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10 Jun
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Another Nigerian youth elected as Speaker of State House of Assembly

33-year-old Abok Abuya pictured above has emerged speaker of the Ninth Plateau State House of Assembly.

Ayuba, a 500-level student of Law at the University of Jos, emerged Speaker after he was unanimously elected by members of the house

In his acceptance speech, the newly-elected Speaker thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed on him and promised not to fail them.

Ayuba assured fellow members that his leadership will not discriminate based on tribe.

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10 Jun
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32-year-old Adebo Ogundoyin emerges Oyo State Assembly Speaker

Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have elected 32-year-old Adebo Ogundoyin, as the new speaker of the state House Assembly.

 

Ogundoyin who represents Ibarapa East constituency in the Assembly was declared Speaker by the clerk of the Assembly, Felicia Oyediran, after his unopposed nomination by Honourable Adebayo Babajide (Ibadan North II constituency) and seconded by Honourable Adeola Bamidele (Iseyin/Itesiwaju constituency)

 

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11 Apr
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University of Cincinnati, USA offers Ph.D. scholarship to UNILAG 2017 best graduating student

Oyindamola Omotuyi, who was the best graduating student in University of Lagos (UNILAG) with a First Class, Cumulative CGPA of 5.0 during the 2017 convocation. She has been rewarded with a Ph.D. scholarship on Mechanical Engineering by the University of Cincinnati in United State of America.

Congratulations to her

 

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04 Apr
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Meet Wendy A. Okolo, Ph.D. the pretty Nigerian lady who won the “Black Engineer Award Of The Year 2019” in USA.

Dr. Wendy A. Okolo is a Nigerian domicile in United state, she is an aerospace engineering researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. Her focus is in the area of systems health monitoring and control systems design with applications to air and space components, vehicles, and systems. To that effect she is a Sub-Project Manager for the System Wide Safety Project, leading a team to develop the technologies that will enable the safe and seamless integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the U.S. national airspace. She also leads a controls team on a Space Technology project, Pterodactyl, to advance the guidance, navigation, and control capabilities that will make precision landing for deployable entry vehicles a reality for planetary exploration.

She received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and 2015 respectively. During her undergraduate studies, she interned for two summers with Lockheed Martin working on NASA’s Orion spacecraft, first in the Requirements Management Office in Systems Engineering and then with the Hatch Mechanisms team in Mechanical Engineering. As a graduate student she worked as a summer researcher from 2010 to 2012 in the Control Design & Analysis Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Her dissertation research was in the area of aircraft formation flight as a fuel-saving method of flight, working in the Computer-Aided Control Systems Design Laboratory. Specifically, she employed alternative trimming mechanisms such as internal fuel transfer and differential thrusting to trim induced aerodynamic moments on the trail aircraft, reduce the need for the drag-inducing control effector deflections, and increase the benefits of flying in formation. This research was funded by the AFRL, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC), Zonta International, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

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04 Apr
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Secondary School students wins bronze in world scientific competition

The students, Ugwuishi Meshack Ogonna, Chuka-Umeora Anthony, Machi Dominic and Nwachukwu Daniel all of St John’s Science and Technical School, Alor, Onitsha Archdiocese, participated in the Physics aspect of the competition, coming out in the third position out of the 31 countries in Africa that participated.

The students achieved the feat with two devices they called the Adaptable Alternative Power Supply for Sub-Saharan Africa which is a single, fully-packaged solar technology and another noiseless inverter system all locally sourced and produced by them.

According to reports from Sun News Online, their School Manager, Rev Dr Francis Unegbu, who accompanied them to the competition disclosed that about 251 projects were showcased at the competition from 40 countries across the world.

The event featured a scientific competition in different areas aimed at developing the innovative skills of young scientists and encouraging them to apply their imagination and creativity in solving problems in their environment.

While the boys from St. John’s College, Alor, represented Nigeria in the competition, other students between the ages of 15-24 from countries like Canada, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, China, Sweden, Ukraine, Malaysia, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Tunisia and South Africa among others also participated.

Receiving the students fresh from their trip at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke, said the gains of returning mission schools to the church in Anambra State had been in multiples.

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31 Dec
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37 year-old murdered councilor in Ekiti state laid to rest

37-year-old councilor representing Ado Ward 9 at Ado Local Government Council, Deji Akeredolu who was murdered has been laid to rest in his hometown.

Late Hon. Akeredolu was killed by unknown gunmen on Friday, December 28th. According to reports, Akeredolu and his wife were said to have alighted from a motorbike at the junction to their house at about 10pm when the gunmen struck and fired shots at him from the back.

"This world is wicked" - Friends, family mourn Ekiti councilor shot dead by gunmen as he is laid to rest

"This world is wicked" - Friends, family mourn Ekiti councilor shot dead by gunmen as he is laid to rest

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31 Dec
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Tragedy: fire guts mortuary in Anambra

Over 50 corpses deposited at the Enugwu Ukwu General Hospital Mortuary in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State have been burnt to ashes.

This followed a fire outbreak which started from a nearby bush, sources say, adding that no less than 50 corpses were burnt in the fire, The mortuary which is located few metres from other buildings in the hospital, was the only building affected by the inferno.

Governor Obiano says that State government will set up a panel to look into the remote and immediate causes of the fire outbreak at the morgue. Describing it as double tragedy, the Governor commiserated with those affected and pledged to immediately commence reconstruction of the burnt building. He urged them to exercise patience with the mortuary attendants.

Many people who kept their dead relatives in the mortuary rushed to the scene yesterday on learning of the incident and were seen sobbing uncontrollably as they were unable to identify corpses they deposited. Among the burnt corpses was said to be that of a prominent man in the area who died in the USA, and was brought home for burial in January 2019, while his relations were renovating his house in readiness for the burial. President-General of Enugwu Ukwu Development Union, Bonny Nkwoagu said last night that, although efforts were made to put out the fire when it started, the harmattan made it difficult.

He said that firefighters came, they ran out of water and it was when they went to fetch water that the mortuary got burnt.

 

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29 Dec
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Leicester City linked with move for Nigerian teenager

Leicester City has been linked with a move for Nigeria international Samuel Chukwueze.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough year with club and country as the Foxes and Arsenal said to be taking an interest.

Chukwueze has made 13 appearances this season for Villareal, scoring four goals for the La Liga side.

Capable of playing on either flank, he made his senior international debut in October, winning his only cap so far.

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29 Dec
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MTN, CBN resolves dispute in Nigeria

Nigeria’s central bank has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with MTN over allegations that the South African company illegally repatriated $8.1 billion.

MTN says it has agreed to pay $53 million to the bank but didn’t provide further details.

MTN had been accused of endangering Foreign Exchange Reserves by taking the money out of the country.

However, the company had argued that the funds were taken abroad over a nine-year period, and the withdrawal had been gradual.

The matter then headed to the courts with the central bank arguing that MTN faced a fine and the money needed to be returned.

This is not the first time that MTN has come under pressure in Nigeria.

The company was fined a revised amount of over a billion dollars two years ago to end a dispute with Nigeria over unregistered sim cards.

And earlier in 2018, the central bank argued that Nigeria owed two billion dollars in tax.

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29 Dec
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Free school feeding brought back over 500 girls to school in Yemen

With the acute lack of resources caused by the war in Yemen, a growing number of families are forced but to take their children out of school. Girls are often sent away to marry at ages as young as 13. However, one school in the capital Sana’a found a modest, yet effective, form of relief.

The NGO Solidarios sin Fronteras (based in Spain and Yemen) run almost entirely by volunteers and funded primarily by individual donations — some as small as one euro per month—, has started to provide a complete breakfast for this school’s girl students, who are aged six to 16. Before the project began, one-fifth of them had been absent. Little by little, they started to come back and, since September 2018, all 525 students are regularly attending classes, Solidarios’ founders say.

We spoke via Whatsapp with two of the NGO’s founders, Eva, who is in Yemen. They told us about how their project “Breakfasts to educate and protect” came about. They also asked us to not disclose their full names or the name of the school for security concerns.

In March 2018, one of the school’s teachers reached out to Faten about an 8-year-old girl who seemed to grow thinner and more exhausted by the day. Suddenly, she stopped attending school. She had not been the first to quit, but she was the youngest. The teacher talked to the family: they were in extreme financial need and had received offers to marry their daughter.

When speaking with Faten, the teacher wondered whether a daily food ration could motivate families to keep their daughters in school. And the idea was born. Faten says:

Most of [these girls are] daughters of workers of the textile factory, which was completely destroyed [in the bombings]. The families haven’t [had any] salary for 3 years. How could they cover food expenses? […] The most important thing is that we’re supporting them to complete their education. Their families [are also] happy, as keeping them at school prevents them from staying at home or getting married at such a young age.

In March 2018, the United Nations declared the humanitarian crisis in Yemen the worst in the world. With raging unemployment and inflation, 80 percent of the country’s families are in debt and 65 percent struggle to buy food

Solidarios sin Fronteras consulted with a pediatrician to design the breakfast’s menu. Faten shops for groceries every morning and a married couple uses her kitchen to prepare, pack and transport the food. During a 45-minute break at work, she rushes to the school to help the teachers distribute the meals. Sometimes, her siblings come to help out, too.

In Nigeria, the federal government has a school feeding programme which is yet to reflect on the numbers of children in school in three years

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