News Summary 31/03/2017; Police Nab Impersonators of VIP Syndicate
The police have warned the public to be weary of new tricks by fraudsters who now reconfigure their true caller identity to names of eminent personalities in the country to dispossess unsuspecting individuals of valuables by promising either juicy contracts or appointments. Force public relations officer, CPS Jimoh Moshood gave this warning in Abuja while parading four suspected members of a syndicate that impersonated the chief of staff to the president, the senate president and other government officials.
Electoral Reform Committee Meets in the FCT
The constitution and electoral reform committee says it will harmonize recommendations from previous electoral reform reports to come up with an executive bill that will seek to address shortcomings in the electoral act.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Ken Nnamani said this at the grand finale of the committee’s public hearing in Abuja.
This grand finale in Abuja is coming after the series of public hearings conducted by the constitution and electoral reform committee in the six geo-political zones in the country.
They are part of the measures adopted by the Senator Ken Nnamani led committee to have inputs from the public.
The committee is not disappointed as it noted that public response is encouraging and indicates the readiness of Nigerians to strengthen the electoral process.
Increase in the number of days for political party campaigns from ninety to three hundred and sixty five and downward review of age to allow and increase youth participation, echoed throughout the hearings
With the hearings over, the committee is set to finally draft its report for submission.
Africa Science Capacity Report 2017
For Africa to achieve its 2024 science, technology and innovations agenda, governments must pursue new funding alliances with the private sector for investment in human and institutional capacities’ development.
This is part of recommendations contained in the 2017 African capacity report on science, technology and innovations.
Buhari Receives Saudi Ambassador
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed Nigeria’s deep appreciation over its relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia describing it as mutually beneficial.
The president stated this while receiving the outgoing ambassador of the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia, Fahad Bin Abdullahi Sefyan on a farewell visit.
NIPR Monthly Meeting
Public relations practitioners are being asked to play a more critical role nation building by providing timely and reliable public information about governance and development.
Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, said this at the March monthly meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, [NIPR] in Abuja.
The meeting was attended by members drawn from ministries, departments and agencies of government as well as the private sector.
Osita Okechukwu challenged the public relations practitioners to show greater interest in national development and make their influence felt by deploying their persuasive skills in all messages and campaigns.
Chairman of the NIPR, Abuja chapter, Tayo Haastrop urged members to do their job with utmost integrity and patriotism and market the country to good effect.
The annual general meeting of the nigerian institute of Public Relations comes up from April 26- 28 at Ilorin, Kwara State.
Speaker on need for LG autonomy
Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has advised Nigerians to insist on the autonomy of Local Governments in order to promote development at the grassroots.
He said this at a meeting with a delegation from the Nigeria good governance group led by former Military Governor of Bauchi State, General Chris Abutu Garba.