#BringBackOurGirls: Malala demands release of abducted schoolgirls, National Conference extended by 6 weeks & other important news you should know today

by Oge Okonkwo

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#BringBackOurGirls: Malala demands release of abducted schoolgirls

Pakistani national, Malala Yousafzai, has called on the federal government to do all it can to rescue the abducted school girls.

16-year-old Malala made the call while speaking with the Hausa Service of the BBC saying that the government should know that it is its responsibility to rescue the abducted school girls who were captured on April 14 by members of Boko Haram sect.

She said, “I was depressed to hear the news that female schoolgirls were abducted; the world should put all hands on deck to rescue the innocent girls from the Boko Haram sect.

“Female education is compulsory and their responsibility is on all tiers of government. Islam accepts female education and any person that is against that is not a true Muslim,” she said. Read more….

National Conference extended by 6 weeks

Report say the ongoing National Conference has been extended by six weeks.

The conference which started on March 17, was scheduled to last for 3 months – June 19 but will reportedly be extended till July 31.

The extension is contained in the work plan released to delegates on Wednesday. Read more….

#BringBackOurGirls:  FG pleads with parents for time

The Federal Government, yesterday, made a passionate appeal to parents of 234 female students of a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists, to give it more time for rescue operation even as four more girls were said to have escaped from the terrorists’ den.

The government appeal came on a day the Senate called for full scale military campaign against the insurgents, just as the House of Representatives summoned the Chief of Defence Staff and all the Service Chiefs to appear before it and explain how the abducted girls would be rescued. Read more….

Okonjo-Iweala charged with contempt of court

The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is facing contempt of court for disobeying an order.

The notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court, otherwise known as Form 48, issued by Justice A. Abdu-Kafarati, was served to the Minister on Tuesday April 29, 2014 in her Abuja office. Read more….

9,500 Lagos pupils partially blind 

The Lagos State Government says 9,498 pupils in Lagos public primary schools have visual impairment or partial blindness after tests carried out 74,000 of them.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed this today at a Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. Read more.

Lagos shuts 28 illegal hospitals 

The Lagos State Government says it has shut down 28 substandard hospitals and 319 illegal pharmacies across the state for not meeting up with the standard set by the government.

The government also disclosed that 9,498 pupils in Lagos public primary schools have visual impairment after tests carried out on them.

Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris disclosed these today at a Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. Read more….

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