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Governors, WAEC meet over WASSCE results

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The leadership of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, and that of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum are expected to address the public on Wednesday on the likely middle ground so far reached between the two parties over the alleged indebtedness of 13 states to the examination body.

This is even as WAEC failed in its pledge to make the results of other candidates of the 2015 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, available on its web page more than 24 hours after it announced the release of the results.

The Head of Nigeria Office of the examination body, Mr. Charles Eguridu, had on Monday told the media that the candidates were free to check the Council’s web page for their results within 24 hours of the announcement.

The delay in the release of the result might not, therefore, be unconnected with the ongoing discussions between the leadership of the governors’ forum and WAEC over the fate of the governmentsponsored candidates in 13 states the body classified as ‘indebted.’

WAEC Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Lagos, Mr. Yusuf Ari, hinted that WAEC, which will be led by Eguridu will this afternoon hold a joint media briefing with the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Asishana Okauru, to intimate the public on the new development over the crisis of indebtedness rocking the two parties.

According to Ari, the details of the briefing were still sketchy, but he confirmed that the leadership of WAEC was already in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, to hold the joint briefing.

It would be recalled that WAEC had on Monday insisted that unless the indebted 13 states endeavour to produce bank guarantees, the results of government- sponsored candidates of those states would not be released.

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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