Federal Government has appealed to parents and students of the nation’s universities to bear with it, in what it described as the unfortunate consequences of the closure of universities.
Information Minister, Labaran Maku, made the appeal said the government has resolved to end the crisis because of the damages perennial strikes had inflicted on the nation’s education sector.
He said the perennial disruption of academic calendar as a result of strikes had become a source of worry to the government.
The Federal Government has begun moves to make the inclusion of new projects in annual budgets more strenuous. Information Minister, Labaran Maku, after Federal Executive Council meeting, said the move was based on a joint memorandum presented to the FEC by Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Nwanze Okeidegbe. He said the memo recommended that the government must carry out proper scientific analysis of such new projects before they would be included in budgets.
United Nations General Assembly has chosen President Jonathan and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma to co-chair its next Mini Summit on HIV and AIDS.
The UN said this, is to further give support to the initiative by President Jonathan on the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria in Africa. Information Minister, Labaran Maku who disclosed this, also said the UN is supporting the recent effort by African countries to ensure Africa is able to overcome diseases that have been ravaging the continent.
The Federal Executive Council has approved the contract for the rehabilitation of the Calabar-Ugep-Ogoja-Katsina Ala Road. Minister of State for Works, Bashir Yuguda who disclosed this, said the contract was awarded in 2009, to address the deteriorating state of the road.
He said the road which has been extended to cover the extension that was not covered in the initial contract will have an extra cost of N2.9 million.
The road is the only link between south- south and the north eastern part of the country.
Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria supports the expulsion of some beggars and destitute by Lagos State Government to the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State. The party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, said the action would go a long way in reducing crime in the state. The party said the state government, with its commitment to the interests of Lagosians, had long embarked on the decision to pick up the many derelicts, the homeless, beggars and social miscreants that inhabit all parts of Lagos.
Meanwhile, Governor Peter Obi has written President Goodluck Jonathan to investigate the dumping of some homeless people at the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State.
In a letter titled, Unconstitutional, Illegal and Forced Deportation of Nigerians to Anambra State from Lagos State, Governor Obi described the action of Lagos State Government in the matter as disturbing. He said it had serious security and political implications, considering the fact that it was not the first time that such an action was taken by the Lagos State Government.
Osun State Water Corporation says the timely intervention of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration in the provision of water strengthened the sector. General Manager of the state water corporation, Owojuyigbe Olugbenga, said one of the biggest water plants in the state, the Ede Head Works which is at the point of collapse is undergoing repairs to guarantee maximum provision of water to all in the state. He said since the inception of the administration, a lot has been happening in the state; things that were not working before, are now working.
Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, yesterday, appeared before a High Court in Port Harcourt, after eight days in police custody. Honorable Lloyd, arraigned on six counts of attempted murder, conspiracy, assault and malicious damage, arrived at the court accompanied by riot policemen and other security operatives. Justice L.L Nyordee adjourned the case till August 6, 2013 to rule on the submissions of the opposing counsel as it concerned the declaration for a takeover of the criminal proceedings by the Attorney-General.