Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

12 April, 2019 | Akeem

IMF Advises Nigeria To Remove Subsidy

Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), has called on the Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy, saying it is the right thing to do.

Legarde said this on Thursday April 11th, 2019 at the on-going joint annual spring meetings with the World Bank in Washington DC. She added that the low revenue mobilisation that existed in Nigeria in terms of tax to Gross Domestic Product, it was important for the country to remove fuel subsidy.

She concluded that by so doing, the country would be able to move funds into improving health, education, and infrastructure.

David Malpass, the World Bank Group President, has earlier gave the assurance that the bank would help Africa tackle illicit fund flows because such funds ‘suck resources away from poor people, and from the ability of a country to really grow and develop.

15 Killed, Houses, Cars, Motorbikes Burnt In Benue

No fewer than 15 persons were feared dead, yesterday morning April 11th, 2019, when armed men dressed in black alleged to be Jukun youths supported by armed herdsmen invaded and sacked Vaase community in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to the eyewitness, he said, “This morning (yesterday) over 150 well armed men dressed in black marched into Vaase from neighbouring Taraba State. It was as if they were prepared for war. Sporadic gunshots were fired from different directions and people who were woken up by the sound of the gunshots ran for safety. They mindlessly shot at anyone they caught up with, including women and children who were unarmed"

The incident was confirmed by Prof. Terso Kpelai, former State Commissioner of Trade and Investments, who is an indigene of the area, said he lost loved ones in the fresh attach

 Kpelai added that, “They attacked my village this morning (yesterday) about 6a.m., and killed several persons. Three cars and 11 motorcycles were burnt and so many houses were razed"

UTME Centres Turns To Wrestling Scene

The 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) kicked off across the country yesterday April 11th, 2019 with logistic and technical hitches recorded in a few computer-based test centres used for the conduct of the examination

In some of the centres in Lagos, the candidates who came prepared for the exam were disappointed when more than 30 of the computers being used automatically submitted and logged them out. Candidates who had barely attempted 10 questions were asked by the officials to step out of the hall after the time allotted for them elapsed.

Some candidates came out of the hall in tears as they could not attempt any questions because the server went down few minutes into the exam, with the JAMB officials saying there was nothing they could do about it.

After a long period of turmoil, it was gathered that normalcy was restored and the batch for 9:00a.m. sat for their exams at 1:00p.m.

APC Group Opposses Gbajabiamila, Wants Speaker's Position For South-East

The All Progressives Congress (APC)South-East Renaissance Group on Thursday April 11, 2019 called on the leadership of the party to zone the position of the Speaker, House of Representatives in the Ninth National Assembly to the South-East.

Chris Onyemechara, the group's convener, made the call in Abuja and claimed that the APC denied the South-East principal office positions in the National Assembly in 2015 on the grounds that the zone did not have a ranking member on the platform of the party.

He regretted that now that the zone had produced two ranking members, the party’s leaders seemed to be shifting the goal post. He further added that a situation where the same geopolitical zone that produced the Vice-President was scheming to produce the Speaker of the House of Representatives was unacceptable.

He therefore called on all party members jostling for the position from other geopolitical zones to withdraw from the race and support the South-East.

UNICEF Supports Kogi On Education

The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, has said that the state was among the five new states that received support on education from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

She made this disclosure at a meeting she held with the state government’s appointees and other stakeholders in education, toward the 2018/2019 Annual School Census (ASC) on Friday April 12th, 2019 in Lokoja.

She applauded the state governor and all stakeholders who had assisted the cause since January 2018, noting that “it is encouraging that our painstaking efforts are now yielding good results”. The commissioner said the 2019 ASC would begin from April 15 to 19, and called on the school owners, managers and head teachers to make themselves available in their various schools during the period.

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