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FG approves six private universities

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Six new private universities have been approved for establishment by the Federal Government.

The decision was reached at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council held on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of meeting which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently on an official visit to Kano State.

With the approval, private universities in the country are now 74.

Adamu listed the newly-approved private universities to include Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State; Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia; Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan; Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt; Atiba University, Oyo State; and the Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences, Lagos.

The minister said the National Universities Commission has been asked to henceforth be tough on universities that operate below standard.

“There are some more applications and I believe we (Ministry of Education) will still bring more for council approvals.

“The NUC is going to take the issue of accreditation very seriously and if any university fails to meet their (NUC) standard, we are going to deregister their courses and if enough courses are deregistered, it will lead to the closure of the university,” he said.

Adamu also spoke on the industrial action embarked upon by non-teaching staff unions in the universities under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee, saying some of the issues raised had been thrashed out.

He said, “As far as I know, we had sat down with the unions, we met and these issues had been thrashed out. I don’t know that there was a problem that arose later because I travelled out of the country and came back yesterday (Tuesday).

“But as far as I am concerned, these things had been addressed before I left and the formula that was used to share the money was agreed by them.

“They sat down with the officials in the Ministry of Education and agreed. So, the money was not for ASUU alone, it was for all the unions.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, told reporters that he briefed FEC members on Buhari’s recent visits to Côte d’Ivoire and Jordan as well as the government’s recent decision on Libya slave trade.

He said, “On the issue of Libya, of course, it has been in the news in the last two weeks on trading in slaves; also, the imprisonment in various detention centres of Nigerians.

“What we have done is that first of all, we have got our Charge D’ Affairs in Tripoli to come to Abuja to give us the full details of what is actually going on there. How many Nigerians are in detention and are trying to come home?”

Source:( AFP )

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Rifle allegedly seized from drunk policeman (video)

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A drunk policeman identified as Garba Salisu is currently the talk of social media.

Passersby who saw a drunk police officer carrying a gun, seized the gun from him then poured water on him to help revive him.

In a video shared online, people are seen surrounding the police officers and commenting about the fact that he was inebriated already at that time of the day.

A man is seen pouring a sachet of water on the policeman’s head.

Voices in the video are heard saying the policeman was seen at about 4pm on Saturday, Nov 28, at CBN Junction, close to Abuja Police Command Headquarters.

Watch the video below:

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Nurse who is HIV positive, reveals how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus

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A nurse who is HIV positive is currently making rounds on social media and has taken to social media and revealed how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus.

The South African lady identified as Angela Motsusi disclosed this in a recent post she made on her Facebook wall.

According to her, HIV patients who take their ARVs daily, attend all clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled are safe of have sex with a negative partner.

She wrote on Facebook, “Living testimonies of #UequalsU , it’s simple really, if you are HIV positive, take your ARVs daily and attend all your clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled, by taking your treatment everyday you will be virally suppressed and with a sustained, suppressed viral load you CANNOT sexually transmit HIV to your partner, I am positive and he is negative. #normalizinghivchallenge #uequalsusouthafrica”

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Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

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Boko Haram: 'Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead' Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

Former Nigeria’s minister of Education, Dr Obaigeli Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to do more than being hurt in restoring peace in the nation.

She made this remark in reaction to President Buhari’s statement that he is hurt following the beheading of 43 farmers in Borno by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Saturday.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Attack By Boko Haram On Borno Farmers

Reacting to the gruesome murder, Ezekwesili urged the President not to be hurt rather pursue justice for victims of the insurgent group.

She wrote:

In another tweet, the former Minister of Education queried the whereabouts of security operatives during the whole attack. She wrote:

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