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NEWS in Nigeria This Afternoon, 2nd October, 2020.

FG orders Unity Schools to reopen Oct 12

The Federal Government on Friday announced that all Unity Schools in Nigeria should resume with effect from October 12.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated this during a press conference in Abuja.

According to the minister, schools across the country, are at liberty to fix resumption dates and ensure adequate safety measures.

Adamu warned that schools who fail to adhere to outlined COVID-19 safety protocols, risk closure if there is an outbreak from such institutions.He said, “We have consulted widely with all stakeholders in the education sector. Our eyes and ears are opened to the international media.

“I’m glad to report that there has not been any single case of COVID-19 in all Unity Schools. No single fatality among the students.

Nigeria sets world record with 60,000 cupcakes mosaic to mark independence

This comes after Lagos state produced 60,000 cupcakes to mark the nation’s 60th Independence Day anniversary on Thursday.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, said with the development, Lagos has again shown the world that it remains a hub of creativity and innovations.

The governor, who was represented by Oluremi Hamzat, wife of the state deputy governor, said the feat puts Nigeria ahead of Singapore which held the record since 2015 with 30,400 cupcakes.

“I am sure that with this largest cupcakes mosaic today, we have sent a message to the world that Lagos State is a land of creativity and innovations,” he said.It is my belief that Lagos State and indeed Nigeria would continue to strive and record greater achievements.

“I call on everyone here today to join hands with our administration to build a Lagos that we would all be proud of.”

On her part, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, the commissioner of tourism, arts and culture, said the initiative was aimed at announcing the state’s creative prowess to tourists as well as the international communities.

She also thanked those who made the project a success.

Zainab Ahmed: Revenue leakages causing me sleepless nights

Ahmed was responding to a question posed to her by Poju Oyemade, senior pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, during The Platform, an annual conference organised to mark Nigeria’s independence anniversary.

She said the ministry is using information technology mechanism to streamline the revenue system in the country.

“We have been trying to block and also enhance the cohesion of our people, especially within the revenue ecosystem. We have invested in IT system and trying to collaborate and bring things together,” Ahmed said.

“We have a process that on monthly basis, we sit down and reconcile our revenues and tally up the numbers. We are working on interfacing all the IT system so that we can see companies’ revenue on real-time or near real-time basis.”

When asked to list the three things that keep her awake at night, the minister responded: “Number one is revenue, number two is revenue and three – I would say, is revenue”.

She, however, said her ministry is working tirelessly to combat shortfalls in revenue generation which has denied the country income.

Factional groups, 2022 permutations tear Ekiti APC, PDP apart

Perhaps both the governing All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State are living under the illusion that the state’s governorship election in 2022 is still far, hence the idea of leaving things to chance by allowing their internal crises to fester.

Both the APC and the PDP are at present plagued by groupings and internal wrangling in a bid to take over the soul of the two parties.

In the PDP, the leadership tussle, which began between former governor Ayodele Fayose and National Assembly member, Senator Biodun Olujimi, shortly after the Fayose left office in 2018, has today snowballed into the party splitting into factions.

 Again, will the aggrieved leaders comprising Ojudu, Senator Tony Adeniyi, a former National Assembly spokesman, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, and others accept the national body’s authentication of the Omotoso-led executive, whose members they insisted were not validly elected and withdraw their cases from court?

These are among the issues that the APC National Reconciliatory Committee led by the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, set up to intervene in the Ekiti APC crisis and resolve it, will be confronted with.

Hoodlums kill policeman in Rivers

There was tension in Rivers State on Thursday as some hoodlums reportedly attacked and killed a policeman in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.

The slain police officer, whose identity had yet to be ascertained, was attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters in Port Harcourt.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Wednesday around 9.30pm after the victim, who was on duty, took permission from his superior officer to buy food.

A source alleged that the assailants were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra who came from Abia State through a border community.

The source said, “Some IPOB members killed a policeman and dumped the body in the bush; it was someone passing that saw the body and reported to the police. They must have come in from Abia State.”

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