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A former acting Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Mohammed Dauda, who was sacked from office, on Wednesday filed a suit before the National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja, asking the court to reinstate him to his former position. Dauda, a director of the agency before he became the acting head from November 2017, was reportedly dismissed from the agency through a letter dated March 6, 2018.

But in his suit filed on his behalf by his counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dauda faulted the procedure adopted in dismissing him. He joined the Office of the Director-General of NIA and the NIA itself as first and second defendants respectively. In the suit marked NICN/ABJ/136/2018, Dauda contended that the procedure adopted by the defendants in the process leading to his purported dismissal failed to comply with Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (CAPS 278) 1986.

He also asked to hold that in view of the extant provisions of Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Ac (CAPS 278) 1986, the retired Directors of NIA were not competent to sit as members in the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee which investigated the matter against him. He argued that the failure of the defendants to set up a competent Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee to look into the allegation levied against him constituted a violation of his constitutional right to fair hearing.

He asked the court to determine whether the purported ‎letter dismissing him issued by the defendants on March 6, 2018 was not unlawful, null and void and of no effect whatsoever. He specifically urged the court to hold that the procedure adopted by the defendants in the process leading to his dismissal fell short of the provisions of Articles 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (Cap 278 LFN) 1986 and is null and void.

He argued that “in the circumstance” of the case he was entitled “to be reinstated as Director of NIA and Acting Director-General of NIA”. He also prayed the court for an order directing that he be paid his salaries and entitlements from the period of his unlawful dismissal to the point of his reinstatement. The court has yet to fix a date for the hearing.

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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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