The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2021 Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) results and noted that there was an improvement in the number of candidates who got credits in five subjects including Mathematics and English Language.
The head of the Nigeria National Office of the examination body, Patrick Areghan, disclosed this in a press conference on Monday.
While giving a breakdown of the examination and the results, he explained that 1,560,261 candidates sat for the exercise in five countries – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
A further breakdown of the results showed that 1,398,370 candidates who make up 89.62%, had credits and above in at least five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.
According to him, 1,274,784 persons, representing 81.7%, had credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 65.24%,” he added.
“Thus, there is an appreciable 16.46% improvement in performance in this regard.”
He also noted that the examination which spanned seven weeks was affected by several security challenges including the sit-at-home order in the South East, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, etc, in the north and other parts of Nigeria.
“All these, coupled with the continuous effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic, made the whole exercise a Herculean one,” the statement read.
Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs outshone a field of unusual suspects to claim a shock Olympic gold in the men’s 100 metres on Sunday, breaking retired Jamaican star Usain Bolt’s 13-year hold on the blue riband event.
Jacobs, 26, timed a European record of 9.80 seconds, with American Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84sec in one of the most understated major championship 100m races of recent times.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, repeated the feat in 9.89sec.
The athletes were introduced in a dramatic light show — the stadium floodlights were shut off and 12 projectors cast 3D images of the world, zooming in to the Tokyo skyline, and then the name of each sprinter.
The lights came back on, swiftly followed by a horrendous false start for Zharnel Hughes in lane four, the Anguilla-born Briton not even bothering to question his disqualification.
Dressed in light blue singlet and lycra shorts, the US-born Jacobs, in lane three, made a good start, held his nerve through the drive phase, and powered through to the line.
Jacobs joyously ran into the arms of Italian teammate Gianmarco Tamberi, who had just shared gold in the men’s high jump and was waiting at the finish line.
The race, run in stifling temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius (84 Fahrenheit), had a distinctly underwhelming build-up and feel to it as hot favourite Trayvon Bromell bombed out of the semi-finals in which China’s Su Bingtian and Jacobs unexpectedly set Asian and European records respectively.
The Tokyo Olympics are the first since Athens in 2004 to take place without Bolt, who went on to win three consecutive Olympic 100m titles in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, as well as three straight 200m crowns.
And for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games, there was no Jamaican in the final, Bolt’s long-time former teammate Yohan Blake failing to qualify from his semi-final.
The field was instead filled with a raft of relatively unknown sprinters, with Jacobs’ main claim to fame a European 60m indoor title earlier this year.
The 100m in Tokyo, and the circus around it, has arguably been a pale imitation of Bolt’s glory years during which the charismatic Jamaican not only dominated the sprints but also captivated a truly global audience.
While the spectacle that Bolt brought to the blue riband event has been missing since his retirement in 2017, so also has been the emergence of a new generation of sprinting hopes.
Many have been lauded as the athlete to fill Bolt’s spikes, but no one has yet lived up to the considerable weight of expectation.
Added to that, the 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in Tokyo had no cheering fans because of coronavirus restrictions in the Japanese capital.
Instead, there were sparse pockets of athletes and team officials who did their best to create something of an atmosphere at what is normally one of the most widely anticipated events of the entire Games, commanding a huge worldwide television audience.
Team Delta have emerged as the winners of the 2020 National Sports Festival which held in Edo State.
The 20th edition of the festival kicked off on April 2 and ended on April 14.
On the other hand, Team Edo came second with 129 gold, 104 silver, and 108 bronze while Team Bayelsa finished a third with 56 gold, 55 silver, and 58 bronze.
Delta emerged as the champions of the competition with after raking in a total of 158 gold, 116 silver, and 110 bronze.
The state that came fourth in the 12-day event is Rivers with 33 gold, 34 silver, and 61 bronze after which Lagos took the fifth position with 32 gold, 40 silver, 54 bronze; Oyo sixth – 31 gold, 30 silver, 42 bronze.
Zenith Bank on Tuesday held its 30th Annual General Meeting at the Civic Centre in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.
The meeting held in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic which crippled among other things, economic activities in 2020.
Despite the challenges, the bank being Nigeria’s tier-one lenders recorded a 5% increase in its gross earnings placing its result for the year ended December 31 2020 at ₦696.5 billion from ₦662.3 reported the previous year.
According to the bank’s Chairman, Jim Ovia, the result was achieved through the resilience of the brand as well as the ability of the bank to leverage the innate opportunities within the environment.
“Zenith Bank is committed to building a more sustainable and inclusive economy. As such, we have continued to integrate sustainability principles in our business operations and investment decisions in line with global best practices,” he said.
“The conscientious taxpayers in the country and dedicated members of staff of the FIRS nationwide for their support and devotion to work which made this performance possible despite the numerous obstacles encountered by the Service in 2020,” Nami said.
“The FIRS is optimistic this current fiscal year 2021 will be better than in 2020. We shall perform exceedingly well given that our Service reforms are expected to yield greater dividends, especially as different parts of tax administration are being automated.
“We are also optimistic that exploration activities will improve in the oil sector and increase the prospect of higher tax revenue from the sector.
“Similarly, the ongoing reforms by the Service together with increased stakeholder collaborations will brighten the prospect of improved voluntary compliance and consequently higher tax revenue generation for the country this year and beyond.”
He said that the near 100% collection feat was all the more remarkable when placed against the backdrop of the debilitating effects of COVID-19 on the Nigerian economy.
Figures released by the service showed that the non-oil tax collection was 109% in 2020, which is 9% higher than the previous year.
The Nigeria Customs Service has generated the sum of ₦1,562,115,419,216 for the year 2020.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said the generated revenue was over the target of ₦1,380,765,353,462 and over the sum of ₦1,342,006,918,504 generated in 2019 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the statement, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, attributed the feat to what he described as a result of the resolute pursuit of what was right and the willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by COVID-19.
The NCS spokesman said the agency’s revenue generation profile had continued to be on the rise annually based on the ongoing reforms in the service.
He noted that the partial border closure which forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports raised revenue collection from ports.
“Before the commencement of the border drill on August 20, 2019, revenue generation was between N4bn to N5bn but now NCS generates between N5bn to N9bn daily,” the statement partly read.
“Diplomatic engagements that took place during the partial land border closure yielded many positive results, including the commitment to comply with the ECOWAS protocol on transit operationalisation of joint border patrols at both sides of the border.”
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Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of N1,562,115,419,216.32 for the year 2020. Amount generated is over the target of N1,380,765,353,462.00 over the sum of N1,342,006,918,504.55 generated in 2019 despite the covid-19 pandemic.
Commenting on this feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) described it as a result of the resolute pursuit of what is right and willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by covid-19.
The service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insist on:
Strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure.
Strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department.
Automation of the Customs process thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process.
Robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance.
Increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.
The partial border closure which has forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports raised revenue collection from ports.
Before the commencement of the border drill on 20th August 2019, revenue generation was between N4 billion to N5 billion but now NCS generate between N5 billion to N9 billion daily.
Diplomatic engagements that took place during the partial land border closure yielded many positive results, including a commitment to comply with the ECOWAS Protocol on Transit. Operationalization of joint border patrols at both sides of the border.
The teams are required to share intelligence and ensure prevention of transit of prohibited goods into the neighbour’s territory. Accordingly Service wishes to express its readiness to strictly implement the outcome of the diplomatic engagements as the land borders open for movement of cargoes.
Intelligence gathered during the period and the introduction of the e-Customs whose components include installation of scanners at all entry points will enhance border security and boost national trade facilitation.
Already Ministry of Finance has purchased three (3) new Scanners. Interestingly, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has also expressed commitment to purchasing four (4) Scanners and establish the control center for monitoring all scanning sites in their bid to boost the national economy, especially the agricultural sector. This means that within the next six (6) months, NCS will have about seven (7) functional Scanners to be mounted at strategic entry points even before the full deployment of e-Customs components which will see to the deployment of 135 modern Scanners.
NCS appreciates and commends the leadership of CBN for this strategic intervention in the interest of the nation.
In the same vein, the Service efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the Security of our citizens, Economy and the well-being of our people resulted in the seizures of 4,304 assorted items with a duty paid value of N28,287,285,847.52.
These seizures include arms, ammunition, illicit drugs, used clothing, vegetable oil, frozen poultry and foreign rice among others that have grave consequences on the economic security and well-being of Nigerians.
While we give assurances of total commitment to the course of protecting national security and economy, we call on Nigerians, especially the business community to support the NCS as our borders open to African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in order to benefit from the trade agreement and other cross border activities.
The year 2020 was a year of many twists and turns and many world-over battled with not just the effects of the pandemic but so many issues as they struggled to survive.
Nollywood actress, Ini Dima-Okojie is one of those who had struggled with her health and although all is well now, she shared details of her struggle with her fans as a message of hope to others.
The actress last Wednesday revealed that she had been battling with fibroid since 2017, finally had a successful surgery in November and is now recuperating.
According to her, she decided to share her story not only as a way of showing gratitude to God for life but also because she realized that fibroid is something that many women tend to battle with, in silence.
She captured her experience in a video post with the following caption.
Hey Guys, I know it’s been a minute! I want to share something quite personal with you… but I think it’s important.
Cos this is something that apparently affects about 6-8 in every 10 black women but no one talks about It.
I found out I had fibroids in 2017, I remember freaking out so much. The first gynecologist I saw said if it wasn’t really bordering me he would advise I leave it alone but that I had better go and quickly get married (🙄 no jokes)
Anyways, fast forward to March 2020, the bulge on my lower belly had gotten bigger & my new gynecologist advised I take out the fibroids. Then Covid happened and we had to put the surgery on hold. In the meantime I tried other things… herbs, clean diet, exercise.
Now fast forward to November, the bulge in my tummy had now increased significantly so I decided to go do another pelvic scan & was told I had to get an MRI cos the fibroids were now bigger than what the ultrasound machine could adequately measure. Bottom line I had to have the surgery as soon as possible.
I had the surgery, it was successful and I’m now healing slowly but surely. I just want to thank God Almighty for showing up and showing out for me!!!!
I want to thank my family and friends especially my mum and my Aunty Biola who moved in to the hospital and never left my side. I want to thank Dr Esue & all the Drs & Nurses at Cedarcrest hospital for taking such good care of me.
And finally, I want to thank you guys who have been sending me messages/Dms, wondering if I’m okay & praying for me anyway. 💞
To the women out there dealing with fibroids. I know what a lonely road it can be.. not to talk of the pain and discomfort and then there are the ignorant ‘congrats on your pregnancy’ comments to deal with 🙄 It’s okay they don’t know any better.
I want you to know that my Dms are opened to you. If you want to ask questions, talk or even just rant. (I’ll respond once I get stronger)
I know 2020 has been a tough year, but we are tougher!!! we’re still here… we survived!!! That alone is a huge feat. Let’s remember to be kind to ourselves and to others. I pray 2021 is better to us all!.
This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded and could even top the record set in 2016, the United Nations said Wednesday.
The past six years, 2015 to 2020, are set to make up all six of the hottest years since modern records began in 1850, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said in its provisional 2020 State of the Global Climate report.
“2020 has, unfortunately, been yet another extraordinary year for our climate,” said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas.
The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change calls for capping global warming at well below two degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) level, while countries will pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 C.
“The average global temperature in 2020 is set to be about 1.2 C above the pre-industrial level,” said Taalas.
“There is at least a one in five chance of it temporarily exceeding 1.5 C by 2024.”
The WMO said 2020 seemed on course to be the second-hottest year ever — but the difference between the top three is small and the picture could change once this year’s data sets are complete.
The years from 2015 to 2020 are therefore individually “likely to be the six warmest on record”, the report said.
Temperature averages across the last five years, and across the last 10 year period, “are also the warmest on record”, it added.
– Wildfires and flooding – In 2020, “we saw new extreme temperatures on land, sea and especially in the Arctic,” said Taalas.
“Wildfires consumed vast areas in Australia, Siberia, the US West Coast and South America, sending plumes of smoke circumnavigating the globe.
“Flooding in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia led to massive population displacement and undermined food security for millions.”
The first meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 (LA28) has been concluded, with updates detailing the strong foundations laid by the Local Organising Committee.
The discussion focused on the committee’s achievements to date and plans for the coming months as it looks to deliver innovative Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Commission, chaired by IOC Executive Board member Nicole Hoevertsz from Aruba, focused on a number of areas during two days of virtual meetings. Topics included LA28’s vision and mission, sport and venue plans, as well as the success of its brand and commercial programmes.
IOC President, Thomas Bach joined the opening of the meeting to share his appreciation for all the work being done by the team in Los Angeles despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19.
Bach charged the commission to stay focused on the objectives of the games.
“2020 has provided unprecedented challenges to the world and the Olympic Movement, but we have demonstrated that flexibility and innovation will be embraced to adapt to the new landscape and deliver Olympic Games fit for a post-corona world. We have shown in recent months that we are indeed stronger together. This was uniquely illustrated in the launch of the LA28 brand last month and the Organising Committee’s innovative and creative approach receiving plaudits from across the world.”
He further stated: “From its inception, the LA28 project has embedded the very essence of Olympic Agenda 2020 in all its strategic plans. These recommendations have opened the door to leverage the unique level of existing event experience present in Los Angeles and the ability to embrace an event-centred approach to planning and delivery. These Games will therefore leave a positive legacy for the citizens of Los Angeles and the United States at large.”
Speaking about the work of the Organising Committee, the Coordination Commission’s Chair Nicole Hoevertsz said: “We are really pleased with the progress made by the team in Los Angeles, highlighted by the launch of their unique brand and agreements with a number of high-profile commercial partners.”
“The extensive dialogue we’ve had over the past two days has been very encouraging, reinforcing LA28’s determination to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave a legacy for generations of Americans to enjoy. They’ve made a great start and, over the coming years, we look forward to working closely with them, drawing upon the abundance of event expertise within the city and utilising the experience of those within this Commission to deliver truly memorable Games in 2028.”
LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman is confident Los Angeles will do a great job in hosting the games.
“Los Angeles is a city that is always changing and evolving. It’s a place where creativity and innovation thrive. As a world-class sports and entertainment city with a creative edge, Los Angeles is built to host the Games and deliver fans and athletes an unparalleled Olympic and Paralympic experience.”
With Los Angeles preparing to host its third Olympic Games and first Paralympic Games, one of its first major landmarks was highlighted to the Commission.
The launch of the LA28 brand on 1 September revealed an animated emblem, built for the digital age and designed to evolve over time. Anchored with a bold and static L, 2 and 8, the LA28 emblem allows for an exceptional spectrum of stories through an interchanging dynamic ‘A’, illustrated through variations created by athletes, artists and advocates connected to Los Angeles.
Updates were also provided on the Organising Committee’s early commercial success. This was highlighted by the confirmation of LA28’s first ‘Founding Partner’, several licensing agreements and more announcements in the pipeline.
Another area on which the Organising Committee reiterated its commitment to deliver is its youth sports promise. As part of awarding the 2028 Games to Los Angeles, LA28 and the IOC agreed that up to USD 160 million would be invested in local youth sports leading up to the Games. While delayed due to COVID-19, discussions centred on the next steps for this project.
LA28’s venue masterplan was another important topic covered. Embracing the Olympic Movement’s commitment to sustainability and legacy, and to contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the 2028 Games will not require the construction of any new venues.
The Commission agreed that this will allow LA28 to focus more on delivering an unforgettable experience for everyone involved in the Games, as well as developing innovative engagement activities designed to bring new fans into the Olympic and Paralympic movements.
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has postponed the ongoing Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations indefinitely.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by NECO Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani.
According to him, the board’s decision is postpone the exams is due to the current security challenges, occasioned by the #EndSARS protests.
“Arising from that meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE (Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the #ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country,” the statement partly read.
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INDEFINITE POSTPONEMENT OF THE 2020 ON-GOING SENIOR SECONDARY CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS (INTERNAL)
The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 reviewed the on-going 2020 SSCE (Internal) nationwide. The Council had in a press release, dated 21st October 2020, informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 2020 on-going SSCE.
Arising from that meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE(Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.
In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges:
Some state governments imposed curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property;
In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the Council to move examination materials across the country;
Students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table.
The Governing Board further resolved, that when normalcy returns, the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States.
While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that the international community played a huge role in ensuring a smooth governorship election in Edo State.
Speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, the governor explained that threatening to place a visa ban on anyone found guilty of rigging, forced people to act appropriately.
“One thing that played out and which I noticed was the role of the international community. For example, the US, the UK came out and said that there would be a visa ban if anybody tries anything in terms of violence or rigging and they have gone further to ban some governors,” he said.
“Everybody was being careful, saying, I don’t want to have any problem, I don’t want my children and family to have any problem. We all go to the UK everytime.
“Infact they should even go further, not only politicians, but security agencies, then you’ll see everybody will sit up and say look, I cannot jeopardize the future of my children and mine, simply because you want me to rig the election, so it’s very key”.
When asked about his role in the election, the governor said he didn’t play any special role and it the success of the election was a result of the joint efforts of all the stakeholders, particularly the governors of Oyo and Delta state.
He also spoke about the role of the Inspector General of Police in the elections, saying he tried to force him (Wike) to leave the state.
“First of all, the IG’s role as far as I’m concerned as it relates to me, has to do with someone who has had a premeditated view about me because the IG never saw me outside. I was inside my room and I got a call from the IG, that I must leave Edo State.
“What surprised me was that I am the Chairman of the campaign council so why should I leave. And as chairman you must monitor what is going on so that at the end of the day, you’ll be able to write your report to the party,” he explained.
According to him, the IGP’s action had nothing to do with the election but rather it was based on a personal vendetta.
“I discovered that the IG’s own had nothing to do with the election because I remembered that some time ago my commissioner returned to me from a FAAC meeting and said there were deductions made to the Police Trust Fund.
“I asked who approved it because the police are under the exclusive list and not the concurrent list. I told my attorney-general to challenge it. This angered the IG,” Wike explained.
The Rivers State Governor, however, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their role in ensuring a credible election.
According to him, if INEC can replicate what was done in Edo, for the Ondo Governorship election, then the PDP can be assured of victory.