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FG Declares Monday, Tuesday To Mark Eid

The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays to mark Eldi Fitri Celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja.

Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful for successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as calling on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

The Minister however expressed his concern about the spate of ethnic conflicts that has resurfaced in some parts of Northern Nigeria in recent times.

He advised Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and learn to tolerate one another despite their ethnic and religious differences.

Aregbesola further assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was fully committed to battling COVID-19.

While commending the security agencies for the successes so far recorded in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, he advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19.

The Minister reminded Muslims to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

President Sacks NECO Boss, Four Other For Financial Misappropriation

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of the appointment of Prof Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council .

The President also dismissed four members of the management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety .

Uwakwe had been suspended since May 2018 by the Federal Government over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.

Uwakwe and some top officials allegedly awarded contracts in the council to the tune of N25 billion without following the due process .

NECO in a release on Wednesday confirmed that the suspended registrar had been relieved of his appointment by the President , while four members of the management had also been dismissed .

The President ’ s directive was conveyed in a letter , dated May 11 , and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono , on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu , which said Uwakwe was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act ( 2007 ) and pursuant to PSR 030402 and Part 1 schedule 4 ( i ) of NECO Establishment Act .

Echono said , “ After due consideration of the investigative panel on the allegation of unsatisfactory conduct levelled against you and some management staff of the council , Mr . President in exercise of his powers , has approved your removal as the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of National Examinations Council with effect from the date of your suspension from duty . ”

The former Registrar was also directed to hand over all the government property in his custody to the acting Registrar .
In another letter , FME / S/ 1419 /C. 3 /T/ 98 , on May 11 , by the Permanent Secretary , the President approved the dismissal from service of four Management workers .

The letter partly reads, “ After due consideration of the Financial Report of the Review Committee , Mr . President has approved the recommendations as follows ; Bamidele Olure, dismissal from the service with effect from the date of his suspension from office having been found guilty of financial impropriety and not qualified to Head the Finance and Accounts Department .

“ Dr . Shina Adetona was dismissed from service with effect from the date he was suspended from office for acts tantamount to fraudulent practices, sabotage and suppression of official records . ”

Covid-19 Update: 226 New Cases Recorded As Total Stands At 6,401

Nigeria has recorded 226 new cases of the Coronavirus across various states of the country bringing the total cases to 6,401.

Announcing via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday night, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) stated that 131 cases were recorded in Lagos State, 25 cases in Ogun State 15 cases in Plateau State, eleven cases in Edo State, seven cases in Kaduna State and six cases in Oyo State.

The tweet further revealed that five cases each were recorded in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Adamawa State, four cases in Jigawa, Ebonyi and Borno State, three cases in Nasarawa State, two cases in Bauchi and Gombe State and one case each in Enugu and Bayelsa State.

As at now, 6401 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria with 1734 patients discharged and 192 deaths recorded.

Ministry Confirms Location of Newly Approved Federal Colleges of Education

The Federal Ministry of Education says letters regarding locations of the six newly approved Federal Colleges of Education have been sent to governors of the six benefiting states.

This was contained in a statement by the ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ben Goong, on Monday in Abuja.

According to Goong, the clarification on the locations of the colleges becomes necessary to dispel rumours circulating in some sections of the media.

“The attention of the Federal Ministry of Education has been drawn to the mutilation of official correspondence between the ministry and Osun State Government over the location of the newly approved Federal College of Education in the state, which has been widely circulated in the social and conventional media.

“To this effect, therefore, the Federal Ministry of Education wishes to clarify the locations of the colleges as follows: Bauchi -location- Jama’are in Jama’are Local Government and Benue – location- Odugbo in Apa Local Government.

“Others are Ebonyi – location – Isu in Onicha Local Government, Edo – location- Ekiadolor in Ovia North East Local Government, Osun – location – Iwo in Iwo Local Government and Sokoto – location- Gidan Madi in Tangaza Local Government,” he said.

Goong added that a technical team from the ministry and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) will visit the benefiting states to inspect and assess the sites in the coming weeks.

He said that these were in preparation for the take-off of the colleges in October.

Breaking: Buhari Will Not Address Nigerians Tonight

President Muhammadu Buhari will not be addressing Nigerians on the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has said.

Adesina, in a tweet on his Twitter handle (@FemAdesina) on Monday, said no presidential address on COVID-19 updates was planned for today (Monday).

He said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 would rather, during its usual media briefings, bring the nation up to speed on the next steps.

The tweet reads: “No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today.
“None was planned.

“Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps.”

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