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FG Seeks UK Support For Army Aviation

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has solicited the support of the U.S. for the Nigerian Army Aviation to become fully operational.

A statement by Magashi’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, on Friday said he made the call during a visit of the U.S. Delegation led by the Commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Gen. Stephen Townsend, on Thursday in Abuja.

Magashi said that a full fledged Nigerian army aviation was a critical component in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency campaigns.

According to him, Nigeria will appreciate the U.S. intervention to fully establish the Aviation Unit of the Nigerian Army as a force multiplier in the on-going fight against ISWAP/terrorists in the country.

The Minister thanked the U.S. for its technical and manpower training supports towards enhancing the nation’s capacity and capabilities to end insecurity bedeviling the country.

I Won’t Stop Defending Rights Of My People – Igboho

Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, on Friday said the attempt by the security agents to arrest him on Friday would not stop him from fighting for the rights of his people.

Igboho’s spokesman, Oladapo Salami, in an interview with Punch, noted that the activist saw the attempted arrest as a means to supress him, but he would not be moved by the development.

Salami said, “Igboho went to attend a meeting with some Yoruba elders and, on his way coming back, some security agents wanted to apprehend him. The security agents blocked the road with patrol vans of Operation Burst, DSS van and made an attempt to arrest him.”

COVID-19 Vaccine To Arrive Nigeria Next Week – WHO

Nigeria is expecting its first 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next week from the global COVAX vaccine programme for poor and middle-income countries, the head of the World Health Organization mission in Nigeria said on Friday.

Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO representative in Nigeria, told a briefing by video link that Nigeria was expecting 14 million doses in total.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, said the situation in Nigeria was so far much better than had been widely predicted early in the outbreak.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with some 200 million people, has reported fewer than 1,900 COVID-19 deaths so far, and WHO officials at the briefing praised its response.

Jigawa government approves N22.5 million to coach students for SSCE

The Jigawa State Government has approved over N22 million for coaching of students who registered for the 2021 Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (SSCE) in the state.

Dr Abbas Abubakar, the Executive Secretary, Agency for Mass Education, disclosed this to newsmen in Dutse on Friday.

Abubakar said the exercise titled: “Extra Coaching for SSCE Final Year Students in Mathematics and English” would be conducted by the agency.

He explained that the exercise was initiated by Gov. Muhammad Badaru of the state in 2019 to enable the students pass their SSCE with good grades.

The executive secretary added that the extra coaching would start two months before the commencement of the SSCE by both West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO).

According to him, the exercise will be conducted in 167 senior secondary schools across the state, where 33,879 final year students are expected to benefit.

Abubakar further stated that 340 facilitators for each of Mathematics and English Language would be engaged to conduct the exercise.

He added that 240 coordinators and 269 inspectors would also participate in the program in order to ensure its successful implementation.

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