NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST JULY, 2018].

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Students grief as states abandon bursary
Sun, 01 Jul 2018

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Time was when bursary was a social intervention used to alleviate circumstances of indigent students. In fact, in the 1980s 1990s and early 2000s, many states of the federation were actively involved in bursary payment.Now, the economic downturn, lack of political will, misplaced priorities, as well as, widespread corrupt practices have joined forces to deny students this critical intervention scheme.

The few states that have not abolished the initiative are struggling with backlog of arrears, which runs into a number of years. Abia State is one of the states where bursary payment has become history. And in the absence of a formal bursary payment system to students, what now obtains is the state government giving support to indigent or needy students, who apply and get the state governor’s approval.

The amount given is normally at the discretion of the governor, based on the individual applicant’s circumstances, and need at the time of his application.Going by this, bursary or education support is given to lucky applicants, who have access to the state governor.The state Commissioner for Education, Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji, described the practice as ad hoc, stressing that it is far from being ideal.

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According to him, the state scholarship board has been reconstituted while the extant state law on scholarship is being reviewed.The commissioner expressed optimism that with the new move being made by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu towards reactivating bursary payment and scholarship awards, students in the state would soon begin to enjoy the scheme sustainably, unlike what was the case with the Students’ Loans Board at the federal level, where beneficiaries failed to fulfill their part of the deal, by repaying their loans.

Rivers State government is also unable to pay bursary to her 50, 000 students in tertiary institutions across the country.The Guardian findings revealed that the last time the state paid bursary to students was in 2014.It would be recalled that Rivers State students under the aegis of National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS) had planned a major street protest over the non-payment of bursary last September. That was later called off after the state government promised to address their grievances.

NURSS President, Patrick Ogbuehi, assumed the responsibility to explain The Guardian that the drop in the state’s revenue from the Federation Account was primarily responsible for government’s inability to pay bursary to students.Ogbuehi explained that the immediate past administration paid N10, 000 to each student as bursary, and promised to implement a 100 per cent increment, which means that if this incumbent government was to pay bursary, each of the approximately 51, 000 students would get N20, 000.

The NURSS leader stated that last year when the students wanted to take to the streets, the governor who wasn’t around at that time sent his representatives, who promised that once he was back he would address the issue. Upon his return, he said the governor directed the commissioner for education to verify the number of affected students to enable the state commence payment.

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“The ministry has sent out letters to schools to send the names of bonafide Rivers State students to it so that it can compare it to what NURSS had submitted. No registrar in any of the schools in Rivers State has been able to do this. The state government has done its part; we have done ours, and so we expect the schools to do the same,” he said.

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Education, Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, simply said the state scholarship board is saddled with bursary and sundry matters.IF Rivers State owes its students bursary arrears of about four years, students in Cross River State are alleging that the government has not paid them bursary since 2002.Student leaders could not be reached, but some of the students, who spoke to The Guardian said they have not been paid bursary since Donald Duke left office as governor.
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Benue government commends military for repelling invading herdsmen
Sun, 01 Jul 2018

The Benue State Government, yesterday, praised the Nigeria military, under the aegis of Operation Whirl Stroke, for drastically reducing the rate of herdsmen attacks in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Lawrence Onoja Jr, who made the commendation, added that, since the commencement of the military operation on May 18, 2018, the spate of attacks in Benue have reduced, with most of the invaders being repelled in several communities.

Onoja made this disclosure in Markurdi, saying that consequently, some of those displaced were enabled to return to their homes, even though these have been reduced to rubbles and their means of livelihood completely destroyed.

He said: “The achievement was a no mean feat and was accomplished at great expense, with some of the security personnel involved paying the supreme sacrifice, while others have suffered various degrees of injuries.

“The government and people of Benue State, in this regard, wish to commend all the security agencies involved in Operation Whirl Stroke, particularly troops of the armed forces for their effectiveness in curtailing the menace of killer herdsmen in the state.”He, however, urged the operation to continue to abide and execute orders, as stated by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General John Agim, which “include to track, fish out and come down heavily on the camps of the militants and to shoot and kill any cow used as shield.”

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He reiterated the call of Benue State government for the arrest and prosecution of leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), as well as, those of the Fulani Nationality Movement, who have openly claimed responsibility for the pogrom in Benue and other states of the country.

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A decade after, Lagos rail project still crawling
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
As an emerging megacity, Lagos surely needs diverse transportation modes to facilitate movement of its over 20 million residents, especially given its smallness.Over the years, land transportation has been the major means of moving around the state due to the absence of rail transportation….
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Non-completion of Lagos rail robbing residents of intermodal transportation facilities
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
From the information given by the Lagos Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LAMATA), the delay in the completion of the rail project is not due to financial issues, but largely as a result of technical reasons.
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Airuoyo: Economic opportunities are lost when projects are unduly delayed
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
I am not the project consultant on this project, so the specifics I cant give. However, having worked on similar government projects, the likely reasons for delays in the completion of projects are poor planning of the project; poor communication, reporting and project status update….
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Enjoying God’s covenant – Part 2
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
God demands that we return to Him and restore all the tithes to His sanctuary. He challenged the children of Israel who had gone away from Him and stopped paying their tithes to ‘return’ and ‘Bring all the tithes into [His] storehouse’.
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The destiny of your health in your hand – Part 1
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
It is popularly believed that health is wealth. That is true in a way. But the more important truth is that health is the quality of life you live. It might as well be said that health is life itself, because if you see the kind of ill-health that is afflicting some people and how such people….
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Confession rules your life – Part 3
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
There is a seed of greatness inside of you. Though you were born naked you’re not empty. Your colleague may be seeing hardship, but declare to them that there is something they’re yet to see.
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Would you wish Nigeria to die for you instead
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
The circle of election declaration process finishes when the candidate who ran against the winner calls the winner to congratulate him or her. That is the private and perhaps the most difficult part for the loser in the election.
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Fayemi: Why Ekiti will reject PDP in this year’s governorship
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
This time, we are bringing on board a message of consolation, hope and restoration, as well as consolation for the tolerance and perseverance of the last four years and hope for speedy restoration of abandoned programmes, infrastructures, industries, values, projects and all the good things….
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UNODC, CYCDI caution youth against drug abuse
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and the Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI) have warned youths against engaging in drug abuse.Speaking at the annual Vision of The Child (VOTC) Initiative to mark 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking….
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Budget shocker: We didn’t see it until it was passed, Uwajumogu
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
The lone All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator from Southeast geopolitical zone, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, has expressed dismay at some of the noticed cuts in the 2018 Budget, claiming that most Senators did not sight the Budget until it was passed.
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Unlocking potential of culture, creativity for sustainable development
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
On March 21, 2011 over 450 members of the creative community gathered at the banquet hall of the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos. It was an event, which many, who attended, would not forget in a hurry.
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African literature, the english language and the nation – Part 2
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
In another essay, ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread’ (1962), Achebe observes: ‘The question then is not whether we should be criticised or not, but what kind of criticism.’ He identifies three categories of critics who do not enjoy the respect of African writers: first, hostile critics; second, those critics ….
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