News Summary: FG Bans PTA Levies In FG Colleges & All You Need Know Today 11/8/2016

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Federal Government Bans PTA Levies in Federal Government Colleges

The Federal Ministry of Education has banned the payment of development levies imposed by Parent Teacher Association (PTA’s) in Federal Government Colleges to alleviate the sufferings of parents.

Similarly, no Parent Teacher Association of any Unity College is allowed to initiate any development in Unity Colleges without Federal Government’s authorization.

A statement signed by Mr. Ben Bem Goong, Director Press, Ministry of Education says the new measures are designed to arrest the situation where development levies imposed on parents by PTAs are higher than the school fees charged by the Federal government.


While acknowledging the complementary roles by the PTA in the colleges, the Ministry says it will not                          allow PTAs to constitute themselves into a parallel Government in the schools at the expense of parents.


PDP Reconciliation Team Meets Sherrif

The Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustee’s reconciliation committee says it is making headway in reconciling aggrieved persons towards resolving the leadership crisis facing the party. The committee has reached out to the factional chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sherrif as part of its assignment.

FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello on Security

FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello has cautioned the Territory’s Area Council Chairmen and Traditional Rulers to guard against possible breakdown of law and order in the nation’s capital, following security reports of violence instigated by Chieftaincy crisis in some Chiefdoms of the Federal Capital Territory.     He spoke during an emergency meeting with the rural leaders in Abuja.

GMN on Developing Steel and Solid Mineral Sector

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development Kayode Fayemi says, developing a viable roadmap that will ensure import substitution and backward integration would restructure the mining sector in the country.

The Minister stated this on NTA’s programme “Good Morning Nigeria” while discussing efforts of the Buhari administration to revive the Steel and Solid Minerals sector.

Chief of Army Staff, Buratai on Response to Threats

The Nigerian Army has developed new mechanism for improved quick response to national security threats in parts of the country.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai stated this in a paper delivered to participants of Senior Executive course 38 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Jos Plateau State.

 USAID Donates 37 Million Dollars to Insurgency Victims

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 37 million Dollars in addition to humanitarian assistance to victims of insurgency across the internally displaced persons camps in the North East.

Foreign Disaster Assistance Director, Jeremy Konyank disclosed this at a meeting with the Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mohammed Sani Sidi in Abuja.



Minister of Science & Technology/NABDA Sensitize Nigerians on GMOS

Though Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the technology of Genetically Modified Organisms, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Mrs Belema Wakama Asiefeka says, it is a science of the new agricultural age, designed to modify crops to survive diseases, drought and   vitamin contents. The open forum of the National Biotechnology agency where issues of GMOs were played up.


Tuesday Live Excerpts (Reviving Bureau De Change)

Economic experts say the recent Central Bank of Nigeria directives on Agent Banks to kick start Dollar sale to Bureau de Change is a win-win for all, to guarantee security in growing the economy.




ANNID on the Economy

The All Nigerian Nationals in the Diaspora, ANNID, says the economic policies of the present administration are intended to re-jig the economy, create wealth and jobs for the teaming unemployed youths. The Association’s Coordinator, Maryland, United States.



Four new Special Advisers and a Permanent Secretary have been formally sworn-in by President Muhammadu Buhari in a deliberate effort at giving more impetus to the machinery of government for effective service delivery.

The appointees took their oath of office at a brief ceremony that preceded the Federal Executive Council.


The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Seeks Proper Recognition

The National Open University of Nigeria NOUN has made a case for its graduates to participate fully in the National Youth Service Corps Scheme.

Franca Uzoma-Olua report that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdallah Adamu also appeals to the National Universities Commission, NUC to work out modalities.


Theatre Commander Major General Irabor Visits Front Line

Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Lucky Irabor has visited Damasak, Borno State, to encourage troops in the front line to continue with the zeal they have exhibited so far in crushing Boko Haram terrorists.


President Buhari Appoints New Rector, Bayelsa Poly

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Seyaboh Enetimi Idah as the new Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State.

The appointment which takes effect from the 27th of July has a first term of 4 years, subject to renewal for a second term.

Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu  announced the appointment in Abuja.

Until his appointment, 45-year old Dr. Idah was a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences of the Niger Delta University Bayelsa State .


FMIC Open Bid For 2016

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has opened bid for   2016 capital projects.

Anthony Forson reports that the ceremony was presided over by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Ayotunde Adeshugba.


Special on Pedestrian Bridge in Abuja

Pedestrians in parts of the Capital City are not using the pedestrian bridges in their vicinities, a trend that has resulted in high rate of hit and run accidents and loss of many lives.


Federal Government Approves New Date    For Speed Limit Devices.

The presidency has approved October first, 2016 as the new date for the commencement of the enforcement of Speed limit device on all Commercial vehicles which is said to account for about sixty five percent road traffic crashes in the country. Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi disclosed this at a stakeholders forum in Abuja.


Development of Large Dams in Nigeria

The development of large hydro dams is described by sector participants as key to Nigeria’s quest for quantum leap expected in electricity power generation and meeting other crucial sectoral needs of the Nation.


Governor Okorochas Work Policy

Reactions have continued to trail Governor Rochas Okorocha’s recent policy on Civil servants’ participation in Agricultural activities as a means of diversifying the economy.


Edo 2016 Election Countdown.

Exactly a month from today, Edo people will be go to the polls to decide who Governs them after Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s second tenure expires on the 12th of November this year.




WIMBIZ Turns 15

A professional Women Management Organization WIMBIZ has commemorated its 15 years of existence with renewed commitment to change the narrative of women in politics and the civil service.


The Amazing Kwata Market

Kwata Market in Niger state, stands out as the only one of its kind in the North.

It is a riverside market that serves over one hundred communities who live along the channel of River Niger across three states.


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tobacco Smoking Law

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has re-iterated Federal Government’s Commitment to the reduction of tobacco use among citizens particularly exposure of under age children to smoking.

A press statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Laolu Akande says Vice President Osinbajo, while receiving leaders of anti-tobacco non-governmental organization groups in the Country, lamented inadequate information about the dangers of smoking which has made it difficult to convince many to quit the Dangerous habit.


Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun on Tax Policy Review

The Federal government has inaugurated a committee to review and update the existing tax policy document which was promulgated in 2012.

Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun at the event said the review was to entrench an improved tax policy to effectively harness the much needed resources for sustainable economic growth and development.


Pension Reform Conference

Stakeholders in Pension administration in Nigeria have expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the National Pension Commission Office in the North East sub-region.

This was at the official commissioning of the Zonal office in Gombe and Conference on Pension Reform act 2014.


FEC Restates Commitment to Digitization

The Federal Executive Council has stated Nigeria’s irrevocable commitment towards meeting the June 2017 dateline for migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in the Country.

Consequently, the Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Information and Culture as well as Justice have been directed to fashion out a comprehensive strategy towards achieving the objective.

The Minister of Information and Culture announced this while briefing Newsmen on the outcome of the Council’s meeting.

Service Chiefs on National Security at NIPSS

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique  Abubakar says the Federal Government may have been exploring dialogue in resolving militancy issue in the Niger Delta region, the Military will not watch while critical economic infrastructure are being destroyed by the militants.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said this during a lecture to course 38 participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, Plateau sate.


Obituary: Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu

A valedictory court session will be held for late Abuja High Court Judge,

Mr. Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu tomorrow at his home town, Afikpo in Ebonyi state.

Justice Evoh Chukwu died in June in Abuja after a brief surgery at the age of fifty-two.

His remains shall be buried at Afipko after a funeral service immediately after the valedictory court session to be attended by Judges and Lawyers from across the Country.

The late Justice Evoh Chukwu is survived by his wife Mrs. Beatrice Evoh Chukwu, Children and other relatives.


Relief for Returnees

The state committee on reconstruction, resettlement and rehabilitation of IDPs is ensuring there is no diversion or sharp practices in the distribution of both federal and state relief packages to beneficiaries in their various communities.


Update on Released Oba Of Iba

The traditional ruler of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni who was kidnapped about three weeks ago and regained his freedom on Saturday the 6th of August has been recounting his ordeal in the hands of his captors.


Bishop Kukah on Political Activism

How Civil Society Organizations can best participate in Politics and Governance to further consolidate on the current change being experienced by Nigerian’s dominated discussions at the 2nd edition of the Kukah Centre’s fixing Nigeria initiative  programme tagged the podium.

Nguru gets School of Nursing.

The Federal Government has approved the establishment of school of Nursing and Midwifery in Nguru Local Government area of Yobe state.

The school is to be situated at the former site of the Federal medical centre Nguru which has moved to a newly built permanent site.

Vice President Receives UNFPA Delegation.

Nigeria is said to be one of the countries with the highest mortalityrate in the world and the Executive

Director of the United Nations population fund, Babatunde Oshotimehin, says this can be reduced by thirty percent if Nigerian women embrace family planning.


UNESCO Director General Arrives Nigeria.

The Director General of the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization, UNESCO Irina Bokova has arrived in Nigeria on a three day working visit. She was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport by officials of the Federal Ministry of

Education led by the permanent secretary Mrs Folashade Esan.


Army Court Martials Officers

Nigerian Army has court martialed four officers and sixteen other ranks for various offences committed within the theatre of operation Lafiya dole.


FCT Minister Malam Bello Appoints Directors.

The FCT Minister Malam Muhammadu Bello has approved the appointment of Adamu Hussaini Jibrin as the new Director of Land administration and Dr Isa, Jalo to take charge of the Abuja Geographic Information System AGIS.

In a statement by the permanent secretary in the Ministry Dr Babatope

Ajakaiye also named new directors of

Parks and recreating development control and satellite towns development as well as other departments and units.


More than eighty suspects believed tobe terrorizing residents of Lagos and disrupting the peace of the state, have been arrested by the state police command. Lagos state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni revealed this while briefing the media on recent operation in the state.


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