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Niger: Five NYSC members get state awards


The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger on Friday presented state awards to five outgoing corps members for outstanding performances during their service year in the state.

The NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Minna on Friday.

She said the awardees were part of the passing out 2,012 corps members of 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream I.

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The state coordinator explained that the corps members were honoured by the Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, for their outstanding performances during their service year.

Matane is also the Secretary to the Niger Government.

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Ajayi commended the corps members for their exemplary performances and urged other corps members to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.

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She, however, said that the issuance of certificates of national service would continue for the next 10 days to enable corps members to observe the physical distancing rules and preventive measures against COVID-19.

Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi, NYSC North Central Zonal Coordinator, enjoined the outgoing corps members to keep the NYSC flag flying at all times.

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He encouraged the passing out corps members to strive to become self-reliant putting to practice the skills acquired during their service year.









National Theatre renovation to create 10,000 jobs – Fed Govt



Ten thousand jobs will be created as a result of the renovation of the National Arts Theatre, the Federal Government has said.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed spoke on Sunday while handing over the edifice to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers’ Committee.

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said the edifice would attract $20 billion annually to the economy after the remodelling is completed in 18 months.

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Speaking at the event attended by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare; the Chairman of the Committee of Banks’ CEOs, Mr Herbert Wigwe, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Isu Gekpe, among other dignitaries, Emefiele said the CBN-led Bankers Committee would inject N25 billion into the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative (CIFI. Part of the fund will be spent remodelling the theatre.

“Our goal is to support startups and existing businesses across these four pillars, as well as foster the development of a Nigeria Creative Industries Centre in four major cities in Nigeria.

“Towards the realisation of this objective, the Bankers Committee intends to support this creative venture with about N25 billion of initial funding.

“The National Theatre Iganmu, Lagos is expected to serve as the initial pilot for the Nigeria Creative Industries Centre.”

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Rape bill targeted at lecturers – ASUU



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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), has faulted the recent Bill passed by the National Assembly on sexual harassment and rape, describing it a design to victimize university lecturers.

ASUU insisted that the Rape Bill is ostensibly targeted at its members.

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU, expressed concerns at a Town Hall meeting on Monday, with critical stakeholders in Jos, noting that, the Bill passed by the Assembly, though, yet to be signed into law, does not go well with ASUU.

The Town Hall meeting was organized by the University of Jos chapter of the union.

Prof.Ogunyemi maintained that the Bill is discriminatory and also targeted at the male lecturers.

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According to him;

“Our reaction to that Bill is that, it is discriminatory and is targeted at male lecturers.

“We don’t want a situation, where male lecturers will begin to say they don’t want to teach female students, because they say we should not smile to female students.

“So a time may come, when male lecturer will say, we won’t teach female students, let them get female lecturers, let them get a female supervisor.

“I’m not sure, we want that, and that is not also healthy for society. Because at one point or the other, there will be a point of interface. So, what we are seeing is that we have laws in the society, that already addressed issues of sexual harassment, issues of rape.

“Another form of victimization is that male students can also be raped in one way or the other and this has not been taken into account or has this type of bill passed.

“We went to the public hearing and we read our objections, well, we have not seen the newly passed bill, but, what we are told is that our views will be taken into account and we said if they are laws in the society that already addressed the issues of harassment and rape, why are we duplicating efforts?”

Prof. Ogunyemi further argued that:

“If it meant to cover all and some strata of the educational system, which means it could be a bill meant to cover all genders or both genders, male or female, which we have not seen. Our worries is that, all their talks is centred on the higher institutions, which should stop, because they are stigmatising and is like they are labelling lecturers as criminals or potential criminals.”

Ogunyemi said:

“We can still raise our voices against that bill to ensure that it will promote equity, fairness and then, that is where we can have justice for all. We are against sexual harassment of our students. We do not support it in any forms.”

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COVID-19: FCT Perm Sec tests negative, resumes work



The Newsmen reports that Ohaa, asymptomatic, tested positive for the virus two weeks ago.

NAN reports that upon testing positive, the office of the permanent secretary was immediately shut down and his staff as well as all directors in the administration were directed to undergo compulsory COVID-19 tests.

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Similarly, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat, has been discharged from the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, after he tested negative for COVID-19.

Newsmen reports that the acting secretary had announced that he and some members of his family contracted the disease about two weeks ago.

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Kawu recounting his experience as a COVID-19 patient said he had moderate to severe symptoms.

“I developed a chest infection, so I had to be on antibiotics for some days. But thank God, myself and members of my family do not have the symptoms anymore and we have been discharged from the isolation center,” he said.

He said the final tests conducted on them returned negative which prompted their discharge.

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The acting secretary, therefore, warned against stigmatizing victims of the disease, saying ” even me, I was not spared.

” I heard that people around the neighborhood where I live were spreading the news in fear. So we need to really work on the stigma issue,” he said.

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