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WAEC to release May/June result today

The West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, said the council will release May/June result today, Friday, July 26.

Head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, said in a statement on Thursday.

“This is to inform candidates and the general republic that the result of the WASSCE for school candidates in Nigeria will be released by the council on Friday.

“Candidates who are not indebted to the council will be able to access and check their results online, using the result checker PIN on their smart identity cards used during the conducts of the examination.”

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Most Nigerian marriages are “illegal” – Federal Government (SEE WHY)

The Federal Government has said most Nigerian marriages are classified as “illegal” as most worship centres do not have license to conduct weddings.

Only 314 worship centres were reported to have the license to conduct weddings legally under the statutory Marriage Act.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah, revealed that only 4,689 licensed worship centres have updated their records with the ministry.

She added that only 314 of the 4,689 have renewed their licenses.

Georgina revealed this while speaking at a one-day stakeholders’ conference on conduct of statutory marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act cap, M6, LFN 2004.

“At present, only about 4,689 licensed places of worship in Nigeria have updated their records with the Ministry of Interior, of which only 314 have renewed their licenses.

“The implication of this is that marriages conducted in unlicensed places of worship are not in line with the Marriage Act and cannot serve legal purposes when the need arises, and such unlicensed places of worship are operating contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Marriage Act,” she said.

The barrister furthered that the ministry already has a database of all places of worship licensed for marriages, and is currently building a database of all statutory marriages conducted in Nigeria.

Adamu Adamu

For five years, I worked as Buhari’s speechwriter – Ministerial nominee says

A ministerial nominee, Adamu Adamu, says he worked for President Muhammadu Buhari between 1994 and 1999 as a speechwriter.

The former minister of education revealed this while responding to questions from members of the senate during the ministerial nominees screening on Wednesday.

Adamu is one of the 13 re-appointed ministers by Buhari.

“I started working as a speech writer to President Buhari in 1994 up till 1999. I later became his unofficial speechwriter until he became president. Now that he is president, I think it is a collective responsibility and it doesn’t affect my job,” he said.

Furthermore, he said while he was the minister of education, he did everything possible to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the nation.

He added that the state governments need to do more in advancing the reduction of out-of-school children.

Femi Gbajabiamila

Speaker Gbajabiamila advises regulatory of cryptocurrency in Nigeria

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called for proper regulatory to guide cryptocurrency in Nigeria.

The Speaker advised this when management team of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) visited his office.

Agency’s spokesperson, Mr. Sunday Olufemi, said this in a statement today.

“Entire world is exploring ways of mainstreaming cryptocurrencis into the global financial landscape,” Olufemi quoted the speaker.

Gbajabiamila revealed that world leaders recently had a meeting in Osaka, Japan, to discuss cryptocurrency.

“The NDIC and other safety-net participants in the country must not be left behind in the adoption of appropriate regulatory framework to deal with the prevalence of cryptocurrencies in the global financial space,” Gbajabiamila said.

Gbajabiamila furthered by appreciating the visit of the NDIC team.

NDIC had also advised Nigerians to exercise extreme caution in the usage of cryptocurrencies in transactions.

It was said that while various forms of digital currencies currently in operation had their positive and negative attributes, those patronising them risked losing their savings.

FIFA: Nigeria now 33rd in new ranking

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria now 33rd in world, as continental champions make big move

Following the continental tournament ending in the past month, there are some significant changes in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking.

Brazil (2nd) moved up by one, over-taking France (3rd). Belgium (1st) retain leading spot beats Brazil with 20 points.

Uruguay (5th) moved up three, Colombia (8th) moved up five and Venezuela (26th) moved up seven.

Argentina (10th) moved up by one leaving the 11th position. Mexico (12th), USA (22nd) and Haiti (83rd).

Senegal (20th) reached their best-ever ranking position while Algeria (40th) moved up 28 surprising everyone.

Nigeria (33rd) moved up 12, Madagascar (96th) moved up 12 and Benin (82nd) moved up 6.

Ministry of Power gives condition for electricity tarriff hike

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has said an increase in electricity tariff can only be justified by widespread provision of meters and improved service delivery to customers.

The ministry said this in a new document called ‘Power Sector Policy Directives and Timelines,’ which was obtained by Newsmen on Tuesday.

It directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to clearly convey the need for tariff review consistent with provisions of Section 76 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005, and abide by the requirement for periodic major and minor reviews and processing of valid claims for deficits in tariff as provided for in the rules for tariff regulation.

The document, which was dated June 2019, said:

“Government policy recognises that the current consumer tariff must rise to cover all costs of gas, transmission and distribution. This is necessary for distribution companies to raise capital, and for the industry to be self-sustaining without government financial support.

“But this can only be justified after meters are more widely installed and services improve so that consumers pay for what they consume and not for the inefficiencies of operators. In the meantime, NERC (Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission) should enforce regulatory processes already in place for operators to make claims for verified deficits in their tariff.”

Don’t test our patience, President Buhari warns Shi’ites

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that the protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites, were testing the patience of the Federal Government with their violent protests in Abuja.

He said the FG might be forced to act with maximum force to defend the interest of the majority of Nigerians.

Reacting to the killing of Deputy Commissioner of Police Usman Umar and National Youth Service Corps member, Precious Owolabi, during Monday’s protest by the sect, Buhari called on any group carrying out violent protests to stop now, else the government would take decisive actions against them.

“Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens,” a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as saying.

The President said he was deeply touched by the death of Umar and Owolabi as he condoled with their families and the management of Channels TV, where the corps member was attached to.

He described the two as “law-abiding, hard-working and vibrant Nigerians with a promising future.”

United States bans Nigeria 2019 election riggers

The United States (U.S.) Department has imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians who were involved in trying to or undermined democracy in the concluded 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term in office in February in an election characterized by logistical problems, violence and killings.

The department, however, did not list the names of the individuals or say how many were affected by the visa ban, but it clearly pointed out that it was for those who undermined the process.

MINISTERIAL LIST: Full list of ministerial nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally forwarded the ministerial list nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

With report gathered, there are over 40 nominees in the list by the President.

Those on the list announced by Senate President Ahmed Lawan include former ministers Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, The Nation reported.

See full list of nominated ministers below…

Ikechukwu Oga (Abia)

Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa)

Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)

Chris Ngige (Anambra)

Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra)

Adamu Adamu (Bauchi)

Maryam Katagum (Bauchi)

Timi Sylva (Bayelsa)

George Akume (Benue)

Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno)

Goddy Agba (Cross Rivers)

Festus Keyamo (Delta)

Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)

Osagie Enakhire (Edo)

Clement Agba (Edo)

Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti

Geofrey Onyeama (Enugu)

Ali Issa Fantami (Gombe)

Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo)

Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa)

Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna)

Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna)

Sabo Nanunu (Kano)

Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano)

Hadi Sirika (Katsina)

Abubakar Malami (Kebbi)

Ahmadu Tijani (Kogi)

Lai Mohammed (Kwara)

Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara)

Raji Fashola (Lagos)

Nimbe Momora (Lagos)

Muhammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa)

Zubeira Dada (Niger)

Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun)

Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo)

Rauf Aregbesola (Osun)

Sunday Dare (Oyo)

Pauline Tallen (Plateau)

Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)

Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi (Sokoto)

Saleh Mohammed (Taraba)

Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe)

Sadiya Umar Farouk (Zamfara)

Professionals in diaspora will help make Lagos great – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Government has vowed to bring in Nigerians in diaspora to help build the state.

Government focusing on capacity building for development of its teachers and other areas for youth development and empowerment.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Jermaine Sanwo-Olu said this while declaring open a 2-day teachers training program for teachers in Surulere.

The program by Association of Nigerian Academics in UK was organized for teachers in Surulere and supported by councils and Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.

The idea was to use the experience, knowledge and exposure from the developed world for development in the state.

SSA Sanwo-Olu said: “I believe that the diaspora is what will hasten the development of Lagos state through the wind of change; so in moving forward we are going to be bringing in more people, doctors, nurses, teachers and others from around the world to come and impact the state voluntarily.

“This is the season of change, we are bringing the world to Lagos so that we can have world best practices.

“We believe that the diaspora is the wheel of progress for Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole; nations like Israel, India even China utilises the power of the diaspora to bring about changes in their respective nations. So we see this UK group coming to impart knowledge and build capacity of the teachers who are custodians of knowledge and trainers of the future leaders”.

He said confidently that the Sanwo-Olu’s administration will make a greater Lagos with their knowledge and team work.

According to the SSA, education and technology is at the heart of the governor’s ‘theme’ programme:

“You can’t have education without being digitalised in technology information.

“Information is power, but information is maximised when it is utilised, maximise the information you receive here by utilising it, use it, and with what is going on now you can not be analogue teachers any more.

“You need to digitalise, leverage on the power of technology to make your work better, more efficient, be IT and computer savvy, use the newest technology so that you can appeal to the various learning styles of young people.”

President of Academics in UK, Adedamola Aminu said this idea is to work together with professionals in Nigeria.

“We really want to work with the governments both at the federal, state and local levels in terms of how we can be of assistance and how we can give each other the needed support”, he said.