10 Major News Stories You Should Know This Thursday Morning
Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Dailies
1.Charles Okah has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja. He was sentenced by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, alongside Obi Nwabueze, his co-accused.
2. The International Monetary Fund, IMF, on Wednesday welcomed Nigeria’s exit from economic recession and lauded its strong recovery in foreign exchange reserves.
IMF said this in a report released on Wednesday in Washington DC by its Executive Board after the conclusion of Article IV Consultation with Nigeria.
3. The striking Non-Teaching Staff of the Nigerian Universities has threatened to disrupt the 2018 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), set to hold as from March 9. Mr Samson Ugwoke, Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC), Non-Teaching Staff of the Nigerian Universities, made the threat at a meeting of the National JAC with the Principal Branch Officers on Wednesday in Abuja.
4. Barring any last-minute change, activities in the health sector will be halted if the Federal Government fails to meet the agreement between it and the unions in the sector. This is as the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional on Wednesday issued the Federal Government 30-day ultimatum to implement agreements entered into last year or face nationwide strike action.
5. Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Wednesday condemned the lingering socio-political unrest in Kogi state especially the recent attack by suspected armed thugs on Sen. Ahmed Ogembe. Speaking at the Senate plenary, Saraki said the State was becoming a threat to the nation’s democracy.
6. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Wednesday said it recorded a decrease in the number of registered candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in 2018. The Registrar of the Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja. He said a total number of 1,662,762 candidates registered for the 2018 UTME, within a period of two months, as against a total of 1,718,425 candidates who registered within one month in 2017.
7. The Senate on Wednesday said it may override President Buhari’s assent on the Peace Corps bill, questioning the reasons the president gave for refusing assent to the bill. Speaking through order 43 of Senate rules, Senator Dino Melaye posited that it was unacceptable, reasons adduced by President Buhari, where he cited the paucity of funds and duplication of responsibilities for not signing the bill.
8. A bill to amend the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Act to include skirts in NYSC uniform could not scale second reading at the Senate on Wednesday. The bill was rejected following concerns that such amendment required altering the constitution which involved a long process.
9. One person was on Wednesday feared dead when some youths, suspected to be cult members, clashed with some traders at the Ekiosa Market in Benin, Edo State. At least, six others were reportedly injured in the clash.The State Commissioner of Police, however, said no one was killed.
10. A report says the nation’s external reserves hit $43.2bn on March 6, 2018, data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria had revealed on Wednesday. The foreign exchange reserves had recorded a four-year high at $42.76bn on March 2.
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