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Breaking : NECO 2020 exams postponed indefinitely

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The National Examination Council (NECO) has declared the indefinite rescheduling of the continued Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

 

In a statement discharged by the Head, information, data, and PR Division, NECO, Azeez Sani declared that the choice to indefinitely suspend the examination followed this flip of events within the country.

According to the statement, the mayhem has noncontinuous the sleek conduct of examinations in some components of the country, because of obligatory curfew and closed down of faculties in some states that have created it tough for the Council to move examination materials.

He assured the general public that the examination body would continue with the conduct of the examination altogether states as presently as normalcy returns to the country.

The statement reads:

 

The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 reviewed the on-going 2020 SSCE(Internal) nationwide.

“The Council had in a press release, dated 21st October 2020, informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 2020 on-going SSCE.

“Arising from that meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE(Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.

“In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges: Some state governments imposed a curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property; In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the Council to move examination materials across the country; Students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table.

“The Governing Board further resolved, that when normalcy returns, the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States. “While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.”

 

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Nigeria Customs Service To Distribute Seized Food Items to Aid Nigerians in Hardship

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced its intention to distribute food items seized from smugglers to assist Nigerians in alleviating the current difficulties faced in the country, Aso Naija Reports.

On Tuesday, February 20, the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, revealed the service’s plans to distribute the confiscated food items to Nigerians.

He emphasized that the distribution would only take place after all the food items had been certified safe for human consumption.

A statement released by the National Public Relations Officer of the service, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, explained that the Nigeria Customs Service would facilitate the direct disposal of food items forfeited to the Federal Government.

READ ALSO: Former APC Campaign Director Reveals: Tinubu Admitted He Had No Plans on How to Govern Nigeria

These items would undergo certification by relevant agencies to ensure their suitability for consumption.

Subsequently, they would be made available to ordinary Nigerians nationwide through equitable distribution in the service’s Areas of Operations.

The specific details and procedures for the disposal will be communicated through NCS formations across the country.

Additionally, the NCS assures the public of its commitment to transparency, fairness, and public safety throughout this process.

It pledges to manage this exercise diligently to ensure that the benefits reach those who are most in need.

 

 

The Nigeria Customs Service maintains its unwavering dedication to safeguarding the nation’s food security and advancing the economic well-being of all Nigerians.

It expresses gratitude for the support and cooperation of the public and remains confident in overcoming these challenges to pave the way for a more prosperous future for the nation.

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Former APC Campaign Director Reveals: Tinubu Admitted He Had No Plans on How to Govern Nigeria

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Key Notes

  1.  Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, a former campaign director of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, disclosed that President Bola Tinubu admitted to her that he had no plans or blueprints on how to govern Nigeria before the 2023 General Elections.
  2. The conversation took place during a meeting in London prior to the polls, where President Tinubu mentioned that the plans for his governance would be developed after winning the elections.
  3.  Mrs. Muhammad expressed her concern about President Tinubu’s competence and questioned how he could rule without a blueprint in place.
  4. Despite her efforts to address critical issues such as the Almajiri system, agriculture, and security, Mrs. Muhammad has not been granted an opportunity to present her blueprint to President Tinubu.
  5. The revelation raises doubts and concerns about President Tinubu’s suitability for leadership and his preparedness to govern Nigeria effectively.

 

In a recent interview on AIT News, Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, a former campaign director of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, disclosed that President Bola Tinubu admitted to her that he did not have any blueprints on how to govern Nigeria before the 2023 General Elections.

Mrs. Muhammad’s revelation sheds light on her decision to resign from the ruling party prior to the election.

During a meeting in London before the polls, President Tinubu informed her that the plans for his governance would be developed after the election.

READ ALSO: President Tinubu’s Daughter Begs Nigerians To Be Patience Amid Economic Hardship

The former Campaign Director recounted the conversation, stating,

“Then I saw a message saying that Asiwaju wants to talk to you. Around 11:00 PM, so I gave them a reply. I’m waiting.

Immediately they saw my text, so they called me back, and Asiwaju called me. He said, ‘I respect your stance on not accepting the appointment.’ I said, ‘Yes, Sir, because I can’t be a zombie.

I just can’t follow you because you said I should follow you. Let me know what you have for us up north. Because if I made a mistake on Buhari with you, the truth is written on the horizon.

So I have to know what you have for us.’ He said he was in London and asked if I could go over. He offered to buy me a ticket. I said no, Sir, I can afford a ticket.

And then he said, ‘Can I get a hotel for you?’ I said yes, that I would appreciate it. I took the next Lufthansa flight to London. I saw him that same night. And we sat.

READ ALSO: Breaking News: Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate Soars to 5% in Q3’23

And I said, ‘Sir, the reason why I’m not accepting your appointment is because I don’t know what you have for us up north.

Because in the North, every single person is either waiting to be killed or kidnapped.

We can’t go on like this. What is your blueprint for us?’ He told me that he doesn’t have anything for us.”

Mrs. Muhammad further explained, “I said, ‘You mean, Sir, you don’t have a blueprint?’ He said, ‘I can’t have a blueprint because if I have a blueprint, I’ll be stepping on too many toes and they might even kill me.’ This was what he said.

I said, ‘But sir, how can you rule without a blueprint?’ He said, ‘I’ll only make a blueprint after winning the elections.’ I said, ‘There will be a lot of distractions after winning the elections. You have to keep your eyes on the ball.’ He said, ‘Well, you know what? If you have anything you want me to put in my manifesto, then please bring it.’

I told him that I have elders. We have a network for national salvation. I have our elder. I’ll go meet him in Paris the next day. The next day, I left for Paris.”

Mrs. Muhammad expressed her disappointment at not being able to meet with Tinubu again to present the blueprint.

Despite her efforts to address important issues such as the Almajiri system, agriculture, and security, she has not been granted an audience with him.

This revelation by Mrs. Muhammad highlights the lack of concrete plans presented by President Tinubu for his potential governance of Nigeria, raising concerns about his suitability for the role.

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ASUU Abuja Zone: 46 Members Lost due to Economic Hardship

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  • ASUU Abuja Zone has experienced the tragic loss of 46 members.

  • The losses can be attributed to economic hardship and poor remuneration
  • Strenuous working conditions, psychological stress, and diseases related to poor working conditions have also contributed to the members’ demise.
  • The recent passing of Professor Johnson Oyero highlights the inability to afford quality medical care.
  • The affected academics were affiliated with institutions such as the University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology Minna, and others.
  •  Nigerian academics leaving the country in search of better opportunities abroad has exacerbated the strain on those who remain.
  • Improved support and recognition for academics in the Abuja Zone are urgently needed.

 

According to Salihu Muhammed Lawal, the Abuja Zonal Coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the union has experienced a tragic loss of 46 members in the Abuja zone, Aso Naija Reports.

These losses are attributed to the current economic hardships in the country and the inadequate compensation provided to academics and universities in the zone.

READ ALSO: President Tinubu’s Daughter Begs Nigerians To Be Patience Amid Economic Hardship

During a press briefing held on Monday, February 19, 2024, in Abuja, Lawal revealed that the union members succumbed to various challenges, including strenuous working conditions, psychological and emotional stress, and illnesses resulting from poor working environments.

Lawal emphasized the severity of the situation by mentioning the recent passing of Professor Johnson Oyero, a distinguished expert in Fisheries at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, who was unable to access quality medical care due to financial constraints.

The 46 academics who have tragically passed away were affiliated with institutions such as the University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State University, and Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State.

Lawal further highlighted a disconcerting trend that has emerged in the past decade, with many Nigerian academics opting to leave the country in pursuit of better opportunities abroad.

This brain drain phenomenon has placed a heavier workload on the remaining academics who possess a dwindling sense of patriotism due to inadequate remuneration and unfavorable working conditions.

Overall, these distressing circumstances have contributed to the loss of numerous valuable members of ASUU and have created a pressing need for improved support and recognition for academics and universities in the Abuja zone.

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President Tinubu’s Daughter Begs Nigerians To Be Patience Amid Economic Hardship

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Alhaja Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja General of Lagos State and daughter of President Bola Tinubu, has issued a heartfelt appeal to Nigerians, urging them to remain patient in the face of prevailing economic challenges, Aso Naija Reports.

Speaking to journalists during the 2024 Mawlid Nabiyy of the Lagos State chapter of Aljamahatul Qadiriyyah Islamic Movement, Tinubu-Ojo emphasized the need to maintain hope, highlighting that the economic downturn is not exclusive to Nigeria but a global phenomenon.

The event also included prayers for national well-being, with recitations from the Glorious Qur’an seeking guidance for Nigerian leaders and prosperity for the country.

READ ALSO: Breaking News: Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate Soars to 5% in Q3’23

Having been turbaned as the Iya Adinni of Qadiriyyah in Nigeria and Africa, in recognition of her contributions to the development of Islam, the Iyaloja General assured Nigerians that her father is actively working to address the prevailing hardships.

In her message to the Nigerian people, Tinubu-Ojo kindly requested a little more patience, assuring them that everything will eventually fall into place with the passage of time.

She emphasized the importance of nurturing hope, acknowledging the global economic challenges faced by many nations, not just Nigeria.

 

Additionally, she expressing her prayers that Allah will guide the nation through these difficult times.

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Put More Effort Into Ending Widespread Insecurity, Don’t Wait For State Police – Obi Tells Tinubu, Governors

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Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi, calls on President Bola Tinubu and state governors to intensify efforts in combating the surging insecurity plaguing the nation. Obi expressed deep concern over the escalating insecurity, urging Tinubu and governors to take urgent steps to address the growing threat and prepare for the implementation of state policing. He cautioned that the worsening insecurity, coupled with widespread hunger and poverty, poses a significant risk of a national crisis.

Obi’s statement read, “While the idea of State Policing as discussed recently by the President and the 36 States Governors, is a welcome development, and while looking forward to its implementation, which may still take a while, all efforts, at the moment, should be geared towards ending the ugly trend of insecurity in the nation. We should not just wait for the proposed state Police to do the magic while we become lackadaisical and allow criminals to run riot like the recent reports in Zamfara and Kaduna states.

“Waking up every day to the sad news of terror attacks around the country remains very worrisome. Recently, gunmen were reported to have attacked a mosque in Katsina, killing worshippers, and abducting several villagers.

“A terrorist attack was also reported in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State where six persons were reportedly killed and about 50 abducted. What is more worrisome is that these terrorists now boldly target security agents.

“Just yesterday, bandits were said to have attacked a police station in Zamfara killing the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO. These and many other violent attacks and kidnapping-for-ransom in the country should keep the government and security agencies on their toes.

“Such a high level of insecurity when combined with the high level of hunger and poverty in the country, forms a perfect recipe for disaster in our nation. We must therefore take all possible measures to ensure the security of lives and property in our dear nation.

“I urge the government and our security agencies to expedite action on ending these terror attacks on the Nigerian people and ensure that every Nigerian is free to live securely in every part of the nation. I commiserate with the families who have lost dear ones to these violent attacks in the nation while praying for the safe rescue of those in captivity.”

 

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