either beat police traps or evade arrests all these years.

Then, you can be sure many in cassocks across the west coast will be losing sleep in the times ahead.

This leads us back to MHK’s golden charge. More would certainly be achieved if more and more of our pastors, imams and traditional priests join in helping to enshrine a custom that dishonours wealth which provenance is either suspicious or unknown. No more recognition or glorifying so-called business moguls of no visible merchandise and who purport to run an offices without identifiable addresses.

Of course, that will only mean massive pay-cuts for many self-styled prophets. Recall the story of a popular Lagos-based prosperity pastor implicated in the theft by a church member sometime ago. The latter was found out by his employer in the hospitality industry to have systematically stolen tens of millions of naira as a account clerk.

He later confessed to the police that more than half of his loot was donated to his church either as offering or “seeds”. He said each time the pastor made an altar call for “anyone blessed or expecting miracles” to sow a seed, he was often over-powered by a spirit to give and give.

The bigger shocker came when the implicated pastor was eventually confronted. While not denying receipt of millions and a giant generating set, he categorically ruled out the possibility of a refund even after it became clear the source was unclean.

So, the impression invariably created in public mind could be put roughly as this: were Judas Iscariot to offer ten percent of his infamous 30 shekels of silver to that same pastor, it would be game as well.

Such is the new ethical bind we now have to deal with.

Now, a little quiz for the day: how much of your neighbour do you really know?

Louis Odion is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (FNGE).

This article was written by Louis Odion. 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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‎”I’m The Next President Of Nigeria” – Fayose Boasts

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has boasted that he would become the next president of Nigeria.

Speaking on Friday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, Fayose, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bragged that he has the attributes to wrestle power from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

The governor made this known at a meeting with political office holders at the Government’s House, Ado Ekiti, where he also inspected Osoko Political Institute Centre.

The state executive also boasted that former governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi would fail if they contest the 2018 governorship election in the state.

According to him, neither of the two performed to an admirable level that Ekiti people would give them a second chance like he was given.

His words: “Just because Ayo Fayose has won a second term to become governor of Ekiti, some people also think they can come back now, but I want to tell them that it is not possible. I am the man wholeheartedly loved by Ekiti people because of the many developmental projects that have brought great infrastructural and developmental advancement to Ekiti.

“If you go around Ekiti, you will see my handiwork dotting every nook and cranny of the state. This is why I am the man who every Ekiti people will follow in 2018.”

He further stated that he has the penchant for taking powers from people having defeated two former governors (Niyi Adebayo and Fayemi) in governorship elections.

“I have penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand. I will take it. I’m going straight to that villa. I’m the next president.

“I want to be the next president of Nigeria. My own won’t be this change that has brought nothing, we are going to represent the people well and tell them the truth.”

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‎”I’m The Next President Of Nigeria” – Fayose Boasts

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has boasted that he would become the next president of Nigeria.

Speaking on Friday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, Fayose, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bragged that he has the attributes to wrestle power from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

The governor made this known at a meeting with political office holders at the Government’s House, Ado Ekiti, where he also inspected Osoko Political Institute Centre.

The state executive also boasted that former governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi would fail if they contest the 2018 governorship election in the state.

According to him, neither of the two performed to an admirable level that Ekiti people would give them a second chance like he was given.

His words: “Just because Ayo Fayose has won a second term to become governor of Ekiti, some people also think they can come back now, but I want to tell them that it is not possible. I am the man wholeheartedly loved by Ekiti people because of the many developmental projects that have brought great infrastructural and developmental advancement to Ekiti.

“If you go around Ekiti, you will see my handiwork dotting every nook and cranny of the state. This is why I am the man who every Ekiti people will follow in 2018.”

He further stated that he has the penchant for taking powers from people having defeated two former governors (Niyi Adebayo and Fayemi) in governorship elections.

“I have penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand. I will take it. I’m going straight to that villa. I’m the next president.

“I want to be the next president of Nigeria. My own won’t be this change that has brought nothing, we are going to represent the people well and tell them the truth.”

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‎”I’m The Next President Of Nigeria” – Fayose Boasts

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has boasted that he would become the next president of Nigeria.

Speaking on Friday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, Fayose, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bragged that he has the attributes to wrestle power from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

The governor made this known at a meeting with political office holders at the Government’s House, Ado Ekiti, where he also inspected Osoko Political Institute Centre.

The state executive also boasted that former governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi would fail if they contest the 2018 governorship election in the state.

According to him, neither of the two performed to an admirable level that Ekiti people would give them a second chance like he was given.

His words: “Just because Ayo Fayose has won a second term to become governor of Ekiti, some people also think they can come back now, but I want to tell them that it is not possible. I am the man wholeheartedly loved by Ekiti people because of the many developmental projects that have brought great infrastructural and developmental advancement to Ekiti.

“If you go around Ekiti, you will see my handiwork dotting every nook and cranny of the state. This is why I am the man who every Ekiti people will follow in 2018.”

He further stated that he has the penchant for taking powers from people having defeated two former governors (Niyi Adebayo and Fayemi) in governorship elections.

“I have penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand. I will take it. I’m going straight to that villa. I’m the next president.

“I want to be the next president of Nigeria. My own won’t be this change that has brought nothing, we are going to represent the people well and tell them the truth.”

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Nigeria Apologizes To Saudi Arabia For Sale Of Ramadan Dates Meant As Gifts

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has apologized to the Saudi Arabia Government after 200 tonnes of dates sent as a Ramadan gift were found on sale in markets.

The dates which were intended as a gift for people who had fled their homes because of the Boko Haram insurgency were found on sale in  markets in Borno state. Dates are traditionally the first things Muslims eat when they break the Ramadan fast each evening.

The foreign ministry spokesperson, Clement Aduku, in a statement expressed his disappointment over the “unfortunate turn of events” but said the matter is being investigated to avoid a repeat in the future. He said: “It is important to note that once the dates were delivered to their final destinations, the ministry of foreign affairs became devoid of any subsequent responsibility. It is therefore disappointing to learn that some of the consignment is being sold for profit.”

The ministry said that Nigeria’s Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons had drawn up a list of places where the dates would be distributed, which included IDP camps and some prominent mosques.

Aduku also expressed gratitude on behalf of the ministry to the Saudi government for the generosity during the holy month of Ramadan. “We look forward to continuous close cooperation as well as fruitful and fraternal relations between our two countries.” He said.

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“Nigeria Spent $65 Billion On Fuel Subsidy In 4 Years” – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said subsidies for petrol and kerosene cost Nigeria $65 billion between 2011 and 2015.

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The minister, who made this known on Thursday in a presentation at a two-day African modular refinery forum, further added that the amount excluded an estimated $6bn lost by the country to vandalism of oil and gas infrastructure.

Kachikwu was represented by Olumide Adeleke, the deputy director, engineering and standards of the DPR.

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The minister also lamented the fact that the country was still importing 92 per cent of its daily fuel consumption despite its four refineries.

“The foreign exchange requirement for importation of petroleum products is estimated at $28bn (N3.35tn) annually, with 40 per cent of the total amount (N1.34tn) dedicated to financing the logistics of importation,” the minister said.

Kachikwu reiterated his resolve to ensure that Nigeria achieves 50 per cent domestic refining capacity by 4th quarter of 2018 and 100 per cent domestic refining capacity by 4th quarter of 2019.

In May, the minister had vowed to quit from the current government if he fails to deliver on the promise to end fuel importation in Nigeria by 2019.

In an interview on BBC World Service programme, HardTalk, Kachikwu also stated that since he took office, he has been able to get the refineries back to begin to produce 7 million litres of petroleum product compared to zero previously.

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$48m Fraud: EFCC Declares Jonathan’s Finance Coordinator Ngozi Olojeme Wanted

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared wanted, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, the Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2015.

This is after the anti-graft agency obtained an order from a court to declare her wanted.

Olojeme, who served as the Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, from 2009 until she was removed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, was accused of diverting $48,485,127 from the social insurance scheme designed to provide compensation to employees who suffer from occupational accidents or diseases in the line of duty.

The accused and some directors in the company were said to have siphoned billions of naira, including funds meant for the payment of allowances of its staff as well as compensation to contributors.

Upon her removal by the present government, a petition was written to the EFCC alleging that over N50bn from the Employee Compensation Scheme fund, paid by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and private companies as well as another N18bn, being the contribution of the Federal Government as take-off grant to the NSITF, were mismanaged and diverted into the personal accounts of Olojeme and a former Managing Director of the NSITF, Umar Abubakar

It was learnt that several directors and contractors were invited to explain their own side of the story, many of whom had since returned funds to the EFCC.

An EFCC report, made available to newsmen alleged that the funds were said to have been traced to the accounts of some consultants and contractors, who were believed to be fronts for Olojeme and other directors in the NSITF.

The anti-graft agency report said, “It was discovered that the NSITF accounts in First Bank of Nigeria and other banks have witnessed a total turnover of over N62,358,401,927 between 2012 and 2015 from the Employee Compensation Scheme contributions.

“That out of the N62bn, the Federal Government contributed N13,600,000,000 while the sum of N48,758,401,927.80 was contributed by the private sector. That there were several payments to individuals and companies from the NSITF bank accounts for purported contracts or consultancy services.

“That some individuals and companies that received these payments, in turn, transferred part of the monies directly to the NSITF officials while others transferred huge sums to bureau de change operators who changed them to dollars.”

The report also said that Olojeme sent her account officer at FBN to collect $48m from some NSITF contractors through a BDC operator.

It stated, “That through this process, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, the then NSITF board chairman, has collected a total sum of $48,485,127 from Mr. Chuka Eze (her account officer at FBN), which cash he collected on her behalf being the dollar equivalent of monies paid to BDCs by NSITF contractors.

“That she has refused to honour invitation and all efforts to get her to come and tell her own side of the story have proved abortive hence her arrest warrant has been obtained from court.

“We ask for the EFCC chairman’s approval to declare the suspect wanted.”

Confirming the development, the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, stated that Olojeme had been declared wanted and urged members of the public to offer information that could lead to her arrest.

“Yes, she has been declared wanted. Members of the public are advised to give us information that would lead to her arrest,” he said.

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Dogara Talks Tough, Says N’Assembly Has Powers To Tamper With Budget

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the National Assembly has powers to introduce new projects to the federal budget, or remove proposed items.

The speaker made this known on Thursday while responding to a motion on matters of privilege moved by Lawal Abubakar (APC – Adamawa) at the plenary.

ALSO READ: “Senate Will Not Concede Powers To Executive,” Says Saraki

The motion came on the back of a statement credited to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who was quoted to have said on two occasions that the National Assembly had no powers to introduce new projects to the budget before passing it.

Mr. Dogara argued that the framers of the Constitution vested the powers of law making in the legislature, implementation in the executive, and interpretation in the judiciary.

“A declaration as to which of the arms has the power and rights, in as much as it is related to the interpretation of the law, is the function of the judiciary and not of the executive,” he said.

The speaker further added that the Appropriation Act is a law enacted by the parliament and that public officers including the president and his ministers, had sworn to uphold the Constitution.

Nigeria’s Acting President Osinbajo Finally Signs 2017 Budget

He said the refusal or failure to implement the budget is a violation of the Constitution which has consequences.

“We are men of honour. Whether legislators or executive, we are bound by the oath of office to faithfully execute that law and in the case of the executive, if it is not done, all of us know the very consequences. I don’t want to call it by its name, we know the consequences,” he said.

The Speaker also stated that in the event of refusal to assent to any bill by the Executive, the constitution empowers the National Assembly to override such veto in the interest of the public.

He added that the House under his leadership would not be a rubber-stamp to the Executive as it would do everything to uphold and protect the independence of the legislature.

Dogara’s statement is coming on a day the Senate President, Bukola Saraki vowed that the Senate and indeed the Legislature would not concede its powers to the Executive.

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EFCC Disowns Anti-Corruption Lawyer Rotimi Jacobs, Denies Prosecuting Saraki

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it was not prosecuting the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in the just concluded false declaration of assets case.

ALSO READ: CCT Clears Saraki, Dismisses All 18 Charges Of False Asset Declaration Against Him

In one of its series of tweets on its verified twitter handle @officialEFCC on Thursday, the anti-graft agency made it clear to Nigerians that it was not the prosecutor at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) trial.

In the same vein, the EFCC also disowned counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, saying that he is an independent anti-corruption lawyer to the state and could be counsel to any organisation.

During the two years trial of Saraki, Rotimi Jacobs was always referred to as counsel to the EFCC, but the EFCC clarifies that he is not attached to the commission.

It would be recalled, the senate president was on Wednesday, discharged and acquitted of all 18 count charges bothering on declaration of assets brought against him in the CCT.

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EFCC Disowns Anti-Corruption Lawyer Rotimi Jacobs, Denies Prosecuting Saraki

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it was not prosecuting the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in the just concluded false declaration of assets case.

ALSO READ: CCT Clears Saraki, Dismisses All 18 Charges Of False Asset Declaration Against Him

In one of its series of tweets on its verified twitter handle @officialEFCC on Thursday, the anti-graft agency made it clear to Nigerians that it was not the prosecutor at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) trial.

In the same vein, the EFCC also disowned counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, saying that he is an independent anti-corruption lawyer to the state and could be counsel to any organisation.

During the two years trial of Saraki, Rotimi Jacobs was always referred to as counsel to the EFCC, but the EFCC clarifies that he is not attached to the commission.

It would be recalled, the senate president was on Wednesday, discharged and acquitted of all 18 count charges bothering on declaration of assets brought against him in the CCT.

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Exam Malpractice: Names Of 72 CBT Centres Blacklisted By JAMB And Their Offences (Full List)

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Exam Malpractice: Names Of 72 CBT Centres Blacklisted By JAMB And Their Offences (Full List)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday announced that it had blacklisted 72 of the 600 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres used for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across the country.

ALSO READ: JAMB Cancels Results Of 59,698 Candidates, Blacklists 48 CBT Centres, Suspends 24 Others

According to its registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, the blacklisting of some of the centres was due to their alleged involvement in extortion and “organised examination malpractice” during the UTME.

A document obtained by Premium Times – that contains the names of the affected CBT centres – showed that while 38 of them were outrightly delisted for misconducts and gross technical deficiencies, 24 of them were suspended for one year for technical deficiencies.

LIST OF CBT CENTRES SANCTIONED BY JAMB AFTER 2017 UTME

S/N CENTRE NAME CENTRE CODE STATUS
ABIA STATE
1 Temple Gate Polytechnic, Aba 001 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
2 Giant Immaculate School, ICT Centre, Aba 002 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
3 JP Flinct International School, Aba 007 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
4 Mchief Communications Limited, ICT Centre, Aba 010 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
5 Golden Foundation International, Aba 011 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
6 Unique Unibright International School, Aba 013 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
7 Citizen International College, ICT Centre, Aba 014 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
8 Akasi Computer Institute and Information Services, Aba 015 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
9 Ascension Computer Center, Ascension Seminary School,Umuebulungwa, Ukwa-West 021 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
10 Academic Insight Model School 022 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
11 Adventist Secondary Technical College, Owerintta 024 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
12 Benjyn International Academy, Amoji Ukwu, Obingwa  025 Delisted for Gross Technical deficiencies
13 Pius Comprehensive Secondary School, Umuigwe-Amakama, Umuahia South L.G.A., Abia State  029 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
AKWA IBOM STATE
14 College of Education, Afaha Nsit 045 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
15 Agnos Consult 12 Barracks Road, Eket Divisional Library Eket. 046 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
16 Rolins King Technology and Management Institute, Ikot-Ekpene, No. 15, Library Avenue, Ikot-Ekpene 049 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
17 Jimiel Computer and Management Institute, Ikot Ekpene 051 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
18 Gestric Infortech & Management Institute, No. 2 Umo Obotroad, Ikot Ekpene 052 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
19 Gateway S. Academy, Ikot Akpa, Ukanafun 054 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
ANAMBRA STATE
20 SEIA ICT Nigeria (Christ the King College) 059 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
21 Versity Comprehensive Sec. School, 119/120A Obodoukwu Rd., Okpoko 061 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
22 St. Rita Innovative Institute, Housing Estate Fegge, Onitsha 063 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
23 Eastern Academy, Upper Iweka, Onitsha 064 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
24 Deacons Digital Solution Ltd, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha 066 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
25 Planet Technologies Limited 068 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
26 Newage Computer Services Ltd.,  Otolo, Nnewi 069 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
27 Kings Computer College, Along St. Silas Cathedral Church, Mbarakpaka, Ihiala 071 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
28 Community Education Resource Centre, Adjacent To Community School, Okpuno 075 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
BAUCHI STATE
29 Oxford Science Academy, Bauchi 096 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
30 Presentation Brothers Secondary School, Bauchi 098 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
BAYELSA STATE
31 Mater Dei CBT and ICT Centre, Imiringi 103 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
32 Fipere Logistics Global Network Limited, Yenagoa 107 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
BENUE STATE
33 Gboko College of Education, Gboko 112 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
34 Universal CyberNet Limited, Otukpo 119 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
35 Global ICT Connect Limited, Makurdi 628 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
CROSS RIVER STATE
36 Unibright Computer Centre 136 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
DELTA STATE
37 ICON Training and Consultancy, Umunede 143 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
38 Classical International School, Warri 149 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
39 Prime Vocational Institute, Kwale 153 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
40 James Welch Grammar Schools, Emevor 154 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
41 Glomaikom CBT Cooperative Youth Resources Centre, Sapele 156 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
42 Obule Integrated School, Sapele 157 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
EDO STATE
43 Success Comprehensive College, 8, Ekhei Girls School Road, Auchi 182 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
ENUGU STATE
44 Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu 200 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
45 St. Augustine Computer, Ndiumo, Uwani-Akpugo Centre 2 213 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
46 St. Augustine Computer, Ndiumo, Uwani-Akpugo Centre 1 214 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY
47 Federal Science and Technical College, Electronic Library and ICT/CBT Centre, Orozo 224 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
48 Victory International Institute of Technology and Education, Kwali 233 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
GOMBE STATE
49 Government Comprehensive Day Secondary School, Bajoga 242 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
50 Government Science Secondary School, Billiri 247 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
IMO STATE
51 Prestige World Computer Institute, Urualla 260 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
52 School of Health Technology, Okporo, Orlu 261 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
53 Benchmark Education Centre, Orlu 263 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
54 St. Joseph Catholic Church School, Nempi 264 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
55 Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo 281 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
56 Integrated Business School, Akabo, High School, Akabo 635 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
KADUNA STATE
57 A247 Modern CBT Centre (NOUN Kaduna Study Centre), Kaduna 636 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
KOGI STATE
58 Getrid International Resources Limited, Government Secondary School, Lokoja 364 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
LAGOS STATE
59 Winsford Comprehensive College, Igbogbo/Ikorodu 407 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
60 Richytorch Computer Inst.& Training Center, Beside Mobil Okoko, Ojo 434 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
NIGER STATE
61 Jummai Aliyu Babangida Development Centre (JABDC), Stadium Road, Minna 471 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
OGUN STATE
62 Dof CBT Centre, Opposite Rock City Radio, Goshen Estate, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State 501 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
RIVERS STATE
63 Emarid College (Igwuruta Campus: KM 24 Eneka/Igwuruta Road, Igwuruta 578 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
64 Fast Five Computers, Palace Road, Oyigbo 581 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
65 Immaculate High School, ICT Centre, Obeama, Oyigbo 582 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
66 Edtrix Frontier Technology. Plot 16 Amoagwu Street by Dust Bin Umuogodo Igbo-Etche 584 Delisted for gross technical deficiencies
67 Blessed child international school, No.13 St. Stephen Street, off location Road, Etuche-Oyigbo 585 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
68 A-PAGE Success Educational Centre, model Primary School 587 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
69 Destiny ICT Centre ,116 Ada George Road opp, Carpenter 590 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
70 Tessy International Schools, Chukwu Agholu Avenue, Rumuagholu Road, Port Harcourt 593 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency
71 GreenField CBT Centre, Railway CompoundPort Harcourt 594 Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies
72 Redemption Montessori International School, No 3 Foundation Avenue, Port Harcourt 660 Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

LIST OF CENTRES SANCTIONED — (SUMMARY TABLE)

S/N STATE NUMBER OF CENTRES SANCTIONED
1 Abia 13
2 Akwa Ibom 6
 3 Anambra 9
4 Bauchi 2
5 Bayelsa 2
6 Benue 3
7 Cross River 1
8 Delta 6
9 Edo 1
10 Enugu 3
11 Gombe 2
12 FCT 2
13 Imo 6
14 Kaduna 1
15 Kogi 1
16 Lagos 2
17 Niger 1
18 Ogun 1
19 Rivers 10
TOTAL 72

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