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1. Tuition is free in the University of Lagos.

UNILAG’s management (University of Lagos), has debunked rumors of plans to review upwards the fees being paid by students, adding that tuition fee for students is free.

The management of the Nigerian University, further disclosed that Fresh and returning students are however expected to pay obligatory fees.
The Press Statement released by the Deputy Registrar of the UNILAG, reads;
“Contrary to the news making the rounds on print, electronic and social media that the University of Lagos has increased its tuition, the university wishes to inform its students, their parents/guardians and the general public that the statement is not true and it is a complete distortion of facts. We want to emphasize here that tuition is free in the University of Lagos. Fresh and returning students are only charged obligatory fees depending on their status’’.

2. Vote Borne Out Of Frustration – El-Rufai

In a swift reaction to the vote of no confidence passed on the governor of Kaduna State, MalamNasir El-Rufai by the Kaduna All Progressive Congress (APC) under the aegis of ‘APC AKIDA’, the governor has described the action as mere demonstration of their frustration and greediness and a deliberate attempt to set the state on fire.

The governor who addressed the press through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan reiterated that “Government cannot be deterred from doing what is important, necessary and consequential for our people. That is a more important goal than the ego and private interests of certain individuals.”

3. Kaduna APC Passes Vote Of No Confidence On El-rufai
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Kaduna State under the aegis of ‘APC AKIDA’ has passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Nasir El-Rufai over series of allegations against his administration considered to be anti-people.

This was disclosed at a press conference addressed by chieftains of the party in the state as contained in a statement read by Maitamaki Tom Maiyashi.

Others who were in attendance at the briefing include, Senator ShehuSani, Hon Isah Ashiru, Ambassador Sule Buba, AlhajiTijjani Ramalan, Alhaji Yaro Makama Rigachikwu, Admiral Ibrahim Iko among several other chieftains of the party in the state.

According to the APC chieftains who expressed displeasure with the activities of the governor in the statethe governor has embarked on the “destruction of community peace or mortgaging the future of our children whose state of education and development is hitting its worst level.”

The party chieftains said, “The current sorry state of affairs in the state is characterized by the near total absence of leadership of the party at all levels. The party has been deliberately weakened and virtually rendered ineffective.

“There is complete lack of consultation with critical stakeholders even on matters relating to party members or the community.

“Government’s intolerance of any opinion contrary to the mindset of the governor.

Mercenaries are hired to attack individuals and anybody who dares any opinion meant to add value to public policy.

“The only opinion or input respected is, those of hired consultants specifically recruited from outside the state who do not even understand our environment and lack the commitment to address our developmental priorities.

“These cronies and agents so recruited have virtually rendered the state civil service redundant and inactive. Morale in the civil service today is at its lowest ebb.

“Local government administration has been badly fractured, weakened and literary strangulated. Regrettably the state is walking into another circle of avoidable crises. This time around, it is the ‘attack’ on traditional and community institutions that have sustained our sense of community for ages from pre –colonial days”

4. Governors at war over Dino Melaye
The Kogi State Government, on Monday, attacked Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state, over his comments on the ongoing recall process of the senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye.

Governor Emmanuel had, last week, praised Sen. Melaiye as a ‘general’ in the Senate who has performed so well and wondered why his constituents should want to recall such a performing senator.

The occasion was the empowerment program organised by the minority leader in the Senate , Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The government said Emmanuel’s position on the development had revealed his disdain for the people of the senatorial district.

According to a statement by the Director-General, media and publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, he said the decision of Governor Emmanuel to refer to Melaye as a “general” in the senate was disturbing as he was rating a “non performing” senator over and above those that were performing.

He said, “We believe that Governor Emmanuel’s unveiled disdain for a long-suffering people trudging the booby-trapped path to Recall of their Senator in a bid to recover their dignity is uncalled for.

“Governor Udom’s scathing rebuke for Kogi West people who are engaged in legal pursuit of their legitimate aspiration to terminate irresponsible representation goes against all democratic norms. It also does gratuitous violence to the customary esprit de corps which ordinarily ought to actuate the conduct of brother Governors and States towards one another in the Nigerian polity.

“What is even more appalling is Governor Udom Emmanuel’s decoration of Dino Melaye with the rank and privileges of ‘General’ among all the Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while consigning others to ‘Recruit’. Dino Melaye is a General in the Senate of the 8th Assembly where even Governor Udom Emmanuel’s accomplished predecessor sits? This is unprecedented”.

The statement said more disturbing was the fact that the Akwa Ibom governor spoke at an event where another senator was preforming his constitutional role as against the Kogi west senator.

“The irony is that Governor Emmanuel made these comments at an event where Senator Godswill Akpabio, one of Dino Melaye’s contemporaries in the Senate, empowered his own people with 4 tractors, over 800 power-generating sets, 100 computer sets and printers, as well as sewing machines, grain-grinding machines, block molding machines and tricycles. He also announced scholarships and grants to hundreds of students from his constituency.

“The Kogi West Senator attended his colleague’s Briefing and Constituency Empowerment event, not to learn how to represent well, but obviously as Comedian of the Day. He told false stories of unpaid salaries in his state. On cue he thrilled the crowd with his Aje Kun Iya Ni’Oje signature ballad and capered along with his usual inebriated gusto before preaching his false message of death being reward for both lying and telling the truth.

“He truly proved himself the ‘performing Senator’ Governor Udom Emmanuel called him that day. Governor Udom Emmanuel’s later remarks in praise of his guest was just the pepper Kogi people needed sprinkled on their wounds while people whose Senator actually knows his job carted their dividends of democracy home”.

“Now it is clear that Governor Udom Emmanuel seems to like our vacuous Senator so much, we would be much obliged if Akwa Ibom will take him off our hands for good. We can negotiate details of his transfer before the applicable windows close.

Since Akwa Ibom receives several times the FAAC allocations accruing to Kogi State (we do not here question the equity of it, just stating basic facts), and since Senator Dino Melaye is a self-confessed butcher and sharer of elephants, there is no doubt that Akwa Ibom’s elephantine financial receipts will indeed be more to his taste.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the good people of Kogi West, having decided they have had enough of Senator Dino Melaye’s selfish brand of misrepresentation, and having undertaken to tread this slippery slope to self-respect have the support of not just all of us in Kogi State, but of all Nigerians of goodwill, including upstanding Akwa Ibomites. We therefore urge our brother, the still very much respected Governor of our brother State, Akwa Ibom, to show more sensitivity in his future utterances” he added.

5. Igbo Language School Inaugurated in South Africa

The Progressives Leaders Association (PILA), an organization sponsoring an Igbo Language School in the U.S., says a similar school has been opened in South Africa.

Mr Chima Umealo, Coordinator of PILA in South Africa, said at a dinner in Johannesburg on Sunday that 16 children had started lesson in the school.

He said the group’s aim was to secure the Igbo language and ensure it would not be extinct.

“Pila’s aim is to secure the Igbo language because UNESCO had predicted that the language was among those that will go out of fashion in no distant time.

“ We decided to come out with a programme to secure our language because a people without a language are no people,” he said.

Umealo, also the President, Abia Union, South Africa, said one way of sustaining Igbo culture was to secure the language.

“We therefore, resolved to establish an Igbo school in South Africa to affiliate with the one in the U.S to promote our culture and language,” he said.

The coordinator said children born in South Africa, who are not opportune to communicate with others when they go home would be taught the language
He said that the children were taught during vacation, while arrangements had been concluded to teach them at weekends during school session.

“As time goes on, we will teach them mathematics and science in Igbo to make them put to practice what they do daily in school and at home,” Umealo said.

The traditional head of Abia indigenes in South Africa, Eze Sidney Ihediwa, said the establishment of the school was a step in the right direction.

“ It is important because we should ensure that our heritage and culture does not go into extinction,” he said.

The traditional ruler said that some children born abroad were losing touch with their language, noting that such schools would assist them to preserve their culture.

The chairman of Ikwuano/Umuahia Community in South Africa, Chief Ikechi Otuonye, said the school would make children to speak their native language while abroad.

“Even when they travel to other countries, they can communicate in the language with other brethren there,” he said.

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