The Big Ten

The Big Ten – Ten Nigerian News Headlines You Missed This Week.

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1.ASUU, students, women groups differ on Sexual Harassment Bill.

ASUU, students, women groups differ on Sexual Harassment Bill

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday disagreed with students of tertiary institutions; and women groups on the need to make a separate law to curb sexual harassment in schools.

ASUU National President Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi and the groups made opposing submissions; during a public hearing on the “Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions (Prohibition) Bill, 2019” at the National Assembly in Abuja.

The Bill was sponsored by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege.

The event was organised by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Opeyemi Bamidele.

While Ogunyemi rejected the Bill, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS); and other women rights advocacy groups at the session supported it.

2. ‘Missing $2.5b’: Magu urges UK to extradite Diezani.

Anti-graft agency targets doctors issuing fake medical reports

Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu; has urged the United Kingdom (UK) to extradite to Nigeria a former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to account for alleged missing $2.5 billion in her ministry during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

3.Nigeria faces drugs shortage due to Coronavirus, NAFDAC warns.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye

Drug shortage is likely in the country should the Coronavirus epidemic continue in China; the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) warned on Monday.

The agency boss, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said India which Nigeria depends on for a greater percentage of its drug imports; has already been hit by the ravaging effects of the virus.

4.Kwara to revoke 5,000 plots of land.

Kwara to revoke 5,000 plots of land

The Kwara State Government says it will revoke over 5,000 plots of land sold illegally by the last administration.

The Director-General of Kwara Bureau of Lands, Bolaji Edun, in an interview yesterday with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN); in llorin, said that the past administration signed over 5,000 Certificates of Occupancy for plots of land located at Budo-Osho.

“The last administration signed over 5,000 Certificates of Occupancy without following due process governing land acquisition in the state.

5.Visa ban on Nigeria temporary, says U.S. envoy.

Visa ban on Nigeria temporary, says U.S. envoy

The visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries was a temporary measure, the United States (U.S.); said on Tuesday as the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard; said the issue could be resolved if the conditions that necessitated the ban are met by the Federal Government.

6.Lagos records first Lassa fever case.

Lassa fever death toll rises to 38 in 11 states

Lagos State has recorded a case of the Lassa fever.

It should be noted that this Hemorrhagic fever is raging in over 19 states in the country.

The Lagos state Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement early Wednesday; confirmed that the patient is currently in isolation at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

7.Reps move to stave off Boko Haram attacks.

Reps to Buhari: declare emergency on security

The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to tighten security at the National Assembly.

This followed reports that Boko Haram may attack the National Assembly complex.

It mandated its House Committee on Internal Security to verify the reports.

8. CAN leaders march for Leah Sharibu.

CAN leaders march for Leah Sharibu

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday  held a church service and a  peaceful march to mark the second year of Miss Leah Sharibu in Boko Haram captivity.

In Abuja, CAN President Rev. Samson Ayokunle and the Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Center, Dr. Paul Enenche, warned that killings in the country could lead to anarchy

9. Senate to create agency on small arms, light weapons.

Senate to create agency on small arms, light weapons

The Senate yesterday started deliberations on the creation of an agency; to curb proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country.

This followed the second reading of a Bill, titled: “National Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and for related matters, 2020,”; sponsored by Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West).

In his lead debate on the general principles of the Bill, Adeyemi said the proposed commission will coordinate and implement activities for checking small arms and light weapons in Nigeria; in line with ECOWAS states on small arms and light weapons.

10. Fed Govt approves N15b for irrigation, road projects.

Fed Govt approves N15b for irrigation, road projects

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved contracts worth N15 billion; for Water Resources as well as Works and Housing ministries.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting, Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu; said his ministry presented a memorandum seeking the variation and augmentation of the Tada Shonga Irrigation Project in Kwara State.

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