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1. Reopening: Varsities need FG’s assistance, says UNIJOS VC.

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, says without the assistance of the Federal Government, it will be difficult for universities to meet the conditions outlined for the reopening of schools amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

FG had on Tuesday sent a document to the National Assembly detailing guidelines and conditions to be met by schools and learning facilities preparatory to their reopening after being shut for over three months.

Among the conditions recommended was that schools should have temporary isolation spaces and fully-equipped clinics.

Other conditions include the provision of more classrooms and the employment of more teachers, amongst others.

The Vice-Chancellor, who spoke in Jos on Friday during a press conference to mark his fourth year in office, said though the conditions were commendable but said the resources needed to actualise them were scarce.

Maimako said, “We want our students to return to the classrooms but we have the challenge of meeting these conditions before the schools would be allowed to reopen. That is why we are appealing to the Federal Government to assist the universities in this regard so that students can resume their normal studies.”

2. APC crisis: Why Buhari moved against Oshiomhole.

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Reasons President Muhammadu Buhari moved against the suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, emerged last night, as the National Executive Committee, NEC, wielded the big stick to check the crisis ravaging the party and avert what the President described as self-destruction.

At an emergency meeting in Abuja, the NEC dissolved the factionalized National Working Committee, NWC, and set up a caretaker/national convention committee headed by Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, a former national secretary of the party.

The emergency virtual NEC meeting, presided over by President Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, also appointed Senator John Akpanudoedehe as national secretary of caretaker committee.

Party insiders told Vanguard that Buhari moved against Oshiomhole because he “narrowed the party to himself’” and one of the founders of the APC, committed many infractions, sidelined the NEC and carried out solely many actions that needed NEC’s ratification.

One of the actions that needed ratification was setting up the screening committee for the Edo State primary of the APC.

The insider said all the governors who attended the NEC meeting were not in support Oshiomhole and did not dissent to the dissolution of the NWC.

“Can you imagine? Oshiomhole narrowed the party to himself and a leader of the APC; 19 members of the NWC were for Oshiomhole and that leader. There were so many constitutional infractions. Many decisions of the party that were supposed to be ratified by the NEC were taken by Oshiomhole. We could not continue like that. The President had to save the party,” the source said.

On Tuesday, President Buhari threw his support behind the faction of the APC led by court-backed Acting National Chairman, Chief Victor Giadom and the NEC meeting he fixed for yesterday. The NWC led by Hilliard Eta, who stood in for late Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who was appointed acting national chairman following the suspension of Oshiomhole as national chairman, kicked against the NEC meeting and urged members to disregard the notice. Senator Ajimobi died yesterday.

3. Kano: Ganduje vows to test all political office holders, civil servants for drugs.

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said plans are underway to begin compulsory drug tests for political office holders, civil servants and students seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the state.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammed Garba, on Friday, to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse, Ganduje said the compulsory drug test would begin when the state Drug Administration Agency begins operation, NAN reports.

"The Ganduje-led administration has been passionate about fighting illicit drug trafficking and abuse and has set up a task force”.

“The governor instituted programmes aimed at curtailing drug abuse. This includes setting up and streamlining activities for the state Task Force committee, which had intercepted and destroyed about a billion naira worth of drugs,” he said.

He called for aggressive mainstreaming and social media campaigns against the menace of drugs which had endangered many lives and economies of nations.

NAN reports that the United Nations General Assembly declared every June 26 as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking.

It is aimed at expressing its determination to achieve the goal of an International Society free of drug abuse.

The 2020 theme of the day ”Better knowledge for better care” emphasises the need to improve understanding of the world’s drug problem.

4. APC: ‘You are reaping what you sowed’ – Omokri mocks Tinubu, Oshiomhole.

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Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday mocked Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Adams Oshiomhole, the suspended APC National Chairman.

Reacting to the leadership crisis in APC, Omokri said Tinubu and Oshiomhole are reaping what they sowed.

In a tweet, the former presidential aide said both men among others lied against Jonathan.

Others Omokri claimed lied against Jonathan include, dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; Wole Soyinka, Omoyele Sowore, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

According to Omokri: “Those Who Lied Against and Undermined Jonathan Are Reaping What They Sowed.

5. Bauchi Gov’s wife bashed over sachet water ‘donation’.

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Aishatu Mohammed, wife of Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed, has come under intense criticism on social media for distribution of packs of sachet water as relief materials to rural women in Futuk Community of Alkaleri Local Government Area.

The Nation, however, gathered other start up materials were distributed at the empowerment programme, which held on Thursday.

They include pasta making machines, flour, packs of sachet water and N5000 given to about 250 women.

The items were said to be distributed under the First Lady pet project “Almuhibbah Foundation”.

However, pictures of sachet war have been generating reactions from social media users.

Thousands of social media users blasted the First Lady over the picture.

In the pictures shared, the women could be seen standing on queues to receive packs of sachet water placed on the floor.

A facebook user, Oyedokun Oladayo, said: ” This is total nonsense, not even with freezer oooo. So what’s the cost of the pure water that’s not up to hundred bags and you called this empowerment . May God help us.”

Musa Dalhatu wrote: ” This is absurd. How much will it cost these women to transport heavy packs of pure water to their respective destination?

”It surely must cost them more than the value of the water for some of them that came from a distance . Why are we like this?”

Okekemi Adewale Adediran, in her post, said: ”Tomorrow now they will tell us that it’s 100 million that was used to purchase those sachet bags.”

Source: opera.com
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