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COVID-19: FCT Youth Taskforce Commends Organizations and Individuals Complying to the Donations for Palliative Measures



FCT Youth Taskforce Commends Organizations and Individuals Complying to the Donations for Palliative Measures.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) youth taskforce on COVID-19 in collaboration with FCT Indigenous Association has expressed appreciations to some corporate organizations and individuals that had donated toward providing palliatives to the vulnerable residents of Federal Capital Territory FCT during the lockdown.

Comrade Ango Abdullahi Suleiman, Chairman of NYCN FCT Chapter and leader of the taskforce made this call and commendation during a press briefing on the activities of the youth taskforce in Abuja on Wednesday.

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He also called for more financial donations to be channeled to the office of FCT Minister to enable the FCT Administration provide more palliatives to cushion hunger and suffering of the masses as a result of the lockdown.

 Comrade Inusa Ahmadu Yusuf, the spokesman of FCT indigenous association is calling the attention of the FCT Administration to integrate independent organizations and civil societies in this palliative sharing measures to ensure efficiency and efficacy of the process.

According to Yusuf, hunger is biting harder on the poor masses. Therefore, he urges the Federal government to urgently release whatever palliative due to the FCT residents.

Recall on April 6th, This Taskforce team beckoned on the various companies and businesses situated in Federal Capital Territory to do the needful by donating their social corporate responsibility to the FCT Administration.

 They also threaten to shut down the operations of some companies that refused to perform their corporate social responsibilities to the residents, especially the masses of FCT masses with effect from April 9th.

According to Suleiman, the full list of donors in FCT had been released to the taskforce and the threat still stands.

The Chairman also commended the FCTA for supporting their movement with the provision of (3) three Hilux pickups to the taskforce for the sensitization of the communities in FCT.

He also appreciated the contribution of the Senator representing FCT, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda, for the donation of 1,000 bags of rice and 100 cartons of hand sanitizers.

In view of this, the taskforce threatens to lockdown companies, estate firms and institutions that refused to announce publicly and channel their contribution to the Minister of FCT for the provision of palliatives to the poor masses of Abuja.

Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, in his speech stated that they have sensitized the vulnerable people such as Garki on this pandemic disease, COVID-19 through Playing the sensitization jingles on COVID-19 around the Area Councils in FCT.

The residents of this remote communities have one of their challenges as lack of power supply to stay connected to vital information from the media regarding the spread of Coronavirus which FCT Administration ought to address this issue.

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Forex: Financial expert urges CBN to exercise caution on BDCs ban



By Gistflash News

July 28, 2021

A Financial Expert, Mr Okechukwu Unegbu, has urged the Central Bank  of Nigeria (CBN) to be cautious of its recent “blanket’’  ban placed  on Bureau de Change (BDC) operators from foreign exchange (forex) trading.

Unegbu, a past President of the Chattered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the ban would create some challenges in the market as commercial banks might not be able to meet the forex demands of importers.

According to Unegbu, commercial banks themselves are not perfect, as some of them also flout forex regulations.

“This punitive measure by the CBN can negatively affect the forex trading market.

“Most businessmen, when they cannot access forex from commercial banks, rush to the BDCs.

“Banks are not perfect, they also bend the rule sometimes, but that of the BDCs became so obvious  due to their large numbers.

“The Naira has been so bastardised and it is good to see that the CBN is acting to remedy the situation,’’ he said.

Unegbu said that athough some of the BDCs were involved in unwholesome practice there were still some BDCs that operated above board.

He said that the move by the apex bank was only a step toward resolving the abuse in the forex market and to reduce pressure on the Naira.

“There had been a lot of misgivings about forex in the country but this blanket ban by the CBN is just a step towards the solution.

“Not all the BDCs are bad, but as it is now CBN has banned both the good and he bad.

“But it is a warning to the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON).

“ABCON should find a way to make amends and reign in on some of the operators that abuse the system,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CBN announced immediate discontinuation of forex to the BDCs.

CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who made the announcement during the banks 280th Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, said that the BDC operators were involved in rent-seeking behaviour money laundering activities.

Emefiele added that BDCs were to serve the retail end users who needed 5,000 dollars or less, but had defeated their purpose of existence to provide forex to retail user.

He also said that BDCs had instead become wholesale and illegal dealers.



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Police refutes abduction of 60 travelers on Gusau-Sokoto highway



By Gistflash News

July 28, 2021

The Zamfara State Police Command, on Tuesday, refuted reports claiming that armed bandits
abducted 60 passengers along the Sokoto-Gusau highway on July 25.
A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Muhammad Shehu, however, confirmed the abduction of 11 passengers on the highway, with two of the abducted passengers already rescued by police operatives, while efforts are on to rescue the remaining nine from their captors.
“The attention of the Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to the above story trending on social and some conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau road and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja.
“The command wishes to debunk the story and viewed it as inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers  to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially commuters.
“For the avoidance of doubt and for purposes of clarity, the command is hereby giving the accurate report of the incident”, the PPRO said.
“On Sunday 25th July, 2021, a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers, who were travelling  from Sokoto to Abuja along the Sokoto-Gusau road in Bakura LGA,” Shehu said.
“Police Tactical operatives attached to ‘Operation Restore Peace’ were alerted and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums, who had blocked many vehicles for the purpose of abduction.
“The road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and more police operatives reinforced to improve the security and safety of commuters.
“In the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver, were abducted and taken into the bush before the arrival of the police.
“The operatives embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bushes with a  view to rescuing the kidnapped victims.
“Two persons, who were left far behind with other hoodlums, were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralized  by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were, however, taken into the forest.
“The command is currently employing various search and rescue strategies aimed at rescuing the victims safely. In view of this, the command enjoins members of the public to discountenance the purported abduction of 60 persons”, Shehu added.
Members of the press are also urged to always verify the authenticity of any information they receive before going public, the PPRO said.


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JAMB withdraws results of candidate for impersonation



By Gistdlash News

July 27, 2021

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has withdrawn the result of one Attama  Ikedichukwu for acts bordering on impersonation in the just concluded 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

This is contained in a statement issued by Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB Head, Media and Publicity in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that upon investigations, it was revealed that Ikedichukwu had hired a ”professional examination taker” to sit for the examination on his behalf.

He however said that his luck ran out when the board’s post-examination processes discovered that the candidate had been impersonated in the course of the examination.

“On further scrutiny, other hidden dimensions to the case were also unravelled which the candidate had admitted to in the course of perpetrating the fraudulent act.

“ Following Management’s consideration and approval of the recommendations of the investigators, the result of Ikedichukwu, whose examination was taken on his behalf at the University of Nigeria, MTN Library, Nsukka, Enugu State, on  June 22 during the second session of the examination for that day, has been withdrawn.

“The Board wishes to restate that no result obtained through fraudulent means will be allowed to stand.

“It should be noted that the cancellation is in line with the board’s  policy of cancelling any result fraudulently obtained by any candidate even when such had been released,” he said.

He added that the perpetrator would be handed over to relevant agencies  for prosecution to serve as a deterrent to other would-be infractors.

He said that the board urged candidates and the general public that it would painstakingly  scrutinise the entire examination processes with the provision that the results obtained through fraudulent means would be withheld and after thorough investigation, cancelled as the case may be.

“ In the meantime, the Board is engaged in the viewing and assessment of all CCTV footage of the examination as well as the adequacy or otherwise of the security measures put in place to forestall examination infractions.

“The board warned that the above stated case might just be the first of the many that would be unearthed in the course of the review as many more infractions might yet come to light.m,” he added.

He therefore said that a top security officer who had facilitated the forgery of the board’s admission letter was being investigated for possible culpability and subsequent prosecution.



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