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FG declares Friday and Monday public holidays to celebrate Easter

The Federal Government has declared Friday 19th and Monday 22nd April 2019, Public Holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration.

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Retd) who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoined all Christians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love and peaceful co-existence.

This was conveyed in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.

Dambazau, urged all Nigerians at home and abroad to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity, and progress of Nigeria irrespective of diversity in religious beliefs. The Minister while wishing all Nigerians a happy and peaceful Easter celebration, further called on them to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to take the country to the next level.

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Boko Haram: Troops Kill Terrorists in Borno

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Boko Haram: Troops Kill  Terrorists in Borno

Boko Haram: Troops Kill  Terrorists in Borno
In continuation of the on going Operation YANCIN TAFKI, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, operating in close collaboration with troops of the Nigerian Army have continued to put pressure on Boko Haram Terrorists resulting in more human and equipment casualties for the terrorist group.

A statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF N’Djamena – Chad said, on Monday’s night, at about 01:20 am, terrorists attacked troops position at Cross Kauwa, about 40 kilometers from Monguno.

“However, the terrorists paid dearly for it as 3 were killed, while others escaped with gun shot wounds.

“Similarly, one AK 47 Riffle, Motar bomb and General Purpose Machine Gun, respectively, were captured. Additionally, assorted rounds of ammunition were impounded,” the statement said.

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Government Declares Thursday Public Holiday as Buhari Visits Borno

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Government Declares Thursday Public Holiday as Buhari Visits Borno

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Sequel to the impending official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to Borno State, the state Government has declared tomorrow, Thursday, April 25, 2019 as public holiday.

A statement from Commissioner of Information, Borno State, Mohammed B. Bulamathe, said in view of this, members of the general public are hereby urged to troop out en masse to receive Mr. President and his entourage.

“Government regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to the general public and appeals for their support, understanding and cooperation during the visit,” the statement added.

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Don’t establish a private Buhari University – ASUU Chairman tells Aisha Buhari

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Don’t establish a private Buhari University – ASUU Chairman tells Aisha Buhari

Following recent reports of the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, who is of the idea of establishing a Private University in her husband name. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked against the establishment.

ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Professor Deji Omole and former national treasurer of the union, Professor Ademola Aremu, spoke in separate interviews with newsmen in Ibadan after Aisha Buhari had over the weekend at a town hall meeting in Yola announced her plan to establish a private university to be named after her husband in partnership with some foreigners.

Omole said:

“When I heard about the proposed private university to be named after Mr. President, I just looked at it as a joke taken too far. If we have a president in a country that has simply refused to fund public education and all we get from the first family is to establish a private university in collaboration with some foreigners, it is a disaster for this country and for a sitting president.

“The implication is that Nigerians should know that this leadership does not believe in public funded education. Nigerians should support the struggle for the government to take education as a core investment upon which this country will be liberated. It is not the children of the rich that will solve the problems of Nigeria but the children of the poor and the tool they need is quality in education.”

On his part, Aremu advised Mrs. Buhari to influence policies of her husband’s administration to revitalize public-funded education.

“I don’t think that she is serious. We already have a proliferation of universities and they are not taken care of them. Since her husband is a policymaker, should he now formulate policies that will ground public universities for their interest to thrive? I thought we have actually left that era. I could remember that Obasanjo established Bells and we condemned it. Atiku established his own as Former Vice President and we frown at it.

“If you have a private interest, you should not hold public office. If you have an interest in anything private thing, I think it is proper to actually leave the public space for those who want to serve the masses. How many people can afford the existing private universities in the country? If you want to help education, then increase the capacity of the existing ones. When you are holding a public office, don’t establish a private concern. She should wait until Buhari is completely out of office before thinking of bringing a private university in whatever name.”

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National Theatre’s General Manager dies in auto crash

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National Theatre’s General Manager dies in auto crash

National Theatre’s General Manager dies in auto crash

Dr Stella Oyedepo, the incumbent General Manager and the Chief executive Officer of the National Theatre in Lagos  State is dead.

She died late on Easter Monday while returning to Lagos from an official trip when her car was said to have rammed into an articulated vehicle at Sagamu along the Benin- Ijebu-|Ode Express Road.

Mr Abiodun Abe, the Director in charge of Business Development at the NT confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday through a telephone interview.

Abe also told NAN that himself; the Public Relations Officer of the NT, Mr Steve Ogundele, and other management staff were taking the corpse of the deceased to Ilorin, her home town.

Abe said that the management of the NT would soon issue a press statement on her funeral details.

National Theatre’s General Manager dies in auto crash

NAN reports that the late Oyedepo assumed duty as the incumbent CEO of NT on April 22, 2018.

An artist, Pelumi Lawal, told NAN that it was sad that the deceased was returning from Calabar only to die around Sagamu.

“She had begun to transform the National Theatre to its pride of place within the last year of her leadership.

“ She was indeed doing a good job without making noise.

“The toilets and the air conditioners at the National Theatre’s halls have begun to function well. All these were to her credit.

“She was a very humble and a hard-working administrator who used to listen to people’s advice on how to move the NT forward.

They, however, refused to speak to NANon their perception and what they would miss about the deceased.

(NAN)

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