Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

6 December, 2018 | Akeem

1. Obasanjo seeking God’s anger, says Oshiomhole

All progressive Congress ( APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole said yesterday December 5th, that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is inviting God's anger. Oshiomhole, who spoke while receiving APC women leaders from Edo State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), lashed out at the former President, saying he was inviting God’s anger by backing Atiku as he had earlier stated that God will not forgive him if he; Obasanjo, backs Atiku.

According to him, Obasanjo reversed himself after Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Matthew Hassan Kukah and other clerics reconciled the leaders.

In his speech, he added, “That God that you called with your name to punish you if you support the person is about to go to work. And He will go to work in February and He will punish him thoroughly and the person he is supporting, in favour of Nigeria.”

2. NNPC Seeks Investors on 10b Barrels Assets

At the 10th World Energy Capital Assembly in London, United Kingdom yesterday December 5th, a multi-billion dollar investment opportunity in the nation's deep-offshore frontiers was unveiled.

Delivering an address at the panel session titled: “Spotlight on Africa”, NNPC Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru said: “Globally, Nigeria has the highest untapped deep water resource of about 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent, in addition to other vast opportunities in the oil and gas value chain.”

Represented at the event by the Corporation’s Group General Manager, Corporate Planning & Strategy, Bala Wunti, the GMD explained that Nigeria has the largest and one of the most vibrant economies in Africa with lots of potentials, especially in the gas, refining and infrastructure space.

The World Energy Capital Assembly is a leading gathering of energy executives, finance and investment professionals to discuss emerging and re-emerging energy investment opportunities, review deals done and chart an outlook of energy related activities across the globe

3. Six Osun State College Of Tech Workers Kidnapped

Gunmen kidnapped six workers of the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke on Tuesday December 4th, 2018. During the kidnap, the hoodlums killed one of the victims, while one later regained freedom and the search for the four others has begun.

It was gathered that the victims were ambushed on their way home after work at a spot called Eti-Oni, near Agric and Onibonje area, along Ijebu-Jesa Road.The deceased, Emmanuel Olaniyi, a non-academic worker,  was shot dead by the abductors when he attempted to escape.

The institution's spokesperson Wale Oyekanmi listed the kidnapped victims as Mr. Olaleye Olalekan (Business Administration Department),  Adeyeoluwa Bankole (Head of Civil Engineering department), Dr. Jesuola Ajibola (Director, OSCOTECH Ventures), Adenreti Chukwu (Secretary of Civil Engineering department), Rachael Onyinocha Akinboboye (OSCOTECH Microfinance Bank) and a yet to be identified worker.

Mr Fimihan Adeoye, the Police Commissioner in the state said officers and men had been deployed in the area to rescue the remaining victims.

Senate Approves Six New Tertiary Institutions

On Wednesday, December 3rd, the Senate passed six bills seeking to establish federal tertiary institutions in different parts of the country.

Following the consideration of the reports by the committee on Tertiary institutions and TETFUND, presented by its Chairman, Senator Barau Jibrin, the bills were passed. The proposed institutions include four polytechnics, one college of education and one university of technology.

Jibrin, while making the presentation, said Nigeria was far short of tertiary institutions it needed to meet its educational goals and aspirations.

Jibrin said, “We are talking about getting our country developed and industrialised, the goals cannot be realised without having federal polytechnics and universities to train our youths to have the necessary manpower to drive the process.”

Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate, who presided over the plenary, commended Barau and other members of the committee for their hardwork towards bringing the bills to a final legislative conclusion.

5. JAMB Fixes January for Registration, Sales of Forms.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has fixed January 2019 for the sales of its forms and registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, Jamb governing board Chairman, stated this at an event to celebrate some workers of the board who retired in Abuja.

He said the board picked next year for registration of UTME candidates because it wanted the reduction in the cost of selling its forms approved by the Federal Government to take effect.

Ndukwe said the board will fully implement the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).

“We are looking forward to the full implementation of CAPS. That is the best thing that will happen to education in Nigeria. If any child is qualified, central admission processing system will guarantee that that person is admitted. People should be patient and pray as we are implementing CAPS.”

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