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Senate passes bill abolishing HND/BSc dichotomy

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A bill seeking to abolish the dichotomy between higher national diploma (HND) and bachelor’s degree has passed third reading at the senate.

The bill passed third reading on Wednesday after Ahmad Kaita, chairman of the committee on tertiary institutions, presented a report and six clauses were voted on by the senators.

The house of representatives passed its own version of the bill in May 2019.

While presenting his report, Kaita said the legislation when assented to and passed will give polytechnic graduates confidence and impact on the country’s economy positively.

After the clauses of the bill were approved by the legislators in the “committee of the whole”, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said polytechnic graduates will be encouraged by this action.

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“Congratulations to the senate,” Lawan said.

“This particular issue has been on the front burner for a long time. I recall that in the house between 2003 and 2007, this was one bill that was so important and it is a way of encouraging our polytechnic graduates.

“This should not take away the kind of training they give but should be a motivation for our polytechnic graduates.”

Since the house has passed its own version of the bill, a conference committee will be set up by both chambers to harmonise the proposed law.

After that, it will be sent to the president for assent.

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2 School Teachers, 6 Students Rescued From Kidnappers In FGGC, Kebbi

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There are indications that two teachers and six students of Federal Government College (FGC) Yauri have been rescued.

The teachers and students were reportedly rescued after security operatives reportedly launched manhunt of the bandits immediately their attack on the school.

The state government and police authorities have yet to issue an official press statement following the event, which reportedly left roughly 30 pupils and the Vice Principal missing.

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Maxwell Eseosa-Aimuan, UNIBEN Lecturer Shot Dead By Gunmen (Photos)

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33-year-old lecturer with the University of Benin, Maxwell Eseosa Aimuan has been killed by unknown gunmen in Edo state.

Aimuan, a lecturer in the department of Public Administration, was shot dead on Saturday, June 12, while he was driving into his compound in Isihor, Benin City.

It was gathered that his assailants shot him severally before fleeing the scene. He was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.

The deceased, who was engaged in the institution in 2015 as a Graduate Assistant, reportedly parted with his friends after an evening outing around the Ugbowo area before he was killed.

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The public relations officer of the university, Benedicta Ehanire, who confirmed the incident described the late lecturer as hardworking and dedicated university staff.

Ehanire called on security agents to unravel those behind the killing.

Maxwell Eseosa-Aimuan, UNIBEN Lecturer Shot Dead By Gunmen (Photos)

Maxwell Eseosa-Aimuan, UNIBEN Lecturer Shot Dead By Gunmen (Photos)

Maxwell Eseosa-Aimuan, UNIBEN Lecturer Shot Dead By Gunmen (Photos)

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Approves Employment Of Dead NYSC 2011 Members’ Siblings

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 10 siblings of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who lost their lives during the 2011 post-election violence in Bauchi State.

This was made known by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, during the inauguration of the NYSC national governing board for a 3-year tenure on Tuesday.

“As a sign of the federal government’s unflinching commitment to the NYSC, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the automatic employment of 10 direct siblings of the diseased NYSC members, who lost their lives during the 2011 post-election violence in Bauchi State,” he said.

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Dare further endorsed the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
“I consider it appropriate to use this forum to once again endorse the proposal made by stakeholders for the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
“I am confident that such an initiative will go a long way in strengthening the Scheme and deepen its impact.

“Among other benefits, the Fund will make the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme more functional.
“It will, especially, serve as a sustainable source of providing start-up capital for the trained Corps members to actualize their business plans and in turn employ more Nigerians.

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The minister equally assured Nigerians that the NYSC will not be scrapped by the federal government.

“The NYSC Scheme will be sustained. It has become an integral part of our national development and unity architecture.

“Nigerian youth continue to benefit from this scheme,” he said.

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