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FG Announces NECO, NCEE, NABTEB Exam Dates

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The Federal Government has announced that the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) organized by the National Examination Council (NECO) for SS3 pupils will commence on October 5 and to end on November 18, 2020.

At the end of a two-day meeting with Chief Executives of examination bodies, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba announced the dates.

Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), Ben Goong, made the announcement.

Furthermore, the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Unity Colleges will hold on October 17, 2020. Also, National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations will start on September 21.

On Tuesday, Nigeria’s COVID-19 infections have now exceeded 41,800 after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 624 new cases.

NCDC further confirmed nearly nineteen thousand patients who have recovered from the virus.

Eighteen states, including Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, all recorded new cases. Lagos with more than 200 cases, and Oyo with sixty-nine top the list on Tuesday.

Despite the increasing numbers of infections, the federal government added one more week to the current phase of eased lockdown because of Sallah celebrations.

Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, announced this on Monday at the bi-weekly presidential task force on COVID-19.

So far, according to the NCDC, 18,764 patients among the 41,804 infected with the virus have been discharged while 868 deaths have been recorded.

Nigeria is Africa’s third most impacted country behind South Africa and Egypt.

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TCN Says Nigeria Needs N1TRN To Stabilize National Grid

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria says the country must fork out a lot of money, one trillion naira to be exact, if it is to stabilize the national grid.

The company’s executive director Victor Adewumi, dropped this bomb on Wednesday during the fifty-second power dialogue of the Nigeria electricity hub.

He said the one and a half trillion dollars inflow into the company from international agencies is not enough to stabilize the grid.  He said with internal financing through its internally generated revenue and federal government input, TCN would still require at least six hundred billion naira.  He said, when the two are combined, about one trillion naira would be needed to accomplish the goal.

Adewumi said that kind of money does not flow into TCN at the moment because distribution companies, discos, are not paying TCN the required monies.  Adewumi said TCN is getting below sixty percent of its tariff.

The TCN boss said the alternative funding avenue is to explore project financing, where financiers would fund specific areas of TCN operations, like transmission lines.  Those financiers would get their money back over a period of time, based on the cost of energy that is ultimately wheeled on those lines.

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IGP Blames Fakes News For Massive Destruction During EndSARS Protests

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Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has laid the blame for EndSARS destruction, at the tail end of the otherwise peaceful protests, on fake news, which he says is inimical to the growth and unity of the country.

Adamu made the charge while visiting the Nigeria Police Command in Ondo State.  He said one of the goals of the EndSARS protesters was to destabilize the current government although he provided no proof to the charge.

Adamu praised the police for showing respect to human lives during the protests across the country.

The IGP wrapped up his visit with a courtesy call on the state governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

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Fashola To APC: Respect Your Zoning Plan In 2023

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Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect its zoning formula in picking a presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Fashola says this is the core of the agreement by APC founding fathers before the 2015 elections.

The minister said although zoning is not in the party’s constitution, party leaders had agreed on the zoning when the party was being formed.

Fashola has also advised party members to support the Mala Buni-led caretaker, extra-ordinary, convention committee, which he described as a product of necessity.

He says the caretaker committee must be respected because it is a by-product of the leadership crisis that engulfed the party.

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