Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Varsity, Bethel College sign MoU to run degree programmes

The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), has reiterated the university’s determination to sustain its position as a leading centre of excellence in academic and research in the country and the world in general. This was as the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun pointed out that the university would not rest on its oars in sustaining excellence in all spheres of the university development. He, however, disclosed this while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on affiliation agreement with the Bethel College of Education, a private institution located at…

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When a federal minister overreaches

People who do not know me erroneously think that it’s possible for any hirelings or whosoever to stop me by any means – whether through abuse or attack or howsoever – from talking or writing about my state and community of birth. No, it’s not possible. The more they abuse and attack me, the more I know that I’m making a valid point. Today, I’ll talk about an arrogant and despotic brother, his Hobbesian disposition, unlawful trespass to land, and illegal arrests and detention of innocent youths from our town…

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Curtain falls on 1st phase of Zenith B’ball League

First Bank, Dolphins, Customs remain unbeaten   The first phase of the 2017 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League ends today (Monday) in Abuja with three teams battling to emerge tops after maintaining an unbeaten run so far. First Bank, Dolphins and customs are the unbeaten teams in the first phase looking to compete for the top position. This will make the second phase in Kaduna an explosive competition. Today in Abuja, First Bank will square up with Taraba, Dolphins take on Zamfara while Customs will entertain Oluyole. The results in…

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Ex-Delta commissioner, Onyibe, loses daughter

An 18-year-old second year Law undergraduate at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK), Kikaose Ebiye Onyibe, died last Wednesday following an unsuccessful surgery to remove a ruptured appendix. Kikaose, fondly called Kika, the daughter of former Commissioner for Information in Delta State, Mr. Magnus Onyibe, died at Gold Cross Hospital on Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Her parents said Kika had been complaining of lower abdominal pain since last October and had been visiting a General Practitioner in Birmingham, UK. It was after she arrived Nigeria on Tuesday that it…

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Dogara asks INEC to begin delineation ahead of 2019

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to activate the process of delineation of Federal Constituencies in accordance with provisions of the 1999 constitution. Speaking in an interview with NIGERIA NOW magazine, Dogara however, suggested that the exercise would have to wait till 2019 elections to avoid a situation where sitting elected lawmakers may be displaced. The Speaker noted that there have been clamours for more constituencies in view of rising population and other factors, and urged INEC to muster…

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$100m oilfield chemical investments at risk

The over $100 million investments in oilfield chemical sub-sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is on the brink of collapse, New Telegraph has learnt. Investigations revealed that stakeholders in sub-sector are rising against this major threat to business exasperated by longerthan- necessary tendering cycle in Nigeria, which is six times longer than that of its rival oil producer in Africa, Angola. Former President, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Dr. John Erinne, has also confirmed this challenge. He told this newspaper on the side-line of Second National Oil and Gas…

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Slippery crude oil swap

The recent payment of over $202 million to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) downstream entities by Aiteo Energy Resources Limited for fraudulent deals under the scrapped crude oil swap arrangement has reaffirmed the need to fully unravel all transactions surrounding the controversial barter plan during the last administration. The amount includes Aiteo’s share of the $184 million total indebtedness by three companies on crude swap obligations and other downstream liabilities. Televaras Group of Companies has also pledged to make a tranche payment of $17.2 million while NNPC is still…

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Operators seek collaboration for market awareness

Some operators in the nation’s capital market have called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to collaborate with market operators for a better structured public awareness campaign that will deepen the market in 2017. The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Crane Securities Limited, Mr. Mike Eze, in a chat with New Telegraph, said that public apprehension of the capital markeåt would substantially be allayed with a better structured public awareness campaign to be jointly anchored by NSE, SEC and market operators for the…

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