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Ohanaeze Reacts To Passage Of South East Development Commission Bill

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The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commended the Senate for the passage of the South East Development Commission bill.

ORIENTAL TIMES had on Wednesday reported that the Senate passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.

The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.

It is also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potentials of the zone.

Ohanaeze’s deputy national publicity secretary, Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, who spoke in an interview with Daily Post on Thursday, harped on proper funding of the commission if signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “Though, it’s a welcome development, the funding aspect remains worrisome. The federal government has been funding similar agencies in other zones of the country. We wonder why the agency would be funded from the very limited funds that accrue to the South East.

“Ohanaeze is calling for an amendment of the bill so that the federal input to the agency will be properly captured.

“We commend our representatives at the National Assembly for their patriotism and effort in the passage of the bill but urge them not to rest on their oars until the right thing is done.”

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Nigeria Records 499 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 30,748

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Nigeria has recorded 499 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 30,748.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

“499 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-157 Edo-59 Ondo-56 Oyo-31 Akwa Ibom-22 Borno-21 Plateau-19 Kaduna-18 Katsina-18 Bayelsa-17 FCT-17 Delta-14 Kano-11 Rivers-10 Enugu-8 Ogun-6 Kwara-4 Imo-3 Nasarawa-2 Osun-2 Abia-1 Ekiti-1 Niger-1 Yobe-1.”

499 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-157

Edo-59

Ondo-56

Oyo-31

Akwa Ibom-22

Borno-21

Plateau-19

Kaduna-18

Katsina-18

Bayelsa-17

FCT-17

Delta-14

Kano-11

Rivers-10

Enugu-8

Ogun-6

Kwara-4

Imo-3

Nasarawa-2

Osun-2

Abia-1

Ekiti-1

Niger-1

Yobe-1

30748 confirmed

12546 discharged

689 deaths

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WAEC Can’t Determine When Schools Will Reopen — FG

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has therefore said that final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school contrary to what had earlier been believed.

Addressing State House correspondents after the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja on Wednesday, Adamu stated that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cannot determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria.

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.

He appealed to States that have announced the resumption of school in their states to reconsider their position so as not to jeopardize the lives of the students, adding, “It is not safe to reopen schools now.”

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BREAKING: Nigerian Students Won’t Write 2020 WAEC — FG Declares

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Final year secondary school students in Nigeria won’t participate in the forthcoming West African Examination Council(WAEC) examinations, the Federal Government has declared.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, also said there is no date for school resumption yet.

He said he would prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year to expose them to dangers.

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