Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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Buhari: We’re discussing with Chibok girls’ captors

THREE YEARS AFTER ABDUCTION… President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday disclosed that his administration has reached out to leaders of the Boko Haram sect for the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped exactly three years ago in Borno State. The president stated this in a statement to mark three years since the girls were abducted from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok. “We have reached out to their captors, through local and international intermediaries, and we are ever ready to do everything within our means to ensure the safe release of all…

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Bundles of joy, bag of sorrow

Two men are at loggerheads with the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba over the death of their wives separately, soon after child birth. But the hospital is insisting that they died of natural causes. DOMINIC ADEWOLE reports from Asaba It is a common belief that a new born child has come to partake in the prosperity of life. But when in the cause of the birth, the mother, who is supposed to be proud dies, the matter becomes a thing of sorrow. It is so because, throughout the nine months of…

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Joy at Abule Egba

For residents of Abule Egba, sorrow may last for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Finally, their months and perhaps years of agony on the rough roads have finally been wiped off with the near completion of the road. The usually crowded area of Lagos is now witnessing a new development with a construction of a fly over bridge and expansion of road in and out of Abule Egba. The roads are not only expanded, they are also tarred. Hence, driving becomes smooth and gridlock is almost becoming…

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Agony, frustration trail UTME registration

Candidates: JAMB is a bundle of frustration This year’s registration process for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to the candidates, is a bundle of frustration and agony. Report KAYODE OLANREWAJU, MOJEED ALABI and DAN ATORI Three weeks after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) commenced registration for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) into higher institutions in the country, there is no respite for the prospective candidates. Lack of adequate computer systems, power outage, poor Internet service, long…

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