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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said he was outraged by reports in the media quoting Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, as saying that he was warned ahead of the January 1 killings in Logo and Guma Local Government areas of the state. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity on Monday, Laolu Akande, the Vice-President described as “a terrible falsehood” the suggestion that he was ever informed by the governor or anyone else of the killings.

The statement read, “Governor Ortom wrote to the Vice President, then Acting President on 7th June 2017 protesting a newspaper publication where the leadership of Miyetti Allah was reported to have stated that it was opposed to the Open Grazing Prohibition law of the State and that they would mobilise to resist the law.

“The Miyetti Allah had written to the Vice President on the 5th of June 2017 on the same law protesting several sections of the law. “The governor went on to say that the leadership of Miyetti Allah should be arrested because they used words such as ‘wicked, obnoxious and repressive,’ to describe the law, and because these were ‘utterances that are capable of undermining the peace…’

“The Vice President subsequently met with the governor, discussed the matter and the security situation in the state and then ordered law enforcement agencies to be on the alert to prevent any attacks or violence. This was in June 2017!” According to the statement, there was no mention of any threat to any specific one of the 23 local governments of Benue state in the said letter written by the governor.

It said that the best the law enforcement agencies could do then was to await information or intelligence of an imminent attack and none of such came. It also added that since then, the Vice-President had held meetings with the Benue state governor, including a visit to the state on September 6, 2017 at the instance of President Muhamamdu Buhari during the tragic floods in the state.

The Vice-President, the statement continued discussed the security situation of the state with the governor at all the meetings. Also observed in the statement was that the then Acting President also convened a major national security retreat which was attended by all state governors, service chiefs and heads of security agencies. It added that the retreat featured detailed discussions on the herdsmen/ farmers’ clashes.

“To the best of our knowledge, neither Governor Ortom nor the Federal Government was aware of the imminence of the cowardly attack on Logo and Guma on the 1st of January, and therefore any suggestion that the President or the Vice President ignored the state governor’s warning is both absolutely false and certainly misleading,” the statement concluded.

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Playing Football Helps My Mathematics Skills — Cowbellpedia Champion

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The game of football requires a lot of concentration, speed, accuracy, and precision. And all these skills are necessary to excel in a seemingly tough subject like Mathematics.

This was the submission of Akinfoluhan Akinleye, the junior category champion of the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

The 13-year-old son of an Accountant and Banker explained to journalists at the finals last weekend in Lagos that his love for football helped in stimulating his thinking and creativity.

“I love football and I play football a lot since I discovered that there seems to be a connection between the game and Mathematics. You have to be smart, sharp, fast and intelligent to play football and excel in mathematics. It works for me,” Akinfoluhan explained.

In the final contest of the junior category, Akinfoluhan from The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State proved his mettle as he beat Splendour Nwankwo of Jesuit Memorial College and Favour Okarike of Graceland International School, both in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who grabbed the first and second runners-up positions respectively.

Earlier in the first round of the exciting final, Chidozie Uzochukwu of Nigerian Tulip International School, Abuja; Gabriel Akogun from Welkin International and Loluwa Abiodun of The Ambassadors College, both in Ota, Ogun State dropped out.

In the senior category contest, Chinedu Mgbemena, a student of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt,rose above his closest rivals, Praise Isinkaye from Federal Government Academy, Suleja, Niger State; Ambassadors College’s Juliet Ekoko, the 2016 junior category champion. While Praise emerged the first runner-up, Juliet ended up as second runner-up.

Jessica Austine from Federal Government College, Owerri, Imo State; Enoch Adenekan of The Ambassadors College and Nafisat Abdulwaheed from Reality High School, Ilesha, Osun State had earlier crashed out in the first round of the final.

“It is a dream come true today and I am very happy that this day has come eventually,” Chinedu told journalists amid the celebration that marked the final.

As part of the package in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria, the champions in both categories received N2 million each with an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country; while the first and second runners-up got N1.5 million and N1 million respectively.

The teachers of the champions were also rewarded with N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up received N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.

In his welcome address, the Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Anders Einarssonrecalled that in the past 20 years, Cowbell and Mathematics has expanded in size, scope and prizes as it now holds in over 200 centres across the nation and in over 11,000 schools.

He congratulated the finalists for their excellent performance and reiterated the commitment of the company towards education and the future of Nigerian children.

In his remarks, the Acting Registrar of the National Examination Council, Mr Abubakar Gana, who was represented by the Director of Examination Development,Mr Mustapha Abdul commended Promasidor for the Cowbellpedia initiative and pledged the council’s continued technical support for the project.

Meanwhile, preparations have commenced for next year’s edition of the competition. According to the organizers, the 2019 Cowbellpedia registration portal is now open for secondary school students across the country to register.

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2019 Polls: Atiku To Launch ‘Policy Document’ On Monday

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, says he will launch his policy document on Monday.

He disclosed this on Saturday in a statement from his campaign organization.

The launching, according to the statement, will kick-start Atiku’s campaign for president in the 2019 election through an address to Nigerians on his Facebook handle.

It said, “In his address, the PDP presidential candidate will present his vision for Nigeria and his action plan to achieve it as encapsulated in his policy document. The document will promptly be uploaded on his website for all Nigerians to access at no cost.”

The statement explained that Atiku’s decision to kick-start his presidential campaign with the launch of his policy document was to reiterate his commitment to running an issue-based campaign.

It added that the intention was to take their policy directly to Nigerians and to register Atiku’s belief that it would take the collective efforts of every Nigerian to rebuild the country.

“That is why we want Nigerians to access the policy directly and ultimately take ownership of it,” it said, adding, “Our campaign offers a simple message: United, the people of Nigeria can begin anew, creating a prosperous and secure future and a better life for every Nigerian.”

The statement read further, “Our policy document focuses on creating jobs, ensuring security, growing business, developing power and water infrastructure, agriculture and education and how we will empower women.

“Our policies outline the goals and methods for developing and revitalizing Nigeria as the foundation of our campaign. This policy document is being launched to encourage a dialogue with the people of Nigeria, inviting everyone to join us in helping to get Nigeria working again.

“The PDP presidential candidate looks forward to conducting vital discussions as he travels across the length and breadth of Nigeria, meeting and talking with stakeholders – farmers, small business people, workers, students, mothers, and children.”

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Strike Continues As ASUU, FG Meeting Ends In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

The meeting, held at the Ministry of Labour and Employment office in Abuja over the universities lecturers’ strike since November 5, lasted for about six hours.

It had to be adjourned till next week when there was no headway.

The ASUU delegation to the meeting was led by its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while the government side had the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

Ngige, before the meeting, went into a closed-door session, told newsmen that “talks with the academic union are coming a bit late because we have been having negotiations on the new minimum wage.

“The government appeals to ASUU to put the interest of the students first because they are at the receiving end of the consideration.”

But Ogunyemi, after the meeting, which lasted from 3 pm to 9 pm, said the union had put forward its demands and the meeting had been adjourned till next week.

He said: “No date has been fixed for next week but we will communicate the date to you tomorrow (Friday).

“The union was forced to go on strike because our plea for the implementation of the 2017 Memorandum of Action fell on deaf ears.

“Our meeting with the Minister of Education (Adamu Adamu) in May and September 2018 to remind him of the Federal Government’s promises to implement the agreement yielded no result.”

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