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10 things you need to know today Saturday 5/9/2020

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1. President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Oct. 10. The National Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni, confirmed the endorsement after he presented the candidate to the president at the State House on Friday in Abuja. Speaking to State House correspondents after the endorsement, Buni expressed optimism that the APC candidate would win the October governorship poll in Ondo.

2. The Nigerian government on Friday said it has received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine. Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire received the samples from the Russia Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, during a visit to the ministry in Abuja, on Friday. The ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi disclosed this in a statement.

3. Former Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi, has insisted he has no plans to run for any political office in the country. The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said he was no longer interested in politics. He disclosed that instead of going into politics, he will be running a fellowship programme at Oxford University in the United Kingdom as from October.

4. The English Court on Friday granted permission to Nigeria to argue the $9.6 billion arbitral award made against the federal government. Umar Gwandu, spokesman to the attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made this known in a statement. The court allowed Nigeria to bring the challenge outside the normal time limits, due to the evidence presented on fraud.

5. The board of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has granted approval for the dismissal of 8 erring officers of the Corps in accordance with the provisions of its regulation on discipline. The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), ACM Bisi Kazeem, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja. Kazeem said that the dismissal was part of the efforts made to rid the FRSC of undisciplined and corrupt elements.

6. After spending four days in kidnappers’ den, the Chief Medical Director of General Hospital, Idoani, Ondo State, Dr. Olufemi Adeogun, and two other victims on Thursday night regained their freedom. The three medical workers who were kidnapped by gunmen at Idoani in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State were freed following the payment of N4.5m ransom.

7. Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has warned Nigerians against relaxing in the observation of necessary protocols as COVID-19 cases continue to drop. Ogunwusi told State House correspondents after a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday. The monarch said he was hopeful that COVID-19 pandemic will soon end and people will return to normal lives and activities.

8. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi has described its immediate past Rector, Dr Sadiq Yahya, as a tyrant, who should be prosecuted. The union members who gathered in a protest at the Yola campus of the institution on Friday, also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Dr. Sadiq for gross misconducts while in office.

9. Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has confirmed he is staying at the club for the 2020/2021 season. According to him, he has taken the decision to avoid a legal war.

This comes after days of intense speculation, triggered by the 33-year-old’s fax to the club, asking for his contract to be terminated.

10. The Kogi State Government on Friday sealed off all the Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN) branches in the state. The government said the action was in line with a Court judgment obtained from the State High Court. The Director, Legal Services, Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, KGIRS, Barrister Isa Jamil on Friday, explained that the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service made the move because the bank defaulted in the payment of tax liability owed the state government.

 

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Rotimi Amaechi uncovers biggest obstacle to Nigeria’s development

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has indicted ethnicity for the inactive tempo of development in Nigeria.

Amaechi, in an opinion on Friday, revealed that rail projects around Nigeria were built for the improvement of the country’s economy rather than racial biases.

The former Rivers State Governor recognized what he called politicising of railway development as one of the main challenges thwarting the government’s effort to boost the economy.

The minister, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public Lecture of the Department of Economics at the University of Lagos, commented that transportation as a criterion involved logistics.

Ameachi said, ”It’s a key element in driving the development of economies all over the world and it creates possibilities for other sectors; therefore, you cannot even create employment if you don’t create logistics.

“Nigerians are too ethnically conscious. You think first of your ethnicity before you think as a Nigerian.

”Ethnicity is putting pressure on the economics of railway construction. What you hear is, ‘I am a Yoruba man, I am a Hausa man, I am an Igbo man.”

“Railway is fuelled by economic activities, it is not fuelled by tribes.

“Ethnicity isn’t the way to go. Those who flare the embers of ethnicity are those who were profiting from the government in the past, but are no longer profiting from the government.” He added.
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Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing 

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Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.

The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.

The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.

The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .

 

According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.

“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.

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Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits

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Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.

The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.

The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.

“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.

“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.

“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.

“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.

“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.

Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”

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