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The Future Of Private Universities In Nigeria Is Bright, Begs ASUU To Call Off Strike – Okonjo-Iweala



Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that with the high demand for university education in Nigeria, the future of private tertiary institutions in the country is bright.


She added that Nigeria was on the path of addressing the problems in its education with the injection of N220bn annually to infrastructural development in the universities.

She spoke at an event in Oduduwa University, Ipetu Modu, Osun State, where the minister and Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, were respectively conferred with honourary doctorate degree of science in accountancy and economics on Saturday.

Okonjo-Iweala expressed optimism in prompt physical infrastructural development of the country’s universities, revealing also the Federal Government plan to support privately-owned tertiary institutions in the country.

She said, “The increasing demand in tertiary education suggests that there is great protection for private investment in tertiary education in Nigeria to thrive.

“As we continue to invest in critical infrastructure and provide practical-oriented curriculum, we will arrive at what graduates in this country need to survive.

“Our tertiary education system is facing enormous challenges, which this country must urgently address. The Federal Government is deeply committed to the provision of good education by tackling the problems of tertiary education and has set aside additional N220bn annually to be able to address infrastructural problems in our tertiary institutions.

“We know that we will need to do more as the years go by but the political will to perfect the business of tertiary education in this country is present in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.”

The minister said that the Federal Government  acknowledged the place of quality education in the nation’s development but stressed that the desired excellence could only be achieved with the genuine partnership with the private sector.

“Quality education will have positive impact on our economy, therefore, both public and private sectors will need to work together to reach our desired goal,” she said.

Sanusi expressed optimism that partnership of private and public sector would develop the nation’s economy to the desired capacity.

“Nigeria has a long way to go but the government will like to assure the nation that with the support of the private sector, the country has a great future,” he said.

Source: Punch Nigeria

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Eniola Badmus fires back at troll who body-shamed her



Popular comic actress, Eniola Badmus has fired back at a troll who tried to make mockery of her body for wearing bikini.

The troll asked the actress why everything about her has fallen.

“Why everything come fall for up?,” the troll commented on the actress’s photo on LIB’s Instagram page with crying emoji.

And she replied: “Just the way your mama own fall”

The actress also complimented her own photo, writing that “looking good is a good business.”

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We Need N81 Million To Cut Grass In Abuja Stadium: Nigerian Minister



The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that it will cost the ministry N81m to cut the grass and clear the weed that have taken over the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

He stated this recently while speaking during the one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter.

According to him, the ministry approached the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for assessment in the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on a 29 hectares (72 acres) of land.

The stadium is divided into Package A which houses the Main Bowl and Package B which houses other facilities like basketball courts, NFF office, volleyball courts, tennis courts, squash courts.

“We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N81m.

“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,” he said.

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It’s smart if a man refuses to date a jobless woman in Nigeria — Leo DaSilva



Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Leo Da Silva recently got internet users debating afte he waded into a conversation centered on men refusing to date women who are not financially stable.

A lady who disclosed that she’s a student, had tweeted;

I’ve seen tweets from guys saying they can’t date a girl that’s not financially stable. I’m a student. But never, like never have I felt attacked by such tweets. What’s actually up with some guys on Twitter? What I want must not make sense to you. It’s choice boo

Reacting to this, Leo stated that it’s a smart choice for young men to refuse to date jobless women. He added that guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs.

He tweeted in response;

Guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs. Dating someone that’s not working or doesn’t have adequate allowance is a burden. Nigeria, the poverty capital of the world, if a young man trying to come up refuses that burden, I think it’s a smart choice.

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