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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it is capable of handling its staff salaries and other operational costs without financial contributions from the Federal Government.
The Registrar of the board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this on Monday during an interactive session with journalists in Benin, adding that it stopped receiving capital votes from the government since the inception of the current leadership of Prof. Oloyede, as it generates enough funds that takes care of all its needs, and surplus funds regu returned to the government coffers on a regular basis.
Four people have been killed and seven others injured on Monday, as a suicide bomber hit the restive town of Konduga in Borno, in the latest Boko Haram attack.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, who confirmed the incident, told reporters in Maiduguri that “the jihadists detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at a village, known as Mashimari in the Konduga Local Government Area on May 27, killing the four people.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has criticised former President Goodluck Jonathan over his comments at the weekend flyover launch in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun berated the former president for describing the 800m flyover built by Governor Ayodele Fayose at the whopping cost of N17b as the best of its type in Nigeria, adding that was a slap on the faces of Ekiti people and reasonable Nigerians in general.
The party also accused Jonathan of affront, hypocrisy and dishonesty in his call on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure credible election in the Ekiti July 14 governorship poll after unleashing an horrendous electoral heist on Ekiti people in 2014.
The rising cases of violence and hate speeches have been identified as likely factors that will adversely affect the credibility of the 2019 elections if not addressed.
Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, raised the alarm on Monday at a lecture titled “Peace building and good governance for sustainable development in Nigeria” he delivered to mark the 2018 Democracy Day in Abuja.
Jega listed other threats to the election to include; the delay in the passage of the electoral framework for the coming election and lack of internal democracy among political parties.
The National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Dickson Akoh has said that the Peace Corps Bill is still alive.
Akoh on Monday in Abuja noted that the Peace Corps Bill which was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives transforming the organisation into a statutory body is alive and not dead as being speculated, adding that the house of representatives only rejected its own decision to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto at the second reading last week, and not the already passed bill.
Akoh noted that the rejection of decision to override the president by the house was a temporary setback and not the end of the corps, but promised that the corps will follow the advice of the members of the House of Representative to continue to operate as an NGO while pursuing its objective of becoming a statutory body.
And stories from around the world:
A Malian migrant, Mamoudou Gassama hailed as a hero after mounting a daring rescue to save a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, is to be made a French citizen.
Having won widespread praise for climbing the outside of the building to save the four-year-old, Gassama met President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, who promised that he would be made a naturalised citizen.
Mr. Macron personally thanked Mr Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be offered a role in the fire service.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Monday there could be more impromptu talks and summits with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, as U.S. officials prepare for a historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim.
Moon and Kim Jong Un held a surprise meeting on Saturday at the border village of Panmunjom, during which they agreed that a North Korea-U.S. summit must be held.
“What’s more important than anything from the latest inter-Korean summit was that the leaders easily got in contact, easily made an appointment and easily met to discuss urgent matters, without complicated procedures and formalities, just like a casual meeting,” Moon told a meeting with senior secretaries. (Reuters)
Italy’s president on Monday named a former IMF economist as caretaker prime minister to lead the country into new elections, possibly as soon as the autumn, after a political storm whipped up by the collapse of a populist bid for government.
Earlier nominee for prime minister, lawyer and political novice Giuseppe Conte, stepped aside following the decision to reject Savona, crashing the proposed government after nearly three months of convoluted horse-trading.
The subsequent nomination of Carlo Cottarelli as caretaker prime minister sparked angry calls for Mattarella’s impeachment as Savona had the backing of the majority of lawmakers. (AFP)
European Union(EU) foreign ministers on Monday agreed to “swiftly” adopt new sanctions against Venezuelan officials involved in Nicolas Maduro’s re-election, which they said “lacked any credibility”.
At a regular meeting in Brussels, ministers from the 28 EU states gave their approval for work to start so that the sanctions can be formally imposed in June.
“The EU will act swiftly, according to established procedures, with the aim of imposing additional targeted and reversible restrictive measures, that do not harm the Venezuelan population, whose plight the EU wishes to alleviate,” the ministers said in their formal agreement on the move.
“The election and its outcome lacked any credibility as the electoral process did not ensure the necessary guarantees for inclusive and democratic elections,” EU sources said. (AFP)
Austria’s coalition government has unveiled plans to cut benefit payments for immigrants, including refugees, in a move aimed at deterring new arrivals.
The main benefit payment will be capped at €563 ($655; £492) a month, rising to match the amount Austrians receive – €863 – if they pass a German test. Immigrants will also be barred from claiming such benefits for five years.
“The fundamental rule we will introduce is that German will become the key to accessing the full minimum benefit,” Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference on Monday. (BBC)
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Journalist, Analyst and Social Change Advocate with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.