Good morning, Nigerians! Today, we’ll highlight the biggest news stories from Nigeria’s top newspapers for Sunday, September 24, 2023.
WAEC to introduce CBT for WASSCE
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says plans to introduce the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in the administration of its examinations are at an advanced stage.
The Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan, gave the hint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.
NLC mobilises chapters for total strike, FG plans talks Monday
State chapters and affiliate unions of the Nigeria Labour Congress are already gearing up for a possible declaration of a nationwide strike following the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum given the Federal Government to provide palliatives to cushion the pains associated with the recent fuel subsidy removal.
The organised labour had earlier embarked on a two-day warning strike to press home its demands.
After the warning strike, the NLC gave the government a 21-day ultimatum within which to meet its demands.
Fresh Abductions, Banditry: Northern Nigeria bleeding, Coalition tells Tinubu
The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has called on President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to, as a matter of urgency, wade into security challenges bedevilling the northern part of Nigeria just as it demanded urgent action in securing the release of female students of Zamfara University, Gusau abducted last week.
CNG spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, made the call, yesterday, at an emergency meeting of the National and State executives of the CNG in Abuja.
48% Of Out-Of-School Girls In Nigeria From North East, North West – UNICEF
More than half of girls in Nigeria, approximately 7.6 million, are missing out on basic education, according to a recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Jutaro Sakamoto, UNICEF’s education manager, revealed the worrying statistics at an education conference in Abuja that the French Institute in Nigeria was hosting.
Sakamoto’s report highlighted that among these 7.6 million girls, 3.9 million are at the primary education level, while 3.7 million are at the junior secondary level. The situation is particularly dire in the North West and North East regions, where 48 percent of out-of-school girls reside. Furthermore, gender parity in net attendance ratios remains below 1.0 in 10 states, primarily located in the northern region, although there has been a decrease in 15 states.
Victim’s Mother Alleges Cover Up In Abuja School Rape
Two years after the suspected rape and eventual death of Karen-Happuch Akpagher, student of Premiere Academy in Lugbe, Abuja, her family still has no explanation for what happened.
The family however believes that the Nigeria Police Force was compromised very early in their investigation and may have bungled it.
There have also been allegations that the police are undermining the family’s effort to pursue the matter in court.
Okada riders defy Sanwo-Olu, return to prohibited routes
Despite the total ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles on some major roads in Lagos State, some operators are devising ways of returning to the roads, Ajibade Omape writes
Out of the blue, motorcycles became a mode of transportation in Lagos State. The activities of commercial motorcyclists started from the suburbs and gradually extended to major roads.
Motorcycles became a choice mode of transportation for all categories of people, especially when they needed to beat the gridlock that characterised the major roads. From the mainland to the island, they became one of the features of a mega city.
Mohbad promised me N5 million on the day he died — Mother
The mother of deceased singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka MohBad, has said he promised to give her N5m for her business on the day he died.
In an interview with TVC News, she said, “I usually didn’t tell people I was Mohbad’s mother, because he was scared I might get kidnapped. I have spent just five months in the new house he rented for me, and he visited me three times before his demise. He took me out of where I was living before to Ikorodu (in Lagos). He said he wanted to be visiting me from time to time.”
She added that, “He recently rented a space consisting of three shops for me, but I am yet to move there. He gave me money that I used to buy two big freezers and a big generator. The day he died, he promised to send me N5m, so I could buy goods for the shop.”