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NiMet predicts sunny, thundery activities for Saturday



The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunny and thundry activities for Saturday.

NiMet’s weather outlook on Friday in Abuja predicted a stable atmosphere over the Northern region down to Central cities with chances of thunderstorms over the inland and

coastal region of the country.

It forecast sunny and dry conditions over the extreme Northern region throughout the forecast period with day and night temperatures of 35 to 38 degree Celsius

and 15 to 20 degree Celsius respectively.

“For Central states, partly cloudy to sunny conditions would prevail throughout the forecast period with day and night temperature of 29 to 38 drgree Celsius and 21 to 23 degree Celsius.

“For Southern states, partly cloudy to cloudy morning is anticipated over the region with chances of thunderstorms over Akure, Oshogbo, Ibadan and the coastal region in the afternoon/evening period.

“Day and night temperatures are expected to be 31 to 33 degree Celsius and 21 to 22 degree Celsius,” it said.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa


168 stranded Nigerians return from Libya



The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday received another batch of 168 stranded Nigerian returnees from Libya.

The Acting Coordinator, NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, received the returnees on behalf of the Director-General of NEMA at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

Farinloye told newsmen that the returnees arrived in the country aboard a chartered Al Buraq airline with flight number UZ289/190 at 5:42 a.m after 12 hours delay.

He said that 38 female adults, five female children were returned with 109 adult males, six male children and 10 infants, among others.

He said that this had brought the total number of returnees from Libya from April 2017 to date to 8,096 males and 5,788 females.

“This has brought the total number of returnees brought to Nigeria from 16 countries to 15,731 since April 2017 to date.

Farinloye, while qouting the summary of the special EU-IOM and Federal Government intervention from 2017 to October 2019, said that Libya had the highest number of returnees with 8,096 males and  5,788 females.

” Nigeria returnees from Niger Republic stood at 1,043 males and 556 females; Morocco male 42, female 37; Liberia male eight and female four.

” Burkina Faso male six, female 18,  France male three, female one, while Ireland had only one female, but countries like Polad, Austria, Gambia, Mauritania, Ethiopia had one male each assisted back.

” Chad had one male, two females and Cote D’ivoire had only two females brought back within the period,” Farinloye said.

According him, ” Estimatedly, adults males are 54 per cent, 37 per cent are for female,  while male and female minors stood at four per cent each.

” In the same vein, the distressed migrants brought back per state of origin shows that Edo State topped the list with 40.6%,  Delta 13.3%, Ogun 6.2%, Imo 4.7%, Lagos 4.3%,  Oyo 4.1%,  Yobe 3.6%, Kano 3.1% and Osun with 2.9%, while other states complete the rest.”

He said those who suffered various degrees of torture were 31 males and 21 females, while unaccompanied minors that were assisted back in males were 66 males and 67 females.

Farinloye added that those who were kidnapped out of Nigeria, but assisted back to the country were 79 males, 31 females, while single parents male were 41 and female were 616.

He said total number of pregnant women brought back so far were 439,  while those with various medical issues were 592 males and 804 females.

Migrants assisted back with psychosocial needs are 523 males and 470 females.  

Edited & Vetted By: Tajudeen Atitebi

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Boundary Commission says, Benue Taraba crisis to be over soon.



Boundary Commission says, Benue Taraba crisis to be over soon.



Deputy Governor of Benue, Mr Benson Abounu (L) and Deputy Governor of Taraba, Mr Haruna Manu at the Joint Meeting of Officials on Benue/Taraba Interstate Boundary.

The National Boundary Commission (NBC) says the interstate boundary crisis between communities in Taraba and Benue would soon be over.

Mr Adamu Adaji, the Acting Director-General of the Commission, made this know during his opening remark at the Joint Meeting of officials on the Benue and Taraba inter-state boundary, on Thursday in Abuja.

Adaji said Benue and Taraba shared common cultural and historical antecedence, adding that boundary conflict had created bad blood between them.

He said that boundary dispute between Benue and Taraba dated back to 1976, when Gongola was created.

According to him, the then Wukari Division, made up of Wukari, Takum and Donga Local Administrative Areas were carved out of Benue and merged with Sardauna and Adamawa Provinces to form the new state

“The good news is that the present administration, at both the Federal and State levels, are committed and determine to bring the impasse to a permanent end.

“Between 1994 to 1997, progress was made on tracing and demarcation of the boundary but was truncated by crisis and security challenges. Same thing again happened between 2005 and 2008.

“NBC, Benue and Taraba Government held several meetings and the Technical Committee comprising of members from the Commission, Benue and Taraba brought out recommendations to resolve the issues.

“Soon, the boundary between Benue and Taraba will be demarcated with 200 main pillars which will be done between February and June, 2020.

“The segment of the boundary is categorised as a. Logo/Wukari and Ukum/Wukari sectors b. Katsina-Ala/Wukari and c. Katsina-Ala/Takum sectors and finally Kwande/Takum sector.

“We shall also sensitise border communities to understand that demarcation is not to encourage war but rather to indicate limits for administrative convenience,” Adaji said.

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Governor of Taraba, Mr Haruna Manu, said that the unclear nature of border between Benue and Taraba had led to a lot of crisis in the past.

He said there were efforts by the Taraba Government to ensure that peace returned to the border communities in the two states, adding that the Benue Government had also did well to restore peace.

“This joint meeting to ensure proper demarcation is a golden opportunity for the two states and NBC to bring to a permanent end to crisis caused by border issues.

“I want to assure you that after the demarcation of the boundary and a Tiv person finds himself or herself in Taraba, such a person remain indigene of Taraba.

“He or she will not be sent back to Benue and will enjoy the full rights of indigene of Taraba,” Manu said.

Similarly, the Deputy Governor of Benue, Mr Benson Abounum, said there is need for effective advocacy to the border communities, stressing that they needed to understand the essence of the demarcation.

He noted that the demarcation with beacons were not about a dividing wall between Benue and Tarabar but rather for effective political and socioeconomic administration.

“What we need now is to get our people to agree to the demarcation. If beacons at put at the border and people are not enlightened, they will remove the beacons, so there is need for advocacy and agreement by the two side.

“The seriousness of the governments of Benue and Taraba saw them engaging in several meetings to ensure that the border crisis between the two state become a thing of the past.

“The Benue and Taraba Government and the border communities need to be committed to the course of peace that the demarcation will bring,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency report that the event brought together traditional rulers from the border communities in Benue and Taraba, state government officials, Local Government Chairmen and officials from the NBC and Office of the Surveyor-General.

After the meeting, a communique would be released to intimate the public on the next step to take to solve the border crisis between the two states.

Edited & Vetted By: Dorcas Jonah/Ephraims Sheyin


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Border demarcation: Commission craves support of Benue, Taraba communities



The National Boundary Commission (NBC) has appealed to 17 communities in Benue and Taraba to support the demarcation of border areas to eliminate factors contributing to border crisis.

Mr Adamu Adaji, Acting Managing Director of the NBC, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the purpose of the Joint Meeting of Officials on the Benue and Taraba Inter-state Boundary was to work toward ending border crisis between border communities in the two states

“We want to appeal to the communities to support this idea of border demarcation so that we can get the boundary demarcated once and for.

“We also want to appeal to Benue and Taraba to sustain the bilateral dialogue we are having and in addition sensitise the affected communities so that they would understand the concept of boundary.

“We will commence sensitisation of the border communities in the first quarter of next year; after that, we will commence demarcation; we have enlisted the support of the government at the Federal and State levels.

“Boundary cannot separate one from his property in another state. If you are in State A and have property in State B, you have access to it unhindered,” Adaji said.

The NBC boss pleaded for cooperation from Local Government Chairmen and officials of the state government to guarantee the rights of everybody in their domain, regardless of tribe, after the demarcation exercise.

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77,000 to write Teachers’ professional exams in December – official



Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) says a total of 77,827 candidates have registered for the Council’s December Diet Professional Qualifications Examinations (PQE).

The Registrar of the Council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, made this known in Abuja during a media briefing on the Special PQE which began on Thursday.

Ajiboye, who said that the council recorded an upsurge in the numbers of candidates registering for the exams, hinted that government would not shift the Dec. 31 deadline to end quackery in the teaching profession.

According to him, “the Dec. 1 deadline was not given by TRCN but the National Council on Education, which reaffirmed it in Kano, Port-Harcourt and Abuja.

“It was re-emphasised; we are standing by the deadline of Dec. 31st to end quackery in the teaching profession in Nigeria,” he said.

Ajiboye stated that 47Computer-Based Test Centres would be used for the teachers’ exams.

He said that Lagos State had the highest number of candidates with 8,223 followed by Oyo State which had 5,599, while Sokoto State had the least with 360 candidates.

The TRCN Registrar disclosed that Commissioners of Education would be on the field to monitor the examinations and would be supported by technical staff from the council.

The TRCN Registrar stated that private schools had the largest number of candidates.

“The private schools register more candidates to show that the teachers of the private schools are responding more,” he said.

Ajiboye added that the council recorded 80 percent pass in the October 2019 PQ Examinations.

He identified technology as a major challenge confronting teachers at the early stage of the PQE, adding that performance had improved with the computer appreciation support from the Nigerian Union of Teachers to its members.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the December PQE Special exams began on Thursday in some States and would continue to Saturday, Dec. 7.

Edited Ephraims Sheyin

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NiMet predicts sunny, hazy conditions for Friday




Abuja, Dec.5, 2019 The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunny and hazy condition over the country on Friday.

NiMet’s weather outlook on Thursday in Abuja predicted deterioration of visibility over North with prospects of sunny and hazy conditions.

It further predicted chances of early morning fog and mist over some parts of the coast in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon/evening hours.

“For Northern states, sunny and hazy conditions are envisaged over the

Northern region throughout the forecast period with day and night temperatures of 32 to 36 degree Celsius and 12 to16 degree Celsius.

“For Central states, sunny and hazy conditions are expected over Kaduna, Bauchi, Yola, Minna, Gombe and Jos.

“While partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are likely over Abuja, Makurdi, Lafia, Jalingo, Lokoja and Ilorin axis with day and night temperatures of 25 to 34 degree Celsius and 17 to 20 degree Celsius, ” it said.

According to NiMet, early morning mist and fog are anticipated over the Southern states with prospects of thunderstorms later in the day.

It Forecast day and night temperatures of the region to be 32 to 34 degree Celsius and 20 to 24 degree Celsius respectively. NAN

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Lagos-Ibadan free train ride: Drama as passengers besiege Lagos station, pleading to stand



Contrary to the low patronage recorded on the LagosIbadan standard guage free train service between Monday and Wednesday, passengers besieged Iju Station on Thursday to enjoy the ride to Ibadan.

The correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency , who monitored the train service on Thursday,  observed that the number of passengers outnumbered available seats in the train.

NAN reports that a sizeable number of intending passengers had been waiting since 11:00 a.m for the train billed to depart Lagos for Ibadan at 4:00pm.

Before 3:00 p.m., huge crowd of intending passengers had gathered at the station and filled all the available seats in the train with two executive coaches.

Confusion arose when those, who had earlier in the day registered their names to travel with the train, returned few minutes to 3:00 p.m. to discover that the train had been filled up to capacity.

Many more intending passengers started to troop into the station and begging the officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to allow them stand in the train.

When the entire station was about to be thrown into confusion, the NRC officials had to bend the rule of not allowing people to stand.

The NRC officials were overwhelmed and allowed some few other intending passengers to go with the train that left Iju Station at exactly 4:00 p.m. for Ibadan.

Mr Saheed Olabode, one of the intending passengers, who came after the train had been filled up, begged the official to allow him in, saying that he was coming from Lekki area to enjoy the ride.

NAN reports that several other persons came to the station for enquiries on the train movement on Friday.

The officials were already expressing fears on how to cope with the number of passengers on Friday being a weekend.

Speaking to NAN on phone on the huge turn out of passengers, the Lagos State Railway District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche, expressed surprise about the sudden turnout of passengers.

Asked if the NRC intended to increase the number of coaches to accommodate more intending passengers, Oche said that the service would increase from Dec. 21.

He said that instead of one return trip daily from Ibadan to Lagos, it would be twice daily.

It was reported that only six passengers turned up for the ride on Monday and Tuesday together in Lagos.

A Senior Station Master at Iju, Mr Sunday Abu, told NAN that people were getting to know about the free ride and the number of beneficiaries had started improving each day.

According to him, on Wednesday, the train moved 14 passengers to Lagos from Ibadan and returned 31 passengers to Ibadan.

He said that 22 passengers enjoyed the free ride from Ibadan to Lagos on Thursday.

NAN reports that the train leaves Ibadan for Lagos daily from Monday to Friday at 9:00am and returns to Ibadan from Lagos at 4:00pm each day.

The train has two coaches of 24 executive seats.


Edited & Vetted By: Tajudeen Atitebi


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