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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Friday 05/1/2018

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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Friday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian newspapers:

1. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday announced the launch of its Hausa Radio Service. It said the service will hit the airwaves on Saturday, January 6th on short wave 15110 KHz 19 Meter Band. The announcement was contained in a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful.

2. Report has claimed that the Federal Government has said that it may have to allow marketers of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol to sell above the officer price of N145 per litre as it is no longer sustainable. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu disclosed this in Abuja during a presentation to a joint committee on Petroleum (Downstream) of the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday.

3. The federal government has denied that it was planning to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol to a minimum price of N180. This was contained in a statement issued by Idang Alibi Director of Press Ministry of Petroleum Resources. It said the Minister did not make any statement at the public hearing to have suggested such plans.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha to review the recent appointment of dead people into the boards of Federal Government agencies. Buhari gave the directives following the controversies that trailed the discovery of some dead people on the list of those appointed.

5. A police intelligence officer attached to the wife of Taraba State governor, Barr. Mrs. Anna Darius Ishaku, died Thursday evening when his vehicle in the convoy of Governor Darius Ishaku had an accident along Bali Jalingo road.Two other occupants of the vehicle, a CIB police officer and a nurse were equally injured and in a critical condition.

6. Three persons have been reported dead following the latest attack on Anyiin, the country home of the ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State. It was gathered that the gunmen, apart from killing three people ransacked three roadside kiosks and made away with over one hundred mobile phones, destroyed assorted drinks and other valuables.

7. Egypt winger, Mohammed Salah was biggest winner at the CAF Award which held last night as he emerged the African Footballer of the Year ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Nigeria female star, Asisat Oshoala also emerged the best female player in Africa.

8. Over 20 persons were yesterday injured in Idanre town, Idanre local government area of Ondo State when the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed, throwing the community into a state of commotion. Report says the incident caused pandemonium in Isalu area of the ancient town, as people were seen running for their safety.

9. Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Pulka Thursday rescued one of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists earlier in 2014. A statement from Col Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Public Relations Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole said, so far, preliminary investigations revealed that the young girl identified as Salomi Pagu is the same as the Chibok girl published on serial 86 of the online list of abducted Chibok girls.

10. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday grilled a former President of the Senate, David Mark in connection with alleged N5.4billion slush funds. He is under probe for curious payment made to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Sambo Dasuki.

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Pope Declares Feb. 23 World Fasting, Praying Day

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Pope Francis has invited Roman Catholics, all Christians and members of other religions to observe Feb. 23 as a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace.

Francis while addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing,  on Sunday urged everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict.

According to him, the appeal is  because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

Feb. 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence.

He said “everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask ‘what can I do for peace?’”

“Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories, while working for peace benefits all,” he said.

He specifically invited non-Catholics and non-Christians to join the initiative in any way they saw fit, “but all together”.

Francis said the prayers and fasting should be offered in a particular way for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

South Sudan has been hit by a prolonged civil war and humanitarian crisis. The Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit by unrest this month following the shooting of protesting pro-democracy churchgoers opposed to President Joseph Kabila.

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LAUTECH Ranked As Nigeria’s Best State Varsity

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LAUTECH Ranked As Nigeria’s Best State Varsity

In spite of repeated workers strike that held down academic and other activities at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso in the last one year, the institution has been ranked as the best state university in Nigeria.
A statement by the institution’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Lekan Fadeji, said the latest ranking by Webometric, which puts the Institution as 14th overall in the country and 3680 in the World, goes to confirm that despite the debilitating effect of the industrial crisis, LAUTECH’s leadership position among its peers remains unchallenged.
Reacting to the news, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, reiterated the commitment of management to ensuring that the Institution’s present financial position is not allowed to affect its determination to train eggheads to man the various technological spaces of the future.
He added that the Governing Council, led by Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, has assured that whatever the university needs to stay on top would be encouraged.
LAUTECH had in the past been named the number one state university in Nigeria by various ranking organizations, including the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Webometrics ranking of world universities, also known as Ranking Web of Universities, is a ranking system for the world’s universities based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the web contents (number of web pages and files) and the visibility and their impacts.
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Buhari Renames Federal University Ebonyi, “Alex Ekwueme University”

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Buhari Renames Federal University Ebonyi, “Alex Ekwueme University”

The Vice President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the funeral service of Late. Dr. Alex Ekwueme announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed the Federal University in Ebonyi “Alex Ekwueme University” to immortalize the late statesman.
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