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FG Rejects Recommendation To Reintroduce Tuition Fees In Universities

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The Federal Government, yesterday, rejected by the government were the re-introduction of tuition fees in its universities; the abolition of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NEDRC, and the merger of the National Directorate of Employment and Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, to form a single agency for wealth creation.

It also accepted the recommendation that Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, be merged into a new body to be known as the Federal Civil Aviation Authority, FCAA, while their respective enabling laws are to be amended accordingly to reflect the merger.

FG however rejected the recommendation of the Steve Oronsaye committee that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC, the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct be merged.

These were the highlights of the report of the white paper drafting committee on the recommendations of Oronsaye committee which was made available to State House correspondents.

The government also rejected the privatisation of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigerian, FAAN, in view of the security situation in the country.

It rejected the recommendation that the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, and the regulatory functions of Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, be brought together under a unified management structure to be known as the Communications Regulatory Authority of Nigeria.

The recommendation that the Nigerian Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria be merged into one body, to be known as Federal Corporation Broadcasting of Nigeria, FCBN, was also rejected.

It was, however, approved that the Nigerian Television Authority be fully commercialised by 2015.

The recommendation that the Ministry of Police Affairs be scrapped was rejected, while the recommendation that the National Programme for for the Eradication of Poverty be sustained was accepted by the government.

Other statutory agencies approved to be scrapped by the Federal Government were Public Complaints Commission, PCC, and Fiscal Responsibility Comacthe Act of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board be repealed and the Boards activities returned to WAEC; the recommendation that the Raw Materials Research and Development Council be scrapped; the scrapping of Energy Commission of Nigeria and the recommendation that the National Sports Commission revert to the proposed Ministry of Youth and Sports Development as an agency was also rejected.

Recommendations accepted by the federal government include the scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme NAPEP, the abolition of the Utilities Charges Commission and the full commercialisation of National Agricultural Insurance Corporation

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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