India Bans Students From Wearing Shoes During Exam

According to the head of Bihar School Examination Board Anand Kishor, in a bid to curb examination malpractice, India’s eastern state of Bihar has banned students appearing for this year’s Class “X” board examinations from wearing shoes and socks.

“The board has decided that candidates wearing only slippers will be allowed to enter the examination halls, those coming to the centres wearing shoes and socks will have to remove them outside the hall,” Anand Kishor told the media.

“The board has taken this decision to prevent cheating,” he added.

A senior official said 1.7 million students are appearing for this year’s Class X board exams in Bihar that began on Wednesday and will continue till Monday.

Bihar hogged limelight for mass cheating in 2015 when photos of parents and friends of students climbing school building walls to pass on answers were published by local media.

Some photos even showed policemen posted outside the exam centers accepting bribes to look the other way.

Some 750 students were expelled and 300 arrested by Bihar government after the incident prompted ridicule on social media.

Cheating in school exams has been going on in Bihar for a long time.

A mafia, comprising teachers and school authorities, connives with parents who bribe them to rig entire answer sheets.

Sometimes teachers even appear at exams on behalf of students.

 

Jay-Z Spends $113,000 On Birthday Bash

Music mogul Jay-Z threw a lavish birthday bash for his good friend who turned 50 last Sunday and the news that has evolved from the celebration is the amount of money spent.

According to reports, the party was in honour of Juan “OG” Perez, the president of Roc Nation Sports, and the 48-year-old rapper reportedly splashed a whopping sum of $113,000 (N40,570,195.28) at three different hot spots in New York City, where they celebrated the birthday.

‘Page Six’ alleged that he spent $13,000 (N4,663,392.44) for dinner for six including himself at the Zuma restaurant in Midtown, before spending another additional $9,000 (N3,227,869.23) on drinks at Made in Mexico in Inwood.

The site reported that they later moved on to the Playroom nightclub, spending $91,135 (N32,680,666.85) on 40 bottles of Jay’s own Ace Of Spades champagne brand. It was also stated that Jay-Z “was seen handing bottles out to other tables in the club”.

According to the receipt posted by one staff member, Jay-Z and his friends left a tip of $11,100, to take their grand total to $113,000.

Sisters Commit Suicide In Russia

Two Russian half-sisters Maria Vinogradova, 12, and her sister Anastasia Svetozarova, 15, were found dead on the pavement beneath their apartment block.

According to the police investigation has began to conclude whether the tragic deaths are linked to the notorious so-called Blue Whale suicide “game”. Hundreds of Russian children and teenagers have taken their lives in recent years after being brainwashed online to complete the 50 steps Blue Whale suicide game which culminates in suicide. Blue Whale and other similar online death groups are said by police to prey on depressed young people.

The sisters are believed to have jumped from the ten-storey rooftop.

According to reports, Maria was “upset and depressed” when their mother took her to a gynaecologist after she allegedly began a relationship with an underage boy called Dmitry. Her mother was reportedly “furious” about her boyfriend.

Seconds before she died, Maria posted a picture of her boyfriend and a message to him with smiles and hearts saying: “Forgive me, please. I love you so much. I know you will find somebody better than me.”

Anastasia also recorded a video in which she said: “Goodbye to everyone! I love you all! This is true. Love you very very much.”

 

Waste Management: Lagos State Struggles As Rain Begins

 

As early survey reveals that rains might start early in 2018, Lagos state is left with the problem of waste management which has become one of the biggest challenges of the commercial state.

According to The Guardian across the five divisions of Lagos – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe – filth is replacing the signature symbol of the Centre of Excellence that only last year marked its 50th anniversary with many jubilee projects.

No part of the state is spared, not even highbrow locations. From Broad Street, Balogun Martins, Tom Jones, Idumota all the way to the front of UBA head-office is a mountain of refuse oozing stench that could make the dead flinch.

In fact, community leaders in the mainland areas are going political by seeking the intervention of national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to intervene as a matter of urgency in the ongoing misunderstanding between the local PSP waste operators and the state government to save Lagos from imminent take-over by refuse dumps.

The community leaders, who represent a cross section of Community Development Associations (CDAs) from across the Mainland, said they are unable to keep silent any more when their people are choking from piles of wastes in their homes and streets, stressing that unless something is urgently done to restore sanity in the state’s waste management, the state would face disastrous health consequences from built-up wastes in homes, drainage channels and streets as a result of the decision of the present government to stop the PSP operators from domestic waste collection.

However, according to the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, Visionscape Group, the foreign firm contracted by the state government to rid Lagos of solid wastes has turned to local private waste operators for help in evacuating the wastes from residential areas.

“Under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), the government has made provision for the PSP operators to handle collection of commercial waste and there are over 15,000 companies in Lagos that can serve the over 200 PSP operators in the state. So far, the CLI has been able to get over 50,000 new employees out of the labour market. The government has also assessed N2.5 billion loan to enable the PSP operators buy equipment to be more competitive,” Bamigbetan said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Babatunde Hunpe, alleged sabotage of the evacuation operations by the PSP operators while noting that many of the emerging dumpsites are market areas.

“Waste is evacuated everyday. What we have is a slow down in the operations of those covering the market areas and almost 80 per cent of Lagos are market areas. Because of the congestion in those areas, evacuation is usually done at night.

However, to prevent indiscriminate dumping, the government has deployed the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGES) to all parts of the state. What we require from citizens is for them to neatly pack their waste and place it in front of their premises for it to be evacuated not patronize cart pushers, who eventually dump these waste by the roadside.”

 

Bobrisky Dumps Tunde Ednut For Kcee

Our best couple of the year award was bagged by Bobrisky and Tunde Ednut as the two were in a never ending battle all through the year.

Now it seems our Male Barbie has moved to greater places.

Bobrisky has been publicly professing his love for Nigerian popstar, Kcee in recent weeks.

Checkout his snaps

 

Corruption In Nigeria Getting Worse – Transparency International

Nigeria’s war on corruption may have suffered a setback, with the latest report released by the global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, indicating that the scourge is getting worse.

Transparency International’s latest global corruption perception index (CPI) ranks Nigeria 148 out of 180 countries surveyed.

This shows a significant drop of 12 places, compared to the country’s rating of 136th position in 2016.

The report, however, also pointsed out that the problem of corruption is a general trend across the world.

“This year’s corruption perceptions index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out”.

Also according to the report, while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested and arraigned several politicians and public servants, it accused the Buhari administration of failing to address corruption among key government officials.

The agency, however, opined that activists as well as the media are vital to combatting corruption.

As part of its recommendations the it said: “Governments and businesses must do more to encourage free speech, independent media, political dissent and an open and engaged civil society.

“Governments should minimise regulations on media, including traditional and new media, and ensure that journalists can work without fear of repression or violence. In addition, international donors should consider press freedom relevant to development aid or access to international organisations.”

It also called on activists and the government to “take advantage of the momentum generated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to advocate and push for reforms at the national and global level.”

The Emperor In The Senate, By Ibrahim Olalekan

On June 09 2015, the nation experienced what could be described as hubbub with the crass emergence of Abubakar Bukola Saraki as President of the Senate.

Prior to his emergence, The All Progressives Congress (APC), had chosen Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan as its candidate for the Senate Presidency, but in a stunning blow to the head, Saraki, with the block support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some APC senators, defied his party’s wish to emerge as Senate President.

A major drama that played out before his emergence as Senate President was that of him shunning a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), where Saraki had reportedly fumed that he could not be summoned to a meeting by a mere commissioner, a comment he later denied making.

Despite all these, coupled with his affection for the opposition party, PDP, at his party’s detriment, he has convincingly escaped party’s punishment, thanks to the party Chair, Chief John Oyegun’s inefficiency. Saraki, no doubt enjoys the lucrative and goodies that come with his office so much that he reportedly has a little above 200 aides to himself.

Overtime, Nigerians have seen and read how Saraki has used the institution to punish his colleagues that express contrary opinion or views. His “beloved son” Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, has been permanently hired as hatchet man for the job.

On March 21, 2017, former Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, at the floor of the plenary, urged the Senate to investigate the allegations that an armoured Range Rover, reportedly belonging to Saraki, said to have cost N298m, but which the chamber later said cost $298,000, was seized by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The lawmaker also called on the upper chamber of the National Assembly to investigate the certificate scandal involving Senator Dino Melaye.

Recall that an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, had alleged that Dino Melaye did not graduate from ABU for his first degree, against his claim that he studied Geography in the prestigious institution.

The news medium also alleged that Melaye, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, bribed his Head of Department, who assisted him to forge his transcript.

In related development, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), had allegedly seized a bulletproof Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) owned by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

However, rather than investigate Ndume’s motion, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions issued him six months suspension “for bringing Senator Dino Melaye, and the institution of the Senate to unbearable disrepute.”

The committee concluded that Ndume’s story “was cooked up with intent to embarrass the Senate President.”

The nation would however not forget signatories to the report and are: Senator Samuel Anyanwu, Senator Obinna Ogba, Senator Jeremiah Useni, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Senator Matthew Urhoghide and Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.

In what appears to be another looming suspension of opposing view, the hatchet man, Dino Melaye, on Tuesday February 20, raised a Point of Order on the floor of plenary demanding that Oma-Agege be probed.

Recall that it was same Melaye that raised the point of order that led to the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume for six months in March last year.

Melaye said, “President Muhammadu Buhari is not only my party man; he is a president we all laboured to vote for. My colleague, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, addressed the media last week. He said the decision taken by this senate was targeted at President Buhari.

“I want to ask that the statement made by Omo-Agege, among other statements, be investigated by the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions. They need to find out if our actions were targeted at the president, he added.”

Senator Omo-Agege, with nine others: Senators Abdullahi Adamu, Malam Ali Wakili, Abu Ibrahim, Abdullahi Gumel, Binta Masi, Yahaya Abdullahi, Andrew Uchendu, Umaru Kurfi and Benjamin Uwajumogu had addressed the press where they expressed reservation over the change of elections sequence.

If a ranking Senator Ali Ndume could get a six-month suspension, Omo-Agege may be served a year suspension from the Senate for opposing the almighty Saraki. As it stands, the Senate has rejected Omo-Agege’s apology, and he is as good as gone.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, on his part, got served as same hatchet man, Dino Melaye, signed the letter announcing his sack as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum (NSF).

The letter which was read on the floor of plenary by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, named Senator Aliyu Wamakko (APC Sokoto), as the new Chairman of the forum-.

Each time a point of order is being raised by the hatchet man – Dino Melaye, and the day the victimized Senator is suspended from the Senate, Saraki has found a way not to attend plenary but delegate Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to chair plenary for the day and perfect the malicious act.

It is also important to note that progressive Senators in the red chamber are yet to stand against this draconian act, probably because Saraki is yet to touch one of theirs. But how long would they wait before it gets to them?

I will end my note on this broadcast message: “God shall continue to bless President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing Saraki to emerge as Senate President. Saraki now stands exposed and Nigerians can truly see his true character.

If Buhari hadn’t allow him, Nigerians won’t have known how intolerant Saraki is and by now they would have been packaging Saraki as a suitable presidential candidate. Thank God for Buhari, Saraki has been exposed as intolerant of opposing views. Imagine if he were President, by now Saraki would have banned Facebook and Twitter.”

 

 

Road Accident Claims Ten Lives In Jigawa

Ten persons were on Thursday confirmed dead with 10 others injured in a road accident which occurred around 11.30 am at Majiya town, Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa state.

The Spokesman of Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, DSC Adamu Shehu, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria, said the accident involved a Sharon bus with registration number GWL 262 ZA and a Toyota Hilux van with number plate ZY 749 AGL.

Shehu said the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

According to him, ‘‘Our men who conducted a rescue mission along with some good Samaritans in the area, attributed the cause to speeding and loss of control.

‘‘As at the time of giving this report, 10 people were confirmed dead; they include two children, one woman and seven men.

‘‘Ten others also sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Ringim General Hospital for prompt medical attention.

‘‘The Sharon bus is a commercial vehicle while the Toyota Hilux belongs to Wazobia Global Broadcasting and Communication FM Station”.

2018 UTME MOCK: JAMB Bans Pens, Wristwatches, ‘Suspicious’ Eye Gasses

The use of 16 items  in the forth coming examinations scheduled for February 26, 2018 has been banned by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board.

The Secretary of JAMB UTME Monitoring Groups, Ngozi Egbuna, stated the items in a memo issued to members of the Civil Society Group on Thursday.

The memo reads: “Kindly note that examination officials are allowed to scrutinise eye glasses or similar devices and where convinced that such item may compromise the sanctity of the examination, the examination official should confiscate it’’.

“Where examination official (board staff or ad hoc staff) or any authorised person is found with any of these prohibited items in the examination hall, such compromising action would be treated as a deliberate act of examination sabotage and necessary sanction will be applied.”

The CSG is one of the groups inaugurated by JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, to assist in monitoring the UTME.

Last year, the groups were reputed to have assisted in giving information from the field and transmitted several challenges, as applicable, to JAMB officials.

Through the JAMB UTME Monitoring Groups, examination malpractices were said to have reduced in 2017.

The prohibited items are wrist watches, pen/biro, mobile phones or similar electronic devices, spy reading glasses which should be scrutinised, calculators or similar electronic devices, USB, CD, hard disks and/or similar storage devices.

Others are books or any reading/writing material, cameras, recorders, microphones, ear pieces, ink/pen readers, smart lenses, smart rings/jewellery, smart buttons and Bluetooth devices.

Banks Must Settle Customers’ Complaints In Two Weeks –CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed banks and other financial institutions to deal with customers’ complaints on challenges of overcharge, unauthorised deductions and other matters within two weeks.

The CBN Head of Complaints Management Division, Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed,  stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the CBN would ensure that bank customers get solutions on issues of excess charges or unauthorised withdrawals.

Ahmed reiterated the apex bank’s commitment to eradicating excess and arbitrary charges.

According to him, the CBN has since issued a circular which could be found on its website, showing all legitimate bank charges.

He said that any charge outside what is stated in the circular is not allowed.

“The consumer protection department issued guidelines to banks dated August 16, 2011, directing all banks and other financial institutions to resolve all customer complaints within two weeks of receipt.

“Before the expiration of that complaint, the financial institution is expected to be engaging the customer on a continuous basis to update him or her on the status of the complaint.

“If it is not resolved within the deadline given, then such a person is encouraged to draw the attention of Central Bank of Nigeria to the complaint,” he said.

Ahmed advised customers with unresolved complaints to contact the CBN by writing to the Director Consumer Protection Department or send an email to [email protected]

He also advised dissatisfied bank customers to visit any branch of the CBN closest to them to make their complaints.

“The CBN continually engages the banks to find out if their conduct and practices are fair to their customers in order to stimulate people’s confidence in the banking system.

“Non-adherence to that normally results to regulatory sanctions, as the case may be,” he said.

Ahmed also faulted banks for setting a limit on ATM withdrawals.

“I have also observed and noted this. Don’t forget that at the beginning, it wasn’t like this. Over time, we started having this problem.

“One of the reasons is that the quantum of N500 denomination is much more than that of N1,000 denomination.

“When we approached the banks about these problems, they said the machines become easily faulty when it is set to dispense up to N30,000 to N40,000 units.

“However, CBN has directed that the machines that allow payment of up to N30,000 to N50,000 should be installed.

 

“This is still ongoing. The Banking and Payment Department of the CBN is championing it,” he said.

Also, the Head of Consumer Protection Division, Mrs. Hadija Kasim, said bank customers could also avoid some of these issues by inculcating the habit of cashless policy.

She reminded the public that there were various methods to make payments rather than carrying cash.

“Let’s not forget that ATM cards can also be used on Point of Sale (POS) terminals.

“We are encouraging people that unless it is absolutely necessary, they should reduce the carriage of cash.

“Cashless transactions are more convenient, safer and you will avoid the problem of overcharges,” she said.

Kasim also advised bank consumers to use bank transfer channels for transactions in cases where sellers do not have POS. (NAN)

 Mourinho’s ‘Careful’ Tactics Are Boring

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho left Spain with a precious clean sheet but few admirers after the boring and less entertaining  0-0 Champions League draw with Sevilla that featured a terrible attacking display.

The night would have been a terrible one for Mourinho and United but for the heroics of goalkeeper David de Gea, who produced a dazzling display on Wednesday.

The Spaniard was forced into eight saves, including one remarkable stop from a point-blank Luis Muriel header just before half-time that was so spectacular the Colombian striker congratulated United’s number one as they left the pitch.

However, the result did not spare Mourinho from criticism, after he set his stall out from the start by leaving Paul Pogba on the bench for a workmanlike midfield three of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and 21-year-old Scott McTominay.

Injury to Herrera forced Mourinho to introduce Pogba after just 17 minutes but even the French midfielder’s talents, for which United paid Juventus £89 million ($124 million) 18 months ago, failed to inspire a visiting side playing to strict instructions.

A team also containing the attacking talents of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku had just one shot on target all evening at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium and even that was a tame McTominay strike from outside the box that was easily beaten away by Sergio Rico.

But Mourinho reacted angrily when asked whether he is betraying United’s rich tradition of attacking football, most recently during Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden 27 years in charge.

“The next time I see David Beckham, I’m going to ask him ‘David, when you were playing right wing in Manchester United, when the left-back attacked, do you stay looking at the stands or you come back with the guy?’” said Mourinho.

“Now it looks like all the good players, they have to play free… which I think is such a stupid thing to say,” he added.

“The winning teams, the top teams in the world now, not 10 years ago, or 20 or 30, now, the top teams, everybody works, everybody has tactical discipline,” he said.

Mourinho was also irritated at the focus on the absence of Pogba from his starting line-up.

“In my pre-match interview I had four questions and three were about Paul, and Paul was not even playing,” he said. “That’s a bit strange.”

The United manager even hugged a TV reporter who asked him a question about McTominay, relieved it was not another about the French midfielder.

Sevilla, who conceded more goals than any other side that reached the last 16 of the Champions League, did not have their defensive weaknesses exposed by a cautious United team.

“Mourinho, look how hard it is to win when you don’t want to,” Spanish sports daily Marca headlined its match report, in a withering criticism of the former Real Madrid coach’s tactics.

It was a performance thrown into an even harsher light by the free-flowing attacking intent showed by Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on the road in the Champions League last week.

“Compared to other teams in our league in this competition they are not as pleasing on the eye,” said former United defender Rio Ferdinand.

“But they grind out results and in Europe I would be very satisfied with that and think ‘we will beat them at home’.

“Sometimes it can’t be pretty and it can’t always be free-flowing. There have been times this season United have played well but they aren’t as consistent in those performances of other teams.”

However, the tactics were in keeping with Mourinho’s cautious approach against the stronger sides away from home this season.

In trips to Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Sevilla, United have managed zero goals and a total of just seven shots on target.

That heaps the pressure on Mourinho to be far more daring with Chelsea and Liverpool visiting Old Trafford in the Premier League before the second leg against Sevilla on March 13 as he seeks to ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League.