Mass failure in Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations-SSCE conducted by West African Examination Council-WAEC and the National Examination Council-NECO with its headquarters in Minna, Niger State have been a re-current decimal in recent years and a bad omen for the country’s educational sector. Education experts see the development as a departure from the long history of qualitative standard of education Nigeria is known for when their students compete favourably with British nationals at London General Certificate of Education-GCE’ O’ Level and ‘A’ levels among others.
Prior to the famous 1976 Local Government Reforms by the military regime preparatory to handing over to civilian administration to institutionalise grassroots programmes, it was known as Native Authority under the colonial era less autonomous and serving as an avenue for policy implementation directed by the presidency then in Lagos.
The bombing of All Christian Fellowship Church along Church Road that fateful Sunday in Suleja, Niger State in 2010 that immediately claimed 11 lives marked the beginning of insurgency attacks by the Boko Haram fundamentalist Islamic sect carrying jihad against Nigeria. The thinking according to investigation was to embarrass the federal government from the backyard of Aso Rock-the nation’s seat of power. The sect’s daring was intermittent and ferocious.
History Of Ebola
Ebola epidemic was first discovered in 1976 by Peter Piot, a 27-year-old Belgian scientist, in Yambuku village a remote part in the equatorial rainforest located in the northern part of then Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo. The task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.
This Saturday, August 9, 2014 will remain memorable in the history of Osun State. The day, one of the biggest and most intriguing political battles would be fought as several gladiators under the platforms of various political parties, especially the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC and its major opposition the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP flex muscles at the polls. One major election serves as litmus test for the two parties and subsequently determines their fate on who paddle the political canoe of the state in 2015, a rare battle with plenty of fireworks.
Prelude to D-Day and Gladiators
Few days to the long awaited governorship election in Osun State, the stage appears set for the epic battle seen to be between the real contenders and those who are seen by political analysts as “mere pretenders.”
It is no longer news that another round of political battle for number one citizen of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of the All Progressives Congress, APC has ensued. The current impasse between the governor and the State House of Assembly is said to be the greatest political battle the governor has ever faced since he ventured into politics.
The political permutations in Nasarawa State indicate that embattled Governor Tanko Al-Makura may have allegedly activated the self-destruct mode when he purportedly reneged on serving his promised one tenure in office having tested the allure of power. As at the time of filing this report, the State Assembly has directed the Chief Judge of the state to set an investigative panel to investigate Governor Al-Makura for alleged gross misconduct, disrupting law and order and extra budgeting expenditure coupled with financial misappropriation and using hoodlums to cause disorder in the state.
The constitutional history of Nigeria commenced after the conquest of Lagos in 1861 by the British. One year after, Lagos was declared a new ‘Crown Colony’ or settlement, and the first colonial constitution was introduced in Nigeria.
A Legislative Council comprising a Chief Justice, Colonial Secretary and a senior military officer commanding the imperial forces, was introduced. The Legislative Council was charged with the responsibility of advising the governor in framing legislation for the colony.
Unfortunately, the Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria-ABCON in their weak defense only said the new regulation would worsen unemployment in the country without responding to the numerous breaches CBN accused their members of.
More so, opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives seem to be playing politics with the grave issues raised by CBN by opposing the bank’s resolve to salvage the ugly situation.