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Tinubu: My administration will commit more resources to education sector



President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday in Abuja, said poverty should not prevent any Nigerian from obtaining quality education at the highest levels.

Therefore, he pledged that his administration would commit more resources to the education sector to ensure that every Nigerian child, regardless of their background, has access to quality education.

“Poverty should not prevent anybody, any child, including the daughter or son of a wood seller, ‘Bole’ (plantain) seller or yam seller from attaining their highest standard of education, to eliminate poverty,” Tinubu said when he received the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students at the State House, Abuja.

The President declared that poverty should not be a barrier to education saying “If we all believe that education is the greatest weapon against poverty, then we have to invest in it. If you eliminate poverty from one family, you can carry the rest of the weight.”

President Tinubu, who promised to consider the requests of the NANS leaders, urged the student body to ensure unity among its members across the country to achieve more.

“You have to promote unity and stability among each other. You have to employ democratic means in your programmes and elections. I have to say, anyone who is unable to accept and celebrate a free and fair election, does not deserve the joy of victory,” he advised.

The President thanked the students for supporting the removal of subsidy on petrol, explaining the reasons behind the decision and the need to curb smuggling.

”I’m glad you understand the reason for the subsidy removal. We were at a point where Nigeria tried to draw water from a dry well and that is no longer acceptable and we equally must not continue to service the smugglers because they used to take our tankers and Premium Motor Spirit across the borders. We will put our money where our mouth is,” he said.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Umar Barambu, said the NANS leaders had come to thank the president for the signing into law of the Student Loan Bill, which will provide loans to indigent students such that no Nigerian student in tertiary institutions will drop out of school over inability to pay school fees.

The Bill, sponsored by former House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, was signed into law by President Tinubu on Monday, June 12, which is Democracy Day.

Barambu said “We are here to congratulate you and to thank you for what you have been doing to the country since you assumed responsibility as the President. We want to equally thank you for the Students Loan Bill.”

Speaking to State House Correspondents after engagements with the President, Barambu revealed that they urged him to review the constitution of the special committee that will oversee the new Nigerian Education Loan Fund to include student representatives.

He said the students want the inclusion of its past national leaders and the exclusion of lecturers and lawyers from the loans board as provided in the Students Loan Act.

Speaking on the contentious clause of the Act, the NANS President said: “We have outlined the clauses that we are not too comfortable with. And part of them is the issue of that board that we mentioned to the President, which we said at least students’ representatives should be captured and there are some organisation that they put there, which to us, they don’t need to be there.

“We gave him an example, most especially the Nigerian Bar Association, ASUU. ASUU have their own microfinance bank running their own affairs without students on their board. So I don’t think it’s wise for us to allow them to be inside our own board because it is purely students.

“We are the major stakeholders of that bank. So I don’t think allowing them to be there is good. Not only them, but we also mentioned a lot of people that they should remove and put more of student-oriented organisation.”

On the purpose of the visit, Barambu said: “We are here to congratulate you and to thank you for what you have been doing to the country since you assumed responsibility as the President of this country. We want to equally thank you for the students’ loan Bill.”

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Ogun community protests bad road, appeals for help



The people of Idomila community in Ijebu North-East Local Government Area of Ogun State staged a protest on Saturday over the deplorable condition

The people of Idomila community in Ijebu North-East Local Government Area of Ogun State staged a protest on Saturday over the deplorable condition of their major road.

Community members from not less than 938 houses during the protest lamented that the bad road has caused immense hardship and suffering for them.

Bearing placards with various appeals such as “Bike man, Motorist are avoiding this road,” and “Gov. Dapo Abiodun, we appeal to you to fix Idomila road,” the protesters decried the state of the road, which they said claimed a life and left others hospitalised.

The chairman of the Idomila Elders Council, Kunle Sanni, said the road connected the community to the Army Barracks of Ilese and urged the government to intervene.

He said: “Landlords and tenants within Idomila communities are now on sick beds because of the bad road.

“We want the governor to assist us in repairing this road for us. Let them check their records. In Idomila, we voted wholeheartedly for the emergence of the governor. We have 938 houses in Idomila community. We have about a million people in this community.

“This road is a major road connecting the Army Barracks in Ilese. The major occupations in this community are marketing and farming. We lost one of our elderly persons due to this bad road.”

Also speaking, Mrs Dahunsi Oderinde, a community member, noted that the community had voted for the governor’s emergence and had high hopes that he would address their long-standing request.

She noted that the community had attempted to fill the potholes with bags and broken blocks. The road, however, remains in a terrible state, hindering access to the market, schools and other essential amenities.

It was observed that the road construction from the market, through Dipo Dina Stadium, was stopped at the residence of the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona.


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Coalition lauds NCC’s commitment to increase nation’s GDP



The Coalition on Transparency and Rule of Law (CTRL) has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its commitmen

The Coalition on Transparency and Rule of Law (CTRL) has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its commitment to the nation’s telecoms sector which has led to an increase in its contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The coalition said that the commission’s target of achieving a 25% increase in the telecoms sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP was commendable.

It said it showcased the commission’s proactive stance in harnessing the potential of the telecommunications industry.

Convener of the coalition Sunday Thomas also praised the leadership of the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Dr. Aminu Maida for his vision and strategic goal alignment.

The statement said: “We are thrilled to acknowledge the recent remarks made by Dr. Aminu Maida, reaffirming the commission’s commitment to significantly enhancing the telecoms sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP.

“Dr. Maida’s leadership and creative vision are commendable, demonstrating the NCC’s dedication to driving economic growth and development.”

The group acknowledged Dr. Maida’s leadership style, which it said has fostered an open-door policy and encouraged industry stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue with the commission.

The statement added: “We extend our heartfelt commendation to Dr. Maida and the NCC for their dedication to driving sustainable economic growth and development in the telecoms sector.

“Their commitment is aligned with our mission to champion policies and practices that uphold transparency, accountability, and sustainable economic growth.”

The coalition said NCC’s commitment will catalyse other sectors to strive for similar growth and contribution to Nigeria’s GDP.

“We believe that Dr. Maida’s 25% target is feasible, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact of this initiative on our economy and the lives of Nigerians,” the statement added.

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Tinubu appoints Adeyanju as National Lottery Trust Fund boss



President Bola Tinubu has appointed Mr. Tosin Adeyanju as the new Executive Secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF), according

President Bola Tinubu has appointed Mr. Tosin Adeyanju as the new Executive Secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF), according to a statement from the State House.

Mr. Adeyanju, a seasoned administrator and good governance advocate, is expected to bring transparency and efficiency to the agency’s operations.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, Adeyanju’s appointment aims to drive the NLTF’s objective of supporting good causes in Nigeria.

“President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Tosin Adeyanju as the new Executive Secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF).

“Mr. Adeyanju is an accomplished administrator, and good governance advocate.

“The President expects the new Chief Executive Officer to ensure transparency and efficiency in the operations of the agency to actualize the objective of the NLTF as a driver of good causes in Nigeria”, the statement said.

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FG starts free CNG conversion for commercial vehicles



FG starts free CNG conversion for commercial vehicles

The Federal Government has commenced the free conversion of petrol and diesel-powered commercial vehicles to compressed natural gas in a bid to cut the cost of transportation nationwide.

It started the exercise in Abuja and Lagos, urging commercial transport owners to key into the scheme by bringing their vehicles to be converted, stressing that the use of CNG would reduce the cost of transportation by over 40 per cent.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, along with those from the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative, monitored the commencement of the exercise at the Federal Capital Territory, as transporters brought in their vehicles to be converted.

The Federal Government had earlier declared on Thursday that the conversion of petrol and diesel-powered commercial vehicles to run on compressed natural gas was going to be free of charge.

It made this public in Abujall after signing agreements with various companies involved in the conversion of petrol and diesel-powered vehicles to operate on CNG.

It said commercial transporters under their different unions, including the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, the National Union of Road Transport Workers, and the and the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, among others, would benefit from this.

The Programme Director/Chief Executive, Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative, Michael Oluwagbemi, had disclosed this to journalists after the government agency signed agreements with various companies in Abuja.

Speaking at one of the conversion centres during the commencement of the exercise on Friday, the Sales and Business Development Manager, P-CNGI, Lara Ogunleye, said, “Today (Friday), we are at the NASENI Portland Conversion Centre where we have started the conversion for commercial vehicles. The first one that we have seen is from the e-hailing cabs that are part of the conversion scheme.

“The e-hailing cabs are supposed to pay a fraction of the cost of the conversion, while the transport associations have 100 per cent conversion free charge, and the cost of the kits is also 100 per cent free. Today we have started with the e-hailing cabs and the scheme is going to be done across the federation.

“We are starting with Abuja and Lagos. We will keep rolling it out and the announcements will be made as we keep moving to each of the states.”

On the number of cars to be converted nationwide, she said, “We intend to convert over a million cars within the first 12 months. So the conversion cost is free for transport associations, as well as the cost of kits.

“For e-hailing cabs, they are paying a fraction of the cost of the kits, and they are paying 100 per cent of the cost of conversion.”

She added that, “The fraction depends on the location. Right now, we are in Abuja, and they have their own fraction. For private individuals, the cost of conversion differs. It depends on the type of car and the size of the cylinder that goes into your vehicle. But it ranges from N700,000 to about N1.8m.”

Ogunleye urged transporters to take advantage of the offer, as this would help in crashing the cost of transportation across the country.

“So for transport owners across the federation, the cost of conversion is 100 per cent free for you.

“Please go to your transport associations, key in, and as we go to your locations, we will register you, take all your details, advise on the conversion centres that you can go to, present your vehicle, and get a free conversion. All of this is courtesy of the President,” she explained.

Speaking at another conversion centre in Abuja, Udechukwu Ejike, a Bolt driver, explained why he decided to convert his car from the use of petrol to CNG.

“I’m doing this because petrol is far higher in cost than CNG. For instance, in a day I buy petrol of about N25,000 to N30,000, but with CNG I’m to spend between N3,500 and N7,000. I’m happy with this initiative, and I advise everyone to consider converting their vehicles from petrol usage to CNG. It is very cheap and good,” he stated.

Other commercial transporters at the centres alluded to the position of Ejike as they expressed optimism that more of their colleagues would convert their vehicles and help reduce the cost of transportation across the country.

Source: Punch

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 Scores trapped as two-storey building collapses in Abuja



A section of a two-storey residential building on Saturday morning collapsed in Abuja with several people trapped in the rubble.

A section of a two-storey residential building on Saturday morning collapsed in Abuja with several people trapped in the rubble.

It was gathered the building located beside the popular Cupid Hotel on Cupid Road (Sultan Dasuki Way) in Kubwa was formerly a hotel, Al-Hilal.

It later became a hospital and a residential apartment when the hospital owners left.

While emergency responders and security personnel were on ground, rescue efforts were however hampered as the cranes needed for the rescue were yet to arrive as of 8:45am, nearly two hours after the incident.

It was gathered that two persons had been rushed to a nearby hospital while a few others escaped on their own.

One of the escapees said when she woke up around 7am and came out of the house when she began hearing some cracks and ran out.

Security operatives have moved to the scene to avert further breakdown of law and order.

They were seen assisting other medical workers in the rescue mission


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NCC commissions Centre of Excellence Hub



The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched its Centre of Excellence in Abuja, to enhance the technical and vocational skills

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched its Centre of Excellence in Abuja, to enhance the technical and vocational skills of Nigerians needed to bolster the digital economy.

During the launch, Dr. Bosun Tijani, the minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, reiterated the importance of collaboration in making this initiative a continental achievement.

“My expectation is that NCC will collaborate with more stakeholders to make this initiative a true centre of excellence for Africa. There is no society in the world that can prosper without connectivity. The connectivity requires humans for its proper functioning,” he stated.

Dr. Aminu Maida, the executive vice chairman of the NCC, highlighted the commendable nature of this center for Nigerian radio engineers. “This is the first time in Nigeria when our radio engineers will have the opportunity to come and touch and feel what a radio looks like,” he said.

He further spoke on the innovations that the 5G era and the newly acquired skills would bring through the Centre. “We would actually see a lot of innovations through this Centre,” Maida added.

The Centre of Excellence is designed to provide hands-on experience and advanced training, particularly focusing on the skills required for the digital economy.

The launch will help bridge the skills gap and enhance capabilities of Nigeria’s workforce in the tech sector. The Centre is expected to be a stimulus for innovation and development, particularly in the context of 5G technology, which promises to boost various industries.

In driving local talent, the Centre also aims to ensure that Nigeria remains competitive in the global digital space, by providing state-of-the-art training facilities and opportunities for practical experience.

The initiative has received widespread support, with stakeholders confident in its potential to drive huge advancements in Nigeria’s tech industry.


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