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7,000 Students Register for SPAK National Science Competition TV Show

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Over 7,000 students from about 2,000 senior secondary schools across 19 states of the federation sat for the qualifying exams for the SPAK National Science Competition which was held in Lagos.

 SPAK National Science Competition is a new science-based television quiz show and the most contemporary of its kind in Nigeria. It is a unique initiative aimed at igniting interest and promoting the study of science in secondary schools in Nigeria, and registration is open to students currently in the second year of their Senior Secondary School (SSS2), students aged 14 to 17. 

The Competition kicked off with a written examination on Saturday, the April 1, 2017. Of the 7,000 students that participated in that examination, only 81 students will be eligible to proceed to the second round. The names of the successful 81 students will be released on May 1, 2017.

According to Mr Oladapo Ojo, the creator of the show, the science competition was geared towards promoting sound education for science students in Nigerian secondary schools.

 He said: “The SPAK National Science competition was designed to use the audio visual medium to remove the myths surrounding science and technology and also rekindle interest in this area of science education which is perceived as difficult to study. He added that the unique learning programme had gotten the support of the National Examination Council (NECO).

Mr. Ojo further stated that elements of entertainment will be infused into the SPAK National Science Competition TV Show to drive more viewership.  Other sets of viewers who will find the show more interesting are parents, teachers as well as other key stakeholders in Nigeria’s science and technology learning environment.

 To participate in the science competition, interested schools were expected to register six of their most proficient students in the sciences, irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or state of origin, for the first round of the competition. The advertised website is www.spak.ng. 

 

SPAK National Science Competition is expected to hit Nigerian TV screens during the third quarter of 2017.

Source: Thisday

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God, pls help Nigeria” – Wizkid Tweets after Buhari’s speech

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God, pls help Nigeria” – Wizkid Tweets after Buhari’s speech

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, finally addressed the nation following the unrest that has happened in the country these past few days.

The President had a lot to say but some Nigerians were not satisfied with the speech and they took to social media to share their thoughts.

Popular singer, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun was one of these Nigerians and shortly after the speech, he wrote on Twitter ;

Sigh! God pls help Nigeria

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‘Waste of 12 minutes’- Nigerians react to Buhari’s national broadcast

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'Waste of 12 minutes'- Nigerians react to Buhari’s national broadcast

Media users have reacted after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation.

The address took place at 7pm on Thursday, October 22. Two days after End SARS protesters were shot at the Lekki toll gate. The shootings degenerated into chaos.

While speaking to Nigerians today, the president stated that Nigerians “misconstrued” the “promptness” with which the government acted on the End SARS demands “as a sign of weakness”

He added that “human lives have been lost” and properties have been destroyed “in the name of the End SARS protests.”

He then listed the “measures and initiatives” the government has put in place for “youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.”

He then called on youths “to discontinue the street protests.”

After Buhari’s speech, Nigerians took to Twitter to express despair and disappointment. Some pointed out that he didn’t address the Lekki shooting and the lives lost. Most said they have no more hope in Nigeria and expressed eagerness to leave the county.

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Maza Maza warehouse: Distribution of COVID-19 palliatives was halted due to #EndSARS protest – Lagos govt

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Maza Maza warehouse: Distribution of COVID-19 palliatives was halted due to #EndSARS protest - Lagos govt

The Lagos State Government has condemned the vandalisation of the warehouse at Mazamaza housing the food palliative packages donated to the government by the Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) group.

Recall that a mob on Thursday, October 22, vandalised the warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are kept at Maza Maza in Amuwo Odofin Local Govt Area and looted palliatives. The warehouse is located on Benster Crescent, popularly known as Monkey village.

A statement signed by the Acting Commissioner, Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said the items belong to the Southwest, contrary to social media reports that they are all for Lagos, adding that distribution was on-going but had to be halted due to #EndSARS protests.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on September 22nd 2020, formally taken receipt of the food palliatives from the CACOVID team meant for distribution to the indigent,” the statement reads.

The State had repackaged its share of the consignment and was distributing it before the protests that have affected activities in the State. The repackaging was being done to account for every beneficiary, according to the agreement with the CACOVID Group, which monitored the process,”

“The warehouse in question is not State-owned and its usage was made available to the CACOVID group. The distribution was on-going but had to be halted due to protests, before the invasion of the warehouse today.

“For effective distribution of the food palliatives, groups such as Transport Unions, Ethnic Groups, Religious Associations, Artisans and Tradesmen Association, Marketmen and Women Association, People Living with Disabilities, Orphanages and Old Peoples’ Homes among others were being used as the distribution channels to their members.

“The State Government, however, regrets the invasion of the warehouse and appreciates the support offered by the CACOVID group to the citizenry of Lagos.”

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