The Oyo House of Assembly has decried the omission of cultural, creative and visual arts among subjects for which teachers are being sought for in the ongoing recruitment by the state’s Post Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM). Noting that Arts as a subject continued to be neglected and was going into extinction, the Assembly urged TESCOM to urgently include vacancy for recruitment of Arts Teachers in the ongoing recruitment exercise to keep alive the subject in the school curriculum. He added that Arts education arouses ingenious talent, supports values and inventive works, acculturation, hence recruitment of Arts teachers will greatly enhance the development of the society. He also described Arts as a channel of development of modern scientific and technological breakthroughs which must continue to be taught and explored. Expedient, according to Adisa, is the need for the state Ministry of Works and Transport to embark on road mapping and lining of all major roads, especially those areas prone to traffic congestion.
February 25, 2020 17:37 UTC
The House of Representatives, on Monday, promised adequate budgetary provision for the operations of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to fix the Nation’s dilapidated roads across the six geo-political zones. The House Committee on FERMA gave the assurance when its members paid an oversight visit to its Headquarters in Abuja and its multi-million Asphalt plant in Kuje respectively. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Richard Femi Bamisile and members decried the current state of the Nation’s roads which they described as death traps which should be addressed urgently in the overall interest of the populace. According to him, “we here are for an on the spot assessment to see things for ourselves so that will know the operations of the Agency, its challenges and to see how we can come in to enhance its Headquarters operations. “To say that Nigerian Roads are bad or death traps, is an understatement and anyone who says otherwise, maybe he is the one who can afford this be flying around in Choppers or Jets, not all Nigerians can afford such luxury, so, as the Representatives of the people, we have to see that the roads are properly fixed“We are pleased with the activities of the Agency in the recent time, at least from the last November to date, the Agency is out attending to the roads especially during the festive periods“The main problem of the Agency is inadequate funding and tried to address this in the 2020 budget defence, the budget had been passed early enough and signed into law, we remains to do now is to see to the prompt release of its approved budget to enhance its operations nationwide“We are pleased with the operations of its multi-million Asphalt plant located at Kuje which is currently producing 100 tonnes per day, the Agency can now compel its Contractors to be sourcing Asphalt form the plant, this will be generating funds for its operations, it won’t be a burden to the Federal government“To us at the National Assembly, it is a new dawn for the Nation, the story of bad roads across the land will soon be history, we are going to the next level of good and motorable roads in the country, what we need now is a little patient“But to whom much is given, much is expected, the Management of FERMA should double its efforts so that will can have value for the money coming to the Agency, we will be moving round to monitor your activities, there will be no room for failed Roads again.”Earlier, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive officer of the Agency, Engr Nurudeen Rafindadi, had said that the major problem facing it was inadequate funding and procurement process and pleaded with the lawmakers to assist it more funds to enhance its operations nationwide.
February 25, 2020 17:37 UTC
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has tasked the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to adopt creative ways of actualizing its mandate of developing and promoting tourism in Nigeria, with a view to attracting tourists to the country. The Minister gave the charge when he paid a working visit to the NTDC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday to kick-start his tour of agencies under his ministry. “We have been blessed with a film industry which is number two in the entire world. He solicited the support of the ministry, especially in utilizing its Information platforms to promote tourism on a global scale. Mr. Coker later took the Minister on a brief tour of some of the facilities at the NTDC headquarters.
February 25, 2020 17:26 UTC
United States’ President Donald Trump is on the attack against two liberal judges on the Supreme Court, in a move that follows sharp criticism over his interference in the judiciary in ongoing cases. Trump, on Twitter, demanded that both Justice Ruth Ginsberg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor “recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump-related, matters” before the country’s top court. The matter appears to have originated in a dissenting opinion issued by Sotomayor in which she criticised the White House for rushing to the Supreme Court for relief when lower courts refused. It is far from unusual for justices to criticise parties to a case or even to pass judgement on the majority opinion of the court. Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices in his first term.
February 25, 2020 17:26 UTC
Sodiq OyelekeThe Team Manager of Kano Pillars Football Club, Kabiru Baleria, has been confirmed dead. According to the statement, Baleria died on Tuesday evening at Doctor’s clinic in Bompai quarters in Kano Municipality. The statement added, “Baleria died at the age of 57 and he is survived by his wife, six children and many relatives. “Late Baleria was a former National team player and previously among the coaches at the U-17 level and the U-20 national team. “Baleria died after a protracted illness.”DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 25, 2020 17:26 UTC
Olaleye Aluko, AbujaThe National Examinations Council has dismissed 19 workers from service over certificate forgery after the workers confessed to the crime. According to the council on Tuesday, the NECO Governing Board approved the dismissal of the workers, going by the recommendations of a Staff Certificate Verification Committee which was constituted by the management. He said, “The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council has approved the dismissal of 19 staff from her service for certificate forgery. “The Governing Board had at its 17th Extra-Ordinary meeting in November, 2019, also approved the dismissal of 70 staff for certificate forgery. The certificate verification exercise, which is ongoing, is aimed at sanitising the system.”DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 25, 2020 16:41 UTC
Leke Baiyewu, AbujaThe House of Representatives has vowed to defend Nigerians against extra-judicial killings, harassment and human rights abuses by men of the Nigeria Police Force. READ ALSO: Iran deputy health minister infected with Coronavirus“We can no longer stand for this, and we will not. This House of Representatives has a responsibility to speak for our citizens and we will continue to do so even when it is inconvenient,” Gbajabiamila said. The PUNCH reported that the Ogun State Police Command on Monday recommended that the SARS operative allegedly involved in the killing of Kazeem be dismissed. The IG on Tuesday announced the disbandment of the Zonal Intervention Squad, Obada-Oko, Ogun State whose men were allegedly involved in the death of Kazeem.
February 25, 2020 16:30 UTC
A former spokesman for People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. The judge, Justice Okon Abang, had earlier found him guilty of all the seven-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC charged Metuh alongside his company, Destra investment, with seven counts of money laundering and diversion of funds he received from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Dasuki allegedly misappropriation about N19.4 billion arms funds during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and gave N400 million to Metuh. Details later.
February 25, 2020 14:22 UTC
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday there was no agreement yet for the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany to hold a summit over the escalating violence in northern Syria. The Kremlin indicated a two-way meeting between Turkey’s Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin was also not on the cards. Erdogan on Saturday had announced he would hold a four-party summit with Putin, France’s Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 5. In Moscow, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied that a bilateral meeting between Erdogan and the Russian leader was planned. Putin, Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have repeatedly met on Syria in the past.
February 25, 2020 14:15 UTC
Hazard came off during Madrid’s defeat by Levante on Saturday after making only his second start following almost three months out with a fracture in the same foot. Madrid confirmed another fracture was revealed during tests on Sunday and Zidane has cast doubt on whether Hazard will return this term. “I don’t know if he will need an operation, it’s not my area,” said Zidane in a press conference before Madrid’s Champions League first leg against Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. “And I don’t know if his season is over, I don’t know but I hope not.”Hazard joined Madrid for 100 million euros from Chelsea last summer but has endured a nightmare first year in Spain. Hazard appeared to be finding his rhythm only to suffer his first fracture in November, before his latest setback last weekend.
February 25, 2020 13:52 UTC
Also, the committee chair directed that the committee interface with the Secretary-General of the Federation (SGF) to ensure the release of the audited accounts of Pension Commission (PENCOM) from 2014 to 2018. “I saw that you have audited accounts but the issue now is that of rendition. This followed the claim of Prof. Ukpabi-Joseph Ukpabi, Executive Director NRCRI, who assumed duty in 2018, that the board had yet to approve the audited reports of 2015 and 2016. Sadiku explained that the audited report was submitted via a letter dated September 2019, but was returned by the Auditor-General who demanded that a soft copy of the report accompanied the submission. You have violated the Procurement Act, the Financial Management Control Act; your agency has raped the constitution.
February 24, 2020 07:07 UTC
Disturbed by a shortfall in supply, the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMBN) of Nigeria has advised developers to shift focus towards the provision of functional and affordable homes that meet the demand and financial capacity of low-income earners in Nigeria. “If we can use locally made doors, windows, and other things, we will be reducing the cost of housing development. People need decent homes that are affordable, that they can put down their heads after hard day work. “FMBN is ready to support any serious developer who is ready to build residential houses through financing. Beneficiaries on any site will include, carpenters to bricklayers’, to estate developers, architects, engineers, estate surveyors, and others.
February 24, 2020 06:56 UTC
Sponsored by the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, the bill seeks to establish federal police, state police, national police service commission, national police council, and state police service commission. “The decision of the state police service commission shall be final and shall not be inquired into by any court. The bill equally states that the new National Police Service Commission shall comprise a chairman to be appointed by the president, subject to the confirmation of the Senate. “It shall recommend to the governor, the discipline and removal of the commissioner of police, deputy commissioners of police and assistant commissioners of police of the state police. The training was Organised by ActionAid Nigeria, with funding from, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), held at Keffi in Nasarawa State.
February 24, 2020 04:41 UTC
The spread of the medals acutely reflects the difficulty and competitiveness of the Olympic qualification process, as well of spread of taekwondo development across the African continent. Morocco and Egypt secured two Olympic tickets each, while the remaining four tickets were won by Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon. In the male -58kg, the number one seed Morocco’s Omar Lakehal and Ethiopia’s Solomon Demse emerged as the category’s Olympic ticket holders. Day two will see battle in the remaining four Olympic weight categories, including male -68kg, male -80kg, female -57kg and female +67kg. 105 athletes from 35 countries are currently battling for 16 Olympic tickets for the world’s most prestigious sporting event, with eight of those Olympic tickets already earned on day one of the qualification tournament.
February 24, 2020 04:07 UTC
The 2020 edition of the Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos opens today at the Land Mark Event Centre, Oniru, Lagos. The event, which brings together experts in the technology, social and economic landscapes from home and abroad, would run from today through 28th with the theme, Human X. The Human X SMW Lagos 2020 is to lead an important conversation focused on what it means to take a human-first and experience-driven approach to innovations across industries and communities on the African continent. Publisher, The Guardian, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru, and the Executive Director/Managing Director, Commercial Press, Tive Alex-Ibru, are to grace the session. Since its launch in 2013, SMW Lagos has continued to serve as a point of convergence for Africa’s most innovative minds.
February 24, 2020 03:56 UTC