Drama at unions boo VC at valedictory service

  There was a mild drama at the inauguration of the new Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof Joseph Adeola Fuwape Wednesday as various unions booed the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Adebiyi Daramola. The non teaching staff under the auspices of Joint Action Congress (JAC) comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academics Technologists (NAAT) and Non Academic Staff Unions (NASU) who were clearly in the majority booed Prof Daramola throughout the proceeding. In fact, the…

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Court assumes jurisdiction in INEC official’s trial over N30m bribery allegation

  Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has assumed jurisdiction in the trial of an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Christian Nwosu, who was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of receiving the sum of N30 million from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, to compromise the 2015 general elections. Nwosu had earlier admitted collecting the money in a plea bargain arrangement he had with the anti-graft agency. However, he had to back out following the rejection…

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Messi loses appeal in tax fraud trial

  Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, court documents showed. The five-times World Player of the Year is unlikely to go to prison, however. Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights and were also fined 2 million euros ($2.24 million). The court…

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Essrayri to take charge of Eagles, Bafana clash

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Tunisian arbiter, Youssef Essrayri as the referee for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo. Essrayri, 40, who became an international referee five years ago, will be assisted by compatriots Yamen Melloulchi (Assistant Referee 1), Hassen Abdelali (Assistant Referee 2) and Said Mohamed Kordi (Fourth Official). The Match Commissioner is Andy Quamie from Liberia and Kotey Alexander Neequaye from Ghana will be referee assessor. The encounter at…

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IATC-Nigeria competition will produce valuable theatre critics – Dandaura

In its bid to nurture theatre critics in the universities, the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), Nigerian section, is set to start a competition on theatre criticism among theatre arts students in Nigerian universities. Stating this in his welcome address to the participants at the training of Young Critics during the just concluded Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) held in the University of Benin, Edo State, the President, IATC-Nigeria, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, said this is in line with association’s resolve to build many young theatre critics in Nigerian…

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Edo, NIEPA to partner on education development

Barring the last minute change of mind, the Edo State Government has concluded plans to partner the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo to strengthen its educational sector. The state governor, Godwin Obaseki disclosed this when he met with the management of the institute, led by its Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Lilian Salami at the Government House, Benin City. Acknowledging the importance of the institute in the training of education practitioners and policy makers, the governor said the collaboration with the institute had become necessary in…

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Varsities’ll determine whether to hold post-UTME or not

Last Thursday, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, was in Lagos to monitor the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). In this interview, he gave startling revelations about malpractices and the likely return of post-UTME, among other pertinent issues. MOJEED ALABI reports How will you describe the conduct of this year’s UTME so far? As I did promise, except for anxiety on the part of the public, understandably, we were not in any way anxious because we were sure that by God’s grace, things would go the way we had…

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