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National Assembly Conducts quiz For Bauchi Schools

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The National Assembly on Thursday, conducted a quiz competition exercise for six secondary schools in Bauchi state.

The competition was carried out under the National Quiz Competition on Legislature and Democracy (NILDS) of the National Assembly.

Speaking during the competition in Bauchi, the Director General, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, said that the competition is the eighth’s edition which is taking place across the 30 participating states.

Represented by Engr. Simon Wakawa, Bauchi state Coordinator, NILDS, the DG explained that the purpose of the competition was to provide continued education in the legislature and broaden the knowledge of students.

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According to him, it was also to widen the knowledge of the Nigerian youth on the history, practice and procedure of the legislature and encourage deeper understanding of civic and democratic governance.

The competition will also stimulate the interest of the young students in politics and make them more proactive in matters relating to the legislature and democracy.

“The first edition of the competition was held in 2016 with participating schools drawn strictly within the Federal Capital Territory.

“It continued to be an annual event in that format until the Institute’s Governing Council headed by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives directed it to be expanded across the country.

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“This was successfully done in the year 2022 in collaboration with all the states of the Federation but with only 30 States participating and this is the 8th edition of the competition which is the second time it’s being held at the national level,” he said.

Also speaking, the Bauchi state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Jemila Dahiru, said education is not only acquired in the classroom but through other curricular activities such as debates, quiz competition, sports, among others.

Represented by Mr Shehu Abdulsalam, Director, School Service, Ministry of Education, the commissioner urged the participants to follow all rules and regulations of the competition.

The participating schools included; Government Day Secondary School, Matsango in Azare, headquarters of Katagum LGA, Government Day Secondary School, Toro, Misau Model School.

Others included; Sa’adu Zungur Secondary School, Bauchi, Sunshine International School, and Immaculate Conception School, Bauchi.

However, the overall winner of the competition is Za’adu Zungur Secondary School, while Government Day Secondary School, Matsango took the second position and Government Secondary School, Toro, emerged the second runner-up.

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NECO Awards Scholarships To Best Performing Candidates In 2022, 2023 Exams

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The National Examinations Council, NECO, has awarded scholarships to a total of 14 best performing candidates in the 2022 and 2023 examinations at all levels across the country.

The Registrar/ CEO of NECO, Prof Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi made the disclosure during the Council’s Productivity Award ceremony held in Minna, Niger State.

According to him, the best performing male and female candidates in SSCE 2022 are Asiru Ahmed Opeyemi from Crescent International High School, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, and Obidibo Chioma Blessing.

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Okafor Chima Christian from Saint Paul Academy, Jos, and Benson Ifebube Chelsea, from Renaissance Garden Secondary School, Ago-Okota, Lagos, are the best performing students for the 2023.

In the Basic Education Certificate Examination category, for 2022, Akintola Samuel Oluwadaresimi of Apostolic Church College, Sango, Ibadan, and Onochie Chiamada Francis of Igbenedion Educational Centre, Benin, topped the chart as the best performing students while Ekwueme Ikechukwu Excellent from Kimota Science College, Gboko, and Owuye Faheeza Oluwakemi of Maryland Comprehensive School (Junior), Lagos, emerged the best in 2023.

Similarly, the best performing candidates for the National Common Entrance Examination are Bokare Lemuel Ogheneyobre of Kingskidies Nursery and Primary School, Warri, and Chika Ugu Anastasia from Nana Primary School, Warri.

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Winners in the gifted children category include Njoku Obinna Adrian of Rosai Kid Montessori School, New Owerri, and Anikwu Princess Kamsiyochukwu from Springfield Academy, Awka.

Also, some staff of the Council, who distinguished themselves in their various areas of duty, were also honoured and given awards by the organization.

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144, 910 Cases Pending Before Federal High Court In New Legal Year

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho has revealed that a total of 144, 910 cases are pending before the court in new legal year.

The Court in the last legal year had 15, 025 cases filed before it by litigants out of which 12, 870 were effectively disposed off leaving a balance of 2, 155 suits.

At the opening of the legal year of the Court in Abuja on Monday, the Chief Judge explained that the court carried over 142, 755 cases from 2021 to the 2022 legal year, adding that in the 2023 legal year, 15, 025 fresh cases were filed by various categories of litigants.

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He noted that the Court would be going into the new legal year with the 144, 910 suits but expressed optimism that judges would rise up to the challenge of disposing the cases as quickly as possible.

The breakdown of the carried over cases showed that 42, 784 are civil cases, 36, 061 criminal matters, 41, 447 are motions while 24, 618 are fundamental rights enforcement suits.

Justice Tsoho who put the current number of judges on the bench of the Court at 95, thanked them for the speedy manner pre-election cases of the 2023 general elections were handled within the time allowed by law.

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We must dispense justice with integrity and without bias, we must display utmost competence and courage as well as dispose cases speedily.

“The Federal High Court will surely rise to the challenges of the future with the same tenacity and commitment that have defined its path thus far,” he said.

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P&G Exit: More Firms To Shut Down Operation – MAN Warns

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The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria says more firms would shut down operations if the federal government failed to address the challenges such organisations face in the country.

Director General of MAN, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, disclosed this on Monday while reacting to the planned exit of Procter & Gamble (P&G) from Nigeria in an interview on Channels Television.

He attributed it to the numerous challenges manufacturers face in the country’s difficult operating environment.

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“We received the news with sadness but it was not unexpected.

“Manufacturing in any economy is a strategic choice and the government must decide if it wants the country to be industrialised. If so, it must take all necessary steps to remove the binding constraints that hinder the sector’s performance. Nigeria has not done so, so we see closures.”

Ajayi-Kadir stressed that the exit of P&G is just the latest in a string of manufacturers leaving the country. He noted the need for the government to take immediate action to address issues like poor infrastructure, inconsistent policies, and limited access to finance.

“Gamble, it’s news because it’s GlaxoSmithKline; it’s news because they have been in the country for a very long time,” he said. “But several others have quietly closed down, and the reasons are avoidable.”

While expressing regret over the departure of the large companies, Ajayi-Kadir said it was an opportunity to focus on promoting local manufacturers. He believes empowering existing manufacturers will result in a more sustainable and enduring industrial sector.

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I think there is a strong lesson to be learned here,” he said. “The big ones leaving are the multinationals, which should send a clear signal to the government. We need to be strategic in what we promote. He is unlikely to go anywhere if you have a challenged local manufacturer. That is why we say foreign direct investment is excellent, but it should come secondary to empowering the local investor, the existing manufacturers because that is what is enduring.”

The MAN DG reiterated his concern about the future of the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.

He urged for clear and decisive action from the government to prevent further exits and ensure the sector’s long-term success.

DAILY POST reports that nearly 5,000 jobs are threatened as P&G plans its exit from Nigeria.

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