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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November 03, 2020

BREAKING: Looting & Vandalism: WAEC Relocates Its Office From Calabar To Uyo

Following the looting, burning and vandalization of its branch office in Calabar, Cross River State, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has announced that it is temporarily relocating from Calabar to its Uyo Zonal Office.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the council assured that it will resume normal operations in Calabar once status quo ante is restored.

The statement signed by Demianus Ojijeogu, Acting Head of Public Affairs reads in part: 

"The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria wishes to inform the Cross River State Government, Cross River State Ministry of Education, School Principals, Candidates, other Stakeholders in Cross River State and indeed, the general public, that WAEC Branch Office, Calabar, Cross River State has been temporarily relocated to WAEC Zonal Office, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, till further notice.   

"This development is as a result of the vandalization, looting and burning down of WAEC Branch Office, Calabar by hoodlums on Saturday, October 24, 2020.   The relocation which is an interim measure is to enable the Council to continue to carry out its operations and render services to the Nigerian Child and other stakeholders.  

"We wish to assure all stakeholders and the general public that normal operations will resume in Calabar Branch Office once the status quo ante is restored."

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

BREAKING: Okonjo-Iweala Emerges New WTO DG

Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has emerged Director General of World Trade Organization (WTO).

She polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat South Korea’s trade minister at the final stage of the race.

She becomes woman and the first African to occupy the office.

More details later

Sunday, October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

BREAKING: Governor Akeredolu Of The APC Wins Ondo Governornship Election


The incumbent governor of Ondo State,  Rotimi Akeredolu has won the Ondo governorship election held on Saturday.

Akeredolu who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), won in 15 of the state’s 18 local government areas, based on the results announced by the electoral commission, INEC, at its headquarters in Abuja.

His challenger, Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in the remaining three local governments.

October 11, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: After Massive Nationwide Protests, IGP Disbands SARS

After massive nationwide protests over the activities of a notorious police unit, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and calls for the unit to scrapped, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammadu Ibrahim has now disbanded the unit with immediate effect.

IGP Ibrahim made the announcement this afternoon in a broadcast.

He said the dissolution affects all SARS in all the 36 State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He added that all officers serving in unit will be redeployed to other Commands, Units and Formations, assuring that arrangement will be made to set up a new unit that would tackle armed robbery and sundry crimes.

Details later...

Monday, September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

BREAKING: Labour Suspends Nationwide Strike Scheduled To Begin Today

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended its planned nationwide strike earlier scheduled to start today, Monday, September 28, in protest against the hike in pump price of fuel and electricity tariff.

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) tweeted that there was hope the industrial crisis might be avoided.

He stated on his verified Twitter handle(@fkeyamo): “Still negotiating with labour at exactly 12.34am. Some progress have been made. Concrete proposals on the table from both sides.

“Details being worked on by the temporary Secretariat. Gradually moving towards a point of convergence. Let’s hope….”
Furthermore, a source told Vanguard that it is possible the tariff will be suspended for two weeks, but said nothing specific about fuel pump price.

It is speculated that the issue of pump price hike had links with IMF, the World Bank and other international finance bodies Nigeria is indebted to.

Friday, August 7, 2020

August 07, 2020

BREAKING: C'River PDP State Congress: Vena Ikem Disqualified, Ayade's Candidate Goes Unopposed

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Venatius Ikem has been disqualified from contesting for the position of State Chairman for the Cross River State Congress of the party scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020; PDP list of cleared candidates for the election shows.

In the list, which was signed by Col. Austin Akobundu, National Organizing Secretary of PDP, and dated 5th August, 2020, and obtained by Grassroot Reporters, Barr. Nkem's name was conspicuously missing, leaving Barr. Alphonsus Ogar-Eba (Governor Ayade backed candidate) as the sole candidate for the position of State Chairman.

Barr. Ikem, who was strongly backed by past leaders of the party and some National Assembly members, was tipped to emerge victorious at the election. 

His disqualification may not be unconnected with efforts by the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade to make peace with warring factions of the party in the state, and probably share some positions in the state EXCO of the party.

The governor and some National Assembly members had been at daggers drawn over who should control the party. The internal crisis led to Ayade's faction inaugurating its own Exco, after the National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP recognised the National Assembly members backed Exco.

The Ayade led faction had since challenged the NWC's decision in court.

See the full list of Cleared Candidates for the election:

Monday, July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

BREAKING: Our Acting Managing Director Has Been Ill For Weeks Now - NDDC

Prof. Pondei
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has reacted to its Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei collapsing at the public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.

In a statement signed by Charles Odili, Director, Corporate Affairs of the commission, the commission said Prof. Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks.

Mr. Odili said Prof. Pondei's condition deteriorated this morning and his doctors advised him against attending the hearing.

He said: "However, he ignored his doctor's advice because of the realisation that his traducers will use his absence at the hearing to soil his name and reputation. He thought he could make through the hearing and take care of his health later. As it turned out, his doctors were right".

The statement added that he is in stable condition at a clinic in Abuja.

Reacting to some of the allegations against the acting managing director, Mr. Odili said: "It would however be unfair to hold him personally liable for acts which took place when he was not the head of the commission.

"When the two arms of the National Assembly called for the probe, it was over a missing N40 billion".

The commission said it is happy that the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Olubunmi Ojo has recused himself from the hearing.