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President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro as the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

By Bogoro's reinstatement, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa has been sacked.

A statement signed by Benjamin Bem Goong, Deputy Director of Information at the Federal Ministry of Education, dated January 21, 2019, noted that Bogoro's reinstatement is to take immediate effect.

The statement read:

"The Federal Government has approved the reinstatement of Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro as the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

"A statement from the office of the Honorable Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the reinstatement of Prof. Bogoro is with immediate effect, with the same terms and conditions as it were in his previous appointment and as stipulated in the TETFUND staff conditions of service.

"Prof. Suleiman Bogoro was the Executive Secretary of TETFUND between April 2014 and February 2016."

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By Senator Babafemi Ojudu

Fourth town hall in Lagos in a row. Back to back Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday addressed the Christian community at The Grill in Ikeja, Igbo residents in Lagos in another function hall in The Grill, a group of disaffected politicians in Lagos at The Regency Hall in Alausa and youths and professionals in Lekki.

Hundreds of them were there and he some questions, many of which will try a fainthearted person. He then moved to address representatives of Igbos in Lagos and he took time to address their concern.

By the time he reeled out a list of Buhari appointees of Igbo origin and the projects ongoing in the East, the issues of marginalization and “non juicy” appointments fizzled out like smoke.

From there it was to Lekki where young men and women drilled him on issues of economy, unemployment, and corruption.

For the disaffected politicians, he generally pleaded with them to be patient while they remain committed to their party and its objectives.

With candor he took every question and patiently explained what appears as a grey area in government policy, giving statistics here, examples there and throwing wits and humor in between.

It is surprising the little the people know, or do we say, are willing to know. For example, how can anyone say that Ministries such as Trade and Investment, Education, Technology, Labour are not important or “juicy” enough for the Igbos?

Or that the CBN governor and other Igbos from Delta State are no Igbos and therefore whichever position they are holding is not countable for Igbos.

He also addressed the issue of who gets the Presidency in 2023. He told the audience it is the votes that will determine. Let the South West, the South East as well as the South-South go and mobilize the vote and whoever brings the highest number of votes on the table pick the trophy.

Overall it was a good day and very useful interaction between the leader and the led, one that has not been experienced on this scale before.

To cap it all Osinbajo walked into Ikeja City Mall where he had engagement with the Tejuosho’s who run a bookshop.

He made a stop at a couple of shops. It was an afternoon of a thousand cameras. The young shoppers on seeing him could not resist the temptation to whip out their phones and took selfies with him.

He did it with the patience of a shepherd and his herds. Before we left the scene scores of the photographs taken were getting back to us and a particular one with an actor in it had under three hours attracted close to 20,000 likes.

This, in short, is a life in the day of this passionate junior partner in the task of building a great Nigeria.

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The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad.

He announced this on Monday at his inaugural conference with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers in Abuja.

Based on the new directive, there will now be a Special Anti-Robbery Squad domiciled in each of the 36 states under the direct supervision of the Commissioners of Police.

The IGP Special Investigation Panel and IGP Special Tactical Squad were established by the former IGP, Ibrahim Idris, who also centralized the operations of SARS into Federal SARS.

More to come...

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The #Nera10 made up of top academicians, Dr, Prof, university lectures, engineers, Lawyers & Teachers primarily serving the Nigerian communities, who were abducted on the 5th of January 2018 by the Nigeria government & illegally extended to Cameroun against Int'l Law comes to hearing again.

Peace advocates, followers of the Nera10 and human right activists have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their detest for the disregard of human right and international laws.

See tweets below;

Use the hashtag #Justice2Nera10 to join in the conversation.

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Nigerian General elections are around the corner and the Presidential candidates are vying with each other to secure their candidacy for the top post. In the recently-concluded Presidential debate conducted by the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON), it was clear that competition is rife among the candidates. 

Surprisingly, the President, Muhammadu Buhari and the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were absent for the debate.

Oby Ezekwesili offered sops in order to eradicate poverty in the country conceding that many of the countrymen are living on less than N700 per day. She also averred that there is a dire need for checking unemployment among the youth and the best means to attain the aim of employment for the youth is to improvise upon the quality of education in the country. She emphasized upon reduction in the number of government entities and urged upon meritocracy. She also said that her government would focus upon early childhood education.

Kingsley Moghalu, who is tipped as the other Presidential candidate, promised to cut government expenditure by 50% in his initial 2 years in office. He also promised to lead the country in terms of innovation and tapping Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for furthering rural entrepreneurship. This was essential for economic diversification into sectors other than oil. He also promised to launch educational reforms in the country. Finally, he also laid stress upon removing tribalism and corruption in the appointment of military leaders.

Fela Durotoye pitched his speech on the edifice of Nigerian economy-agriculture, housing, and road construction and that it was important to focus on these areas. Thus, he called upon the increase in acreage from 37 to 50% of arable land. Employment generation remained another major aspect of his speech.

This is a quandary to resolve, though, as to who will win the hearts of the people. This reminds one of William Shakespeare who averred: “O’Time, thou must untangle this, not I; ‘Tis too hard a knot for me to untie.”

Stuti Saxena  is a contributor on Blueprintafric,

Stuti is a follower of Open Government Data (OGD) as a research theme. Stuti is a research scholar at the Central University of Haryana in the Political Science Department. Hitherto, Stuti has been associated with the National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Indore, and ICFAI, Hyderabad in diverse roles. Stuti holds an MPhil degree in Public Administration from Lucknow University.

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According to Tayo Oviosu, CEO of Nigerian mobile payments company Paga, his company spent two months “talking to the largest bank in Africa and Nigeria (to be) to get a car loan for six vehicles”. After being denied the loan, Paga had to pay in cash to get the vehicles.

Tayo made this known in a series of tweets where he compared Nigerian banks to their American counterparts who grant loans seamlessly to their customers.