Fraudsters clone phones of Tinubu, Saraki, others to dupe applicants of N20m

​Fraudsters impersonate Tinubu, Saraki, dupe job seekers of N20m

Adelani Adepegba and Afeez Hanafi

Some suspected fraudsters , who specialised in cloning phone numbers of ministers, politicians and aides to President Muhammadu Buhari , have been apprehended by the police .

The suspects were identified as Chief Ovie Ogogo , 47 ; Abdulazeez Eragbe , 40 ; Babatunde Oshamoto , 49 ; and 25 -year – old Samuel Idah .

Fourteen phones with SIM cards allegedly registered with names of top government officials were reportedly recovered from the suspects .

Among those impersonated by the syndicate , according to the police , are Chief of Staff to the President , Abba Kyari; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Moguno ; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibeh Kachukwu ; and the Minister of Finance, Mrs . Kemi Adeosun .

They were also accused of impersonating a national leader of the All Progressives Congress , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ; the Senate President , Bukola Saraki; the Minister of Transport , Rotimi Amaechi; and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Babachir Lawal .

PUNCH Metro learnt that operatives of the Inspector – General of Police , led by ACP Abba Kyari, trailed the syndicate to a hotel in Kaduna State on Tuesday , after receiving complaints from some victims .

A police source disclosed to one of our correspondents that the suspects impersonated Moguno to collect N 13 m from a Ghanaian , who wanted to get an oil block in Nigeria , and posed as Lawal to swindle one Nnamdi Udo of N4 m under false pretences of helping him to get a federal appointment .

“ They also posed as the Chief of Staff to the President and collected N2 . 5 m from one Mr . Bishop , who was looking for a contract , and another N700 , 000 from one Shehu Dan Yahaya , who was seeking a federal appointment .

“ Ogogo , a native of Omoku Rivers State , impersonated prominent citizens from the South – South and South – East ; Eragbe impersonated prominent persons from the North ; Oshamoto posed as prominent citizens from the South – West and North -Central ; while Idah supplied them SIM cards registered with the names of the top government officials .

“ They were arrested in a luxury hotel in Kaduna and had confessed to impersonating several prominent citizens , ” the source added .

Another senior police officer disclosed to PUNCH Metro that the suspects confessed to have realised N20 m in six months from their criminal activities.

He added that the mastermind of the gang was based in the United Kingdom .

He said , “ Ogogo is their leader ; but they mentioned one Prince Maurice , based in the UK, as their gang leader . Fourteen different phones, several registered SIM cards, and a diary containing phone numbers of several top government officials, were recovered from the suspects .

“ Ogogo further confessed that they had made over N20 m from their criminal activities within the last six months. ”

Parading the suspects on Thursday in Abuja , the police spokesman , Jimoh Moshood , said all the suspects confessed to the crime.

He said , “On March 23 , 2017 , the Intelligence Response Team arrested these notorious criminals who posed as top government functionaries .

“The four- man syndicate , led by one ‘ High Chief’ Ovie Ogogo , was arrested in a hotel in Kaduna State . All the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted to have impersonated several prominent citizens and made over N20 m within the last six months. ”

The police said other suspects would soon be arrested , while those in custody would be arraigned in court at the conclusion of investigation .
Source: The Punch

​Parties sans ideologies

​Parties sans ideologies

By Dan Agbese

Stale news. Eighty-one political parties have filed applications before INEC seeking to be registered as political parties. The more the merrier, right? Arguably.We should be jumping for joy, right? Well, it is inadvisable for those in my age bracket to jump. We grin in the somnolent feeling that we are making real progress in watering the sapling of our democracy.

Political pluralism is one of the sacred cardinal principles of democracy. Arguably, the more political parties, the more pluralistic the system; the more pluralistic the system, the greater the freedom to roam among the political parties in search of the jokers among the serious.

It is not difficult to see why the political party field is teaming with aspiring new political parties. After all, it is no secret that the 2019 general elections are a couple of years away. INEC has already issued the time table. This is the time to horse trade and re-align political interests ahead of the elections. It is the nature of the game.

New political parties are always welcome to the crowded field, especially by those whose political ideology blows in the wind. Still, new political parties have the chance to (a) become the much sought after beautiful brides to be wooed by the existing political parties a la the great Zik or (b) make a fool of themselves with a brief appearance on the political scene only to end up on the shelf of history.

Al right, this is democracy. The law permits everyone who wishes to form a political party to do so. The right of the individual politician to carve out his own political stage on which he may be the bit player, is a given. Mushroom political parties are usually the comic aside in serious politicking. They bay at the moon.

Let us get this straight. The burgeoning political parties have nothing to do with the genuine promotion of political pluralism. They are positively deleterious to political pluralism, whatever might be their nuisance value. My take is that their emergence is evidence of the poor appreciation by the politicians of the cocktail of challenges we face in nurturing our democracy and making sense of a) the way we play politics; b) the nature of our party politics; c) and the fact that the bickering among the politicians is not democracy in action. It is primitive politics in action.

This country does not need a multiplicity of political parties in the name of democracy. What we need are two strong national political parties able to accommodate all ideologies on the political spectrum. Our tortuous political history shows that we have always had the tendency to coalesce around the two-party system. General Ibrahim Babangida understood this. In his transition to civil rule programme, he formally and legally imposed the two-party system on the country with one party a little to the left and the other a little to the right. He thus put the lid on the multiplicity of political parties.

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, was a little to the left to accommodate leftist politicians; the National Republican Convention, NRC, was a little to the right and thus arguably the party of right-leaning politicians. What he did defied the conventional birth of political parties. The politicians were simply ordered to join one or the other of the two parties. It was a military order. No one needed to be persuaded that the order must be obeyed. I think his understanding of the nature of our party politics was sound but his military method was politically defective.

The world has moved on. The one-party system has since become blasé. The two-party system is now the in-thing the world over. Our gravitation towards the two-party system has always been fraught with ego problems among our politicians. I think politicians have the biggest egos in the world. If we ever get there, to our political Eldorado, that is, it would be a long walk through the mountains, the valleys and the thickets of ego, large, medium and small.

Getting there is one of our biggest political challenges today. But I am afraid the leaders of APC and PDP do not seem to appreciate the role of their political parties in taking us there. The toeing and froing of politicians from one failed political party to the political party the gods favoured in one election circle is evidence of the instability in our political party system. But it can be arrested – if the political leaders appreciate the place of party politics in governance and democracy. A political party system that does nothing more noble than fostering bread and butter politics, now cynically referred to as stomach infrastructure, can only talk of good governance as mere abstract propaganda.

As I see it, one immediate challenge our political parties face is the critical issue of ideologies. It is amazing that we have come this far without political ideologies. Political parties are fuelled by ideologies. They drive party programmes and national development. Political parties make sales pitch on what they stand for. Their ideologies either draw us to them or repel us from them. We join political parties without knowing what they stand for because, and I say this with a heavy heart, they stand for nothing other than the ambition to grab the levellers of political power and thus determine who gets what in sharing stomach infrastructural facilities.

I have tried to remember the last time I read a party manifesto. I have repeatedly drawn a blank. People – the presidents and state governors – are elected on the platform of political parties. Their duty is to implement the party manifesto in order to win the support of the people at each round of the electoral circle. The last time we saw this happen was in the Second Republic. The UPN was a very good example. Its state governors assiduously implemented the party manifesto in education, industrial development, energy and employment.

That kind of disciplined approach to national development driven by a political party is now trapped in the maws of our history. In our current situation, the political parties are not even in control of their elected officials. State governors decide what to do, even if doing runs counter to the interests of their political parties. Legislators do what they like without sparing a thought for the fate of their political parties in the next round of elections.

I think the time has come for us to demand to know what our political parties stand for. What does APC stand for in our national development paradigm? What does PDP stand for and how does it relate this to its dream of a better country and better people?

We, the people, must interrogate them. It is important for us to know what they stand for. Only so can we know or appreciate their present and future plans for our national development. The business of a political party is not just to win elections. Its primary responsibility is to help define national development and point the country in the direction it should go.

Culled from The Guardian

​JAMB candidates protest inability to register as CBT operators seek extension

​JAMB candidates protest against inability to register

By Mohammed Abubakar (Abuja), Ujunwa Atueyi (Lagos) and Joseph Wantu (Makurdi) 

•CBT administrator in Lagos seeks extension of deadline

•Board faults publication on dumping use of computer

Prospective candidates in the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday protested in Makurdi against their inability to register for the examination.The candidates blocked some major roads with bonfire as they marched to the JAMB office located along Inner Ring Road. They also took their protest to the governor’s office at Benue People’s House.

The protesters threw stones at the JAMB office before mobile policemen dispersed them.The Guardian learnt that they resorted to the protest because they could not process their registration at the Computer Based Test centres (CBTs) due to insufficient facilities.

The protesters urged the Federal Government to revert to the old system of registration due to the stress associated with the new method.The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, who addressed them at the Government House, urged the JAMB Registrar to open more centres to enable them to register for the examination.

Also, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Anthony Ijor appealed to them to be calm and promised to address their grievances.But, a senior JAMB official, Samuel Umoro, who admitted that there were some hitches, advised them to be patient, as all prospective candidates would be registered.

Meanwhile, 12 days into the registration, a CBT centre administrator, Adekunle Banjo, has appealed to the JAMB to extend the deadline for registration.Banjo, who owns, Bafuto Institute of Management and Information Technology, Egbe, Lagos, said the call became necessary due to the initial hitches associated with pin vending and the fact that some prospective candidates were currently writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Investigations by The Guardian in Lagos revealed that it takes three to seven days for a candidate to be fully registered, depending on the efficiency of the server and the internet.

However, the board has described the report titled “JAMB Dump CBT, adopt eight keys,” published in one of the national dailies as a misinterpretation of information presented by the board’s registrar.

The Director of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement made available to The Guardian said the board “would continue all its examinations with the CBT mode, as it was already consolidating on the gains earlier recorded.

According to Benjamin, the headline was not only misleading, but capable of causing panic, distortion and confusion in the minds of Nigerians,particularly the candidates planning to take the UTME examination of a well conceived CBT examination, which the board was consolidating on the gains and feat recorded.

Source: The Guardian

You cannot rewrite history, Fuji is seven years older than you, veteran music journalist chides K1

​Barrister’s former aide tackles K1 over fuji origin

Sikiru Ayinde Balogun

Akeem Lasisi

The controversy sparked by a comment recently made by fuji star , Wasiu Ayinde K 1 de Ultimate , is still raging as a former aide of the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Mr . Dayo Odeyemi, has challenged Wasiu on the claim he made .

At a forum organised by Goldberg , where scholars and critics spoke on the progress that juju and fuji have made , Wasiu had, among other points , noted that the word ‘ fuji ’ originated from Lagos Island , from sayings such as ‘ faaji ’ , ‘ fuji ’ and buruji .

This ran contrary to the opinion of other participants that included Prof . Tunde Babawale , Mr . Hakeem Adenekan and a younger brother of the late Ayinde Barrister , Mr . Kayode Balogun , who all tended to credit the deceased with the origination of the word .

But while Wasiu gave Barrister credit for his ( Barrister) immense contribution to the growth of fuji , he warned that history should not be manipulated .

Since he made the statement at the event held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja , Lagos , however , many of Barrister’ s acolytes have been criticising him , with some of the fans saying he was undermining Barrister, who was said to be his former boss .

In a statement by Barrister ’ s former Spokesperson , he noted that Wasiu ’ s claim was far from the truth.

He said , “After due consultation with the family , friends and fans of the fuji music creator , the late Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, it becomes imperative for me as his spokesman and a veteran entertainment journalist , who has written three different books on the history of Nigerian music , to make an official statement on the outburst of Wasiu Ayinde Anifowose , alias Fuji King , on the creation of fuji .

“ Wasiu Ayinde was reported to have at a forum in Lagos chided his mentor , Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barister ( MFR) , insinuating that he was not the creator of fuji music , equating ‘ faaji ’ and ‘ fuja’ to fuji music .

“ He dismissed the popular notion and statement of the founding father of fuji music that the word fuji was derived from the Japanese Mountain of Love .

“ He was also reported to have claimed that he single – handedly gave Barrister a befitting burial in response to a promise he made to him before he died .

These statements are most unfortunate as well as laughable . It is also a flagrant display of arrogance and naivety on his part. This is because he was never a part of the history of fuji creation as the music itself was seven years old as of the time he came into music under the tutelage of Ayinde Barister in 1974 .

“ Perhaps , I should make it clear that Wasiu Ayinde , who is claiming to know much about fuji, joined the Barrister Organisation in 1974 . As of that time , Barrister had released 19 solid albums including two singles and one extended play . By calculation , if we subtract 1967 when Barister released his first fuji record titled Waya Rabi from 1974 when Wasiu joined his organisation as a packer, the gap is seven years , meaning that fuji music is seven years older than Wasiu Ayinde. ”

Odeyemi added that between 1966 and 1980 when Wasiu released his first album after leaving the Barrister Organisation in 1978 / 1979 , Barrister had released 38 long playing records .

He also challenged Wasiu on his claim that he promised Barrister a befitting burial and eventually gave it to him .

According to Odeyemi, it was the Lagos State Government under the leadership of former Governor Babatunde Fashola that footed the bill of the burial , through a burial committee headed by one of Barrister’ s legendary fans , Alhaji Buhari Oloto .

Efforts to reach Wasiu on Thursday did not yield fruits . He has , however , said in an interview that he would not trade words with those who were not comfortable with the statements he made at the forum , because , according to him , he had spoken the truth.
Source: The Punch

​UNILORIN prof’s former driver to die by hanging for leading two others to rob boss

​UNILORIN prof’s ex-driver, two others to die by hanging. 

Success Nwogu , Ilorin

A High Court in Ilorin , the Kwara State capital , presided over by Justice H . Saleeman on Thursday sentenced three persons to death by hanging for armed robbery and attempting to commit culpable homicide against a professor with the University of Ilorin , Prof . Abdullahi Onimisi .

The convicts, who are Onimisi ’ s former driver , Mr . Opeyemi Esan ; one Mr . Benjamin Musa and Mr . Oluwasegun Ajiboye, were convicted of robbery , punishable under Section 1 (2 ) Robbery and Firearms Act , Cap R 11 , LFN 2004 .

The Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr . Kamalden Ajibade , who led the prosecution, had told the court that the professor disengaged the service of Esan due to his unruly behaviour .

Ajiade added that Esan was aggrieved with his dismissal and organised a robbery attack to retaliate the sack.

Esan , in his confession to the police , was said to have owned up that he recruited Musa and Ajiboye from Lagos State to deal with his former boss .

Ajibade said , “ On September 10 , 2016 , at the Senior Staff Quarters, University of Ilorin, the accused, while armed with weapons, including guns and machetes , robbed Onimisi and his family of their property , including a car , handsets , jewellery , and other valuables . ”
Source: The Punch

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​News Headlines Mar 31,  2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 


The Punch


Forex manipulation: EFCC invites more senior CBN officials
Solanke wants registry open for recovered loot
DSS quizzes Ifeanyi Ubah on NNPC’s N11bn claim
Reps say Buhari lacks power to extend perm sec tenure
Why stolen monies are difficult to repatriate – Osinbajo
Electoral Act: Senate okays e-voting, legalises card reader
Bauchi police arrest suspected cultists for murder
Forex manipulation: EFCC invites more senior CBN officials
Face-off: Senate welcomes Buhari’s peace moves
SERAP faults Senate over Sagay invitation
Ife: Ooni urges neutrality as probe panel begins sitting
Crisis looms for Eagles as NFF fails to pay Rohr
Father of seven commits suicide in Bayelsa
Dump multiple exchange rates, forex curbs, IMF tells FG
Oh no! Dino didn’t know
Prospective candidates destroy JAMB office in Makurdi
Meningitis kills 109 in Zamfara, Niger, three other states
Fraudsters impersonate Tinubu, Saraki, dupe job seekers of N20m
Buhari will return to see UK doctors –Presidency
Court jails father nine years for impregnating daughter
EFCC arrests herbalist for N45m fraud
UNILORIN prof’s ex-driver, two others to die by hanging
Again, objections stall Amosu’s N22.8bn fraud case
EFCC arraigns directors, firm over N735m subsidy scam
Katsina man held for allegedly raping 7-month-old stepdaughter
Barrister’s former aide tackles K1 over fuji origin
Senate’s armoured car defies economic sense
‘Senate hijacked by unwholesome men’
Youths invade Delta school, hold principal hostage
EFCC arraigns A’Ibom Rep for certificate forgery
Fraudsters impersonate Tinubu, Saraki, dupe job seekers of N20m
UNILORIN prof’s ex-driver, two others to die by hanging
Senate’s armoured car defies economic sense
I’m crazy about Mikel –Ndidi
Obiano wants to rig poll with LG caretakers – APC
Justifying customer experience investments in recession
Bauchi police arrest suspected cultists for murder
Father of seven commits suicide in Bayelsa
EFCC arrests herbalist for N45m fraud
Two bag 12 years’ imprisonment for gang-raping girl
Cultists kill 22-year-old IMSU graduate
Olunloyo remanded in prison again
Date gone wrong, girl returns N5,000 for N3,800 spent on her
Crisis looms for Eagles as NFF fails to pay Rohr
Hamilton dies, coaches, others slam football body
Lagos Country Club tennis ends
ITF/CAT tennis: Nigeria boys lose
Messi protests FIFA ban, Argentina to appeal
FG extends 2016 capital budget implementation to May 5
Dump multiple exchange rates, forex curbs, IMF tells FG
Justifying customer experience investments in recession
Nigeria’s economy gradually recovering, says Buhari
Abuja airport: FG builds lounge for elderly, physically-challenged
FG to explore tunnelling technology in transportation
Sustainability of public libraries
I am inspired by my music – Beecee
Court lifts ban on Omoni Oboli’s film
Under-40 honour list: Dabiri, Phillips, endorse MIPAD
AMAA receives 400 entries, lauds Ambode
Protect your pets from infectious diseases
Health benefits of black- eyed beans
Editorial: Senate’s armoured car defies economic sense
Drink less water, risk a dry vagina, painful sex
The vitamin men need to maintain rock-hard erection

ThisDay



Senate Amends Electoral Act to Legalise Card Readers, E-Voting
Results to be transmitted electronically Says Executive-Senate reconciliatory move laudable as APC wades into row
Access Bank Splashes N18.8bn on Its Shareholders as Dividend
IMF Welcomes Nigeria’s Easing of ‘Some Exchange Restrictions’
GE Emerges Sole Bidder for $2bn Nigerian Rail Concession
Chicago Woman Becomes First Patient to Be Cured of Sickle Cell…
Indian Mob Bashes Kenyan Student, Thinking She is Nigerian
FG Extends Tenure of Capital Component of 2016 Budget to May 5
MTN Pays N30bn as Part Settlement of Fine
Nigeria Plans to Cut Trade Deficit With UK, Says NEPC Boss
N’Assembly Leadership Meets on 2017 Budget
Kachikwu Plans Roadshow in Houston to Woo Bidders for Marginal Oil Fields
FG: New Niger Delta Devt Blueprint Ready in Four Weeks
Meningitis Outbreak: Death Toll Rises to 270 in Five States, 1,996 Cases Reported
Sokoto High Court Orders Stay of Action on Criminal Charge Against Ahmed Dan Baba
ACF: N’Assembly-Executive Face Off, Threat to Democracy
Ojiakor, Abua Differ on Nigeria’s Political Stability, Restructuring
Nigerians Have Not Forgotten Your Misdeeds, APC Tells PDP
Report Puts Transnational Crime at $2.2tn per Annum
Ifeanyi Ubah Denies Arrest by DSS
We’re Yet to Apprehend the Real Shekau, DHQ Admits
FG Installs Aviation Lights on Abuja Airport Runway
Absence of EFCC Counsel Stalls Ajumogobia, Obla’s Corruption Trial
House Orders Shu’ara to Vacate Office
Onu: CBN Intervention Not a Permanent Solution to Naira Volatility
Ndume’s Suspension Shocks Borno Residents
House Summons Udoma, Adeosun over FG’s Indebtedness to Pensioners
JAMB Denies Dumping Computer-based Tests for UTME
Set aside Self Interest, CNPP Appeals to N’Assembly
Osinbajo in France Wants Corruption Named Crime against Humanity
Access Bank Splashes N18.8bn on Its Shareholders as Dividend
IMF Welcomes Nigeria’s Easing of ‘Some Exchange Restrictions’
GE Emerges Sole Bidder for $2bn Nigerian Rail Concession
Chicago Woman Becomes First Patient to Be Elumelu Ranked among Top 200 Global Philanthropists, Social Entrepreneurs
Risk Language – “Did You Mean Slow Down?”
CBN, Banks Promote Financial Literacy
UBA African Subsidiaries Contribute 32% to Group’s Revenue
Ghana Central Bank Governor Resigns
Standard Chartered Bank Wins Awards
APC’s Convoluted Plot Backfires in Ondo
INEC and Anambra Central Rerun Election
No More Condemnation for Justice Abang
Adeboye’s Wife Calls for Reflection of True Christianity
Nestle Raises Awareness on Water Management
Church Organises Annual Rehoboth Conference
RRS: Rebranding for a Safer Lagos
Juve Battles Napoli for Serie A Title, Qualifiers Emerge for BOA Lawyers League Round of 16
Westbrook Makes NBA History
NPFL: Rangers, Rivers Utd Continue Poor Form as MFM FC Moves to the Top
UNILORIN Raises the Alarm over Fake Documents in Circulation
Nigerian Don Receives U.S. Award on Security
Nigeria Still Has Seed of Greatness
EDITORIAL: HAMEED ALI VERSUS THE SENATE

The Nation



Senator in trouble over N4b contracts, 20 bank accounts
Senate okays e-voting, card reader for elections
Abuja Airport runway ‘is 57.5% ready’
APC, PDP trade words over state of the nation
Unify exchange rates, IMF advises Nigeria
Presidency: No plan to bring London doctors to treat Buhari in Abuja
Our grouse about Presidency, by Senate
Doors closing on defaulting NDDC contractors
Superstition ends, hope rises as Imo lake gets new stock
Coca-Cola brands’ burden of market leadership
‘We’re not involved in N19b Paris Club scam’
Reps query N3b quarters for Fed Govt’s officials
Dangote, Adenuga, Alakija, seven others on richest list
Bird ‘turns to woman’after electrocution
2017 budget: Saraki directs committees to submit reports
We may reduce duration of exams, says registrar
Peace Corps boss gets N10m bail
Ooni: I’ll ensure harmony between Yoruba and Hausa
JAMB: we only modified Computer-Based Test for UTME
Where on earth is the local rice?
‘We’re not involved in N19b Paris Club scam’
Challenges of a ‘Bolekaja’
Ambode hailed for Alimosho’s transformation
Benue seals federal varsity over N2.3bn tax default
FUT Minna VC pledges to improve staff school
Lagos special school marks sports day
World Cup 2026: FIFA reveals allocation for 48-team tournament
NFF pays tribute to late Eagles coach
FIFA awards 2017-2018 media rights
FIFA investigates Wales defender’s leg-breaking challenge
ITF/CAT Junior Tennis: Nigeria boys team bow out in doubles
Trailblazer: Glo takes music, comedy to 54 cities
•To run free shows for six months
Seven instalments of Fast & Furious air on DStv
Stakeholders meet for Anioma Cultural Festival
Bamidele sprouting with Stanzee Records
Samuel Ajibola’s ‘Dele Issues’ continues
Court lifts ban on screening of “Okafor’s Law”
EDITORIAL
Derek Walcott (1930 – 2017)
•One of 20th century’s great poets When the poetry of life ends for a poet of global stature
European Union at 60
Union seeks repeal of old labour laws
‘Skill acquisition vital to economic recovery’
Niger community signs $250m rice production contract
Akwa Ibom, OPS chart course for MSMEs
Four Infinix Mobility customers win Dubai trip
Shoprite launches Made-in-Nigeria initiative

Vanguard



 No Going Back On CBT— JAMB
 Mobilization Of Unqualified Graduates To Attract Criminal Prosecution —NYSC
 Abuja Airport: FG Imports Fibre Glass Grid For Durable Runway
 Meningitis: NCDC Confirms 109 Deaths In 5 States, As Cases Hit 1,966
 Ali’s Uniform Controversy A Distraction —Dogara
 Gov Umahi Suspends Attorney-General, Solicitor-General Over Negligence Of Duty
 Institute Of Chartered Shipbrokers Debuts In Nigeria
 Skill Acquisition: Delta Trains 47 Youths In Tiling, POP Design
 Buhari’ll Still Travel To London For Medicals — Presidency
 FG Extends Tenure Of 2016 Budget
 Assemblies Of God Pastor Alleges Brutalizatiion Of Members By Police, Army
 What Is In A Range Rover
 2019: Senate Okays Card Reader, Electronic Voting
 Ingredients Of Good Governance, By Fayemi
 Process For Cargo Survey Contract Ongoing — NPA
 DPR Seals Over 35 Filling Stations In Imo
N2.1bn Contract Fraud: EFCC Probes Senator Nwaoboshi, Brother
Reps Indict Buhari, HoS Over Elongation Of PermSec’s Tenure
State Of The Nation: Without Restructuring We Won’t Go Far – Nwabueze, Akinjide, Adebanjo, Utomi
Ife Clash: Commission Of Inquiry Meets Ooni, Assures On Fairness
Naira Watch: Naira Falls To N390/$
Corruption Responsible For Insurgency Northeast – Osinbajo
BIZZARE: Bird Transforms Into Human After Electrocution In Rivers
At Last, Court Lifts Ban On Omoni Oboli’s Okafor’s Law
Fash-Lanso, Imeh Bishop Square Up In Glo-sponsored Sitcom
Chigul Takes On Banana Island Ghost
Auditions Begin, As The Voice Nigeria Returns For Season Two On Africa Magic!
EbonyLife Tiannah’s Empire Premières Amidst Pomp And Pageantry
The Senate’s Spats
Reps Battle Transport Minister Over Infrastructure In South East
Rivers: Why We Left APC- Glory Emeh
Ali: Buhari’s Missing Disciplinarian
Africa To Get 9 Slots In FIFA’s 48-team World Cup
Iwobi Aims To Gun Down Iheanacho’s City
Athletics Stakeholders Brainstorm In Abuja
I’ll Be ‘happy’ If Zlatan Leaves Man Utd — Mourinho
Messi Is A ‘teddy Bear’ Says Maradona


Leadership



 Why I rejected Offer To Name NLC Secretariat After Me – Ikpeazu 
 Nigerian Ports To Achieve Hub Status As Nigerien Shippers Return
 Senate Amends Electoral Act, Legalises Electronic Voting
 Why Stakeholders Are Against NHIS Boss
 3 Weeks After, Abuja Airport 57.5% Completed
 Nigerian Pilot Sets Record, Becomes First African To Fly Solo Round The World
NSE Gets Members’ Approval For Public Listing
 Reps Investigate Planned Relocation Of Shell Petroleum To Lagos
Suleiman Hassan’s Nomination As Minister Commendable’
Cashless Policy: Banks Commence Charges On Deposits Limits Ahead April 1
UBA African Subsidiaries Beat Expectations, Contribute Over 32% Of Group’s Revenue
Nigerians Want To See Me Play At Emirates Stadium
Worst Is Over For 3SC, Relieved Amoo Gushes
Ganaru Yet To ‘Feel God’, Inspite Of Win Over Enyimba
Nigeria Bows Out Of 2017 ITF/CAT Juniors’ Male Doubles
‘Youths Should Be More Involved In Transforming Nigeria’
MARKETMONI: Inclusive Financial Access For The Vulnerable
Federal Government Will Support Bash Ali Title Fight If… – Dalung
Why Bauchi Enacts Death, Life Imprisonment And 35 Years Penalties For Offenders
‘US High Rating Of Nigeria’s Counter-terrorism Success Is Proper’
Surveying Is The Bedrock Of Any Meaningful And Sustainable Development – Oyegbola
I Promise Vibrant Representation If Elected Assembly Member – Umar Yabagi
No Going Back On Computer Based Test – JAMB
 1,000 Meningitis Cases Reported Nationwide  How Adult Stem Cell Therapy Is Breaking Glass Ceiling Of Modern Medicine
 EDITORIAL: Sudden Death

The Sun



 Economic Recovery Plan: FG to grant incentives to investors
Israel cuts UN dues by $2m after ‘anti-Israel’ votes
Medication errors kill millions annually – WHO
FRSC enlightens 1,023 students on safety awareness in Kaduna
FG summons Indian High Commissioner over attack on students
Borno residents shocked by Ali Ndume’s suspension
Toyota recalls 2.9m vehicles globally over airbags
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Sacrilege! Man bags nine years for impregnating 16-year-old daughter

.​Man jailed nine years for impregnating 16-year-old daughter
Peter Dada , Akure

A man , Taiwo Olubayode , has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment with hard labour and without an option of fine by a Family Court sitting at Oke- Eda, Akure , the Ondo State capital .

The 56 – year- old man was convicted for impregnating his 16 – year- old daughter (name withheld ) at Oke-Ijebu street, Odode- Idanre in Idanre Local Government Area of the state which is also in the Akure Magisterial District .

The convict , who was brought before the court by Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps, was charged on one count of having incestuous behaviour with a 16 – year – old girl .

The offence , according to the prosecutor , was contrary to and punishable under sections 31 ( 1 ) and 31 ( 2 ) of the Ondo State Child’ s Right law of Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps 2007 .

Olubayode pleaded not guilty to the charge on his first arraignment but he was later found guilty by the family court .

The NSCDC prosecuting officer Mr Ebriku David told the court that the victim and her boss came to report her father in the NSCDC ’ s office in Idanre , when it was discovered that the girl was pregnant.

According to him , the case was transferred to Akure division , where the victim informed the command that her father was responsible for the pregnancy .

David also told the court that the convict had earlier confessed at the NSCDC office that he committed the offence .

In her ruling , the magistrate , Mrs O . A Edwin said the Olubayode was guilty of the offence and sentenced him to nine years imprisonment with hard labour without an option of fine .

The magistrate said it was a shame and act of high immorality for the convict to be having an incestuous affair with his own daughter.
Source: The Punch

​Lagos State Inclusive Education Policy

Lagos State Inclusive Education Policy

Lagos state Ministry of education endorsed the Lagos State Inclusive Education Policy on 26th of May 20 2015

LAGOS STATE INCLUSIVE EDUCATION POLICY

1.0 Introduction

Inclusion is a belief system embraced by members of a learning community. It entails the responsibility of educating all pupils with multi-dimensional challenges and excluded children with the ultimate aim of assisting these diverse groups of pupils attain their desired goals, according to their individual needs and abilities.

An important dimension of inclusiveness is the physical location of pupils in the school environment and the classroom. This is expected to be conducive and enabling, such that it enhances pupils’ access to learning and accommodate their diverse needs. In essence, inclusive education is making education more accessible to all children of school age, irrespective of their socio-economic status, disabilities, race, ethnic or cultural background and gender.

This policy statement is targeted at putting in place an all inclusive education programme that will facilitate the expansion and improvement of a comprehensive education, especially for all out-of-school children. In a bid to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of “education for all” (in respect of all children, particularly children with disabilities, the girl-child in difficult circumstances, those belonging to ethnic minorities and hard to reach communities) through access to free, qualitative and compulsory basic education. It is expected that the learning needs of all young people and adults will be achieved through equitable access to appropriate functional education and life-skill programmes. It is a step at improving all aspects of education geared towards the achievement of excellence and measurable learning outcomes in the areas of literacy, numeracy and numerous essential life skills.

Recognizing the need to have a reliable database of all out-of-school children in the State, it is pertinent to embark on a census, for accurate planning and projection. This policy will facilitate the conduct of a census of all out-of-school children with emphasis on the direct and remote causes which are inimical to their education. This is with a view to planning different strategies for different groups of children in the State.

This policy will facilitate the achievement of UBE objectives which is in line with the MDGs which states that by year 2015, all children must complete nine years of basic education, in conjunction with “Education For All” (EFA), Lagos State Special Peoples’ Law 2011, other Conventions, Declarations and Recommendations related to inclusive education.

2.0 Who are the out-of-school children in Lagos State?

The out-of-school children in Lagos State are those children of basic school age who are unable to attend school due to various circumstances such as divorce of the parents, parents’ professions, religion, parental economic status/poverty, cultural beliefs, disabilities, vulnerable children, teenage pregnancy, among others.

As a response to the yearning needs of all people with disabilities in Lagos State, the State House of Assembly has passed into law, the Lagos State Special People’s Bill, now known as “Lagos State Special People’s Law 2011”. This law addresses the fundamental rights of all children with disabilities as it concerns their education. It also made provision for inclusive education, with emphasis on creating access to education in all schools in the State, eradicating discrimination and stigmatization of people with special needs.

The existing inclusive education programme is more of integration/mainstreaming, as there are myriads of challenges to the programme. These are inadequate infrastructure, shortage of personnel, high ratio of pupil-to-teacher, and inadequate instructional materials.

3.0 Policy Environment

The Lagos State Inclusive Education Policy is meant to address the educational needs of all children and adults and it is expected to be operative in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State. This policy puts into consideration the provisions of the National Policy on Education, various international conventions, declarations, and the array of existing recommendations on inclusive education, the Lagos State Special People’s Law (2011), the Lagos State Education Policy, the National Teachers’ Policy, the National School Health Policy and the Gender Basic Education Policy.

4.0 Lagos State Inclusive Education Policy Goal

The main goal of Lagos State Educational System is the pursuit of excellence in all educational provisions, with emphasis on all children of school age and adults having access to universal basic education.

4.1 Policy Objectives

The policy objectives are to:

Align the State education system with the directives of the National Policy on Education.

Ensure that all out-of-school children of school age are brought to school for complete basic education.

Ensure regular training and re-training of personnel as well as the provision of adequate instructional materials to improve on the quality of teaching and learning in schools.

Promote adaptable curriculum and school infrastructure that meet the needs of all children without discrimination so as to be productive members of the society.

Encourage parents and communities to participate effectively as important stakeholders in the management of schools.

5.0 Strategies for achieving the inclusive education policy objectives

The following are the identified strategies to achieve the goals and objectives of this policy:

5.1 Creation of awareness on inclusive education

Our analysis has revealed that carefully planned awareness and sensitization activities should be, embarked upon and sustained to encourage parents to enroll their wards in schools.

The following specific activities will be implemented to change attitude and behaviour.

Sensitization and awareness on Inclusive Education (IE) to community leaders, religious organizations, and parents.

Develop key messages for handbills, posters and place jingles on radio, television and print media

Public enlightenments and campaign rallies in places with Out-of School Children e.g. motor parks, markets and sundry places.

Sensitize parents and teachers on the need to learn sign language, and other means of managing children living with disabilities

5.2 Ensure that all children are enrolled retained and transit to higher schools

Steps are to be taken to improve students’ enrolment, retain students in schools and transit to higher educational school level through the following activities:

Conduct Out-of- school baseline survey and monitor progress periodically.

Conduct Annual School Census to monitor attendance and retention.

Collect data on children that drop-out and those at risk of not transiting to higher classes and follow them up.

Establish or strengthen existing children’s clubs, to conduct survey to identify children who are not in school, investigate why they are not in school, counsel parents on the importance of education.

Provide guidance and counseling services for school children and parents.

Encourage partnership between the parents, professionals, civil society organizations, corporate bodies to support school activities.

5.3 Creating access and safety in all public schools

Modification of all school structures to create accessibility for children with disabilities (provision of ramps where necessary).

Provision of adequate security in all schools in the State.

Use of community-based security network.

Involvement of parent forum/SBMC in the provision of security in schools.

Enforcement of the Lagos State Special People’s Law 2011.

Encourage all registered private schools to accept all school-age-children that visit them for enrolment without any form of discrimination.

Provision of accessible recreational facilities.

Establishment of more primary and secondary schools particularly in areas that are densely populated.

Training on disaster risk reduction and providing early warning systems in all schools.

Provision of First Aid kits in all schools.

Provision of potable water in all schools in the state.

Provision of regular power supply in all schools.

Provision of free mid-day meal for the children.

5.4 Improved teaching /learning conditions :

Continuous training of teachers (regular and special needs education teachers)

Payment of monthly special teachers’ and care-givers’ allowance

Regular promotion of teachers and supporting staff members.

Employment of more teachers to tackle shortage of teaching staff in schools

Employment of caregivers in schools

Employment of other service providers for special needs children education (braillists, sign language interpreters etc)

Making learning environment friendly.

Provision of age-appropriate and adequate instructional materials in all schools.

Provision of vocational education/training in all schools for vocational skills development.

Provision of library materials for knowledge updating purposes.

Review of school curriculum to accommodate other groups in the school in a flexible manner.

Creating teacher/pupil ratio that is result oriented.

Recruitment of relevant personnel, e.g. audiologist, social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, counselors, caregivers, etc.

Incorporate the teaching of core aspect of special education from first to final year in colleges of education in the state.

Creation of Resource Centers in all schools.

5.5 Making teaching interesting and recognizing the ability and needs of all children.

In Lagos State, the intention is to work towards making teaching and learning interesting and fun, by overcoming resource barriers through the following activities:

Use problem-based on-the-job approach to train and retrain teachers to teach diverse learners and make schools more effective.

Provide access to relevant information on how to implement inclusive education.

Facilitate better teaching and learning to adapt to local language and teaching materials in the school environment. Use local language to disseminate information and build on existing good practices.

Encourage teachers in using collaborative problem-solving methods, including children who have impairments, or who have been identified as having “special needs”.

Provide appropriate specialized facilities to address identified learning difficulties.

Advocate the establishment of functional guidance and counseling units in schools.

Earmark feasible extra time for testing and examining children living with learning difficulties.

Facilitate the provision of appropriate musical and laboratory facilities/materials.

Provision of basic instructional materials based on the challenge of each child, e.g. Braille materials for the visually impaired person, sign language materials for hearing impaired person etc.

5.6 Making school environment safe.

Lagos State would ensure that all children feel safe, free and happy to come to school through the following activities:

Creating appropriate, safe and learner friendly environment.

Fencing of school compound.

Preventing all forms of abuse in schools.

Provision of appropriate sporting facilities.

Mapping of schools that are vulnerable to disasters including natural and climate disasters.

Make adequate arrangement and or infrastructure upgrade to eliminate flooding and resilient schools infrastructure.

5.7 Making special schools serve as resource centres.

The existing special schools will be transformed into outreach and resource centres for inclusive education in the State through the following activities:

Making special schools more inclusive by introducing ‘twinning’ between regular and special needs children to attract different categories of children.

Ensure provision of resource materials (audiometers, speech/auditory trainers Braille equipment and other assistive technology etc) to equip special schools as resource centres.

Establishment of functional SBMC community involvement and partnership between social workers, parents and children themselves, to make meaningful contribution to inclusive education and help to promote inclusion in the State.

Existing inclusive units will be used as pilot schools for inclusive education.

6.0 Stakeholder’s roles and responsibilities

The effective implementation of inclusive education in the State calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders to play specific roles as stated below:

6.1 Ministry of Education

Coordination of inclusive education programmes in the State.

Update research data on inclusive education in the State.

Work with other Ministries in the State for effective implementation of inclusive education practices.

Inspection, monitoring/supervision of inclusive practices in the State.

Training and retraining of teaching staff for effective education services.

Adequate funding of inclusive education programme in the State.

Provision of guidance and counseling services to schools.

Identification and assessment of children with special need in the State.

Placement of special children into special schools based on their challenges

Referral services to appropriate places such as vocational centres, hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

Organizing career talks/excursion for students and pupils in Lagos State

Administration of Aptitude test for all JSSIII students in Lagos State

Celebration of important annual festive programmes such as International Day for person with Disabilities; 3 December, at the State level, Children’s Day; 27 , May, etc

Quality control of schools, both public and private.

Provision of Adult Education programme in the State.

Provision of scholarship/bursary award to indigene and outstanding students.

Provision of library facilities in schools

Placement of students into SS1 class of their anticipated career choices; Science, Arts, Commerce

Provision of instructional materials such as projector, television, Braille machine, hearing aids, mobility cane, audiometer etc

Coordination of co-curricular activities in schools

Coordination of inter/intra State transfer for students

Ensure that the state owned tertiary institutions administer courses or programmes on special education.

6.2 Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB)

Employment of teaching staff

Employment of support staff

Deployment/transfer of staff

Promotion of staff

Payment of salary and allowances

Discipline of staff

Training and retraining of all teaching /non-teaching staff

Conduct and monitoring of unified examinations

Monitoring of teaching and learning activities in all primary schools in the State

Recommendation and supply of teaching and learning materials to all basic schools in the State.

Registration of pupils into ECCDE/primary one

Transfer of pupils into primary two to five

Establishment of new ECCDE centres/primary schools

Splitting of over-populated primary schools

Placement of pupils into junior secondary schools

Transfer of students into junior secondary schools

Collection of data for proper planning

Construction, rehabilitation and renovation of infrastructural facilities in schools

Provision of infrastructural facilities in schools (furniture, classrooms, etc)

Establishing ECCDE centres in schools.

Adaptation of ECCDE/primary pupil’s curriculum.

Overseeing the implementation of the ECCDE Curriculum.

Monitoring the deployment and training of care givers.

Monitoring early childhood learning.

Monitoring adult and nomadic education

Monitoring of correctional centres.

Supervision and monitoring of activities carried out by SUBEB in schools.

Overseeing the implementation of the Basic education curriculum, including training in interpretation and application.

Recommending textbooks and instructional materials;

Distributing textbooks and instructional materials to LGEAs for distribution to schools, and monitoring distribution.

Coordinating and supervising registration and transfer of pupils.

Coordinating and supervising model primary schools.

Overseeing continuous assessment processes.

Coordinating the administration of examinations.

Coordination of co-curricular activities.

Provision of library facilities in schools.

Provision of instructional materials and infrastructures such as classroom and teaching aids.

Promoting science education.

Monitoring of activities in schools.

Coordination of establishment and splitting of schools.

Coordinating of JCCE/NCE meetings.

6.3 Local Government Education Authorities

Ensure effective supervision of teaching and non-teaching staff in the schools.

Serve as liaison office between SUBEB and primary schools in the State.

Information dissemination on inclusive education practices among schools.

Recruitment of non-teaching staff to schools in the State.

Promotion of all non-teaching staff.

Deployment/transfer of all non-teaching staff.

Supervision of teaching activities in all primary schools in the State.

Support data collection on school based issues and out of school.

6.4 School Based Management Committee (SBMC)

Creating awareness on inclusive education within the community.

Counseling parents and children on the importance of inclusive education and bringing out of school children to school.

Provision of security to school facilities and children.

Support provision of infrastructural facilities.

Support implementation of school development plan.

Assist in data collection by providing information.

Advocating for child’s education (protection, finding support group, report violations, ask for productive parent-teacher-student conference, knowing the school environment).

Encourage parents to show love to their children (spending time together, playing game together, taking walks together etc).

7.0 Civil Society Organizations/Non Governmental Organisations

Raise awareness on inclusive education.

Influence government to implement child right and protection law and other relevant laws.

Support all children with school materials.

Support mentoring and capacity building of stakeholders.

Working with communities to ensure voice and accountability in the implementation of the policy.

Lead advocacy and awareness for inclusive education.

Engage in collaborative out-of-school census, and monitoring and evaluation of this policy.

Raise awareness of all stakeholders on rights-based approach in achieving inclusive education in Lagos state

Mobilize community engagement in inclusive education.

Ensure that gender is mainstreamed in the implementation of inclusive education policy.

Private participation to compliment Government efforts in areas of training, advocacy, provision of structures and infrastructures and instructional materials in schools.

7.1 School Support Services (Junior Secondary School)

Overseeing the implementation of the basic education curriculum, including training, interpretation and application.

Recommending textbooks and instructional materials.

Distributing textbooks and instructional materials to LGEAs for distribution to schools, and monitoring distribution.

Coordinating and supervising registration and transfer of students.

Overseeing continuous assessment processes.

Coordinating the administration of examinations.

Promoting science education.

Monitoring of activities in schools.

Coordination of establishment and splitting of schools.

7.2 Education Districts (I-VI) (for Secondary Schools)

Information dissemination through the schools on out-of-school children to the parents, communities etc.

Monitoring of inclusive education activities in schools through the school inspectors.

Recruitment of qualified teachers.

Request for the provision of infrastructural facilities that is inclusive education friendly.

Make useful contributions in the process of curriculum review.

Collection and keeping of relevant data on out-of-school children.

Posting of guidance counselors to all schools.

Provision of teaching aids and motivational books/materials.

7.3 Lagos State Education Resource Centre

Sensitization of parents and public through posters and handbills.

Technical advice and assistance on facilities and infrastructure.

Research and development of up-to-date infrastructure.

Recommendations on curriculum review/updating.

Production of relevant instructional materials for inclusive education.

Training of teaching and non-teaching staff on inclusive education.

7.4 Ministry of Information

Public enlightenment on inclusive education in State media

Liaise with Ministry of Education and all relevant stakeholders on awareness creation on inclusive education during public programmes, global/international days and festive occasions.

Sensitization of the public on the need for attitudinal change.

Broadcast information efficiently and effectively among various media of communication in Lagos State.

Dissemination of data and information on inclusive education.

Report abuses or violations of rights in schools.

7.5 Ministry of Health

Provision of adequate medical facilities to all schools.

Provision of free health services to all school children in the State.

Prompt intervention to children’s health needs.

Screening of school food vendors and other members of staff and issuance of certificate of fitness to all.

Regular training and supervision of school food vendors.

Annual medical screening for all teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools in Lagos State.

Enlightenment on the need for balance diet for school children.

Immunization of school children during the immunization periods.

7.6 Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation

To alleviate poverty through provision of vocational training programmes in public schools so as to encourage skill acquisition among school age children.

To take care of out-of-school teenagers by encouraging them to go to school.

To take care of the vulnerable children whose parents may not be able to take properly care for.

To raise awareness and ensure full implementation of the Child Rights Law and Domestic Violence law in Lagos State.

7.7 Ministry of Justice

To provide protection and enforce the fundamental rights of school age children of Lagos State.

To ensure the full enforcement of Lagos State Child Right Law, Lagos State Special People’s Law and Lagos State Domestic Violence Law

7.8 Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development

To interface with the Ministry of Education to continue to lay a solid foundation for youths through functional education curriculum with a strong moral and patriotic content.

To create an enabling environment that promotes youth and social development services that give succor to the vulnerable children.

To use sport as tool for social engagement, weapon against poverty, strategy against juvenile delinquency.

To use sport as linkage of schools and launch pad for taking sport as a career.

7.9 Ministry of Environment

To foster a clean, healthy, sustainable school environment for the well being of the pupils/students through the application of best practices in environmental management.

Ensure that public environment is free of any barrier to children movement.

Ensure that all schools have enabling learning environment.

To add aesthetic beauty to school environment.

Provision of proper drainage system to prevent flooding and disaster.

Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, makes history as first African to fly the world solo

Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, makes history as first African to fly the world solo

A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world .

Ademilola “ Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday afternoon , landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport .

The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR 22 , stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents , returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September.

The flight is part of Project Transcend , a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Ademilola says : “ Ever since I was a child , I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams . I want African children to think : ‘ I can do this too!’”

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Air Djibouti ’ s Chairman , Aboubaker Omar Hadi , and Cardiff Aviation ’ s Chairman , Bruce Dickinson , who have supported me throughout this journey. Without them, this would not have been possible . ”

Both formed part of a high – level delegation to welcome the historic aviator on the tarmac at Dulles Airport , including : the Ambassador of Djibouti to the United States , His Excellency , Mr . Mohamed Siad Doualeh ; Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority , Mr . Dawit Michael Gebre – ab ; and Chief Operating Officer of Air Djibouti, Mr . Moussa Houssein .

Other distinguished guests included the CEO Africa World Press, which plans to publish a book on the journey.

Ademilola has logged over 4 , 000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since earning his pilot licence six years ago .

The Chairman of Air Djibouti, Aboubaker Omar Hadi , says : “ By supporting initiatives like Lola’ s flight around the world , Air Djibouti hopes to inspire a new generation of pilots in Africa and help to pave the way for the aviation industry to thrive in the region .

“ The benefits will be felt within the region , as this will encourage more intra – African trade and sustainable economic development .

“ With the commencement of the Single African Air Transport Market set for June 2017 , air travel in the continent is positioned to grow rapidly and become a key contributor to the region ’ s economic and social development. ”

Globally , the aviation industry represents a massive opportunity for African economies to play a larger role .

It is estimated that 2017 alone will see approximately four billion airline passengers worldwide , as well as over 50 million tonnes of cargo being transported by air .
Source: The Punch

No plan to stop computer-based test, JAMB denies media reports

No going back from Computer Based Test – JAMB

By Dayo Adesulu

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB Thursday refuted the publication that it has cancelled the Computer Based Testing, CBT, adding that the introduction of 8 keys was to enable candidates who are not computer literate answer examination questions effortlessly.

The Director of Information, JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin who spoke with Vanguard said:”There is no going back from the Computer Based Testing, CBT.”

According to him, the clarification became necessary following the misleading caption in the front page of yesterday ‘s Nation Newspaper that “JAMB dumps CBT, adopt eight keys”

He said: ” The headline was not only misleading but capable of causing panic, distortion and confusion in the minds of Nigerians particularly the candidates planing to take the UTME examination of a well conceived CBT examination which the Board was consolidating on the gains and feat recorded.”
Source: Vanguard