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Bandits/Agriculture: El-Rufai orders schools to open only four days each week

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s government has directed all Kaduna public schools to migrate to a four-day working week to enable workers to focus on agriculture.

The government said the development would enhance productivity, allow workers to focus on their families, and improve work-life balance.

The directive came just as schools reopened on January 10 for the second term of the 2021/2022 academic session.

The Commissioner for Education, Halima Lawal, gave the directive in Kaduna on Sunday in a notice for school resumption for the second term of the new academic session.

The commissioner further advised the school administrators to be security conscious and promptly report any security threats in their schools.

She stated that the academic calendar would be adjusted to ensure coverage of the curriculum for the academic session.

Mr El-Rufai’s government had on December 1 begun the transition to a four-day working week.

A statement by Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor’s media aide, had explained that the new measure would eventually affect the organised private sector in Kaduna.

(NAN)

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Chris Brown sued for drugging, raping woman

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American singer Chris Brown is facing a $20 million lawsuit after a woman accused him of drugging and raping her in Florida.

According to TMZ, the woman, Jane Doe, claimed Chris Brown invited her over to Diddy’s home on Miami’s island.

She is suing Chris Brown for “damages, alleged rape and severe emotional distress.”

Ms Doe alleged that the ‘Loyal’ crooner handed her a drink upon her arrival and a refill afterwards which subsequently left her in a “disoriented and physically unstable” state and started “to fall in and out of sleep.”

According to her, the singer led her to a bedroom, undressed and intimately engaged her as she helplessly mumbled and begged him to stop but he refused.

She also accused the singer of ejaculating inside her and demanded she took an after sex pill the next day which she did.

In 2009, Chris Brown physically assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna and was sentenced to five years’ probation, one year of counselling and six months of community service.

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2023 Presidency: Electing Tinubu as president for Nigeria’s good, says Sanwo-Olu

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says All Progressives national leader Bola Tinubu, is the most qualified Nigerian to be president in 2023.

The governor said Mr Tinubu’s qualification rested on his demonstrated capacity in deploying a mix of genius and statecraft to nurture a city on the brink of a flourishing economy.

”Tinubu’s practicable ideas in governance makes him the most qualified successor and saleable choice for the job. Our country is the most populous black nation in the world and the responsibility that comes with that is enormous. No doubt that the destiny of the entire black race is tied to the greatness of Nigeria,” stated Mr Sanwo-Olu during the formal inauguration of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (ABAT) movement’s working committee in Ikeja.

“If our country must be great, we have the responsibility to choose the leadership that will bring about true transformation across every facet of our national life,” the Lagos governor added. “Who is that rallying figure that should lead us in this journey? The answer is deeply connected to our mission and purpose here today. That person must be a detribalised Nigerian and a bridge-builder, who has been tested and trusted.”

He further stressed that the person must be a thinker, who must sustain the legacy “our current president is leaving behind.”

“That person is the reason we are inaugurating this movement for the actualisation of his presidential ambition,” explained Mr Sanwo-Olu. “That person is our great leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

The ABAT movement was conceived and set up by members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) in Lagos to actualise Mr Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

The Lagos governor stated that the indisputable capability of Tinubu to effectively manage human and material resources for visible progress stood him out as the most qualified Nigerian to be president in 2023.

He added that the progress in Lagos remained a visible experiment initiated by the APC leader. Mr Sanwo-Olu said Nigeria had continued to shoulder the burden of the black race, and the country’s transformation into a stable economy would be a source of pride to the black man.

According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, in 2023, the country needs a capable leader with progressive ideas to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari and build on the progress recorded by the current administration.

Mr Sanwo-Olu also noted that Mr Tinubu’s name was synonymous with growth and development and possessed a Midas touch to positively turn around the resources of the country for the general good.

He said the event was to raise foot soldiers, team leaders and cheerleaders, who would pursue the movement’s objectives and cascade down its messages to every voter at the ward level, with commitment and passion.

The governor charged all selected for leadership roles in the movement to reflect Tinubu’s political ideals of openness and tolerance in their engagement and mobilisation.

APC stalwart James Odumbaku said the forthcoming general elections presented another opportunity for Nigerians to make the right choice, to keep the country on the path of development.

GAC leader Tajudeen Olusi described Mr Tinubu as “a genius” in statecraft, adding that the APC leader was a saleable article in the political market.

”We have to be prepared and determined because the contest would be a battle of might and strength,” Mr Olusi said.

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Police Recruitment: Applicants’ physical, credential screening begins February 1

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The Nigeria Police says it will on February 1, begin physical and credential screening of applicants who completed the 2021 online registration for recruitment into the constable cadre.

Police spokesman Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the screening would be conducted by the Force in conjunction with the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Mba said the exercise, slated to commence on Feb. 1 would end on February 6 at designated venues in states across the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to him, all applicants are to proceed to their respective states of origin and appear at the various screening centres in their clean white T-shirts and shorts.

He said other mandatory basic screening requirements were two white flat files with recent passport photographs attached and National Identity Number (NIN).

Mr Mba said other items for the screening were original and duplicate copies of credentials, certificate of origin and birth certificate/declaration of age.

He said printout of the application submission confirmation/profile page and duly completed guarantor’s form were also, mandatory for the exercise.

Mr Mba also stated that candidates who failed to present the mandatory requirements would not be considered for the screening.

He urged applicants to pay attention to detailed and specific guidelines on the exercise for each state, particularly, the location of screening and dates of screening per local government area.

Mr Mba added that the guidelines would be announced by the police public relations officers in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

He explained that inspector general of police Usman Baba had assured that the statutory entry requirements into the force as clearly stated in the Police Act and Regulations, would be followed.

Mr Baba disclosed that 135,027 valid applications were received in the online registration.

He expressed satisfaction over the increase in the number and geographic spread of the applications, particularly in the South-East and South-South region of the country following the extension of the online registration.

The police chief said the exercise was free of charge and urged applicants to be wary of criminal elements who would want to take undue advantage of the exercise to perpetrate recruitment-related scams.

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