NTA News Summary: All You Need To Know Today 15/6/2016

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North East Development Commission Bill Divides North East Senators
The Senate has constituted a six-man committee to resolve the controversy that arose over the location of the headquarters of the proposed north east development commission NEDC.

Report Workshop on Science and Technology Development
The abolition of the post unified tertiary matriculation examination is to enable the joint admissions and matriculation board jamb concentrate on quality admission examination for entry into the country’s institutions of higher learning.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu stated this in a message to the partnership for skills in applied sciences engineering and technology bench marking workshop held in Abuja.

Federal Ministry of Health on Food Safety  
For Nigeria to address some of its public health challenges, specifically food poisoning, the issue of food safety and sanitation, speakers say, must be given the deserved attention.

The national coordinator, Food Safety Progamme Federal Ministry of Health, Fabura Chuku says adequate funding for quick implementation of a food safety policy is imperative in order to reverse the slow progress in this field.

GMN on Retirement of Senior Army Officers script over New 
The Nigerian army has clarified that 38 personnel recently issued compulsory retirement letters were given fair hearing by the board of enquiry set up to investigate their offences, and that the exercise was not meant to witch-hunt or victimize any of the officers.

The director, military civil relations, Nigerian army major General Rogers Nicholas stated this when he featured on NTA’s “good morning Nigeria” programme to shed more light on reasons for the action.

He says the military is poised to uphold professionalism and good moral character with strong respect for the tenets of democracy.

He further stated that the affected officers were found culpable on what was described as service exigencies and political partnership.

He also dispelled insinuations that the army was playing politics with the matter.

Among the 38 affected by the compulsory retirement exercise, nine were generals, 10 brigadiers-general, seven colonels, 11 lieutenant colonels and a major.

Alleged Pending Retirement of NAF Officers
Meanwhile, the Nigerian air force has refuted the report on the alleged pending retirement of senior officers connected with the ongoing investigation of arms purchase under the immediate past administration.

A statement by the director, public relations and information, NAF, group captain Ayodele Famuyinwa says that the publication is unfounded and did not emanate from the Nigerian air force.

Former CDS on Insurgency
The Former Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim has attributed the success recorded so far in the ongoing fight against insurgency to the exhibition of political will by the present administration.

The former service chief stated this during a lecture he presented to course 24 participants of the national defence college in Abuja.

GMN on Aviation Policy in Nigeria  
As the federal government contemplates a new aviation policy towards repositioning the aviation industry, experts say concessioning Nigerian airports is a good way to start.

They were speaking on “Good Morning Nigeria” an NTA flagship breakfast programme.

Enlightment Campaign Against Child Abuse  
The protection of children from all forms of child abuse, neglect and violence will help develop them into resourceful and well-adjusted adults in the society.

This was the focus of an enlightment campaign at a school in Asokoro organized by the child abuse prevention and youth development organization.

According to the group, the child rights act signed into law in 2003 is enough to deal with child abuses in the country adding however that the implementation of the act is still poor and awareness very low.

The group’s school awareness campaign will continue in other schools in Abuja.

NDDC ag. MD Inspects Project 
Work has commenced on the abandoned Borokiri-Okrika road project awarded by the Niger delta development commission a few weeks after the acting managing director, Ibim Semenitari visited the site.

NDDC World Environment Day Finale   
Similarly, the Niger Delta Development Commission has called for collective action in the preservation and conservation of wildlife resources in the Niger Delta region for future generations.

Acting managing director Ibim Semenitari made the call at the closing of the world environment week held in Port-Harcourt.

Update on Nigeria-JICA Co-operation  
The Japan International Cooperation [JICA] says it has lived up to its bidding in overseas development assistance to Nigeria.

The agency’s chief representative in Nigeria Mr Nakamura Hirotaka said this in Abuja while interacting with media ahead of the visit of the agency’s president to Nigeria.

China Animation and Cultural Strategy
Television animation is no longer just to amuse and entertain children.

It has become one of the most important means of propagating good cultural orientation in china to morally guide the steps of the younger generation.

Though the industry suffered a setback during the country’s Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Government has over years contributed to the support and development of the industry.

E- Africa Movie Academy Awards Awards    
For the first time since its inception, Port Harcourt the garden city played host to the Africa movie academy awards, AMAA.

Among the notable winners in the 26 award categories is Daniel .K. Daniel, who beat former AMAA award winner, O.C Ukeje to clinch the prize of the best actor in a leading role.

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