Poland Building Collapse Leaves Six Dead

Poland Building Collapse Leaves Six Dead A block of flats in southern Poland has collapsed, killing at least six people, according to officials.

Firefighters revealed that two of those who died were children, and another four people were rescued from the rubble.

Reports say 18 people are registered as living at the building in the town of Swiebodzice.

There are suggestions that two of the building’s floors may have caved in due to a gas explosion.

Edo State Govt. Launches Agripreneurship Pilot Scheme

The Edo State Government has launched the pilot scheme of the Agripreneurship Programme in Sobe, Owan West Local Government area of Edo state as part of its efforts to create more than 200,000 jobs within the next four years.

“We are doing a thousand hectres here, we expect that we are going to have among those who would work here, the agripreneurs – We are also going to have growers who are going to do a lot of work here. We are using a pilot scheme for maize,” a government official noted.

Also Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Godwin Obaseki said his administration has identified agriculture as a key component in the drive for economic development of the state.

“I know that we can do more than 200,000 jobs if we invest in agriculture and we want to show to Nigeria and Edo state that it is possible.”

For the farm settlers however, the threat of invasion by herdsmen has remained a source of worry.

Allaying their fears, the governor stated that “there are almost 5,000 people here working, so you have varied interests. It’s not like your isolated farm where you cultivate and go away and if there’s an attack, you cannot find response.

“Here, there would be response, we are going to put a response averting mechanism so that the farmers can come together and protect each other,” he added.

U.S. Warships Deployed To Korean Peninsula

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As tension is brewing around the Korean Peninsula, the U.S Military has ordered a Navy strike group to move towards that region, amid growing concerns about North Korea’s missile programme.

The Navy War Vessel known as Carl Vinson Strike Group, comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships.

The carrier group has the capability to intercept ballistic missiles while having massive striking power.

U.S. pacific command described the deployment, heading towards the western pacific – as a prudent measure to maintain readiness in the region.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has said the U.S is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea if China fails to assist in dealing with the issue.

North Korea has carried out several nuclear tests and experts predict more that could be in the offing as the country moves closer towards developing a nuclear warhead with a big enough range to reach the U.S.

FG Restates Commitment To Improving Standard Of Education

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,, Minister Explains Ten Pillars Of Nigerian Education ReformNigeria’s Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, says the government will not lower the admission cut-off mark for the 78,000 candidates that sat for the National Common Entrance Examination on April 8, 2017.

Adamu, shortly after monitoring the exams in Abuja, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to providing quality education at all levels.

On his part, the Registrar of the National Examination Council of Nigeria, Professor Charles Uwakwe, who accompanied the Minister, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination.

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced an extension of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Russia To Suspend Communications Hotline With Pentagon From April 8

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Russian news agency, TASS, says the Russian Defense Ministry has suspended the operations of a communications hotline with the pentagon, a day after the President, Donald Trump, ordered airstrikes on the airbase of the Syrian air force in Shayrat.

Russia and the U.S. established the link in 2015 as part of measures to prevent incidents and ensure flight safety in Syrian airspace.

This decision was taken after the U.S. military attaché in Moscow was summoned to the Defense Ministry to get Russia’s official note on the matter.

Russia’s Defense Ministry’s official spokesman, Major Gen Igor Konashenkov, made this known to reporters, refuting U.S. media reports claiming Russia had decided to keep the hotline open.

The U.S. is accusing Russia of complicity in the chemical attack by Syrian government forces in Idlib province.

Analysts Forecast March Inflation At 16.4%

EFCC Discovers 49m Naira At Kaduna AirportNigeria’s headline inflation for the month of March is expected to fall for the second time in 2017, to 16.4 per cent.

This is according to Lagos-based financial and economic research firm, Financial Derivatives Company.

Earlier in the week, the purchasing manager’s index of the Central Bank, and FBN quest, revealed a modest increase in domestic manufacturing in March, indicating that Nigeria is gradually climbing out of recession.

The National Bureau of Statistics is expected to release the official March inflation data next week.

Nigerians Call For Cease Fire Between Executive And Legislature

nigerians-call-cease-fire-executive-arm-legislatureAs the face-off between the executive and legislature arms of Government continues, Nigerians are asking that the arms of government settle their differences for the good of the growth and development of the country.

Speaking to Channels Television, some aggrieved Nigerians have called on the presidency to “put their house in order and go back to their drawing boards, pick up their manifestos and look at what they promised Nigerians and begin to do serious delivery to the people.”

Several weeks after the Senate’s second rejection of President Buhari’s nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), there has been no response on the part of the executive.

Mr Magu, has however remained in acting capacity; a situation which had received much criticism from some citizens.

The Senate’s suspension of Senator Ali Ndume for six months for allegedly bringing the institution to an unbearable disrepute, the summoning of the Professor Itse Sagay for allegedly saying that the Senate was filled with people of questionable character, as well as Customs Boss, are among the issues which have drawn the attention of well meaning Nigerians.

Among those who spoke on the matter was a former Senator, Dr. Olorunnibe Mamora, who however, sees the situation as normal for the level of democracy which Nigeria is practicing.

Motorists Call For Police Presence On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Bridge

Motorists Call For Police Presence On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Bridge Following reported cases of armed robbery on the long bridge bordering Ogun and Lagos state on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, motorists are calling for increased police presence on it, especially at night.

The robbers purportedly take advantage of the poor state of the road, which is riddled with potholes, slowing down vehicular movement and causing gridlock, to attack motorists and dispose them of their belongings.

A staff of Channels Television had earlier in the week, fallen victim after being held up in the traffic.

He was approached by the robbers who were wielding dangerous weapons. They forced him out of his car and he was thrown off the bridge into the swampy surrounding where other members of the gang were stationed.

He was beaten and disposed of cash and other valuables. While he managed to escape, some other victims have not been so lucky to escape alive.

The motorists who could not speak on camera, asked security operatives to provide surveillance on the bridge, and undertake a clean sweep of the area to avoid further attacks and loss of life

JAMB Extends Registration Deadline For 2017 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced an extension of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known while addressing a news conference in Abuja. He also spoke on the mock examination earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday and the need for the extension.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), wishes to apologise to candidates and other stakeholders on the fact that we could not go on as planned with the mock examination.

“We are hereby announcing the extension of the registration exercise of the 2017 UTME. Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registrations will now extend to Friday May 5 2017.

“Consequently, the 2017 UTME, the examination proper, has also been postponed to start from Saturday 13th to 20th of May 2017. Meanwhile, the mock examinations earlier slated for April 8, 2017 has been put on hold and the new date will be announced soon.”

The development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Professor Oloyede, had on the other hand, attributed the current challenges being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some centres.

The board had innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.

It also adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’, which is said to be a secured system that has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

With the development, prospective candidates seeking to write the UTME can now heave a sigh of relief.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Advocates Good Governance

Holding leaders accountable, in order to fulfill promises of good governance, rule of law, and provision of basic necessities for development, has been the focus of discussions at the Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend.

Speakers at the 2017 edition of the event holding in Morocco, include: former presidents, academics, rights activists, and business people.

King Mohammed (VI) of Morocco was represented by his Adviser, Andrey Azoulay, who set the tone for the conversation.

Dr Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim – Founder

Also speaking at the event, Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, noted that Africans have failed to acknowledge the good leaders, adding that part of the aim of the event was to bring them out of the shadows.

“The problem with Africa is that you don’t know your heroes, you only know your bad leaders – As a role model we need to know our heroes, we need to write our own history.”

Amina Mohammed

The UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, who also shared her story, noted that although she had an educational set back, she had to challenge herself to do more and use her story to make a difference.

“If I don’t use my story to make a difference, then I think I have no business being in a place where it is demanded of me that I show leadership because we know we have to make a difference today and not tomorrow.”

Former President of German, also speaking, noted that leaders do not have to be perfect, neither do they have to accept the idea that they should be selfish or mean.

“Imperfection is human, it is recognising ones own imperfections that makes a good leader.”

Rounding off the conversation were musical performances from some of Africa’s best.

Wike Challenges Judiciary On Sustainable Democracy

As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), begins preparations towards the 2019 general elections, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has challenged the judiciary to play the role required of it to sustain democracy in Nigeria.

The governor said this when he received the Governing and the Executive Councils of the West African Bar Association in the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“What we are seeing in Nigeria today, is a situation where this man is not likely to play by our rules therefore, let us accuse him of corruption and when people hear that oh this man is corrupt, the public would be against the person.

“At the time the Judiciary is supposed to be strong, at the time the Nigerian Judiciary needed the NBA to give them the backing to be strong and independent, they withdrew,” he stated.

According to the African Bar Association, strengthening democratic institutions and the electioneering in Africa and Nigeria in particular, will form part of the discuss during the Bar’s annual general meeting.

Oslo Police Destroy ‘Bomb Like’ Device

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A ‘bomb-like’ device has been destroyed in a controlled explosion in Central Oslo.

Police officers cordoned off a large part of the Gronland area on Saturday evening, before the bomb squad detonated the suspected device.

A police spokesman said a suspect is in custody as police were already on alert after an attack in Sweden on Friday.

A truck ploughed into a Stockholm department store, killing four people and leaving 15 more injured.

It was said to be the worst attack to hit the Nordic region since the 2011 killing of 77 people in Norway by far-right extremist, Anders Brevik.

Swedish police confirmed on Saturday that they had found the unknown device on the driver’s seat in the abandoned lorry, which they were testing.

The investigation has been handed over to Norway’s Police Security Service.