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Post UTME Should Be Optional

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                  Professor Badejo

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                            PROFESSOR BADEJO

The former Vice Chancellor of Wesley University, Professor Tola Badejo, has advised the Federal Government to make the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) optional.

He gave the advice on Monday while voicing his opinion on the government’s announcement of the scrapping of the examination conducted by tertiary institutions in Nigeria for applicants seeking admission into various schools.

“Make It Optional”
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he maintained that authorities of various institutions should be allowed to decide how to accept candidates.

“Why should you tell somebody not to organise a screening when before you leave any University, you have to be found competent in character and learning.

“If I have to do that, why should someone tell me not to interview every candidate?” the university don questioned.

 

Professor Badejo cited instances where he was able to discover students with potential criminal traits during interview, stressing that government should “make it optional”.

 

In his earlier address at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, affirmed that universities could screen candidates admitted by JAMB, but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

 

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we will address it,” he said.


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Gun factory uncovered in Benue

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Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Benue State police command have uncovered a factory where locally made firearms, particularly short guns, are produced.

A man described by the police as a specialist and manufacturer of deadly arms, identified as Sunday Odoh, was arrested in a surprise raid launched by the police on the depot at about 6.am, Sunday.

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Sources hinted that the raid on the factory located in a dingy area along Orokam in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state, followed intelligence reports.

Confirming the discovery, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, ASP Moses Yamu, said several items including a machine used for constructing guns, various sizes of pipes, gun accessories, and empty shells of cartridges were recovered from the scene.

“The suspect is in custody and investigation is in progress. It is a major breakthrough in our efforts at checkmating the proliferation of arms and ammunition within the society and Benue State in particular,” he remarked yesterday on telephone.


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Nigeria sacks national team coaches

NAIJA LINK BLOG UNDERCONSTRUCTIONIn a bizarre, yet not unexpected move, the Nigeria Cricket Federation has sacked the entire men’s cricket team and their Indian coach, Shriam Regananthian.
This was after the side failed in the ICC World Cricket League Division Five tournament held last month in UK, finishing bottom of the table.
The team had just one win over Tanzania and lost to Oman, Guernsey, Vanatu and Jersey. The team also lost to Tanzania again to claim the bottom spot. Jersey went on to become champions.
HOWZAT!! Nigerian cricketers in an ecstatic gesture
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FILE: Nigerian cricketers in an ecstatic gesture
Federation president, Emeka Onyeama added that national chief coach Uthe Ogbimi has also been relieved of his duty with the team. He blamed Ogbimi and the team Captain Kunle Adegbola for the embarrassing campaign. He however refused to blame the Indian level A coach who joined the team on the eve of their departure to UK.
According to him, the team underperformed despite having intensive preparations and increment of their daily allowance to $100 per day from the old regiment of $25- $50 per day.
He declared that the federation would now undertake a rebuilding process where young players from the U-19 team would be upgraded to the national team.

He said a new national coaching crew will be announced in the wake of the proposed North West Africa Tournament and ICC/Africa T-20 tournament scheduled for September.


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What Amodu Said About Keshi Just Few Hours To His Own Death

Without any idea that his death was just few hours away, former coach and technical adviser of the Super Eagles, Amodu Shuaibu had signed the Condolence Register for Keshi.

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Stephen Keshi                                            Amodu Shuaibu:

 

He wrote:

The ‘Big Boss’ [Keshi] you lived a good life, ran a good race. Adieu my brother.”

About 24hours later, people are about signing his own condolence register.

That is life for you! Amodu was said to have complained of chest pain to his family members on Friday night and, unfortunately, he died in his sleep before the break of dawn on Saturday morning.

May the souls of both national icons find eternal rest. Amen!

 


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Bakassi Militants Send Message to Niger Delta Avengers

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On June 10, 2016

A group of militants in Akwa-Cross Region under the umbrella of Bakassi Strike Force, today, sent message to the Niger Delta Avengers over incessant bombings of oil pipelines in the oil rich regions.

 

 

The Bakassi militants group says their attacks have a retrogressive effect on the economy of Nigeria.

Leader of the group, Simple Benjamin who was speaking at Esuk Mba, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State said that the Federal Government should listen to the agitations of the Niger Delta Avengers.

According to him, there is no struggle without a reason and so, government should adopt the approach of the American Ambassador to Nigeria who is an advocate for dialogue as war alone cannot solve their problems in tackling the issue.

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Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest

NAIJA LINK BLOG UNDERCONSTRUCTIONOn June 10, 2016.

Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest Friday, the culmination of a two-day farewell for the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero who electrified crowds the world over.

Thousands from near and far are expected to line the streets of Ali’s native city of Louisville in the southern US state of Kentucky to bid goodbye to the three-time heavyweight world champion who died last week at 74 after a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s.

Starting at 9 am (1300 GMT), the funeral procession will wind through the city of 600,000 where Ali was born at a time of racial segregation.

It will pass sites that were important to “The Greatest”: his childhood home, the Ali Center, the Center for African American Heritage — which focuses on the lives of blacks in Kentucky — and, of course, along Muhammad Ali Boulevard before arriving at the Cave Hill Cemetery for a private burial.

Actor Will Smith — who earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ali on the silver screen — and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers.

An anonymous individual has pledged to cover the path to the grave with red rose petals.

Friday afternoon, Ali will be honored at an interfaith memorial service at a large sports arena that will bring together VIPs and fans alike.

Some 15,500 people are expected to attend — with free tickets snapped up in a half-hour and a black market for the coveted tickets sprouting online.

– ‘Lost an icon’ –

MUHAMMAD ALI

Former president Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal will eulogize Ali.

Barack Obama will not be present at the funeral of the man he calls a “personal hero” since it coincides with his daughter Malia’s graduation.

But the president published a video message Thursday in which he displayed two mementoes gifted to him by “The Champ” — a book of photographs and a set of gloves — which have accompanied him through his time in the White House.

“This week we lost an icon,” Obama said in the Facebook message. “A person who for African Americans, I think, liberated their minds in recognizing that they could be proud of who they were.”

“I grew up watching him. I grew up having my identity shaped by what he accomplished,” he said.

“The incredible gestures of love and support that he showed me was one of the great blessings of my life.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been scheduled to attend the memorial service but cut short his trip to the US after a disagreement with funeral organizers, Turkish media reported early Friday.

The abrupt departure came after organizers refused to allow Erdogan to lay a cloth from the Kaaba — the cube-shaped structure at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque — on Ali’s coffin during Muslim funeral prayers Thursday, the Hurriyet Daily News reported, citing information from the president’s office.

Erdogan’s bodyguards and US Secret Service had also clashed briefly as they jointly guarded the Turkish president, the newspaper said.

– ‘Live his legacy’ –

On Thursday, thousands came together across creeds and nationalities for the Muslim prayer service in remembrance of Ali.

The brief ceremony brought together dignitaries and ordinary fans, honoring a man known for both his tenacity in the ring and his social activism outside of it.

“It was fabulous, seeing all the different nationalities, cultures, races, religions come together, even though it’s a very sad situation that he passed, it’s very inspirational,” said Makeeba Edmund, a city employee, who is Muslim.

Muslim men and women prayed in separate rows, most of the latter with their heads veiled.
One of those paying his respects was Babacar Gaye, a 54-year-old native of Senegal who remembers watching Ali fights at a house in Dakar as a teenager.

“There would be at least 60 people watching it on a small black and white television,” Gaye told AFP.

Born Cassius Clay, the boxer converted to Islam in 1964, changing his name to Muhammad Ali and shocking America.

Thursday’s prayer service was held at the site of Ali’s last fight in his hometown, where he defeated Willi Besmanoff on November 29, 1961.

“Muhammad Ali has a very, very special significance for the Muslim community,” Imam Zaid Shakir, who helped organize the prayer service, said earlier.

“This is about… sending him off in the very best of fashion,” said the Muslim cleric, adding that Ali would want his supporters to “honor his memory, live his legacy and love each other.”

For millions of Muslims around the world, Ali symbolized the true face of Islam, promoting peace and tolerance.

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Wike declares war on cultists in Rivers state

On June 10, 2016
By Victor Azubuike

The Rivers State government says war has been declared on cultists and criminal elements in the state.

Countless people have died since his assumption of office in 2015; houses have been razed and many communities sacked. Security officials have not been spared.

Meanehile, the State Governor, Nyesom Wike while commissioning fifty-seven cars for Magistrates in the state, said the state would no longer treat the issue of insecurity with kid’s glove.

Governor Wike blamed multi-national oil companies in the state for aiding the criminals by awarding pipeline surveillance contracts to them.

He said security operatives had been given marching orders to hunt-down the cultists causing mayhem all over the state.

GOVERNOR WIKE

He said he had the political will to go against the cultists in the state.

Wike said, “I know we have security challenges in the state but let me say it clearly, we have decalred a total war on the so called cultists and we will not allow them go free.

“We had a security meeting with the Acting President and I told them part of the problem we have is caused by the oil companies who gave surveillance contracts to these boys. As a result of that, other cult groups began to fight for supremacy.

“We will not allow innocent people to die simply because of what they don’t know. So, security agencies have been directed to do whatever it takes to stop these boys.”

The Governor also charged judges and magistrates not to abscond from cases no matter the magnitude.

He cautioned the beneficiaries to use the cars only for official purposes.

Earlier, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Iyaye Laminkara and the Attorney-General of the state, Emma Aguma SAN, said the cars would enhance the performance of the magistrates in the state.

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