JAMB engages EFCC, ICPC, Police to monitor UTME exam centres.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said that operatives from the Nigeria Police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission – ICPC, will monitor the examination centres in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UMTE.
The exams will begin on Saturday May 13, 2017. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede told newsmen in Abuja that each test centre will have a supervisor, a technical officer, a verification officer, three proctors as well as security agents.
The JAMB boss warned candidates not to fall for the ploy of fraudsters who he said were out to defraud them. He pointed out a case at the Federal Government Science Technical College, Orozo,Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, where somebody was sending bulk messages to candidates to come and reprint their slips claiming to be from JAMB.
Na Wa O! All These Security Just For Exams? Naija We Hail Thee!
BIAFRA: Nnamdi Kanu gathers support, pays visit to Former Vice President.
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Leader Nnamdi Kanu on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. Kanu, who said his visit, was to get the elders’ blessing as well as to inform him of reasons his group are demanding for Biafra independence from Nigeria, assured Ekwueme that he was going to do anything he wants him to do “so far as it advances our political course as a people”.
In his response, Ekwueme appreciated the IPOB leader’s visit and expressed joy that he was released after all his travails. The statesman stressed, “I thank God that he is free and able to move around. I will make my best counsel available to him in his very onerous task of leading an organisation that is committed to bringing justice and equity among people, especially for our people.”
Earlier on Monday Kanu had visited the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA), which Ekwueme, is a patron to. He had before that time met with Igbo Senate Caucus in Abuja, who played a major role to ensure he was released despite seeming impossible condition Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court gave for his release.
Even After He Just Left Prison? We Hope These Biafra Plans Doesn’t Land Him 6 Feet Below The Ground O!
FG releases N30bn for development of solid minerals sector.
The Federal Government has released N30 billion for the development of the solid minerals sector, according to Hajiya Hadiza Goni, Acting Secretary of the Solid Minerals Development Fund, Vanguard reports.
She made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of a workshop on the Mining Sector for the North West Geo-political Zone. Goni said the release of the money would facilitate the development of the solid minerals sector and boost national growth. She noted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had given priority attention to the diversification of the economy and disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel had identified 45 solid minerals types across the 36 states of the federation for development.
The Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, in a message through the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba expressed the determination of the State Government to develop the mineral sector in the state. Tambuwal said that the state had received huge revenue from coal in the past but that the mineral had been abandoned since the discovery of oil. He assured that the state would collaborate with the Federal Government to exploit solid minerals in Sokoto State.
Is This The Change? We Shall See.
Future elections will be better than 2015 – INEC Chairman
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission was committed to making future elections in the country better than the 2015 exercise. Mr. Yakubu made the pledge when he received the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington at INEC headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja. He expressed gratitude to the U.S. Government for its commendation of the 2015 polls. According to him, you have noted that the elections were well organised and were of international standard and accepted, contrary to situation in the past where there were protests on the street after elections.
He said that one of the steps being taken was proper planning. He disclosed that the commission would, from next week, commence the process of implementing its “2017-2021 Strategic Plan’’. The chairman said that the commission would also clean up voter register, conclude ongoing continuous voter registration in 774 local governments before the 2019 general elections, and continue the exercise later. He also listed the fixing of specific dates ahead of the 2019 general elections as well as deepening the use of technology as other steps being taken to improve on the country’s electoral system.
Earlier, Mr. Symington had said that his visit to INEC was to learn how Nigeria conducted its elections. He commended the commission for the success of 2015 general elections. He said that conducting widely accepted elections had helped Nigeria to play a leading role expected of it in Africa. Mr. Symington said that majority views across the globe on the 2015 general elections was that the elections were conducted in the atmosphere of peace imposed by wind of hope and shaped by the certainty of comfort. He, however, listed good relationship and confidence between the leaders and the followers as some of the key factors required for good governance across the globe.
Former Brazilian president appears in court over graft.
Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared before a court in the southern city of Curitiba to answer a case of graft leveled against him. Lula who is accused of receiving a beach apartment in return for helping the OAS [OAS.UL] construction firm win government contracts appeared before a crusading, anti-corruption judge on graft charges he dismisses as a political witch hunt.
The former leader who is the highest-profile defendant in a sprawling corruption probe known as “Operation Car Wash” is expected to testify before Judge Sergio Moro, who has spearheaded Brazil’s biggest-ever corruption probe. However, supporters of Lula, mostly members of activists groups and unions arrived in Curitiba overnight in chartered buses from across the country, to show support for the former leader.