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Mathias Ekweremadu Is Dead

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Mathias Ekweremadu Is Dead

The Enugu State Commissioner for Transport, Chief Mathias Ekweremadu, is dead.

The deceased, who is the cousin of the immediate past Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, died in Enugu on Thursday.

A close family member, who preferred anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the commissioner  slumped during an interaction with the Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Transport led by a member representing Enugu East Rural constituency, Mr Hillary Ugwu.

The family source and another member of the assembly who also pleaded anonymity said the deceased was rushed to the Niger Foundation Hospital where he was confirmed dead.

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NAN correspondent who visited the late Ekweremadu’s residence at CKC Close, off Nawfia Street, Independence Layout, Enugu reports that sympathizers were seen trooping to the house.

They included some members of the state Executive Council, legislators friends and kinsmen while his wife, Stella, who was still in shock, was surrounded by female friends and relatives.

The late Ekweremadu was a two term Chairman of Aninri Local Government Area and a former member representing Aninri constituency in the state assembly.

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Why I Directed Zamfara Residents To Acquire Guns -Matawalle

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Why I Directed Zamfara Residents To Acquire Guns -Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has explained that he directed the state residents to acquire guns to fight bandits because self-defence is usually the first instinct.

In a statement cited by Newsrand, Matawalle’s  Chief Press Secretary, Jamilu Magaji said the governor’s directive is part of the administration’s efforts to tackle protracted security challenges in the state.

“Self-defence is a natural instinct and has always been part of human survival strategy.

“As those entrusted with the safety of lives and property of the people, we will do everything possible to uphold this responsibility within the ambit of the law.

“We are also aware that the security forces are doing their best to combat this formidable challenge. Their efforts are, however, hampered by the lack of adequate modern warfare equipment and the dearth of personnel.

Our decision to mobilise people to secure their communities is, therefore, for the people to complement the efforts of the conventional security forces in dealing with banditry and fishing out informants.

The acquisition and usage of firearms by the public, who desire to do so, would be governed by the Nigeria Firearms Act,” the statement read.

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Tinubu’s Pride, Lagos Ranked World’s 2nd Worst Livable City

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Tinubu's Pride, Lagos Ranked World's 2nd Worst Livable City

Presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu‘s pride, Lagos State, has been ranked the second-worst city to city to live in the world.

A global business intelligence, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Lagos 171 out of 172 countries in the list of worst liveable cities in the world for the first quarter of 2022.

Going by the latest 2022 Global Liveability Index, the Nigerian commercial hub is the worst in Africa as Damascus (Syria) and Tripoli (Libya) continue to languish at the bottom of the list along with Lagos (Nigeria) as they face social unrest, terrorism, and conflict.

The least liveable cities were Damascus in Syria, Lagos in Nigeria, Tripoli in Libya, Algiers in Algeria, and Karachi in Pakistan, which scored 30.7, 32.2, 34.2, 37.0, and 37.5 respectively.

The EIU further highlighted the top five most liveable cities in the world which are Vienna, Austria scoring 99. 1; Copenhagen, Denmark with 98.0; Zurich, Switzerland with 96.3; Calgary, Canada had 96.3 and Vancouver, Canada with 96.1.

“However, most of the cities in the bottom ten have improved their scores compared with last year, as COVID-19 pandemic induced pressures,” EIU stated.

Newsrand understands that Tinubu, who’s seeking to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, has been using Lagos as a reference point to what he’s capable of doing in governance considering the fact that he was the former governor of the state.

Amongst other things, Tinubu bragged about increasing the state’s revenue from N600 million monthly to billions of naira before he left the office.

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El-Rufai Sacks Over 2,000 Teachers In Kaduna After Failing Tests

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El-Rufai Sacks Over 2,000 Teachers In Kaduna After Failing Tests

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has sacked no less than 2,357 teachers in the state after they failed the recently-conducted competency tests.

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) confirmed the mass sacking.

Its spokesperson, Hauwa Mohammed, in a statement on Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Kaduna, said the Board conducted a competency test for over 30,000 teachers in Dec. 2021.

She said that 2,192 primary school teachers including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Audu Amba, had been dismissed for refusing to sit for the competency test.

She said that some 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for poor performances.

Recall that the Kaduna government in 2018 sacked 21,780 teachers who failed a competency test, and replaced them with 25,000 others recruited through vigorous processes.

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