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Senator To Sue Akpabio For Mentioning His Name In NDDC Contract Scam

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The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in the 8th Senate, Senator Sam Anyanwu, said on Tuesday that he had directed his lawyers to file lawsuits against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Anyanwu, who addressed journalists in Abuja, said he was dragging Akpabio to court for mentioning his name among lawmakers, who had links to the projects awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission in 2018.

The senator, who was also a member of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs in the 8th Senate, denied being a beneficiary of the NDDC projects.

Anyanwu said, “I tried calling him (Akpabio), a couple of times, he has not picked my calls.

“By tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday, my lawyers are going to write to Akpabio to retract it or give us the facts after which, if he doesn’t do anything about this, I will take the next step.

“I was shocked that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs could mention my name that I was awarded contracts.

“I am from Imo State, which is one of the oil-producing states and a member of NDDC; if you remember, it was because of the suffering of the South-East that I moved and sponsored the bill for South-East Development Commission.

“As a member of the committee on NDDC, I attracted projects to my constituency, no contract was ever awarded to me.

“I’m using this medium to call on NDDC to go to my constituency and complete the projects they have started.”

Akpabio had in a letter to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on July 23, linked Senators Peter Nwaoboshi, Mathew Urhoghide, James Manager and Anyanwu, to the contracts awarded by the NDDC in 2018.

All the federal lawmakers he mentioned had, however, denied being beneficiaries of the said contracts.

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BREAKING: I Didn’t Say Lawmakers Got 60 Percent of NDDC Contracts —- Akpabio

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The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied accusing members of the National Assembly of collecting 60 percent of the contracts at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Akpabio, in a letter read on the floor of the House during Plenary by the Speaker on Thursday, said the only reference he made to 60 percent during his presentation before the NDDC committee on Monday was in response to a question by a member of the committee.

He said the member had sought to know whether a Medical Director can serve as an Executive Director Project, to which he responded by saying that since 50 to 60 percent of NDDC contracts were medical-related, there was nothing wrong with a Medical Director serving in that capacity.

He also said that the Executive Director Project of the NDDC forwarded to him a list of 19 owed contracts which the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC insisted must be paid before the 2020 budget of the commission is passed.

He also said that the NDDC has jot executed any contract under the 2020 budget since it has not been passed, while the 2019 budget was passed in April and has not been implemented

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, referred the letter to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

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U.K School Hires 10-Year-Old Nigerian Tech Genius, Emmanuella Mayaki, As Its New Coding Instructor

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10-year-old Emmanuella Mayaki, has been hired by a school in the United Kingdom to be a coding instructor, and that sure is a huge feat for the young girl.

The Nigerian is a coding and programming prodigy and has gotten her first job at the tender age.

Emmanuella Mayaki received her first job at the Southfield Primary School in Coventry, England, as the after school coding club teacher.

According to Face 2 Face Africa, she will be responsible for teaching other kids her age about the basics of coding including HTML and CSS.

Southfield Primary School selected Emmanuella Mayaki for the job because of her extraordinary skill and knowledge in the area.

Mayaki’s passion for technology started at 7 years old. At age 9, she obtained a diploma with a specialty in multiple software programs including Advanced PowerPoint, Desktop Publishing, and Advanced Excel. She is still actively learning other coding languages and programs to expand her knowledge even further.

“In the club, there are currently about nine pupils. Hopefully, the club will increase its members in September,” she said in an interview with Face 2 Face Africa.

“Today, my Academy App among others is already on Google Play store where I pass on knowledge of coding and graphics. I remember at age seven, I set a target to become a professional web designer and analyst at age nine, and I have accomplished it,” she added. “In the first week, I was pretty nervous because I had never taught a group of children. Although, my experience was sublime because I gained experience and I also enriched my skills. My observations were that not everyone grasps how to do it on their first try and there are some that they rush through it in a breeze.”

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Safety First! Don’t Reopen Schools Until 2021, ASUU Tells FG

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it supported the decision of the Federal Government to stop Senior Secondary School, 3 pupils, from partaking in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination earlier scheduled to commence on August 4.

The union advised the government to shut down schools until 2021 to ensure adequate preparations, citing the case in some countries such as Kenya.

Our correspondents had reported on Saturday that the Federal Ministry of Education met with officials of the West African Examination Council in Abuja and resolved to announce a new date for the examination.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had also said the government would consult with the four other countries under WAEC to set a new date, while announcing COVID-19 mandatory guidelines for schools which must be kept before July 29.

The ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who made the recommendations in an interview with journalists, said no reasonable government would take such chances unless parents would be told to sign an undertaking.

Ogunyemi said, “Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year (2021); they too have exams to write. Safety first. If it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians, so be it.

“So, if that will help us to address cases that can lead to an increase in mortality, I think Nigerians should go that way and all of us should see the reason for it. If they need to cancel admission for the year, it is good for them. Life matters first, people must have a life first before they can go to university. Are the universities ready to work now?

“Our position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalize and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not as if the door is totally closed.”

The ASUU president added that the union had not seen any evidence to show that schools were secured for students to go back.

He said, “The first thing that should be tackled is whether schools are safe. And if the schools are not safe, why do you want to carry out an experiment with the lives of our children? An attempt to send back the children to school at a time there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is like experimenting with the lives of our children.

“If they put all the things in place, including social and physical distancing, sanitizers, kitting the children as we see in other places, decontamination with water flowing in the schools and all the gadgets, why not? So, if the government can meet all these conditions, then they can reopen the schools. But if they cannot meet all these conditions, they should not experiment with even 10 students in any school.”

Meanwhile, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has said that its members are ready for school reopening and that as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, it has directed its members to open schools for about four hours daily.

NAPPS in an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents noted that since the Federal Government had given the directive on school resumption for terminal classes, it was relating with its members nationwide on a number of safety protocols to put in place.

The NAPSS National President, Chief Yomi Otubela, said, “Our association, as the registered umbrella body of private schools in Nigeria, has been interfacing with Federal Government representatives, including the Ministry of Education and other agencies, concerning how to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“The fact that pupils are returning to school does not mean that we are going to spend the total hours as it used to be in the past. We are considering a little time of about three to four hours in school. This is to ensure that there is no room for children to go on break and play around the premises.

“And we have also discussed with our members that there should be staggered resumption. Staggered resumption means that if the JSS3 class comes to school by 8 am, SSS3 can come by 9 am and the Primary 6 classes can come by 10 am. This is to ensure that we don’t get the entrances and the exits crowded.”

The president noted that schools had been instructed to have infrared thermometers, and also avoid teachers marking students’ books manually.

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