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January 18, 2022

ASUU, NMA Not Recognised Labour Unions In Nigeria - FG

Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan


The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, on Monday, said the Nigerian Medical Association and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, as well as their affiliates, were not recognised labour unions in the public service.


She also stated that the Federal Government was considering creating two additional councils in the education and health sectors.


Yemi-Esan stated this during the opening of the separate and joint meetings of the national public service negotiating councils, which was attended by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba.


The HoS said, “While you sit at plenary, I ask that among other crucial matters to be discussed, you are enjoined to note that Unions like the Nigeria Medical Association and the Academic Staff Union of Universities and their affiliates are not members of any recognized Labour Union in the Public Service and government is considering bringing the Health and Education Sectors to constitute two additional Councils, subject to recommendations emerging from the meetings.


“Sustaining industrial harmony in any sector of a country’s economy, including the public sector, is strategic and cardinal to national development. This is because there cannot be meaningful development in any country where the grievances of workers, who are the drivers of development, are ignored.


“In line with the principle and practice of collective bargaining, the government, particularly in recent times, has had to engage organised labour unions in constant dialogue. Thus, it is pleasing to note that such effort has not been in vain, as we can appreciate the evident harmonious industrial atmosphere in the country.


“Of course, this would not have been possible without the understanding and support of the organised labour unions for the policies and programmes of the government. Hence, our gathering here today is one of our relentless efforts towards ensuring the sustenance of this cordial relationship.


“As you know, the public service is the instrument of government for the formulation and implementation of policies, programmes and projects, leveraging on efficient aggregation and deployment of human and material resources. This role, over the years, necessitated reforms that redefined, restructured and repositioned the public service to enable it respond to the socio-economic and political dynamics of public administration.”



Monday, January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Robert Lewandowski Beats Messi, Wins FIFA Best Player Of The Year (See Full List Of Winners)


Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski won the men’s player award for the second year running.



The 33-year-old Poland international set a new record for most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year with his 43rd goal in December, breaking the record set by Gerd Muller in 1972. Lewandowski, winner of the men’s award in 2020, also became the first player in Bundesliga history to finish top scorer in four consecutive seasons.



Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas was named women’s player of the year, adding the accolade to her Ballon d’Or triumph. Putellas, 27, captained Barcelona to the treble, with the Catalan side winning the Women’s Champions League, Spanish league and Copa de la Reina last term.


All the winners from 2021 The Best

The Best FIFA Men's Player - Robert Lewandowski


The Best FIFA Women's Player - Alexia Putellas


The FIFA Fifpro Men's World XI: Donnarumma; Dias, Bonucci, Alaba; Jorginho, Kante, De Bruyne; Ronaldo, Haaland, Lewandowski, Messi


The FIFA Fifpro Women's World XI: Chistiane Endler; Lucy Bronze, Wendy Renard, Mille Bright, Magdalena Erikkson; Estafania Banini, Carli Lloyd, Barbara Bonansea; Vivianne Miedema, Marta, Alex Morgan


FIFA Fan Award - Denmark and Finland Fans


The Best FIFA Men's Coach - Thomas Tuchel


The FIFA Best Women's Coach - Emma Hayes


FIFA Fair Play Award - Denmark National Team and Staff


Puskas Award - Erik Lamela


The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper - Edouard Mendy


The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper - Christiane Endler


FIFA Best Special Award - Christine Sinclair


FIFA Best Special Award - Cristiano Ronaldo





January 17, 2022

Dismissed Soldier, 1 Other To Die By Hanging For Armed Robbery

 


An Ado Ekiti High Court on Monday sentenced Damilola Olasoji, a dismissed soldier and Koiki Benson, 32 to death by hanging for armed robbery.


The police said Olasoji, Benson and Ogbesetuyi Tunde, 30, on March 10, 2016, conspired and robbed Mr Oluwadare Adebayo at a Filling Station in Odo-Ado, Ado Ekiti and stole N1.2million.


Delivering judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, held that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubts the elements of offence of conspiracy, attempted robbery and armed robbery against the convicts.


The judge, however, sentenced Tunde to life imprisonment.


“In all, the sole issue for determination is resolved in favour of the prosecution. In count two case of armed robbery, Olasoji and Benson are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May God almighty have mercy upon your souls.


The police said that the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 6(b) and 1 (2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. RII, Vol.14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.


In his testimony, Adebayo, the victim told the court that around 6 30pm, the convicts visited his fuel station pretending to be customers.


”They forced their way into the station’s bulk room and slapped me around, hitting me from time to time with the gun butt,” he said.


To prove his case, the Prosecution Counsel, Olawale Fapohunda called two witnesses and tendered wallet, two passport photographs, Army Identity card and photocopy, statements of the defendants among others as exhibits.


NAN


January 17, 2022

EFCC Arraigns Female Lawyer For Alleged Money Laundering


 

The Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC, has arraigned a female lawyer, Anumati Stella Ojevwe, for alleged money laundering.


Ojevwe was arraigned on a 14-count charge of money laundering before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State on Friday. 


The defendant is alleged to have received the sum of N105, 000,000 (One Hundred and Five Million) from SA-FX Global investment. 


One of the charges reads: That you Anumati Stella Ojevwe (f) on or about the 27th day of October, 2020 at Delta State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court directly took possession or control of the sum of N20,000,000 deposited by a cheque number 00000064 belonging to SA-FX Global into your bank account number 2150009622 domiciled in Ecobank which funds you knew or reasonably ought to have known forms part of unlawful act of Smart Alban Ike to wit: obtaining by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended in 2012) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”


During the trial, the defendant pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to her.


Following her plea, the prosecution counsel, K.Y. Bello, prayed the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the defendant at a correctional facility.


Efforts by the defence counsel to secure bail for his client orally was opposed by Bello.


Justice Abang thereafter ordered the defence counsel to file a formal bail application and adjourned the matter until January 31, 2022 for hearing.


The judge also ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Correctional Centre, Sapele, Delta State. 






January 17, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: FG Files Fresh Terrorism Charge Against Nnamdi Kanu


 

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri


The Federal Government on Monday, entered fresh terrorism allegations against the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.


FG, in the amended process it filed before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, increased the counts in the initial charge it preferred against Kanu.


The IPOB leader who was hitherto facing a seven-count treasonable felony charge, will now enter his fresh plea to a 15-count amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, and signed by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, M. B. Abubakar.


FG amended the charge, barely 24 hours to the scheduled commencement of hearing by trial Justice Binta Nyako.


The court had on December 2, fixed Tuesday to hear some pending applications, including the one Kanu filed to be discharged and acquitted.





January 17, 2022

Lady Marries Her Late Sister's Husband, Three Months After Her Death


 

A Nigerian lady, Amanda Jay has in a TikTok video revealed the reason why she married her sister’s husband.


It was gathered that her sister died during child birth three months ago. According to her, she married her sister’s husband to fulfill her last wish.


According to her, her sister died during childbirth, and before she passed away, she asked that she marry her husband.


“I’m getting married to my late sister’s ex-husband. She passed away three months ago at child birth. This was her last wish. I am doing this for her. I barely know this man”. The lady wrote.


Following social media backlash, she claimed that she was merely acting.



January 17, 2022

Tension As Gunmen Behead One, Displays Body Parts


 

The people of Eziuba Ubudom in Njaba local government area of Imo State have been thrown into fear following the beheading of one Nnoruoka Onyeokwu, a 65 years old man by some yet to be identified gunmen.


DAILY POST gathered that Onyeokwu whose head was displayed at the State Primary School, Ubudom Atta, was abducted from his house by gunmen on Saturday night.


Confirming the incident, the Interim Management Committee, IMC Chairman of Njaba local government area, Mr. Emeka Iheanacho told DAILY POST, it was regrettable.


He said Gov Hope Uzodinma was doing everything possible to curtail the spate of attacks in the area.



January 17, 2022

FG Orders Prison Officers To Shoot Attackers On Sight

File: Nigerian Correctional facility attacked in Imo State

 Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has ordered officers of Nigerian Correctional Service to shoot on sight anybody who attempts to attack any correctional centre.


The minister gave the order on Monday, while inspecting the facility at Agodi Custodial Centre, Ibadan.





January 17, 2022

APC Governors' Forum DG Resigns

Salihu Lukman

Salihu Lukman, Director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), has resigned from his position, TheCable understands.


His resignation is coming on the heels of the controversy surrounding the planned convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Some of the governors of the ruling party had called for his resignation during a meeting at the federal capital territory (FCT) on Sunday night.




January 17, 2022

University Of Calabar Admission Into Postgraduate Programmes For 2021/2022 Session Is Out (See Requirements, Deadline)


 

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into post graduate programmes in the 2021/2022 academic year leading to the award of Post Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees of the University of Calabar, GRASSROOT REPORTERS has gathered.


GENERAL REGULATIONS 


Courses may be offered full-time or part-time. All programmes begin with course work and end with a project for Post Graduate Diploma, MBA, MPA and MPAS or thesis for Master's and dissertation for Ph.D degrees. 


1. Duration of Programme: For full-time studies the Post Graduate Diploma lasts for two (2) semesters, The Masters degrees last for 4 semesters; and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programmes last for 6 semesters. 



 

For part-time programmes, the Masters degrees last for 6 semesters, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) lasts for 10 semesters. 


Note that PGD programmes run on full-time basis only. 


2. Requirements for Admission: Candidates are required to have a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 5-point scale and 2.50 on a 4-point scale for Master's programmes and 3.50 on a 5-point scale and 3.00 on a 4-point scale for the Ph.D programmes. A Third class degree pass and above is required for PGD programmes. However, candidates with HND can as well apply. Candidates with Master's degree from universities recognized by University of Calabar senate may credit the relevant courses towards the Ph.D programme, provided that the quality of the grade is acceptable to the Postgraduate School. 


Note: Filling of forms - Surnames first, First name next, Middle name last. 


There will be no changes made after submission of application forms online. Therefore candidates must think through before submission as any change will attract a fee. This is to prevent multiple applications. The titles Mr, Miss or Mrs may be used but not Rev(Dr). Chief. etc. Programmes applied for should be Ph.D, M.A, M.Ed. M.Sc, MPH, LLM, Masters/PhD and PGD. No extension of application after 31st of March 2022. The website will be shut down on 31st of March 2022.


3. MODE OF APPLICATION 


Interested candidates are to first log on to our website: www.unicalonline.edu.ng or click here to access and download the prospectus for the complete description of available courses. Thereafter, candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of 25,000.00 at any bank nationwide via E-Transact platform for Postgraduate School application form 2021/2022 academic session. A printout with a unique PIN will be issued at the bank. 


Candidates will then enter their unique PIN and their mobile phone numbers on www.unicalonline.edu.ng/admissions to access the form. Follow the steps by providing your data as prompted and ensure that your form is submitted. 


YOU ARE TO PRINT OUT A COPY OF YOUR FORM AND CONCEPT NOTE, BY CLICKING ON PRINT button after submission. Please bring a copy of the printed form to the venue on the day of the screening. Process Flow of E-Scratch Card for UNICAL Postgraduate Application 


Walk into any bank across the federation and make payment on E-Transact platform to purchase Postgraduate School application form for 2021/2022 academic session. 

Make a payment of 25,000 and obtain the payment slip. 


Go online to unicalonline.edu.ng/admissions 

Log on with the generated pin on the payment slip to fill the Postgraduate form.

4. CONCEPT NOTE 

As part of the application, candidates are expected to submit a CONCEPT NOTE of 2 pages maximum for Ph.D programmes and one (1) page maximum for Master's programmes. The concept note will be typed online in a space provided in the form and printed out for submission to the department. The concept note is a MINI SUMMARY OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL highlighting what candidates intend to research on when admitted. It will have to cover the following: 


Statement of the problem 

Relevance of study to self and society 

Aim(s) of the study  

Justification 

Methodology

 Brief theoretical background

Note: Candidates who fail to send their concept notes online along with their application forms will not be allowed to take part in the oral interview. 


5. TRANSCRIPTS 


Candidates are to ensure that their academic transcripts are forwarded by their previous institutions through courier service to the Academic Secretary, Postgraduate School, University of Calabar, P.M.B. 1115, Calabar, Cross River State, ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE INDICATED BELOW. ALL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL ON OR BEFORE THE SCREENING DAY. 


Candidates whose transcripts are not received in the Graduate School by APRIL 15, 2022, shall NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION. 


There will be no room for awaiting results (all applicants whose results have not been approved by the Postgraduate School Board/University Senate will not be considered for admission). 


6. ADMISSION SCREENING EXERCISE 


Admission Screening Day 

All candidates are also expected to take part in the admission screening exercise which takes place on Friday 8th April, 2022 for MBA. MPAS, and all PGD candidates While Saturday 9th April, 2022 is for Masters and Ph.D candidates.


The screening test will be a Computer Based Test as follows: 


Part A - Computer based test involving (Use of English Language, Logic, Mathematics, ICT and General Knowledge); 

Part B - Oral interview in the respective departments based on subject area/concept note for Ph.D and Masters candidates.

There shall be No oral interview for MBA, MPAS and all PGD programmes. 

Mock examination for Computer fluency is on Wednesday and Thursday 6th and 7th April 2022. 


7. DEADLINE 


The website for submission of application will be shut down on the 31st of March 2022. 


8. AVAILABLE GRADUATE PROGRAMMES 


Programmes leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma, Masters. and Ph.D degrees are available in the under-listed Departments. For details of each programme and specific requirements, click to visit www.unicalonlne.edu.ng/programmes-and-degrees 


Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Animal Science; Crop Science; Forestry and Wildlife Resource Management, Soil Science, Fisheries and Aquaculture 


Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, Nursing Science, Physiotherapy; Public Health, Radiography and Radiological Sciences. 


Faculty of Arts and Social Science Education: Continuing education and Developmental studies; Environmental Education; Arts Education; Social Science Education: Library and Information Science Education 


Faculty of Arts English and Literary Studies: History and International Studies; Linguistics and Nigerian Languages; Modem Languages and Translation Studies, Philosophy; Religious and Cultural Studies; Theatre and Media Studies. 


Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences: Pathology; Clinical Pathology; Haemathology; Microbiology and Parasitology: and Pharmacology and Therapeutics 


Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences: Anatomical Sciences; Biochemistry; Pharmacology; Physiology; Human Nutrition and Dietetic 


Faculty of Biological Sciences: Genetics & Biotechnology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Plant and Ecological Studies, Microbiology, Zoology and Environmental Biology. 


Faculty of Clinical Sciences: Internal Medicine; Surgery; Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Paediatrics; Otorhinolarygology; Ophthalmology; Anaesthesiology; Family Medicine; Community Medicine: Urology; Radiology; Orthopaedics Traumatology; and Psychiatry

 

Faculty of Dentistry: Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery; Preventive dentistry; Restorative Dentistry; Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine; and Clinical Dental Health 


Faculty of Educational Foundation Studies: Educational Foundations; Guidance and Counseling: Educational management; Curriculum and Teaching; Special Education

 

Faculty of Environmental Science: Geography and Environmental Science 


Faculty of Law: Law 


Faculty of Management Sciences: Accounting, Banking and Finance; Business Management; Marketing, Public Administration. 


Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences: Medical Parasitology and Entomology; Clinical Chemistry and Immunology; bacteriology, Mycology and Virology; Histopathology and Cytology and Haematology and Blood transfusion Science.

 

Faculty of Oceanography: Biological Oceanography; Chemical Oceanography; Geological Oceanography and Physical Oceanography; Mariculture and marine Fisheries Resources. 


Faculty of Physical Sciences: Computer Science; Geology; Mathematics; Physics; Pure and Applied Chemistry; Statistics. 


Faculty of Social Sciences: Economics; Political Science; Social Work; Sociology. 


Faculty of Vocational and Science Education: Human Kinetics and Health Education; Science Education: Vocational Education. 


Institute of Education: PGD Education (PGDE), PGD Environmental Education (PGDEE), PGD Human Kinetics (PGDHK), PGD Special Education (PGDSE), PGD Library and Information (PGDLIS) 


Institute of Oceanography: PGD Fisheries and Aquaculture; PGD Coastal Zone Management; PGD Marine Ecology, Toxicology & Pollution Studies 


Institute of Public Policy and Administration: PGD Public Administration (PGDPA); PGD Peace Studies and Conflict Management (PGDPSCM); Policy and Administrative Studies (MPAS) 


National Water Resources Capacity Building Network Centre. 


HELP DESK/ENQUIRY 

Admission I Available Programmes: 

08037936924:08035529894; 08037341182 


Issues with Online Forms: 

08183626190, 08064439182, 07064215158 E-Mail: [email protected] and secretarygraduateschoolunicatedu.ng. Also call the number on the last page of the Faculty publication for inquiry. All calls must be between 9.00a.m. and 4.00p.m.


Signed: 

Mr. Gabriel O. Egbe, fcai

Registrar, University of Calabar 


January 17, 2022

Digital Innovation: NITDA Hackathon Challenge To Hold In Adamawa, Oyo, Cross River (See How To Apply)

NITDA DG Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi

 

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says it will organise editions of its national Hackathon challenge in three states.


The three states are Adamawa, Oyo and Cross River.


Hadiza Umar,Head, the Corporate Affairs and External Relations of the agency, who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the gesture was to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.


NITDA Hackathon challenge is a national event held in collaboration with academic institutions.


The aim is to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship targeted at challenging Nigerian youths to ideate and develop solutions from inception through commercialisation process.


Umar said the challenge, expected to hold this month, would be coordinated by its subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence, NCAIR.


In Adamawa, she said the first edition would hold in Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, the second edition would be in the University of Ibadan from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27.


According to her, the third edition is expected to hold at the University of Calabar, Cross River from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.


“The hackathon is set to develop and grow a global network of IT experts, comprising Nigerian youths within the country and in the diaspora.


“It is targeted at inculcating entrepreneurship spirit in academia, creating a platform where industry and public institutions will leverage the academic research ecosystem to solve national challenges using technology.


“This year, the focus is on agriculture, security and logistics,” she said.


According to her, the challenge is open to all students, entrepreneurs and innovators, while the successful startups’ groups in each category will be awarded cash prizes and will have the opportunity to develop their idea further for commercialisation with NITDA’s support.


She urged interested Nigerian youths to visit the link: https://bit.ly/32FshGF.


The NCAIR is one of NITDA’s special purpose vehicles created to promote research and development on emerging technologies and their practical application in areas of national interest.


NCAIR is also focused on creating a thriving ecosystem for innovation-driven entrepreneurship, IDE, job creation, and national development.


NAN




January 17, 2022

FG Distributes 80 Laptops To Female Farmers In South South

File photo

 By Patrick Odey


The Federal Government has distributed 80 laptops to female farmers trained in Information and Communication Technology and modern agricultural practices as well as empowered widows and the vulnerable in the South-South region.


The Director-General, National Centre for Women Development, Dr Asabe Bashir, said during the training in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, that the beneficiaries were drawn from various farmers association across the South-South.


Speaking at the event with the theme ‘Engendering agricultural innovation through ICT,’ he said the training was designed to expose women to new techniques in agriculture that could help farmers in improving on their agricultural practices and methods.


“Agriculture employs over 75 per cent of the country’s workforce, yet the demand for agricultural produce keeps increasing as the population swells while many of the small-scale farmers are not able to meet up with the demands,” she said.


According to Bashir, as Nigeria is predicted to become the world’s third most populous nation by year 2050, agriculture should be embraced by all to be able to feed such a growing population.


In her remarks, the wife of the state Governor, Dr Martha Emmanuel, commended the Federal Government for complementing the efforts of the state in empowering female farmers and training them to meet global standard.


She said, “Information and Communication Technology is a vehicle that drives development in all sector of the economy, including agriculture.



“It enables farmers use research data and adopts technology necessary to accelerate growth in the agricultural sector.


“With many being equipped with this technology and knowledge, the goal of the Federal Government to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years will be realised and farmers will be able to contribute their quota to the economic growth and development of the country”


Emmanuel, who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Ini Adiakpan, pledged to continue partnering the Federal Government in programmes that would add value to women and improve agricultural sector in the state.


The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, said the state had continued to boost food sufficiency due to her agricultural revolution, urging the farmers to make good use of the knowledge gathered from the training for the benefit of the state and the nation at large.