Author: National Record

THE SENIOR Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has called on the Federal and states government to redouble efforts towards changing the narrative of the current hardship facing Nigerians. SSANU’s President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, stated this in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the 19th regular North Central Zonal Executive Council meeting held on Friday at the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State. He noted that the current economic hardship and heightened insecurity in the country was becoming unbearable for citizens and urged government to do their best in order to address the situation. ALSO READ: Nigerian Catholic…

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THE CATHOLIC Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has reiterated the Church’s teaching on marriage and its rejection of the notion of blessing same-sex couples in Nigeria. In a communiqué issued at the end of their First Plenary Meeting, the CBCN reaffirmed the Sacrament of Marriage as a union between one man and one woman, citing the Code of Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first plenary meeting is with the theme, ‘Synodality and the state of the nation”. The Bishops rejected the interpretations of the “Fiducia Supplicans” declaration…

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By Amos Aar THE SECRETARY to the Benue State Government (SSG), Prof. Joseph Alakali, has charged Civil Servants particularly those working in the cabinet office to be committed to their service to the state now that he said Governor Hyacinth Alia is ensuring prompt payment of their salaries. Alakali, who gave the charge Friday during the 2023 end-of-the-year party organised for staff of the cabinet office, said many civil servants confirmed the receipt of their salaries on February 23, 2024 hence the need for commensurate service. “Today is 23rd instead of 25th, it means government is serious. Be punctual to work,…

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THE SUSPENDED Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar (UNICAL), Prof. Cyril Ndifon, has told an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice James Omotosho in a no-case submission filed by his lawyer, Joe Agi, SAN, against the ICPC’s amended four-count charge preferred against him and his lawyer, Mr Sunny Anyanwu, that WhatsApp messages between him and a female diploma student were “emotional feelings between two lovers and did not in any way put either of the party under fear.” Prof Ndifon said the ICPC is desperate to create or search for any conceivable crime to nail…

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Say Invaders Set Up Parallel Govt, Collecting Taxes A GROUP in Kogi State known as Uk’Omu Igala Organization (UIO) has sent a ‘Save Our Soul (SOS)’ distress message to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over what it described as “the murderous and destructive activities of strange Fulani herders in Omala and Dekina local government areas in the state. In a statement containing the distress signal, signed by its National Leader, Elder David Abutu, and National Director of Mobilisation, Suleiman Akpa, made available to National Record, the umbrella organisation for all social-cultural groups in Kogi East, called on President Tinubu to rescue…

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IF A FAMILY meets in a room, members give themselves pecks, exchange polite greetings, make flowery speeches and emerge laughing for group photographs, it is likely they have not been truthful to themselves. That was my impression following the 37th Summit of the African Union (AU), from February 17-18, 2024 in Addis Ababa. The theme of the 2024 AU Summit: “Educate an African fit for the 21st Century: Building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality and relevant learning in Africa”, is quite fine. However, I find the Summit’s adoption of the Second 10-year (2024-2033) implementation plan…

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THE REALITY on ground is that economic hardship is getting worse since the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he announced in his inauguration speech on May 29 last year, whereby queues were formed at petrol stations instantly. The way things are going, we may eventually arrive at the N1 million minimum wage and that would surely be the road to Zimbabwe where you need a sack of naira notes to buy a basic item like soap. Then, the depreciation of the naira to the dollar adds to the woes of Nigerians as price of goods…

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THE TINUBU administration is a fanatic believer in economic liberalism and market forces. Based on its belief, it cancelled fuel subsidy and floated the naira so that it can find its true value. The naira played its part and has been rising steadily desperately searching for its true market value, which it turns out, is still very far away. The result is a “misery crisis” as food prices rise beyond the incomes of ordinary citizens whose naira is too small to enable them to purchase food and hunger and anger spreads throughout the land. Those of us of a certain…

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Y. Z. Ya’u, Executive Director, CITAD. THE CENTRE for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has launched its third phase of training in Kano State which is aimed at empowering 40 young individuals with skills in digital technology repair, recovery, and reuse, code-named 3R. This initiative targets tackling health risks linked with electronic waste (e-waste) and advocating for a circular economy model. During the orientation session at CITAD’s office, Malam Ibrahim Nuhu, representing Engr. Y. Z. Ya’u, CITAD’s Executive Director, stressed the importance of active engagement in the training. RELATED NEWS: CITAD Gets New Members For Its Board, International Advisory Committee…

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THE FEDERATION Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), has shared the sum of N1.149 trillion revenue among the federal government, states and local government councils for January 2024. The revenue was shared at the February meeting of FAAC chaired by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun. According to a communique issued by FAAC, the N1,149 trillion total distributable revenue comprised statutory revenue of N463.079 billion, and Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N391.787 billion It also comprised Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) revenue of N15.922 billion and Exchange Difference revenue of N279.028 billion. “The total revenue…

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