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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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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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Skygazers in parts of the USA, Europe, and Africa lucky enough to be under clear skies have been treated to the astronomical spectacle of a "super blood wolf moon".


The rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal.


Catching a glimpse of the curiously-titled event will be down to luck for those wrapping up and heading out early, as many parts of the country were covered by cloud on Monday morning.


In the streets of Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Paris and in the Moroccan desert, moon gazers turned to the sky to observe the phenomenon, around midnight in the Americas, and shortly before dawn in Europe and Africa.


The eclipse lasted about three hours: during the first hour the full moon was gradually swallowed up by the shadow of the Earth, then an hour of total eclipse where it was not invisible but instead appeared tinted in hues of red, orange and pink, followed finally by its full reemergence, bright and shining.


The full Moon appeared bigger than normal because it was closer to the Earth — about 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometers) away — earning it the nickname “super Moon.”


Other monikers include a “Wolf Moon,” a traditional way of coining an eclipse in the month of January, and a “Blood Moon” because of its rusty, red color. Hence the name for this year’s event: a “super blood wolf Moon.”


At its peak, where night skies were clear of clouds, Venus and Jupiter shone brightly in the night sky.


Not everyone was fortunate: in London, for example, astronomy enthusiasts hopes were dashed by a cloudy night.


Why red? 


During a lunar eclipse, the Moon appears red because the light of the Sun no longer directly illuminates it, since Earth is passing in between the Moon and Sun.


“The color is due to Rayleigh scattering — where the Sun’s blue light is scattered off molecules in Earth’s atmosphere — which also happens at sunsets,” explained the Royal Astronomical Society of Britain.


“The Sun’s red light is scattered much less by air, and is bent by Earth’s atmosphere in a process called refraction, traveling all the way through it to light up the Moon’s surface.”

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Maurizio Sarri has the full support of the Chelsea players who have signed up to his philosophy says David Luiz despite the manager blasting them in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.


Luiz, who has become a pivotal figure in Sarri’s team after being sidelined last season by Antonio Conte, said it is remarkable how quickly Sarri has been successful in implementing his playing philosophy at the club.


While that was successful initially, Chelsea’s form has slumped of late with just two wins in their last five matches in all competitions, failing to score in three of those.


Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United are just three points off Chelsea, who occupy the fourth and last Champions League spot.


Sarri is trying to rectify the scoring problem by offloading misfiring Spaniard Alvaro Morata and signing veteran Argentine Gonzalo Higuain who flourished under him at Napoli.


Luiz said the manager “was not happy” after the match “but nobody was happy, so it was normal.”


However, the 31-year-old Brazil international defender said the players were all behind Sarri.


“Everybody is trusting his job and everybody is with him,” said Luiz.


However, he said pointedly there was nothing wrong with the strategy and that they just need to be sharper in front of goal.


“It is our style, it is our philosophy,” said Luiz.


“I think if you asked at the beginning of the season, ‘can Chelsea keep the ball?’ — you would have said no.


“And now we are able to do that, as the best teams in the world, but then we have (to) improve our last 25 meters.”


Sarri has changed things around from Conte’s time at the club.


Italy international Jorginho — whom he signed from Napoli — has been deployed in the central midfield role which has resulted in N’Golo Kante being moved to an unfamiliar wider role.


However, the biggest bone of contention has been the Italian’s decision to use Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard as a “false nine” which has apparently not been to the player’s liking.


Luiz, though, is full of praise for Sarri.


“What Sarri has done until now is unbelievable, amazing, because normally (for) a team to understand this philosophy needs one or two years, like Manchester City and Liverpool, who are playing very well with the ball now,” said Luiz.


“What he has done has been amazing, so we have to try to improve the details now.”


AFP

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, had on Wednesday shared his plans of privatizing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) if elected, describing the state-owned oil firm as a “mafia organization.”


Atiku was quoted by The Cable as saying at an interactive session with the business community in Lagos that he would take the step even if doing so would cost him his life.


He explained that he sold the idea to President Olusegun Obasanjo whom he worked with as a deputy between 1999 and 2007 but that the former president did not approve of it.


He said, “Let me go back to my experience. When we got into office, I walked up to my boss and said, “Sir, there are two mafia organizations in government: one is the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation while the other one is the National Electricity Power Authority.


“I said unless we dismantle these mafia organizations, we cannot make progress. Let’s privatize them… the long and short of this is that I am committed to privatization as I have said. I swear even if they are going to kill me, I will do it (privatize NNPC).”


Atiku also spoke on how an expert in the petroleum sector influenced his stance on the privatization of the NNPC.


The former Vice President said, “I asked a Nigerian professor based in America; I said, ‘Prof, do you have a ministry of petroleum in America?’ He said no. I said, ‘Do you have an organization like the NNPC over there?’ He said no. And America produces oil more than any country? He said yes.


“So I asked him, ‘How do they do it in America?’ and he said taxation, and I decided that I will go by taxation too.”


Atiku criticized the current administration for the delay in passing the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill.


He noted that the level of unemployment in the country was worrying, saying that the lack of adequate jobs could create a bigger problem if left unchecked.


He said, “We must create jobs, if not we will get mobbed one day by the unemployed youths. They are like a time bomb… When businesses are folding up, shops are closing, industries are falling, foreign direct investments are not attracted; poverty is embarrassingly becoming our trademark, the rating of our hardworking businessmen by international rating agencies is becoming dismal.


“When we have a government that has remained insensitive to all these, I feel it is the time not only to offer myself for service to salvage the situation but also to reiterate my aim to create a strong, resilient and prosperous economy that creates jobs and opportunities for all of us.”


Atiku stressed the need for technology-driven governance to tackle corruption in the country.


He said, “We are more educated than the UAE and one of the ways they have been able to ensure that there is minimal corruption is to introduce technology-driven governance. They tried to eliminate personal contact between members of the faculty with government officials. We can finally eliminate corruption because it is being played virtually in the public sector. Don’t think we cannot do it; we can do it.


“Fighting corruption is not an economic policy. No country in the world will focus on only fighting corruption; the various toll gates in government are a problem. In Ukraine and Rwanda, money goes directly from the Federal Government to schools unlike here where the money goes through different agencies.”

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Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday led a song filled with chants of ‘thief’ against Senate President Bukola Saraki, who was a member of his party until July 2018 when he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


During his speech at the APC presidential rally in Lokoja, capital of Kogi State, Oshiomhole appeared to be set on a lengthy dig at Atiku, only for him to switch to Saraki in a flash. 


“I challenge Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of PDP. We will publish the record. In his election in 20011, Atiku lost in Adamawa; he lost all the three senatorial seats,” he began, before going on to explain how three senators lost an election in 2015 only for Atiku to insist otherwise.


“President Obasanjo called me; I was in Labour; I was the real opposition. And he said, ‘listen, now listen, o ti to (it is enough)… ole, ole (theft, theft) will kill you. My own comrade, I need you to say… because when they talk of rigging and manipulation, they are the sustenance of rigging. 


“One of the losers wrote a congratulatory letter to the man who won, but because Atiku felt, how can he be Vice-President and he lost his own state, he paid N100 million each to those who won for them to accept defeat. That is how those who lost, they smuggled them into victory; those who won, they paid them to accept defeat.


“Is that a man who will speak of honesty? Is that a man who can speak to integrity? Is that a man who can speak to character?


“Atiku wants to become Chairman of INEC, his Vice President wants to become Inspector General of Police. Their campaign Director-General is the man who presided over the liquidation of Societe Generale Bank after they had collected the deposits of very poor people. Bukola Saraki.”


At this point, the crowd chanted ole (thief).


Oshiomhole joined in, saying: “Bukola Saraki, ole (thief)."


Oshiomhole then broke into a song during which he chants “Bukola Saraki” and the crowd respond with "ole" (thief).


At some point, he mixed it with “PDP”, to which the crowd also responded with “ole” (thief).

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says he is feeling sad over the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, on allegations of false and non-asset declarations.


The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had scheduled January 14 for the arraignment of the CJN.


However, the process was stalled as the CJN failed to appear before the CCT; and a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja also ordered the CCT to halt proceedings.


Mr. Osinbajo, who spoke at the 2019 Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) conference on Wednesday in Abuja, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had no prior knowledge of the arraignment.


The theme of the conference is “Free Press and Objective Reporting in the 2019 Election Year.’’


According to Mr. Osinbajo, Mr. Buhari’s approach is that institutions should do their work.


“I can tell you for a fact that he did not even know about this until Saturday evening. He did not even know that there will be any kind of arraignment until Saturday evening.


“He has said categorically, do not interfere with whatever institutions are doing; sometimes, it has consequences such as we have today; such that people say how can such an important person be subjected to a trial without the federal government?


“But I can tell you without any equivocation whatsoever that he was not even in the know because it is a specific instruction that he gave.


“So, even where somebody else calls a public officer such as Ibrahim Magu of EFCC and says something or the other, he will say `no, no, no, Mr president has said I can do my work.


“My take is that I would rather not have a situation where senior members of my profession are being tried for an offense; certainly, I will rather not have that kind of situation.


“So, I do not feel particularly good about it; as a matter of fact, I feel very sad; that it is going on at all, that is my position.’’’


Mr. Osinbajo tasked online publishers to go after details and check the facts before publishing; warning that online news was losing credibility.


The vice president said elections had heightened ethnic and religious tensions and tended to threaten and challenge Nigeria’s unity and security.


“So, it is even more so, the case today that we just must be more responsive because anybody on their beds can launch a website, post images from anywhere in the world and tell whatever story he wishes.


“So, the online publisher is essentially in a poorly regulated space and can publish practically anything, even outright falsehoods.


“Perhaps because the worst that can happen is a libel action if your publication tarnishes a person’s reputation.


“The problem with the current situation is that online news may lose credibility; and that is a very bad situation because the loss of credibility is bad for everybody, bad for business and weakens an important social tool of public communication.’’


He suggested the encouragement and promotion of forums for online practitioners to engage and develop by interaction with others.


“As for elections, I think it affords an opportunity for an online publication to become well established as a credible and speedy source of news and information.


“News on election results will be so sought after that anyone who can provide them accurately and in a timely fashion will be the go-to-site, even in the future.


“The point to bear in mind is that integrity pays. Being the first to break the news, especially when it is unverified, might bring in some traffic initially, but it does not take that long to lose reputation.


“And once the credibility of the publication is damaged, people will not take the news seriously,’’ he said.


Earlier in a remark, OPAN President, Austin Ogannah, said that the association was founded in 2011.


According to him, the idea is to have an association that self regulates practitioners in the online news media; so that members can hold one another accountable.


Mr. Ogannah said that the essence of the conference was to understand objective reporting in an election as captured in the theme.


(NAN)

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The first storey building in Nigeria located in Badagry, Lagos State, recorded 13,609 visitors in 2018, Mr. Hodonu Daniel, the officer in charge of the building, told newsmen on Wednesday.


Daniel said that the number of tourists that visited the 172-year-old structure went higher. In 2017, the building recorded 9,009.


According to reports, the foundation of the building was laid in 1842 and was completed in 1845. 

“We recorded more tourists toward the end of the year when there were different festivals organized by people and the Local Government Authority attracted tourists to the site.

“Around August, we celebrated Coconut festival and many tourists that came for the event visited the site. Also during Diaspora festival, many foreigners came to the site.

“These were just the reasons why the site recorded high number of tourists in 2018.

“I’m sure that the patronage would be higher this year if the Federal Government will complete the reconstruction of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway which is discouraging tourists from visiting the site.

“The major challenge that we face is the deplorable state of the road, as this discourages tourists from coming to the various historic sites in the city,’’ Daniel said.

 He reiterated the call on the state government and private companies to assist in giving the structure a facelift. According to him, only the Anglican Church is carrying out the task for now. 

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