Month: August 2021

Schools to decide benchmarks as JAMB cancels general cut-off marks

  The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, on Tuesday, cancelled general cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions and gave schools the freedom to set their individual minimum benchmarks for admission. The Board took the decision at the 2021 policy meeting, which was held virtually, and chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. Speaking …

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UPDATED: ASUU Waits Till Midnight For Gov’t To Meet Demand, Or Risk Going To Strike Again

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is waiting until midnight today, Tuesday, for the Federal Government to meet its demands or risks the union embarking on another round of strike. According to Vanguard, the national leadership of the union wants to give the government the benefit of doubt and let the ultimatum the union …

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Plateau Crisis: Imo Evacuates Over 100 Students From UniJos

The Imo state government has evacuated over a hundred of its indigenes studying at the University of Jos in Plateau state following rising tensions in Jos Plateau State. Chief of staff to the Imo Governor, Nnamdi Anyaehi, alongside other dignitaries were present to receive the students at the Government House in Owerri the state’s capital …

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NIGER STATE GOVERNOR ABUBAKAR SANI BELLO DENIES ANY INVOLVEMENT IN PLOTTING THE EMERGENCE OF HIS SUCCESSOR

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has debunked online publications that he will jettison the zoning system in preference to a more qualified candidate. Governor Sani Bello in a statement said he is a law-abiding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and can not descend this low by going contrary to what the …

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Police kill suspected armed robbers in Delta

Policemen in Delta State Command have reportedly killed two suspected armed robbers and injured two others in a gun duel at the weekend along Egbo/Otokutu Road, Otu Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.   The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, told newsmen in Asaba yesterday that the patrol team from …

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Nigerians say no to return of tolls on roads

Two years after the Federal Government indicated plans to bring back toll gates, which were scrapped during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 2004.   The idea was formally endorsed, recently, through the Federal Roads and Bridges Tolling Policy and Regulations, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) weekly meeting in Abuja.   The approval signalled reintroduction …

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WHO backs local therapies for COVID-19

As the African Traditional Medicine Day (ATMD) holds today, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has harped on promotion of the continent’s rich and diverse medicinal plants and herbs in improving well-being.   She said for generations, the vast majority of people in Africa had relied on traditional medicine …

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Ortom welcomes probe, gives timeline

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has raised no objection to the call by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, that anti-graft agencies should probe his administration.   Ortom, however, asserted that since he assumed office as governor in 2015, he had been running a transparent administration with nothing to hide. …

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Air cargo bureaucracy, charges stifle $250bn agro-export industry

Despite efforts of the Federal Government in trade promotion, there is no ease of doing business in the export end of local aviation.   This is as bureaucratic bottlenecks and multiple charges that are levied by diverse government agencies have been identified as major barriers against potential exporters and impediment to the non-oil revenue worth …

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FG targets over N365b yearly with re-introduction of tollgates

If managed efficiently, the proposed re-introduction of tolling on federal roads nationwide will fetch the government an average of N1 billion daily or N365 billion yearly, an amount sufficient to fix major roads across the country.   A conservative estimate by The Guardian showed that about one-third of over 11.8 million registered vehicles expected to …

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