He noted that in the last 18 months, the 1992 set of the school had renovated six blocks of classrooms, provided furniture, financial assistance towards school inter-house sports, renovated school hall and built 10 units of toilets for students and teachers. “We all know that all is not well with the facilities in most of the public school. This became a source of concern for me and I promised to build a toilet and borehole for both students and teachers to complement the facilities provided by the 1993 set. “Funding and maintenance of school facilities should not be left with the government alone, corporate bodies and old students have a lot to do in improving the facilities,” Folarin said.He added, “We are also presenting 135 chairs and tables for the students. The former senior prefect said that the 1992 set would not relent in restoring the glory of the school in terms of infrastructure and the aesthetic beauty of the school.
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Simon Utebor, YenagoaGovernor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has once more boasted that the All Progressives Congress cannot win elections in the state. Guy Murray-Bruce, who was assigned Special Adviser, Entertainment and Tourism Development and a former lawmaker and APC chief, Ayiba Duba, who took charge as Special Adviser Political Matters (II). Dickson noted that the PDP, through the restoration government under his watch, had transformed the landscape of Bayelsa and provided credible leadership to the people. Dickson said, “ I have said it again and again that the APC cannot win any election in this state. The people of Bayelsa know what the PDP is doing for them in terms of leadership and development.
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado EkitiA group within the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, the Concerned APC Patriots, has threatened to challenge the eligibility of former governor Kayode Fayemi in court, if cleared for the May 5 governorship primary. READ ALSO: Abe declares bid for Rivers govThe group cited the state government’s White Paper indicting Fayemi as the reason for his proposed action. Reacting, Fayemi’s spokesman, Yinka Oyebode, dismissed the group as a faceless group not known to the APC in Ekiti. They are faceless group not known to the party, having collected money from their paymaster; they want to disrupt what the party is doing. “This is a faceless group and we believe they have a paymaster.
Leke Baiyewu, AbujaThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Wednesday, read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the approval of the legislature for the withdrawal of $496m from the Excess Crude Account for the purchase of military aircraft. The President said, “Recently, approval was granted by the United States of America Government but with a deadline, within which down payment must be made otherwise the contract relapses. This was paid directly into the treasury of the United States Government. Senator Mathew Uroghide (PDP, Edo-South), however, raised a point of order to declare Buhari’s action illegal. The Senate President also hinted that the matter might be raised at the next legislative day (Thursday) based on its importance and urgency.
Ade Adesomoju, AbujaThe Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday nullified the National Assembly’s Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which sought to provide the order in which the Independent National Electoral Commission must conduct the 2019 general elections. The court ruled that the powers conferred on INEC to conduct elections comprise the powers to decide the sequence of the elections and fix dates for the conduct of the elections. It added that such constitutional powers could never be taken away by an Act of the National Assembly. “Now, since the 3rd defendant has already fixed the dates for the 2019 elections, it is the only body that can change the dates. He added, “In issuing the timetable, the 3rd defendant was carrying out an executive function.
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The motion to invite Buhari was moved by an All Progressives Congress member from Kano State, Mr. Bashir Baballe. Baballe said, “We should summon Mr. President, he is the chief security officer of this country. I move that we should summon Mr. President.”He was seconded by another APC member from Yobe State, Mr. Goni Bukar, before the prayer was passed by members. “It will appear that war has been declared on Benue State, he added. Mr. President has failed and there is anarchy all over the land,” he added.
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Olusola Fabiyi, AbujaGovernors under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum met on Wednesday night in Abuja over the last tranche of the Paris Club refund. The first tranche of N522bn was approved for the states by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 16, 2016. However, the last tranche of the Paris refund is still pending. Also on the agenda of the Wednesday night meeting, which was seen by our correspondent, was the update on recovery of stamp duties, harnessing traffic management systems at the state level, and review of the National Economic council agenda. It was gathered the governors pull take decisions reached at the meeting to the National Economic Council Meeting which holds in Abuja on Thursday.
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Ade Adesomoju, AbujaThe Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday explained why he rejected the proposal for the formation of an association of Nigerian judges. The association had been proposed to speak on behalf of the judiciary when attacked as the Nigeria Bar Association does for lawyers. “On the assumption of office, I unveiled a reform agenda that would consolidate on the achievement of my predecessors to make the Nigerian judiciary one of the best in the world. One of the reform items was directed at improving the public perception of the judiciary. “The Apex Quarterly Magazine, which I will be unveiling presently, is one, but certainly not the only step taken to show the world what we do in the judiciary.”Copyright PUNCH.
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Sesan OlufowobiThe Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it had removed no less than 1,680 beggars and mentally-challenged persons from Lagos streets in the last one year. It added that about 162 children were taken off the streets in the same period. The commissioner further stated that 79 abandoned children were found in Lagos. He said the government carried out reformatory services at the Lagos Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Majidun, specifically designed for rehabilitation of beggars and mentally challenged persons. “The centre built as a transit home currently has a population of 1,288 rehabilitated persons undergoing medical treatment – psycho-social therapy, behavioural modification and social investigation,” he said.
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’Femi AsuAfter drastically reducing its imports of crude oil from Nigeria a few years ago, the United States is now exporting more crude than Africa’s top oil producer. Loading programme compiled by Reuters showed that Nigeria’s planned crude oil exports for April stood at 1.61 million bpd. An analysis of data obtained by our correspondent from the EIA showed that the US crude oil exports averaged 1.12 million bpd last year, with the highest daily export of 1.73 million bpd recorded in October. Light sweet Nigerian crude is very similar to the light oil produced in the US shale. The US removed the 40-year-old restrictions on its crude exports in December 2015 following the rapid growth of its shale oil production.
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However, the commissioners for finance from the 36 states arrived at the venue as scheduled only to realise that the meeting had been put on hold. He said this was the second consecutive month that the NNPC would not be honouring its statutory obligations to the Federation Account. In order to resolve the revenue under payment, Yunusa, who is the Commissioner for Finance in Adamawa State, said a meeting had been scheduled between the NNPC and the state governors. “As it is now, there is a meeting between the governors and the top management of the NNPC at the Villa. Before now, you don’t hear such news (underpayment of revenue); whatever issue you get, you deliberate on it.
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Idris AdesinaNigeria’s men table tennis team have been drawn in Group F against Slovakia, Argentina, Turkey, Australia and Bulgaria at the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, from April 29 to May 6. The competition comprises the championship division, the second division and the third division. Nigeria are in the second division and would be aiming to gain promotion to the championship division, which has countries like China, Germany and Nigeria’s continental rivals Egypt. Meanwhile, national coach Nosiru Bello believes the team can gain promotion at the end of the competition. Nigeria failed to gain promotion at the end of the 2016 edition in Malaysia after failing to finish among the first 28 countries.
’Tana AiyejinaThe two warring Nigeria Basketball Federation factions are in the dark over when FIBA will conduct a new election to the board of the federation. ), told our correspondent that they had not been briefed about a possible date for the election despite FIBA maintaining communication with their faction. He insisted that the mantle to run Nigerian basketball had been given to them by FIBA before a fresh election is held. “The letter says FIBA hasn’t given recognition to the Kida board. There’s no cause for concern.”Meanwhile, our correspondent has learnt that FIBA officials are not happy with the role of the Nigeria Olympic Committee in the NBBF crisis.
Oladimeji RamonThe Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday adjourned further proceedings till May 7, 2018 in the case of a businessman, Nonso Udoye, who was arraigned for allegedly cloning the registration logo of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria. Though the prosecutor, Mrs. Amaka Allen-Ngbale, opposed Okoroafor’s prayer for an adjournment, saying she was ready for trial and had witnesses in court, the judge, however, exercised his discretion in the Okoroafor’s favour. He adjourned till May 7 to enable the defence lawyer to study the proof of evidence to prepare for his client’s case. The SON arraigned Udoye on February 25, 2018 on 15 counts bordering on forgery and counterfeiting. He was said to have committed the alleged offence on or about November 7, 2017 at a warehouse located at No.
This statement about lazy Nigerian youths is one too many, and that is why it struck a nerve. Momoh and Akintola are Buhari apologists who, unlike Adesina who is twisting himself into a rope to defend Buhari, argue that indeed Nigerians are lazy and Buhari needs not apologise. Why were Nigerian youths lazy in 1974, and the children they bred still just as lazy and as entitled in 2018? There are countless others too, particularly opposition politicians who are also countering Buhari’s putdown of Nigerian youths by showcasing examples of Nigerian youths as hardworking, resilient, and innovative. Yet, they call youths lazy and entitled?