Inclusive education critical for national development, ABU alumnus tells FG

Minister of Education Adamu-Adamu

Kayode Ajiga, Chairman Steering Committee Accounting Class of ’97, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria says the mainstreaming of inclusive education in the nation’s educational system is critical to sustainable national development and social cohesion. Ajiga said this in Abuja at the 25 years anniversary and reunion of the Alumni Association. He said that inculcating inclusive education in the school curriculum would allow students with special needs to study with their peers in the same academic environment. “Education as we all know is the key to national development, hence the need…

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Insecurity: FG goes after Boko Haram, Ansaru terrorists, IPOB financiers, assets

The Federal Government has commenced moves to confiscate the assets of identified terrorism financiers and their associates, in line with international counter-terrorism recommendations. It was gathered that security and intelligence agencies were scouting for the physical assets, including companies and bank accounts of individuals and groups indicted for terrorism in the country. Already, 18 persons, entities and companies have been added to the Nigeria Sanctions List under the supervision of the Nigeria Sanctions Committee, a multi-agency panel created by the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022. The groups include the…

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133 Poor Nigerians: SERAP asks Buhari to probe social intervention programmes

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “promptly set up a presidential panel of enquiry to thoroughly, impartially, effectively and transparently investigate spending on all social safety nets and poverty alleviation programmes and projects executed between 2015 and 2022”. SERAP also urged him “to ensure the findings of any such investigation are widely published, and suspected perpetrators of corruption and mismanagement of public funds meant to take care of the poor should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient evidence, and any stolen…

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Crude oil theft fuelling unemployment – FG

Crude oil theft has been identified by the Federal Government as the primary cause of the nation’s deteriorating unemployment rate. According to an issued press statement by the ministry, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, stated this while speaking at the 8th meeting of the National Employment Council in Abuja. According to the Minister, the problem has impeded the Federal Government’s ability to provide jobs for the nation’s teeming young population. Ngige, who is the chairman of the council, lamented that oil theft has made Nigeria to…

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Maritime Security: FG arraigns 26 foreign crew of vessel arrested with Nigeria’s stolen crude

The Federal Government has arraigned the crew of the Very Large Crude Carrier, (VLCC), MT Heroic Idun, suspected of being involved in oil theft in Nigeria. Following their arrest, the ship’s 26 man crew, made up of Indian, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Brazilian, and Polish nationals were arraigned at the Federal High court in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital on Monday. Prosecuting on behalf of the Federal Government, the Ministry of Defence arraigned the crew on a three-count charge bordering on false pretence, attempted crude oil theft, and piracy among…

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Abuja-Kaduna train services to resume operation this November – FG  

The resumption of train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line within this month, the Federal Government has announced. The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, made the announcement yesterday, while giving an account of his stewardship in the ministry in Abuja. Recall that train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route have been halted for almost eight months after terrorists attacked the train in April. Sixty passengers were kidnapped and almost a dozen were killed during the horrific attack. All the abducted passengers have since been released. However, Sambo said train services on…

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“Ignore Ngige, pay ASUU members their full Feb. to October salaries” – Falana to Buhari

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights advocate, Femi Falana, (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) be paid their full salaries. Recall that the confusion arose on Thursday, when some ASUU members were not paid their full salary for October. The union had on October 14 called-off its eight-month strike. Head of Press and Public relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, had said ASUU members were paid their October salary pro-rata, and not half salary…

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“Don’t ignore US, UK terror alert”, CAN warns FG

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned the Federal Government not to ignore the terror alert from the United States of America on security, saying it will be helpful if the country can study and work on it. CAN Executive Secretary, Reverend Yakubu Pam, stated this while addressing newsmen and the association’s members in Gombe State. According to him, although the association might not be privileged to such a high profile security report as President Muhammadu Buhari, CAN, as a concerned citizen, is also worried by the warning from…

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“Nigeria’s foreign debt unsustainable” – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, finally admits

After a long period of insisting that Nigeria had no debt problem, but only revenue short-fall, the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, has finally admitted to the contrary, saying that the nation’s debt stock is no longer sustainable. Recall that the Minister had argued stridently in the past three years that Nigeria’s debt-GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was within a safe threshold, which became the administration’s mantra for contracting more frivolous loans for consumption. However, she recently made a U-turn, as she was quoted to have stated that Nigeria was considering re-ordering…

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National Security: FG fumes over UK, US embassies’ security alerts

…Assures of security safety for all The Federal Government yesterday expressed strong disapproval over security alert issued by some embassies alleging plot by terrorists to attack government and public facilities in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The United States and United Kingdom embassies in Nigeria had on Sunday issued advisories to their citizens with warning that terrorists are planning to launch attack against public places in Nigeria. The embassies had consequently warned their citizens to be on alert and keep off such public places. However, the Minister of Information and…

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