The Igbo people of Nigeria, under the auspices of the World Igbo Congress(WIC),
Primary Schools in the South-west geopolitical zone of the country may soon switch to the use of Yoruba language, their mother tongue, as the language of instruction. The decision to consider the use of the language was part of the outcome of a meeting on Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) held by South- West Governors in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Thursday night. Speaking on behalf of the Governors, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi said a region-wide education summit would soon be hosted by Osun State to look at a mechanism that would allow the region come up with a common curriculum for basic education.
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that although measures taken by his administration had resulted in a significant reduction in the wave of terrorist attacks in the country, the federal government would keep on doing everything possible to further enhance security in all parts of the country. Speaking at an audience with the outgoing Representative of the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. David Mac Rae, the president said that his administration would remain very proactive in combating terrorism and insecurity. “As a government, we are doing everything possible to improve our country on all fronts. We are consistently adapting our security architecture to deal with terrorism which has become a challenge to the whole world.
A group called South-east and South-south Professionals Group (SESS-PG), yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan was legible to contest in 2015 as president according to constitutional provisions. Speaking on behalf of the group, Chairman, SESS-PG, Chief Ray Morphy said the constitution was clear on the eligibility of a sitting president to contest for a second tenure if he wished and all other citizens from any part of the country could equally contest for the post of the president as well.
A retired Archbishop of Benin Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace, Archbishop Patrick Ebosele Ekpu, recently, marked 50th anniversary as a priest. Since his retirement three years ago, the Uromi born cleric has dedicated his life to praying for the Church. On October 26, 2013, His Grace will be marking his 82 birthday. Sunday Vanguard met him last weekend for this interview. He spoke on how he trained over 100 priests in school, the crisis in Benin Catholic Archdiocese, insecurity in some northern states, the acquisition of private jets by men of God, gay priesthood and some national issues. Excerpts: How is life in retirement?
Over 200 youths suspected to be Ogbaru youths yesterday invaded the popular Ogboefere (household utensils) market in Onitsha, Anambra State, injuring 20 people. Eyewitnesses said soldiers from the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, quelled the crisis. They said the youths invaded the market to collect revenues from trucks, which were loading and offloading goods. It was learnt that the traders resisted and this caused a free-for-all. The President of Household Utensils Dealers Multi Purpose Co-operative Society (HUDMCS), Livinus Obiegonu, lamented the development, which he said was worrisome.
A group of concerned experts have moved to scuttle the $3.7 billion (about N590 billion) proposed coal plant in Enugu, South-East Nigeria, saying that it offers more dangers than benefits. The experts, led by Engr. Celestine Uneze, have petitioned international environmental watchdog Greenpeace International, urging it to intervene to scuttle the project being undertaken by China’s HTG-Pacific Energy Consortium in partnership with the Nigerian Government. “Please we urgently need your help as the Federal Government of Nigeria is determined to build Coal Power Plant in Nigeria, not minding the dangers to the Planet Earth and we the inhabitants in the face of growing environmental warnings. Please come over to Nigeria and call for actions to halt this plant NOW,” Uneze, an expert in both electrical and alternative energy, said in the petition dated August 20.
Elder statesman and leader of the Patriot, Professor Ben Nwabueze, yesterday reiterated his call on President Goodluck Jonathan not to contest the 2015 presidential election, saying he should concentrate on transforming the country to make it more united and stronger through a conference of ethnic nationalities. But President Jonathan said his administration had no objection to Nigerians coming together to discuss how they will continue to live together in peace and unity. Speaking with newsmen after leading members of the Patriot to a meeting with President Jonathan, Professor Nwabueze said though the President was eligible to contest, he should sacrifice ambition for the greater good of the nation and become an instant hero.
Tragedy struck in Egbeda area of Lagos State, in the early hours of Thursday, when a man, simply identified as Mutairu, an indigene of Sokoto State, was found dead in his makeshift apartment. Mutairu, a petty trader, who specialized in selling noodles and tea at 83, Egbeda-Idimu Road, was said to have been killed by fume from a generating set he put in his room while sleeping. The incident was reported to the police at the Area “M” Command, Idimu. According to an eyewitness and a close friend of the deceased, simply identified as Kabiru, Mutairu was killed by fume from his generating set which he left running in his room till dawn.
The pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF),