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May 28, 2018

FG lifts ban on Post-UTME

… As JAMB pegs Varsity cut off mark at 120, Poly 100 Federal Government has lifted the ban it, hitherto, placed on the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) which used to be conducted by individual universities for admissions. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, announced the decision in Abuja August 22, while declaring open the 2017 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) policy meeting which heralds the commencement of the 2017/2018 tertiary admission process. He admitted that the 2016 decision to ban the post-UTME was done in error and said he was “ill advised to take that decision:’ He…

Dirty Drugs! Let’s Save our Youths from dying unnecessarily overseas

  The understanding is that Nigerians do drugs for money. They are channels for users in developed countries. Over time this understanding changed and we began to see Nigerians not only dealing on drugs for money but now becoming major consumers. So, it is no longer news that many Nigerians are dying unnecessarily from drugs and drugs related crimes overseas. Our youths are serving jail terms at various prisons for drug pushing and related offences. In Europe and America, Nigerians make up a reasonable number of the prison population – and the offence? Drugs! Nigerians are serving terms in the…

Youth restiveness in Nigeria: A latent volcano (2)

An empowered graduate youths can be a disseminator of learned skills and is more amenable to novel ideas while the clerically minded should be given administrative assignments through competitive honest evaluation devoid of discrimination on the basis of quota. Financial empowerment should not end in rhetorics.  The most effective means of alleviating poverty and its concomitant non-conformist behavior is by creating jobs.  Alternative sources of survival negative or positive come up depending on what measures the governments adopt to ameliorate the situation of unemployment which has made the youths subservient to the whims and caprice of the powerful and wealthy…

The need to reintroduce Teacher Training College to restore falling standard of Education in Nigeria

It is always said that untutored and unqualified teachers are no teachers at all.  This is so because untutored and untrained teachers are not groomed with teaching methodology and processes.  And so from history, Teachers Training College, (TTC) is, the only institution or college for training and grooming effective academic teachers, at the grassroot but not the Nigerian Teachers Institute, NTI (in Kaduna).  Every profession or vocation, world over has its special and peculiar training centre for training prospective candidates.  Why is teaching profession, the premier profession left out and made odd in Nigeria?  Why is there no college for…

EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (2)

“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6)   SO FAR NOT BAD: Every right thinking Nigerian who cares…

Why Should A Doctor Embark On Strike? (3)

The most disturbing is the fact that most of the male nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, even potters and cleaners, deceive unsuspecting patients into believing that they are “medical doctors too”. It is no longer news that most of them who own laboratory and pharmacy shops usurp the status of a “Medical Doctor”. They will readily hang lab coats and stethoscopes in their cars and will step beyond their bounds and offer cheap but poor quality medical services to patients. This is very wrong and should be condemned. Another worrisome situation is that a pharmacist who is a highly respected professional…

Boko Haram: OIC backs FG

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Eyad Ameen Madani, has described members of Boko Haram as outlaws. Madani led a delegation to a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa to listen to his vision about the 57-member organization and to express their solidarity with Nigeria in the face of the terrorist attacks. Fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the OIC chief scribe described the activities of the sect as criminal, adding that their actions had nothing to do with Islam as erroneously believed by many. Madani said,…

Boko Haram: Stop Talking and Do Something – Archbishop tells World Leaders

Ask International Community to Go Beyond Pledging Solidarity and Cut Boko Haram’s Supply Lines The international community should stop posturing and start providing practical support in the struggle against extremist violence in Nigeria, says one of the country’s most senior Church leaders, whose city was rocked Tuesday by attacks that killed more than 100 people. Critical of the headline-grabbing displays of solidarity and statements of support by the United Nations and others, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said the Nigerian government urgently needs more outside help to defeat Boko Haram. The Islamist movement is strongly suspected of carrying out Tuesday’s…

Catholic Bishop to Govt: Don’t succumb to Boko Haram demand

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has urged the Federal Government not to succumb to the demand of the dreaded Boko Haram for its detained members be swapped with the abducted Chibok school girls, arguing that doing so would amount to promotion of criminality terrorism and rascality Speaking in an interview in Awka, the cleric argued that agreeing to the ungodly desire would not only spell doom to the nation, but also influence other disgruntled and ill-informed groups to ask for what was not right before man and God. He said: ”It is not proper to…

Umar blasts Nyako over comments on genocide

The former military governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, has taken a swipe at Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, over his allegation on genocide. According to Umar, Nyako’s allegation that the Federal Government was engaging in genocide because of the security challenge in the North, was not only inciting but unbecoming of a retired military officer. The retired soldier expressed disappointment over Nyako’s comments, saying that the governor, as a retired military officer, should be aware of the weighty nature of his statement that President Goodluck Jonathan was responsible for alleged genocide in the North, as a result…