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The Brief: Open grazing; ASUU strike; ending banditry

Lagos fails to meet the September 1 deadline to promulgate law against open grazing. Southern states have been on it for months, and Imo has…

Lagos fails to meet the September 1 deadline to promulgate law against open grazing. Southern states have been on it for months, and Imo has pulled out completely while others delay the passage.

Lecturers go on strike to demand better pay, more funding for research, equipment and infrastructure, but students are bearing the brunt.

Banditry has plagued Nigeria – and mainly states as Niger, Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna. A former governor of Niger says it can’t end if a chunk of the population remains uneducated.

Anti-open grazing: Imo out, Lagos pauses

Lagos, the permanent secretariat of the Southern Governors’ Forum, is one of the states in the region that has failed to meet the September 1 deadline for the promulgation of the anti-open grazing law.

The 17 governors of the region had set the deadline during their July meeting in Lagos as a follow up to the announcement of a total ban on open grazing during an earlier meeting in Asaba, Delta state.

Amaechi misrepresented

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said he was misrepresented in a widely circulated story culled from the interview he had with Daily Trust which was published in the print edition of Sunday, August 29, 2021, and online

In the interview with the headline, ‘Presidency: I have no plan for 2023 – Amaechi’, the Minister responded to a question on the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s-led administration after over six years in power, saying the administration has succeeded in curbing impunity and corruption.

Who’s to blame for out-of-school children?

The federal government has blamed states and local governments for the rise in the number of out-of-school children in the country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said most of the problems associated with Nigeria’s education sector are the responsibilities of state governments.

Podcast: Lecturers strike, students suffer

Many Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief and their heartbeats returned to normal when they learned that ASUU was not going on strike on Tuesday as earlier reported.

In this episode of Nigeria Daily, we look at why many tremble with fear at the mention of ASUU strike. Listen to or download the podcast here.

Digital switch over fund in personal account?

Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, has said the N10bn appropriated for the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project was not in any personal account, but was being used for the purpose intended.

He was dispelling a speculation that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, instructed him to write a memo to request that the fund be paid into a personal account.

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Why banditry will not end

A former governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has said banditry and insurgency would not end if a large chunk of Nigerians remained uneducated.

Speaking in Abuja at the 2021 Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation 2021 scholars’ Mentorship Forum, Aliyu said lack of knowledge on how to provide information to relevant authorities by communities on criminals passing through their communities had limited intelligence gathering.

Sanctions for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

The federal government is working towards applying punitive measures against Nigerians who endanger the lives of others by refusing COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, disclosed Tuesday in Abuja while  briefing newsmen about COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

Poor ports handling stagnation Nigeria

The House of Representatives has blamed the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), terminal operators and other stakeholders on the stagnation of operations of Nigerian ports.

Chairman, House Committee on Customs, Leke Abejide (APC, Kogi) and other members of the committee made the observations on Tuesday at an interactive session with the agencies to discuss ways a of addressing challenges regarding operation of the Ports.

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