Bill Gates offers Nigeria, other countries N8billion to fight Ebola

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced it will be donating $50million (N8billion) to support the efforts of Nigeria and other West African countries hit by the Ebola Virus outbreak in containing the spread of the deadly virus. Announcing this in a statement issued today September 10th, the foundation said the money will be immediately released to the United Nations agencies and international organizations that are involved in the Ebola fight to enable them and national governments purchase needed supplies and scale up emergency operations. 

 
Th foundation also announced the immediate release of an additional $2million to the various Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to support incident management, treatment, and health care system strengthening during this epidemic.
 
The foundation also pledged to work with private and public organizations to facilitate the speedy development of therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating patients and preventing further transmission of the disease.

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Is There Life Beyond This One? (Part 2) By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

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(Opening Note: Following the reactions to the publication of the first part of this piece, it has become necessary to clear some things up. The nature of religion, its penchant for indoctrination, abhors flexibility. Its integrity rests on rigidity and frugality. But because it is a human institution, the pull to change and to adjust to new realities exerts pressure on religion and, over time, ultimately, tears it apart.

(Opening Note: Following the reactions to the publication of the first part of this piece, it has become necessary to clear some things up. The nature of religion, its penchant for indoctrination, abhors flexibility. Its integrity rests on rigidity and frugality. But because it is a human institution, the pull to change and to adjust to new realities exerts pressure on religion and, over time, ultimately, tears it apart. While science arrives at final answers that it is willing to revise and upend as knowledge expands, religion starts with the final answers and spends its lifetime protecting the answers against the increasing wave of new knowledge and understanding. Maybe by opening our minds a little wider than the restrictions of our religions allow, we may tone down the feeling that our religion is better than theirs and that they must accept our own religion to be humans. I strongly believe that those who see the world as wide as it is will be very reluctant to assign their religion as the final answer for which they are willing to kill others for not believing.

In this part two, I have gathered more of the scientific thinking of this day around the question: is there life beyond this one? Religions as we have them today must dismiss that question because the day another being, call it an alien or something extraterrestrial, walks into our world, that day, all religions we know today will die. The impact will be ten folds of what happened when the Europeans walked into Africa holding the Bible on one hand and guns on the other. )

In 1977, NASA launched voyager 1 and 2. Their mission was to go where no man-made object had ever gone and find things man could only imagine. More than 30 years after, Voyager 1 is more than 18.8 billion miles from earth while Voyager 2 is about 15.3 billion miles away from our planet. Voyager 1 has since crossed the heliosphere – that is the magnetic boundary that separates the solar system’s sun and planets from the rest of the galaxy. It was the first man-made object to cross that line. It’s now floating in the cosmic seas of interstellar space. In another 40,000 years, it will fly near stars that used to be beyond our reach. The Voyager 1 carries time capsules in the form of a golden disc of images and sounds that will tell extraterrestrials about us. Though they each have storage space of 68KB memory scientists hope to learn from them what else is out there. But is telling extraterrestrials about us a good thing?

We cannot really know what really happens when we die if we don’t really know where we are, who shares this universe with us, where this ever expanding universe is heading to and those black holes left behind when a star dies, are they telling us something about what happens when we die?

On any given bright night, when you look up in the sky, you see about 2000 stars. That number is about one out of every 100,000 stars that we have in our galaxy. Scientists estimate that there are about 100 -400 billion stars in our galaxy. Out of these stars, they believe that one billon of them have earth-like planets. If life developed in only 1% of these earth-like planets there will be 100,000 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy.

In the observable universe, it is believed that there are roughly 500 quintillion or 500 billion billion stars like our own sun. Conservative estimates put the number of these sun-like stars with earth–like planets to be 100 billion billion. To get a good picture of it, Tim Urban, writing in the blog, Wait But Why, says that for every grain of sand on earth, there are 100 Earth-like planets. Scientists postulate that if life developed in just 1% of these earth-like planets, there may be 10 million billion intelligent civilizations in the universe that we can observe.

Yet, an organization dedicated to the quest to discover other intelligent life called SETI( Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has not picked up any signal from anywhere. Project Ozma, Project Cyclops, SERENPID have all failed to find any other form of life. Why?

This high estimate of the probability of extraterrestrial life and the lack of evidence that they exist is what is called The Fermi Paradox. It is named after physicist, Enrico Fermi who studied these possibilities and asked the question, “Where is everybody?”

Here are some of the arguments made by Enrico Fermi and Michael H. Hart.

Considering the age of the universe, our sun is young. The earth is only 4.54 billion years old. Older earth-like planets that are billions of years ahead of us will most probably have more advanced civilizations. If you imagine the advancement we made in the last 2000 years, then imagine what difference there will be in a civilization that is millions of years ahead of ours.

Using Freedman Dyson’s theory of the Dyson’s sphere, scientists broke down civilization into three types: Type I are those civilization that can harness all the energy in their planets. Type II are those that can utilize all the energy in their host star. Type III are those that can tap all the energy in their galaxy. We are still struggling to accomplish the first. A civilization that can do the third must be one that can travel from one star to another. Scientists estimate that if 1% of intelligent life survives to reach Type III civilization then we should have at least 1,000 Type III Civilization in our galaxy alone.

Such civilization will be so powerful that we cannot miss them. So why is it that we have not seen them or heard from them? There are several arguments. One is that the reason we don’t see them is because there are no Type II and Type III Civilizations out there. The other explanation is that they are out there but we are not seeing them for other reasons.

If there are no Type I and Type II civilizations out there despite what scientific calculations suggest, then it follows that there must be a Great Filter that stops all life from advancing beyond a certain point. If the argument of The Great Filter as proposed by Robin Hanson is true, the question for us is where are we on that journey? Are we approaching the Great Filter or have we passed it? If we are approaching it, then, we are doomed. If we have passed it, then we are the first.

If the European spacecraft, Rosetta, finds life on comet 67P in December, or we find life anywhere else, it may mean that we are not special and we are not rare and the Great Filter is definitely behind us.

Now, if there is intelligent life out there, and we have not seen or heard from them, it could be for many reasons. Maybe they were here some 60,000 years ago before humans, in the form we are today, emerged. And since the universe is so vast, maybe their return journey is 100,000 years ahead. Or maybe they came when man had not started recording his story, as in any time before 6,000 years ago. It could also be that they are already in our galaxy but we just live in a part they have not yet visited, like new tribes just discovered in the Amazon rainforest who did not know they are in a country called Brazil long colonized by the Portuguese. It could also be that they have created a perfect world for themselves and do not want to be bothered with us in our ghetto.

Another option is that maybe there is a dreadful predator out there and other intelligent lives do not want to attract its attention by sending out signals – which Tim Urban thinks makes our idea of reaching out to them via the Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence) METI stupid. Again, there is the option that a higher intelligent life that lives in a civilization that is very advanced exists but exterminates other intelligent life that gets to a level that threatens their domination. So they are watching us the way we watch ants and once we get any close to being a threat to them, like when we jump from one solar system’s sun to another, like NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 are doing, they will strike. There is the possibility that other intelligent lives are out there but we cannot hear them because our technology is very poor. Maybe in 2,000 years from now we will have the kind of technology to hear their voices and capture their energy. Also, it could be that we live in their zoo, a reservation, a kind of National Park, which they observe and do not touch. This argument is called the zoo hypothesis.

These arguments are not slowing scientists down. With proposals to launch the Von Neumann probe, a series of self-replicating devices that could go beyond where our imagination can reach now, the search for answers is just at the early age.

It was only 500 years ago that Nicolaus Copernicus showed us how wrongly we had understood where we are when he proved that the earth is not the center of the universe. Before him, every man and woman who ever lived got the wrong interpretation of the place of the sun in the universe. Imagine other million things we have been, and still are, all getting wrong. And it was only in 1600 that Antonie van Leeuwenhoek used a handmade microscope to see bacteria. Before him the church had believed that small organisms do not procreate but generate spontaneously and mankind attributed the activities of bacteria to spirits and other bizarre phenomenon.

As we explore space and time we widen our horizon, contemplating the possibility that we are living in a simulated reality. But without consciousness, will space and time still exist as we imagined it? Without spacecraft and telescopes, does the new space and time that we behold exist?  The truth is that we don’t know what is really out there. The answers that we have today are simply the answers of today. The realities of tomorrow are definitely going to change them. From the look of things, the answers of today are not the final answers. The same way, we don’t know what really happens when we die. Only the dead, like Prophet Elijah Ireti Ajanaku, are truly educated.

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NIGERIA: JTF Uncovers Stolen Crude Oil in Fetish Shrines in Delta, Bayelsa

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Operatives of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) who invaded shrines in some communities  in  Delta and Bayelsa States found out that the people were ‘worshipping’ the stolen crude oil.

The stolen crude oil were found buried inside traditional grounds, fetish shrines, sitting rooms in some houses and septic tanks to avoid detections by security agencies.

The task force, which was confounded by the desperation of the oil thieves, said in a statement signed by the Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre of the Task Force, Lt.Col. Mustapha Anka, that the illegal oil bunkering squad of the JTF Operation Pulo Shield uncovered the new tactics applied by oil thieves operating in the Niger Delta region following the seizure of a 12,000 litres capacity sewage truck loaded with stolen crude oil.

The sewage truck was intercepted in Ibada Amukpe community in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

“The sewage truck was  later declared to be carrying waste and heading to a disposal, but was discovered to be carrying stolen crude oil.

Both the suspects and the product are now in the custody of the JTF for preliminary investigation before handing them over to prosecuting agency.
 Meanwhile, the troops attached to the JTF launched a security operation against suspected criminals in Bayelsa State and discovered one AK 47 assault rifle with registration number CK28817.

According to the JTF, “One foreign made double-barrel shot gun and a locally made single-barrel shot gun with 12 live cartridges were also recovered. No arrest was made as the criminals had escaped before the arrival of the troops. The weapons and the cartridges are in the JTF custody, while efforts are ongoing to apprehend the criminals.

“Also, the troops of the JTF raided eight illegal bunkering sites at Opumani creek and Adudu in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, where oil thieves operated with 10 pumping machines, 17 cooking points, three illegal storage tanks and eight metal tanks.

Other items discovered at the sites included 13 Cotonou boats and illegal bunkering hoses.
“The sites and equipment were destroyed on the spot, in line with the task force mandate in the Niger Delta.  A surveillance supervisor with a private security guard were also arrested in connection with the illegal oil bunkering.

In a related development, the JTF squad operating along Bayelsa and River States general area has arrested a 33,000 litres capacity truck with Lagos registration number RRP 132 XA containing substance suspected to be illegally acquired diesel
“The suspects abandoned the trucks and fled on sighting the troops. Both the trucks and its contents have been destroyed.  The task force also destroyed 17 illegal oil bunkering camps along freedom creek where oil thieves operates with six Cotonou boats,13 crude oil reservoir and a boat filled with suspected stolen oil.”

Meanwhile,  the Bayelsa State Police Command yesterday confirmed the arrest of six suspected pirates and armed robbery suspects following a security operation launched in some parts of the state capital and the coastal communities in the state.

While three suspected pirates were arrested by the Marine Police formation along Akassa waterways of Brass Local Government Area, another three suspected armed robbers were arrested by security operatives attached to the Akenfa Police Divisonal Command and the Ijaw House building.

The spokesman of the state Police Command, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, identified the arrested pirates to include Akosi Godlaw,Aboy Isou and Femi Odigiri.
 The arrested armed robbers are Ebi Vincent (20), Victor Elvis (20) and Henry Dogo (22).

According to Akhigbe, “The suspected pirates were arrested after they had successfully attacked a passenger boat along the Akassa waterways at about 11.15a.m. and dispossessed them of their valuables. Our marine police personnel chased them and arrested the three suspects. “Policemen attached to the Ijaw House building along the Sani Abacha expressway on August 5 at about 4p.m. sighted a commercial tricycle popularly known as ‘Keke Napep’ and became suspicious of the passengers. They chased and caught the Keke Napep and searched the passengers, a locally made pistol was found on a passenger with two cartridges. The case has been transferred to the state CID.”

“Another case of suspected armed robbery was also recorded at about 11.30p.m. on August 3 when three suspected armed with a pistol went to attack one Roland Simon’s shop along the Winners Church road in Etegwe area. They dispossessed their victim of recharge cards worth N42,000 and a cash worth N8,000. They were chased by the patrol team of the police and arrested.”

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NIGERIA: Actor Arrested over Ebola Hoax on Arik Air Flight

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A Nigerian actor, Chris Bassey, was arrested recently when he disrupted an Arik Air flight from Enugu to Lagos with a hoax call, that a female passenger who was travelling on the flight was infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

When the female passenger was tested on arrival at the Lagos airport, she tested negative, prompting the airline to order for Bassey’s arrest.

He would be charged to court next Monday for raising a false alarm which disrupted the operations of the airline.

THISDAY learnt that at about 1.05p.m. on  August 29, a “certain man from Enugu” called the airline’s customer call centre to alert the airline that his girlfriend who was under quarantine for the EVD had escaped and was on board flight W3 611 from Enugu to Lagos.

“Immediately the flight landed at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) in Ikeja, Lagos, Arik Air’s ground staff who had been placed on alert approached the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) medical personnel, but the FAAN officials at GAT said they didn’t have the requisite equipment to screen passengers for the Ebola virus symptoms.

“The aircraft was therefore taxied to the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport. There, the Port Heath officials supervised the disembarking of the passengers and therefore directed the female passenger to be transferred to the clinic for checks. “The lady was later discovered to be free of Ebola symptoms after thorough examination. She then told Arik Air personnel that her boyfriend who made the malicious call from Enugu did that to smear her name because they had a misunderstanding.

“She further disclosed that she reported the boyfriend to the Police in Enugu on August  28.”
THISDAY has confirmed that Bassey was arrested in Enugu and may be charged to court on Monday because the incident distrupted Arik’s operations on day.
 It was alleged that the Port Health officials’ response at MMIA was slow and it took them more than one hour to come out to screen the passenger.

A senior official of the airline linked the incident to hoax bomb calls made by terror organisations to disrupt flights.

“We are on that case. A man reported that a female passenger had Ebola because he didn’t want to her to travel. We have taken it to the police. This is not good for us because it frightens the passengers. It is the same thing they do with bomb threats which force airlines to evacuate passengers. We lose passengers because it makes people to become afraid to travel,” the official said.

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NIGERIA: Jonathan Hails Igbinedion’s Accomplishments at 80

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President Goodluck Jonathan has commended Chief Gabriel Igbinedion’s life of uncommon accomplishments.

In a congratulatory letter addressed to the Esama of Benin Kingdom on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary today, Jonathan also praised his trail-blazing achievements in several fields of human endeavour.

“Come September 11, you will be marking your landmark 80th birthday anniversary of a life of uncommon accomplishments and enduring fulfillment.
“In a classic epitomisation of the triumph of the will over the temporal limitations of circumstance of birth, you defied all odds and emerged from very humble beginnings to become not just a captain of industry of note beyond the shores of our nation, but also one of Nigeria’s most readily recognisable names. Through it all, you have not only remained faithful to the rich cultural heritage of the revered Benin Kingdom as one of the most senior Chiefs in the land, but you have also played a significant role in Nigeria’s democratic developmental process.“

“A trailblazer in every enterprise you have ventured into, yours is indeed, a life truly worthy of celebration” the president said.

Wishing Igbinedion a very happy 80th birthday celebrations on behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the president  prayed that Almighty God will continue to guide the Esama and keep him in good health.

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NIGERIA: Fashola Pays Condolence Visit to Dimgba Igwe’s Family

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), yesterday paid a condolence visit to the family of the late frontline journalist, Mr. Dimgba Igwe.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Fashola was accompanied on the visit to the deceased’s Okota home by some of his aides, including Mr. Hakeem Bello, his Special Adviser on Media.

They were received by the wife of the deceased, Obioma, his children, and other family members.
 The governor condoled with the family on the loss of their patriarch and prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul.

Fashola described the late Dimgba as a friend and brother, saying his death was not only a loss to journalism and the nation, but also a personal loss to him.
“Dimgba, you are my friend and brother. How do I explain this separation especially with our unfinished work?

“You are really a great and a wonderful person. I will miss you,’’ Fashola wrote in the condolence register.
 Dimgba was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver while jogging around his neighbourhood on Saturday morning.

He was thereafter rushed to a hospital where he later died at the age of 58.
 The late Igwe was Vice-Chairman of The Sun Newspapers and a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).

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Mark: I’ll Pursue State Creation with My Last Breath

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More than a year after the Senate Committee on Constitution Review dropped the idea of state creation, Senate President, David Mark, yesterday vowed to re-open the move even if it would cost him the last drop of his blood.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark made this vow when four members of the House of Representatives and chairmen of nine local councils from his Benue South senatorial district visited him in Abuja yesterday.
 The statement quoted Mark as saying “even if it takes my last breath, I want to pursue the creation of state. I will put in my last breath to ensure the creation of Apa State for my people.”

The statement further quoted Mark as saying that the agitation for state creation “is the legitimate demand of the agitators” adding that the desire of most Nigerians is that new states be created “to correct some imbalances and give every Nigerian a sense of belonging in the system.”

The statement also claimed that the delegation told Mark that the visit followed immense pressure from residents and opinion leaders from Benue South senatorial district, urging Mark to seek election into the Senate for the fifth time in 2015.

It also claimed that leader of the delegation and Chairman of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state, Sunday Adah Ojo, told Mark that the people of Idoma had no better candidate than him, adding that chairmen of nine local government areas from the district had endorsed his return to the Senate next year.

“We are here to deliver the message from the Idoma elders, women, youths and opinion leaders to you that whether you like it or not, you must stand for another term as a senator representing Benue South in the National Assembly,” the statement quoted Ojo as saying.

According to the statement, Mark, in his response, said: “I am a loyal, faithful and dedicated party man, I will only make my intention  known when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) releases the guidelines and  programme for the elections.”

Council chairmen in the delegation, according to Mumeh, were Dr. Innocent Onuh, Dutse Stephen, Mark Sunday, Julie Obeta, Bright Ogbaji, Owoicho Oyih, and Odeh Michael while members of House of Representatives included Samson Okwu, Ezeikel Adaji, Adamu Entonu and Hassan Saleh.

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Dimgba Igwe: We Need Relevant Information to Track Killer Driver, Says FRSC

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The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has said the commission needs relevant information to track the killer driver of Dimgba Igwe.

Oyeyemi described the sudden death of the former Vice-Chairman of The Sun Newspapers as a colossal loss to the nation’s journalistism profession.

Reacting to the demise of Igwe in a condolence message, the FRSC frowned at the circumstances which led to the death of a “distinguished Nigerian who served the journalism profession with zeal, candour, forthrightness and integrity”, adding that “his demise has left behind legacies, which will serve as template and reference point for present and future generation of the Nigerian media.”

Still speaking on his death which according to media reports and eyewitness account, was caused by a hit-and-run driver in a Toyota Corrolla car, Oyeyemi frowned at the reckless conduct of the supposed driver as alleged and regretted that even in the face of the FRSC’s sustained drive to address the menace of reckless driving in the country, there are still recalcitrant drivers with penchant for contravening traffic rules and regulations.

Furthermore, he recalled the commission’s initiative to revamp the National Uniform Licensing Scheme through an upgrade of its database with various capabilities that allows seamless on-line verification of information bordering on vehicle number plates and driver’s license thus creating a credible tool to regulate driver behaviour on our roads.

According to him: “Much as the corps has directed the Lagos State Sector Commander to commence investigations to unravel the identity of the hit-and-run driver, we will most appreciate relevant information from those who witnessed the fatal crash, on other details of the vehicle such as the colour and number plate to enable us get to the root of this unfortunate matter.”

While commiserating with the management and staff of The Sun Newspapers, the FRSC Corps Marshal also prayed to God to give his immediate family, the fortitude to bear the loss which has not only dealt a great blow to the journalism profession but to the nation.

The late Igwe was jogging in the early hours of last Saturday close to his house when a speeding driver knocked him down and disappeared without stopping.

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Delta Grants Judiciary Financial Autonomy as Uduaghan Signs Bill

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 The judiciary in Delta State has been granted financial autonomy  by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, thereby ensuring the complete independence of the third arm of government.

Uduaghan, whose administration had ensured that the judiciary in the state runs its capital budget independently, yesterday gave legal backing to the practice by signing the state Judiciary Financial  Autonomy Bill into law.

Another bill on Delta State Model Primary Schools Bill 2014 was also assented to by the governor after they were presented to him by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Onwusanya.

The governor, who threw light on the relevance of the bills at the ceremony which was attended by principal officers in the state assembly, members of the judicial arm of government and the state executive council, stated that his administration was giving legal backing to its programmes to ensure their sustenance.

He explained that the judiciary financial autonomy bill besides  guaranteeing the financially independence of the judiciary would reduce  industrial actions in that arm of government.

The governor disclosed that funds to the judiciary under the law are to be released quarterly based on revenue that actually accrued to the state.

He stated that the model primary schools law was very important as sound education was very necessary for the youths of the state, adding , “government is about laws and what we are doing as a state is to ensure that those programmes that we have put in place are not jettisoned when we leave office.

“As much as possible, we are giving legal backing to our programmes,” Uduaghan stated, noting that the law on model primary schools was very important as the schools were designed to match the best in the world.

“We need to protect these schools to ensure that the standards were maintained, we need to provide quality education, use Montessori method of teaching at that level and promote the culture of discipline and hard work in our schools.”

He disclosed that the model schools would not be supervised by the Ministry of Education but would be directly under the Governor’s  office to ensure that the desired standards were maintained.

The Speaker of the state assembly, Onwusanya while presenting the bills, informed the governor that they passed through a rigorous process in the legislature and lauded the good working  relationship between the three arms of government in the state.

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Ukraine: Nigerian Students to Be Transferred to Safer Regions

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 As heavy fighting continues between Ukrainian military and separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science has offered to transfer Nigerian students studying in universities in the regions to the safer central and western regions to continue their education.

At least 2,000 Nigerians are studying in the two regions. About 1,650 of them have already transferred to safer regions or returned home to Nigeria. The remaining 350 remain trapped in the regions.

According to a statement issued by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja yesterday, Ukrainian authorities have requested all the Nigerian students in the troubled regions to urgently forward their names, passport numbers, name of their institutions, courses, year of study and alternative universities within Ukraine, to either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East and Central European Affairs Division Abuja or Nigerian Embassy in Kiev.

“Such required details will enable the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science to transfer the students to universities in safer central and western regions of the country to continue their studies,” the statement read.

The Foreign Ministry urged all parents and guardians whose wards  are studying in the crisis regions of Ukraine to take urgent steps to “get this information across to them wherever they may be for appropriate action”.

About 5000 Nigerians are said to be studying in various universities across Ukraine.

Caption: Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu

Niger East By-election: Aliyu Admits was Toughest in History

Aisha Wakaso in Minna

Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday stated that the just concluded senatorial by-election to fill the Niger East seat was the toughest election he had ever encountered in his political history.

Aliyu, who disclosed this yesterday in Minna when he received the senator-elect, Dr. Nuhu Shem Zagbayi, in government house, said the difficulty of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winning the election got him worried, adding that he had to do some analyses as to the root cause of the near loss situation despite the provision of infrastructures for the people.

“We thank God for giving us victory in this election. After the election, I took time to analyse what went wrong because since I started running for political offices in 1983, this is the toughest election I have ever encountered.”

Aliyu also stated that the reason the election was a tough nut for the PDP to crack in the state was not as a result of the opposition the All Progressives Congress  (APC) but as a result of enemies within the camp of the PDP who worked against the party during the election.

“After my analysis, I realised that the election was tough not because of the opposition, and if you will all analyse it, you will realise that we were not competing with opposition but we were competing with people who claimed to be members of the PDP but were working against us.”

“Some did it for selfish reasons, some did it for revenge and most importantly, some did it for greed.”

He further stated that greed by some politicians who did not allow the funds released by the government to trickle down was responsible for the near lose of the area.

“Some also where given money to use for the election, and they did not use it. Some people sat down, calculated what it would cost us to take care of our agents, it was given and yet it did not get to some of them.”
Aliyu stated that the PDP in the country and states are in for a more challenging period come 2015.

He therefore, urged politicians to go back to their people and begin to explain to them, adding that there should be a symbiotic relationship between the electorate, elected and the party.
“We must get more serious and do not take anything for granted; we have to go back to the drawing board; we must have winning strategies unlike what we were doing before.”

Aliyu also stated that he and the party would go on a thank you visit to the wards that gave the party the highest votes in the nine local government councils where the election was held in the state.

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