1. We Can't Secure All Schools, Be Vigilant, Education Minister, FG Tells Parents
According to him, the government has directed schools to report any security threat to the nearest security agency.
In the interview, the minister was asked what the government was doing to protect schools from bandits' incessant attacks.
He responded, "Eternal vigilance is the price for security. Every nation is always concerned about the consciousness of its people. The Federal Government cannot secure every house. Everybody needs to be vigilant. We have passed this message to all our schools so that anywhere they are, if there is any threat, they know the nearest security agency to contact."
2. Beware Of COVID-19 Third Wave – PTF Warn Nigerians
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday warned Nigerians to beware of the third wave of Coronavirus in the country.
The Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, while speaking at the briefing of the task force on Monday, said despite the availability of the vaccines, Nigeria is set not safe from the virus.
He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the virus is very potent and people still get infected. It’s also a fact that the vaccination process has only just begun. It has been reported that some countries are recording a third wave of cases.”
3. Wike Urged For 2023 Presidency
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has been charged by the lawmaker representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency, Tajudeen Yusuf, to contest in 2023 presidential election.
Yusuf in his called noted that the Peoples Democratic Party Governor would be a good candidate for the party in the forthcoming general elections.
The lawmaker made this call in a statement released in Abuja on Monday.
4. Nigeria's unemployment rate jumps to 33.5%
The Nigeria Bureau of Statics has released a new report which revealed that the country's unemployment rate jumped from 27.1% in the second quarter of 2020 to 33.5% in fourth quarter of the same year.
The agency placed underemployment rate at 22.8% in Q4 2020 (28.6% in Q2 2020) while the total of unemployment and underemployment was put at 40% in Q4 2020 (35.2% in Q2 2020).
“The number of persons in the economically active or working age population (15 – 64 years of age) during the reference period of the survey, Q4, 2020 was 122,049,400.
“This is 4.3% higher than the figure recorded In Q2, 2020, which was 116.871,186.”
5. We‘ll allocate 0.5% of our GDP to research, innovation — Buhari
President Mohammadu Buhari says the federal government will allocate 0.5 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to research and innovation.
The President made the pledge on Monday while declaring open the 2021 Technology Expo tagged: “Science, Technology, and Innovation for Economic Recovery and Sustainability Amidst COVID-19 Challenges’’, at Eagles Square, Abuja.
He said his administration has made considerable improvements in the budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Science and Technology in the last few years to increase research and innovation with the aim of achieving sustainable development.
6. FG inaugurates National Livestock Breed Improvement Programme
The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated the National Livestock Breed Improvement Programme with the aim of curbing incessant clashes between farmers and herders across the country.
It said the programme would also address the development and transformation of the livestock value chain in the agricultural sector.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, who inaugurated the programme in Kano, said the NALBIP would improve the genetic makeup of the indigenous breeds of animals, especially dairy cattle to achieve increased milk and meat yields.
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