Registration for SSCE ends June 25 – NECO

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has said the June 25 deadline for the registration of the 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination, (SSCE) for internal candidates remains sacrosanct. A statement issued on Wednesday by the examination body and signed by its head of information and public relations division, Azeez Sani, urged relevant stakeholders including states’ education ministries, school owners and managers, among others, to ensure strict compliance. The statement reads in part: “The National Examinations Council (NECO) will not extend the registration period for the 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE)…

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Democracy Day: FG declares Monday as public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 14, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on this occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a United and prosperous nation. According to a press statement issued today by the Interior Ministry’sPermanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, Aregbesola said any form of agitation that threatens the unity of the country should be shunned…

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Buhari inaugurates Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially inaugurated the 157km double track Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge. The inauguration ceremony took place on Thursday morning. Some top officers, including three ministers, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and all the governors of the South-West region, except that of Ondo who sent his deputy, were present at the occasion. Some royal fathers, led by representatives from the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo, witnessed the occasion. President Buhari, who had earlier appeared in an interview on…

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Judiciary workers, Polytechnic lecturers suspend strike

…Courts to re-open on Monday After over two months, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, (JUSUN), has suspended its industrial action. According to a source at the Supreme Court yesterday, JUSUN’s decision to suspend the strike action was due to the intervention of both Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad and the National Judicial Council, (NJC). When contacted, the media aide to the CJN, Ahuraka Isah, further confirmed the report, adding that JUSUN has already directed its members to resume work on Monday. The union had embarked on…

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Nigeria’s population has hit 211 million – UN

Nigeria’s population has been estimated to be 211.4 million by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It also estimated that the life expectancy for Nigerian men is 54 and that of women, 56. Recall that in 2020, the UN estimated Nigeria’s population to be 206.1 million and put the life expectancy at 55 years. The new figures are in the UNFPA’s ‘State of the World Population 2021’ report. The report was launched by Ulla Muella, UNFPA country representative; Pauline Tallen, minister of women affairs, and Nasir Kwara, chairman of the…

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“I’m a strong believer in one Nigeria” — but not at any cost”, Says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says though he strongly believes in the existence of Nigeria as a single nation, it should not be at any cost. Obasanjo stated this yesterday, during his investiture as a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), organised by the Ogun State chapter. The elder statesman called on those agitating for the disintegration of the country to shelve the idea and work for unity. He said it is better for Nigeria to remain as one indivisible nation, noting that “disintegration is not the solution”. “It…

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How IPOB hoodlums mistakenly slaughtered cows belonging to Igbos in S/East

An Anambra-based cattle dealer, Chibuike Okafor, has cried out that he has lost over 50 cows in the recent slaughter of cows by the Igbo agitators against Fulani herdsmen.  Okafor, who made this known when he met the Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, on Tuesday, said that most of the cows in the South-East are owned by Igbo businessmen.  According to him, over 50 of his cows were set ablaze by an angry mob at Kwata junction, Awka, Anambra State.  Okafor said that it…

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Insecurity: Zamfara deploys 500 armed personnel, anti-aircraft battle gun against bandits

Zamfara State governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, has deployed hundreds of security personnel to be on the trail of the perpetrators of attacks on the innocent people of Malele village, in Dansadau, under Maru local government area of the State. The governor, who condemned in totality the attacks which he believed were carried out by the enemies of the State, promised to teach them the language that they can understand. As at the time of filing this report, it was gathered that Governor Matawalle was in the Government House Situation Room,…

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TwitterBan: Twitter, Facebook, others must register in Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

As part of its controversial move to regulate social media, the Nigerian government said on Wednesday that Twitter, Facebook and other social media giants must register in the country. Information minister Lai Mohammed also said Twitter, which was recently suspended by the Nigerian government, has called for a ‘high-level’ discussion. The minister said these in Abuja while briefing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting. He repeated the government’s stance that Twitter was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria. Mohammed claimed…

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‘Nigerians must not allow a repeat of civil war’ – Orji Kalu

The Chief Whip of the senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that Nigerians must not allow a repetition of the civil war. In a statement on Tuesday, Kalu said the people of the south-east are not known for attacking public infrastructure, adding that it is not the best way to express grievances. The Nigerian civil war was between 1967 and 1970. The former Abia State governor said the region needs infrastructure and not hostilities. According to him, “The policemen and military officers killed are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, children and…

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