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FG to start paying ex-militants’ stipends tomorrow, JAMB withdraws candidates’ list sent to varsities, Basket of Tomato crashes from N25,000 to N800 and other major headlines you missed today


Dear KFBers, how was the month of July? Hope we are all ready for August? Tonight, we have got loads of interesting stories in #MajorHeadlinesYouMissedToday feature...enjoy!


JAMB withdraws candidates’ list sent to varsities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has withdrawn the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to Universities and other tertiary institutions.

The announcement was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjmin.

JAMB explained that the decision was to ensure that the Senate of Universities perform their statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates and referring them to it for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchment and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, during the policy committee meeting.
It said the earlier list was sent to help speed up the process of admission so as to allow other tiers of institutions also conduct their admission.
“Candidates should not panic because this is part of the process of the 2016 admission exercise. JAMB regrets any inconvenience this decision would have caused the tertiary institutions,” he stated.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, had given conditions for the 2016 admission saying it would only give approval “after appropriate screening of the candidates by the institutions.”
He had said, “JAMB wishes to state that the latest list of candidates sent to all the tertiary institutions contains candidates who qualified for screening based on the individual institutions capacity. It’s not in any way an admission list.
“However, if this list is not sufficient for the need of any institution, such institution can source from the omnibus printout earlier sent to them by the Board. The public and all tertiary institutions should note that admission will only be approved by the board after appropriate screening of the candidates by the institutions.
“The list which is made up of candidates who met the national cut-off point within the set criteria are sent to the institutions. Again, for purposes of clarity, all institutions that have need for more can source from their omnibus printout as stated above. The candid intention of the Board is to ensure that available spaces are adequately utilised.”
The Federal Government had clarified its ban on Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the general admission procedures, saying it “does not in any way affect the statutory role of the Senate of any University or the academic boards of any tertiary institution conducting its admissions.”







Teacher shot dead by police officer in Nassarawa State during a peaceful protest against salary cut
Aliyu Abdullahi Umbugadu, was killed on Friday, July 29 in Nassarawa State after a police officer opened fire at civil servants who gathered in front of the state government house to protest against salary cut. Tijjani Sani Ahmed, who shared the photos wrote:

"RIP ALIYU ABDULLAHI UMBUGADU, He met his untimely death as a result of police gunshots while peacefully protesting against civil servants salary cut yesterday in Lafia. A dedicated, modest and hardworking secondary school teacher. He was an inspector with Area inspectorate office, MOE, Lafia. May Allah reward you with Aljannat firdaus"



Atiku denies forming new party 

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar has dismissed as “a load of hogwash” newspaper report alleging that he has formed a new political platform under which he would run for President in 2019, with Ondo State Governor Segun Mimiko as his running mate. 

Former Vice President and presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar The rebuttal was contained in a Sunday evening statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe. 

According to him, “the report bears all the features of a political hatchet job planted by his opponents who have desperately tried to invent events in order to draw a wedge between him and President (Muhammadu) Buhari on one hand and APC leadership as a whole”. 

He said the “report was an incompetent product of fiction, so shallow and vacuous that even its authors could not validate its credibility with reliable and verifiable sources.” 

The statement alerts Nigerians and APC leadership to the existence of “some people of bad faith trying tooth and nail to spread the seeds of discord in the party, and destroy the much needed unity, harmony and cohesion, which are the pillars of strength for every political organisation.” The statement was quick to add that despite all these smear campaigns and reputation lynching and sponsored falsehoods, the Turaki Adamawa’s loyalty to President Buhari and the APC leadership would not be shaken an inch. “Atiku would ordinarily have ignored the malicious report, but says he chose to react, lest his silence would be mistaken as an admission of the falsehoods published against him”.









Kaduna state gov, Nasir El-Rufai attends Sunday service at Tunde Bakare's church in Lagos
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai today attended the Sunday service of the Latter Rain Assembly Lagos which is founded by former Vice presidential aspirant, Tunde Bakare. The picture was shared on the church's twitter handle this afternoon.





Nigeria makes headway in securing China's funding of projects

Press statement from the Presidency reads: Budget and National Planning Minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, at the weekend, in Beijing, made a strong case why the Chinese government should assist Nigeria financially in funding critical major infrastructure projects in the country. Senator Udoma who was in China for the Coordinator’s meeting on the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) also used the opportunity to discuss issues of vital economic interest with that country’s Vice Minister for Commerce, Mr. Qian Keming; and officials of China EXIM bank, where he stressed the mutually beneficial relationship the two countries will eventually enjoy if Nigeria’s economy is assisted to grow rapidly.

At the Johannesburg Summit in South Africa in December 2015, China had agreed to Assist African countries in ten strategic areas that will help their economy. It pledged $60 billion in aid, grants and concessional loans.

Nigeria is trying to get as much of the Chinese funding for projects in the form of grants, aids, investments and loans. The loan component will however be within the country’s debt sustainability limits. Projects proposed for the facility by Nigeria is in the region of about $20 billion, and the Minister said Nigeria will be in a better stead if the Chinese government will assist with a substantial part of the funds required.

During the various meetings, Senator Udoma stressed the need for special consideration for Nigeria given its strategic relationship with China, its economic potentials, and its capacity to redeem its part of the transaction obligations.

The Minister said following the meetings, both countries expressed satisfaction with the proposals and are very anxious to take proceedings to the next level.
During the Cooperation meeting attended by ministers from various countries in Africa, China’s President Xi Jinping said the meeting was an important step taken by China and Africa to implement the consensus of Chinese and Africa leaders and the outcomes of the FOCAC.
“It is a significant measure to boost China-African cooperative development. The meeting demonstrates to the world once again that no matter how the international landscape may change, the resolve of China and Africa to pursue unity and win-win cooperation will never change”, Jinping said.

The President noted that the weak performance of the world economy brings both opportunities and challenges to the economic development of China and Africa. “We must stand shoulder to shoulder and march forward hand in hand,” he admonished.

In his keynote speech, China’s State Councilor, Yang Jiech, explained that his country initiated the meeting at this time “to take stock of the delivery of summit outcomes, to align our thinking, built consensus, overcome challenges and difficulties, share experience and promote cooperation, so that we can pool the wisdom and strength of both sides and give a leg up to the implementation work”.

At the plenary session, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, was pleased that both China and the African countries have attained a high level of implementation of the outcomes of the summit, have acted promptly to take forward the five pillars and ten plans of cooperation and have made substantial progress in enhancing friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation across board.

He added that China has delivered on its commitments and made every effort to advance follow-up actions.

Akpandem James
Media Adviser to the Hon Minister







24 hours after employment, driver absconds with company vehicle

30-year-old man, Jimoh Taoreed, pictured above has been arrested after he disappeared with a van used to distribute sachet water produced by his employer, the Anglican Diocese, at Bodija area of Ibadan, Oyo State, barely 24 hours after he was employed.
Parading Jimoh before newsmen at the state police command, the state police commissioner, Leye Oyebade said Jimoh applied for the job with the intention to steal.


When he applied for the job, he gave his name as Saheed Popoola and said that he was an indigene of Eruwa town in Ibarapa area of the state. However after his arrest, it was discovered that his real name was Jimoh Taoreed and he hailed from Irawo Owode in Atisbo Local Government Area.

Taoreed and his assistant, a motor boy, on the day he absconded with his company bus, had gone to distribute bags of sachet water to buyers on June 30th but after carrying out the task, he deceived his assistant by telling him that he wanted to withdraw money from a bank in another location at same Bodija area. After he parked the vehicle, the unsuspecting conductor also alighted to transact business in another bank, but before his return, Taoreed drove the vehicle to an unknown place and was not seen again until his arrest, Oyebade stated further. Jimoh was arrest and the vehicle was recovered at Irawo Owode.

On recovery of the vehicle,Jimoh had removed the inscription that was originally on it and replaced it with Oga Nla which means Big Boss.

When interrogated, Jimoh said “About three weeks ago, while distributing bags of water to customers, a spirit pushed me to drive the vehicle away. The thought was countered by another spirit which told me not to do it. But at the end, I obeyed the first one that urged me to steal the vehicle. I left the person who was distributing the water bags and drove the van to my village. I went to pay for a bold sticker reading ‘Oga Nla’ (Big boss) and posted it on the van. Unfortunately for me, I was traced to my village and arrested. I was suspected by my family members that I stole the vehicle. I believe they were the ones who informed the police. I admit that my act is of the devil and I promise not to do so again.”





Basket of Tomato crashes from N25,000 to N800

The price of tomato has crashed from N25,000 to N800 a basket. Few months ago, the price of the essential commodity skyrocketed following the spread of tuta absoluta also known as ‘tomato ebola’ in most of the states that plant and harvest Tomatoes in large quantities. As of this morning, a basket of Tomato in Kaduna sold for as low as N800.





FG to start paying ex-militants’ stipends on Monday

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), has disclosed that former Niger Delta militants will start receiving their stipends on Monday, August 1.

This was made know via a statement issued on Sunday by the Head of the Media and Communication Department of the office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Abuja, Mr. Piriye Keyaramo.

The statement further called on the ex-militants in the region to stop the planned protests scheduled to hold on Monday.


According to the statement, “President Buhari attaches so much importance to the Amnesty Programme, which explains why the President in his inaugural address to the nation specifically promised to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place for the ex-agitators in the region.”

Boroh added that the Federal Government planned to improve the amnesty programme for the benefit of the 30,000 ex-militants and other youths in the region.

“President Muhammandu Buhari, is already putting together a youth development and empowerment package that would directly impact the ex-agitators and other youths in the region,” he said.








National Theatre in total darkness over unpaid N9m debt


The Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) on Sunday said that electricity supply to the National Arts Theatre in Lagos was disconnected because its management failed to pay over N9 million debt.

Mr Idemudia Godwin, General Manger, Media Communications of EKEDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the complex was disconnected after several appeals and demand notices went unheeded.

According to him, the debt is an accumulation of unpaid bills over time.

“We don’t disconnect without serving notice.

“Besides, we recently ran a newspaper advertisement informing all ministries, departments and parastatal agencies (MDAs)of government that were indebted to EKEDC of our intention to disconnect them.

“We have commenced disconnection of all historic debtors that include: residential, commercial, industrial and government establishments within our network,’’ he said.


The EKEDC spokesman said that the astronomical indebtedness by some customers was taking its toll on the company.

This had seriously been impacting negatively on the entire value chain in the power sector equation, he said.

According to him, only 25 per cent of this debt actually belongs to DISCOs, the rest are for other companies in the value chain- generating companies, bulk traders, gas suppliers, among others.

“So if you do not pay and you accumulate debt, what you are looking at is a possible total collapse of the entire power sector.

“That is what we seek to avert by this action. We need this fund to energies the power sector; to ensure electricity supply and to grow the sector,’’ Idemudia said.

He stated that the operations of all distribution companies were hampered by huge indebtedness by the “historic debtors.’’

An official of the National Arts Theatre who did not want his name mentioned confirmed to NAN on Sunday that electricity supply to the complex had been disconnected for close to a week.
The source said that the ongoing programme in one of the theatre’s halls was been powered by generator.

However, efforts to speak with the management of the theatre failed as they did not pick calls made to their cell phones.

NAN reports that the disconnection had affected business activities around the National Arts Theatre complex.

NAN also reports that on July 24, Mr Sunday Odutan, Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), decried the huge indebtedness of government establishments and military formations to the distribution companies.

He gave the statistics of indebtedness of the distribution companies as follows –Abuja DISCO: N18.6 billion; Eko DISCO: N8.6 billion; Kaduna: N8.2 billion and Enugu: N7.2 billion.

Others are Ibadan: N6.8 billion; Ikeja, N5.9 billion; Port Harcourt, N6.8 billion; Benin: N5.8 billion; Jos: N6.5 billion; Yola: N2.4 billion and Kano: N1.2 billion.

1 comment:

  1. July was good, glory be to God. Happy new month to y'all.

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