The Lagos State Government on Wednesday terminated
the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which hitherto held for
three hours on the last Saturday of every month.
Government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and
Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to cancel the monthly
exercise followed a resolution arrived at Wednesday’s Executive Council
meeting which approved the need for a robust review of the environmental
laws and procedures in the state in order to meet the present day
challenges and to promote a clean and healthy environment.
Government noted that considering the present economic situation in the
country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for
three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing
commercial and entrepreneurial activities.
Ibrahim Saulawa of the Appeal court in Abuja has ordered the
reinstatement of Eyitayo Jegede as the rightful candidate of PDP in this
Saturday, November 26th, Ondo state governorship election.
judgment nullifies the candidature of billionaire businesman, Jimoh
Ibrahim, who before now was recognized by INEC as the party’s candidate.
judgment in an appeal filed by Jegede, Justice Saulawa set aside the
October 14th ruling by Justice Okon Abang which recognized Jimoh Ibrahim
as the PDP candidate for the election.
belongs to the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party while Eyitayo
Jegede belongs to the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party
Kidnapped 75-year-old woman in Benue State regains freedom
Monica Agaku, a 75-year old woman who was kidnapped in Tse Agbaragba
village in Konshisha Local Government of Benue State, has been released.
Mrs Agaku was abducted on Thursday, November 17th, by unknown gunmen,
who stormed her house at about 1am and forcefully took her away.
According to Benue.com, the elderly woman was released in the early
hours of Tuesday, November 22.
Abubakar denies berating undergraduates in Nigerian public
universities, says I’m a proud product of Nigeria’s public school
VP Atiku Abubakar, has denied media reports that he recently berated
undergraduates in public Nigerian Universities and compared them with
his private secondary school students.
to the report, at a birthday party hosted for him by students in his
secondary school, Atiku allegedly said that no Nigerian public
University undergraduate can compete with students in his secondary
school, American University of Nigeria (AUN) Academy.
statement released by his media organization today, Atiku denied making
such a statement. According to him, he is a proud product of public
schools in Nigeria. Read his statement below …
Wednesday, 16 November I was at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, as
chairman of the annual Zik Lecture Series, where I delivered remarks
titled “Crisis, Education and Africa’s Recovery”. The speech, as with
many I have made in recent times, has been focused on the roles of
government and private sector in providing world class education in
could not have gone to school if my parents were required to pay for
it. That and the importance of education to nation building is the
reason why I strongly believe that primary and secondary education
should be free and compulsory in our country and indeed across Africa.
That way every child gets to acquire basic education to help them
improve their lives and help us produce an enlightened citizenry. That
is how it is in the countries that we look up to as models of
18 November I was at the AUN Academy, the secondary school I founded in
1989 (back then as ABTI Academy). While remarking on the eloquence of
the head boy, I noted that I was in Unizik as well as AUN (the
university I founded) a few days before, and this boy was eloquent as
the students I met in both institutions. I encouraged the young man to
keep up studying. My statement was clearly a compliment to the
brilliance of this exceptional child.
was surprising to me to see headlines the next day from various
publications, including The Cable andBellaNaija, among many others, with
headlines declaring Atiku had insulted public universities. There were
quotes in the papers which were so unfairly misrepresented; I had no
option but to publicly call them lies. I expected more from our press –
usually, journalists would refer back to the subject of a report for
comment before publication. No one contacted me or my media office. Of
course the lie spreads far and wide, in spite of my denial on social
episode was still ongoing when I saw a report from Premium Times that I
blasted the president as ineffectual in the fight against Boko Haram. A
very shocking report.
insurgents still occupy a specific geographical space. They (Boko
Haram) still retain the capacity for occasional deadly attacks. Many
citizens in the zone still remain vulnerable and live in fear.
cannot say that the problem is over until every displaced person is
able to return home, to the office, to the market, to the farm, and
resume normal activities. We cannot say it is over until we rebuild the
schools, the churches, the hospitals, the markets, and the homes that
had been destroyed. And we cannot say it’s over until the survivors of
this insurgency receive the help they need, including psychological
therapy to deal with the trauma that they have been through.
visited an IDP camp on Saturday and had the privilege of teaching a
math class to some children. But the site of hundreds of children
running around and unable to attend school was very gut wrenching. It
still breaks my heart. So we cannot say the insurgency is over until all
the displaced children return to their schools.
as I indicated last year, it would not be enough for people to simply
return to their pre-insurgency lives. We must do better than that
otherwise we would only have papered over the wound without really
through the remarks, I do not understand how this is a criticism of the
president or anyone. Without a doubt, I am from Adamawa State, a state
badly affected by the insurgency. I am a stakeholder in the welfare of
the people of my state and the north east. I have been supporting the
insurgency effort since the last administration, including funding local
vigilante operations, which helped repel the insurgents’ attempts in
various parts of the state.
with my charity organisation, we supported displaced people who flowed
in large numbers into Yola, as the insurgency hit their homes. We still
support the feeding and housing of thousands of IDPs who call Adamawa
home. As one of the leading sons of Adamawa, I see this as my
responsibility (although being politically active citizen, many have
misconstrued my efforts as part of some grand political drama). In order
to keep these events non-political, we do not invite the press to our
weekly food deliveries; neither do we promote our seed and farmland
distribution events for IDPs.
North East is our home. Even if the state institutions fail, we have a
responsibility to stand in the gap. The reported starvation in many
camps around the country is an example of what could happen if private
efforts don’t fill the institutional gaps.
Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta,
FUNAAB, Prof Olusola Oyewole, has been arrested by EFCC operatives for
alleged misappropriation of funds of the institution.
statement by the antigraft agency says the Vice Chancellor,
Pro-Chancellor of the school Senator Adeseye Ogunewe, and the Bursar,
Moses Olusola Ilesanmi will on Friday November 25th, be arraigned in
court over an alleged case of Abuse of Office and misappropriation of
funds reported against them and some members of the Governing Council.
to a petition submitted to the EFCC by the Concerned Stakeholders of
the Federal University of Agriculture, it is alleged that the Pro
Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor and the Bursar engaged in an “unbridled
corruption and betrayal of public trust”.
president elect, Donald Trump will be announcing South Carolina
Governor Nikki Haley as his ambassador to the United Nation. The 44 year
old Republican governor who is currently serving her second term,
having worked on trade and labor issues, has reportedly accepted the
President elect’s offer to serve in his administration, according to CNN
report. She’s the daughter of Indian immigrants
is being described as the establishment’s choice to represent a
sensible side of Republicanism, despite her criticism of some Donald
Trump’s proposals in the past. If confirmed, Ms Haley, the daughter of
Indian immigrants will be replaced in her current role by Henry
McMaster, a top Trump ally.
Arab countries, including Morocco, have pulled out from the 4th
Arab-African Summit in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), in protest against
the participation of the so-called Desert Polisario separatist
countries that withdrew from the summit in solidarity with Morocco are
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman,
Jordan, Yemen and Somalia.
Polisario separatist delegation talks of a ‘Sahrawi rebel national
liberation movement’ aiming at ending Moroccan presence, in the Western
Sahara. Western Sahara is home to the Algerian-backed Polisario Front in
the region. The ‘Sahrawi people’ are however, the people living in the
western part of Sahara desert which includes Western Sahara, other parts
of southern Morocco not claimed by the Polisario, most of Mauritania,
and the extreme southwest of Algeria.
these countries back Morocco in conformity with the principles of
international law including the respect of sovereignty of countries and
their territorial integrity, its high esteem” for the “brotherly African
country” of Equatorial Guinea, Morocco recalls the “shared commitments”
made by Arab and African countries during the 2nd and 3rd Arab-African
summits held respectively in Libya in 2010 and Kuwait in 2013. During
these summits, Arab and African countries agreed that “only UN member
countries” should be allowed to participate in the Arab-African summits.
withdrawal of Morocco and its powerful Arab Gulf Countries has weakened
the gathering which some countries used to undermine Moroccan
sovereignty and territorial integrity but their plot blew up in the
forgot that North African Kingdom is one of the strategic partners of
the Arab rich Gulf monarchies. These countries support Moroccan
territorial integrity and back its sovereignty over Sahara, hailing
autonomy plan for the Moroccan Sahara.
April, Morocco and GCC convened in Riyadh their 1st summit meeting, a
historical event that ushered in a new era in partnership between Rabat
and the six-member powerful regional economic bloc, sharing common
geostrategic, economic, and religious interests.
Morocco withdrew from the AU in 1984, when the mineral-rich and
sparsely populated Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), commonly
known as Western Sahara, was accepted as a member. Morocco however
requested to join the African Union again in September after 32 years,
before its current reported withdrawal.
Buhari participated at the opening Ceremony and Working Session of the
4th Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo Equatorial Guinea today November 23rd