#ReformIELTSPolicy: Enough Of The Exploitation
As of the time of writing, almost 60,000 petitioners have joined Policy Shapers in seeking an end to the imposition of English Language proficiency test on every Nigerian seeking to study or migrate to the United Kingdom and some advanced countries. In the petition addressed to the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, Priti Patel, the collective of campaigners argued that the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should not be required of Nigerians given that their country is predominantly English speaking. They are also uncomfortable with the fact that the test costs over three times the national minimum wage, yet the result is only valid for two years.
#EndSARS: Why Buhari Cancelled Planned Subsidy Removal
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Fresh details have emerged on why President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the plan to remove fuel subsidy for another 18 months.
Recall that the federal government had on Tuesday announced that the subsidy of fuel will last for another 18months, pending when an amendment in the Petroleum Industry Act will be made available to the National Assembly.
The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
A security source have now disclosed to The PUNCH that Buhari was advised by security agencies not to go ahead with the subsidy removal as planned.
2023: Bola Tinubu Jets Out Of Nigeria After Weeks Of Consultation
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has travelled out of the country to see his family in London, the United Kingdom.
This is coming after weeks of consultation with stakeholders in Nigeria over his presidential ambition in the 2023 election.
A source that spoke with TheCable, claimed that Tinubu travelled out of the country to see his family, while another claimed he travelled out to rest and see his doctors.
Nigerian Senator, Teslim Folarin Loses Wife
Angela Nwaka Folarin, wife of the Senator representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly, Teslim Folarin, is dead.
A statement released by the spokesman for the Senator, Yekeen Olaniyi, said the trained lawyer died on Friday in the United Kingdom at the age of 47.
The statement added that the wife of the lawmaker was hale and hearty until her demise
Biafra: Don’t Release Nnamdi Kanu – Asari Dokubo Tells FG
Former Niger-Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubu has urged the federal government of Nigeria to disregard appeals from some Igbo leaders pushing for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Dokubo also disagreed with those calling on the government to release Kanu, arguing that why would they want someone who has been accused of killing Igbo people and bringing chaos to their lands free.
It was reported that the IPOB leader has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) from where he appears in court to face charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism levelled against him by the federal government.
NNPC Secures $5bn AfrieximBank Loan To Fund Upstream Sector
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has secured a $5 billion loan from AfrieximBank to fund the upstream sector of the country.
It was reported that NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, made this known on Thursday via his official Twitter handle.
Kyari stated that the deal was an offshoot of the meeting between the NNPC team and the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Benedict Oramah, in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.
‘Emperor Behaviour’ – Dokpesi Knocks Umahi Over Closure Of PDP Ebonyi Secretariat
Media entrepreneur, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has slammed Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi over the closure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state secretariat.
It was reported that the media mogul stated this while speaking to newsmen on Monday after a meeting with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abakalili, the Ebonyi capital.
The Chairman of the Technical Committee for the actualisation of Atiku Abubakar presidential ambition advised Umahi to immediately unseal the secretariat and allow the opposition party to thrive.
2023: Sanwo-Olu Reveals Who Will Decide If He Gets A Second Term As Lagos State Governor
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the indigenes of Lagos State will determine if he will get a second term in office or not.
Sanwo-Olu said in the meantime, his focus is on meeting the yearnings of the people who have voted him into office as he still has some time left of his first tenure as the Lagos State Governor.
The Governor however pointed out that in 2023, Lagosians will be missing “if they don’t let us continue to wrap up all of the things we are doing.”
ECOWAS Suspends Burkina Faso After Coup
The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has suspended Burkina Faso.
It was reported that the suspension was in reaction to a recent coup in the country.Earlier in the week, soldiers detained the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Kabore.
“Silly, Idiotic, Thoughtless” – Femi Adesina Blasts Those Who Blamed Buhari’s Call For Super Eagles AFCON Exit
The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has lambasted those who blamed President Buhari for the shocking exit of the Super Eagles from the AFCON 2021 tournament.
The presidential spokesperson said Buhari did the right thing by calling the players to encourage them ahead of the game against Tunisia arguing that if the President had not called, many would also have labelled him an uncaring leader.
After winning all their group games to establish a perfect record, it will be recalled that the Nigerian senior football team suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in the hands of Tunisia which ended their AFCON 2021 campaign as they could not proceed to the quarter-final stage.