The Pro Chancellor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, on Wednesday said that Nigerians were spending a whooping N1 trillion annually to pursue university education abroad. Ibidapo-Obe said that it was pertinent for the country to look into how education policy makers would encourage private universities to bring out their best. Ibidapo-Obe, suggested that government could establish an Education Bank to provide a single digit interest for the private and public universities to draw funds. The university also introduced its new Pro Chancellor, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe. The former Vice-Chancellors are: Prof. Moses Ige, the founding Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Samson Ayanlaja.
December 12, 2018 14:13 UTC
Borussia Dortmund are hoping to avoid ex-coach Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool when the last 16 of the Champions League is drawn on Monday. “It doesn’t have to be Liverpool in the next round,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke replied tersely when asked if he wants to draw Liverpool in the next round. “Liverpool? That would be tough, but whoever we get, it will be tense and difficult,” said Germany midfielder Mario Goetze, who captained Dortmund in Monaco. In addition to Liverpool, Tottenham and Roma will be in the pot of second-place finishers.
December 12, 2018 14:03 UTC
The Presidency has dismissed the recent utterances by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “a sign of confusion not worthy of attention.”Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that whoever “Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant.’’He noted that the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months. He said: “Former President Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day. We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. “After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,’’ Shehu added. (NAN)(Visited 6,935 times, 403 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 13:30 UTC
Google on Wednesday announced the results of its 2018 year in search, offering an insight into the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria. NAN reports that Google Search, also referred to as Google Web Search or simply Google, is a web search engine developed by Google LLC. According to him, the Osun elections, Alexis Sanchez, Black Panther searches top the 2018 trending list. “This year’s most searched news event was the Osun elections, which gripped national attention in September due to alleged incidents of voter intimidation and interference. “Black Panther took number one in the trending movies list, while Fever by Wizkid was the top trending song,” he said.
December 12, 2018 13:10 UTC
Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz were both removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals, an international advice body set up by Francis himself, the Vatican said Wednesday. The last time the C9 met in September, Errazuriz, who is accused of ignoring reports of abuse in Chile, and Pell, who faces charges in Australia related to historical child sexual offences, were both absent, and the council said it was considering restructuring. Despite being removed from the C9, Pell remains in charge of Vatican finances, the third most powerful position in the Roman Catholic Church. The Church has been hit by a series of child abuse scandals in recent years, with widespread allegations of cover-ups, including against the pope himself. The pope clarified the composition of the C9 ahead of a February meeting with leaders of bishops’ conferences from around the world dealing with the “protection of minors”, to which victims of priest sex abuse have been invited.
December 12, 2018 12:45 UTC
The Police in Abia on Wednesday arrested 51 persons suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, claiming they “operate as members of Judaism,’’ in Umuahia. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia. Ogbonna, a Superintendent of Police, said the suspects were arrested for allegedly being in possession of assorted insignia of the outlawed IPOB. NAN reports that the suspects held a procession on major streets of Umuahia, carrying placards with different inscriptions written in the Jewish Language. They were intercepted by a team of anti-riot policemen, who shot several teargas canisters in their attempt to disperse the procession.
December 12, 2018 12:45 UTC
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Mrs. Ronke Sokefun as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation. The appointments of other members of the board were also confirmed after the presentation of the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of Nomination of the following names as Chairman and Members of the Board of NDIC by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim. READ ALSO: I’ve only visited Gbagada Hospital to help the needy –Sanwo-OluMembers of the NDIC board include Barrister Festus Keyamo, SAN, Alhaji Garba Bello, Bri-Gen. Josef O. J. Okoloagu, Mustapha Adewale Mudashiru, Mr. Adewale W. Adeleke. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, charged the newly confirmed board of the NDIC to live up to expectations. He said, “This is a very serious agency and as such, I congratulate the chairman and members on their confirmation and I do hope that these very responsible Nigerians will live up to the expectations of this Senate and serve their Fatherland responsibly.”(Visited 3,948 times, 31 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 12:45 UTC
A 40-year-old man, Reggies Chiyanike, is now battling for his life after he took car battery water upon discovering his wife with a lover. It was reported that this is the second time that Chiyanike was consuming battery water after discovering his wife’s infidelity. According to iHarare, Chiyanike’s wife cheating is well known to family and friends. READ ALSO: Spain to raise minimum wage to 1, 050 euros in 2019“She was first caught in an extramarital affair on her matrimonial bed and the husband drank battery water but he was lucky to survive. This time, she was caught enjoying quality time with a different man prompting the man to take battery water again.”Chiyanike is said to be still in a critical condition in the hospital(Visited 5,892 times, 617 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 12:34 UTC
Speaking shortly after signing the peace deal, Atiku commended President Muhammadu Buhari for accepting to sign the accord, but also advised him to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018. But let me also advise him to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill”, Atiku said at the event witnessed by many PDP stakeholders and supporters. THE PUNCH reported that on Tuesday, about 30 political parties protested against their exclusion from speaking during the NPC convened by Abubakar. According to them, granting only President Muhammadu Buhari the opportunity to speak during the signing of peace accord in Abuja was the height of injustice. “Why should Oshiomhole be singled out at the event when we have equal status as chairmen of political parties?
December 12, 2018 12:00 UTC
Members of Wickremesinghe’s party and their allies voted 117-0 asking President Maithripala Sirisena to restore the status quo prior to October 26 when he dismissed his former ally. “This resolution expressing confidence in me is a vote to defeat the coup of October 26,” Wickremesinghe told parliament referring to his controversial sacking by Sirisena six weeks ago. Instead, Rajapakse and his allies are boycotting parliament since they do not have a majority in the 225-member assembly. “Unless this parliament approves a budget for 2019, the government will not be able to spend even one cent from January 1,” Karunanayake told parliament. Parliament, dominated by Wickremesinghe and his allies, have also blocked the office of prime minister spending any funds.
December 12, 2018 12:00 UTC
A man in Central China received a death sentence for ramming his SUV into a crowd, killing 15 people in September, a state media reported on Wednesday. The man went further to stab some persons afterwards. Another 43 people were injured in the attack that occurred on September 12 in Hengyang City, Hunan Province. After he purposefully rammed his vehicle into the crowd in a public square, the man continued to stab them using a shovel and a knife, Xinhua said. (dpa/NAN)(Visited 822 times, 4 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 12, 2018 11:48 UTC
There is no gainsaying that the main source of Nigeria’s underdevelopment is corruption. There are different forms and shapes by which corruption manifests in the electoral process. It is incontrovertible that in the run-up to the 2019 elections, government institutions are being used against opposition political parties and candidates. In order to win the anti-corruption war in our electoral process, there must be strict enforcement of the laws against electoral corruption. Lastly, INEC and civil society organisations need to step up their voter education campaigns in order to educate the public on the evils of electoral corruption.
December 12, 2018 11:48 UTC
Topping anything in hit film “Crazy Rich Asians”, the only daughter of India’s richest man ties the knot Wednesday after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert in a lakeside palace. Days of pre-wedding festivities at a sprawling palace in Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan included a concert by Beyonce, purportedly the bride’s favourite singer. Ambani, 27 and Piramal, 33 got engaged at Lake Como in Italy in September and the high-profile wedding brings together two of India’s biggest industrialist families. “Isha Ambani’s wedding is a perfect example of the wealth inequality in India,” wrote one Twitter user. “The new standard for lavish Indian wedding is Beyonce.
December 12, 2018 11:15 UTC
The singer and songwriter, Nonso Amadi, has dropped the visual for No Crime. The video features Nonso Amadi and his love interest. If you are a lover of vintage cars, photography and fashion then this video is definitely your jam. The No Crime video was directed by Meji Alabi. The R & B artist, Amadi, has two albums namely War EP and Alone.
December 12, 2018 11:13 UTC
“A rich country can’t have poor workers,” said Sanchez, who is widely expected to call an early general election next year. The measure was part of his minority Socialist government’s draft 2019 budget unveiled in October but which he is struggling to pass in parliament so it will now be approved by decree. The government estimated the minimum wage hike will cost the state 340 million euros per year. Employers groups and the conservative opposition parties, the Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadanos, oppose the wage hike, saying it will hurt job creation. PP leader Pablo Casado has said the 2019 budget, which also includes tax hikes, is “economically suicidal”.
December 12, 2018 11:03 UTC