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Thousands to miss 2021 UTME as JAMB closes e-Pin procurement



Some candidates, who are yet to register for the ongoing 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), are stranded as the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has closed the procurement of E-pin ahead of the close of the registration on Saturday.

Some of the candidates, who were to register in centres around FCT, Abuja said they met the bankers on arriving at the registration point who told them that JAMB had closed the procurement of E-pin which will enable them to register.

Some of the candidates said they have spent almost two weeks trying to get their profile code to no avail.

A candidate, who prefers to be anonymous said since the registration commenced he has been trying to get his profile code which always failed and at a point, he had to go to the MTN office to get a new SIM card and do the NIN registration.

“It was just on Monday that I went to NIMC office after a long time. They attended to us and tried to rectify the problem. They said I should try and send the code I did on Wednesday and I got my profile code at 5.00 am today,” he said.

One of the registration officers, who did not want to be mentioned, said some candidates said JAMB has suspended the selling of pins and without the pins they cannot do any registration.

“Before the extension of registration there were rushes but after the extension, in a day we can get like 15 candidates come in to register and the highest so far is 20 candidates,” he said.

He however noted that some people got their profile code this morning (Friday) and the registration pin had been closed.

JAMB reacts

Responding, the Head, Public Affairs of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said registration closes on Saturday so e-payment is supposed to close a day before so that those who have obtained the e-card can register before the day.

“If we don’t close the procurement of pin today somebody can go and buy the pin tomorrow when the registration is closing and will be unable to register tomorrow.

“So, those who have pin can register between now and tomorrow,” he said.

He said all along they have been registering candidates like 10, 000 or 20,000 daily, but just registered 100, 000 candidates on Thursday, the highest so far since the process began.

“They all waited till the day of closure.

“All along we have been registering 7, 000, and sometimes 20,000. So, it is not about trying to register but they waited till the end.

“If you go to a centre, you will see seven or 10 candidates and from our dashboard, we noticed that some of the candidates have their profile a week ago,” he disclosed.

He disclosed that from the JAMB dashboard, 143, 542 candidates got their profile code two weeks ago and up till now they have not got their pin.

“Such candidates will now say there is a delay.  So, if you don’t draw the line even when you give like a four-week extension, these candidates will relax at the end they will come and say they have been trying to register.

“We have a platform where we can tell when each candidate tried and when you got a profile code and everything,” he said.

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Another Lagos LGA chairman dies

Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji, Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area in Lagos is dead



Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area in Lagos Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji is dead.

Olatunji died on Monday night.
It was gathered Olatunji had been battling with illness before his death.

He will be buried in accordance with Islamic rites today at his residence in Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos.

Before his demise, he was seeking re-election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He emerged winner in the APC local government primary election with 1977 votes to become the party’s candidate in the forthcoming July 24th election.

Confirming his death, his Media Team on Tuesday morning in a Facebook post said: “With sorrow in our heart but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah (S. W. T), we announce the passing, after a long battle with illness, our dear father, brother, friend, confidant, role model, Nation-builder, Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji.

“He was until late night of Monday 21st June, 2021 the Executive Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Eti-Osa Local Government.

“He will be buried in accordance to Islamic rite by 9 am prompt at his residence in Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos. We invite you to join us in paying the last respect to our beloved father, brother, friend and Boss.

“We are confident that Almighty Allah will grant him Al Jannah Firdaus.”

In a terse statement, chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government, Hon. Mrs Omolola Essien expressed sadness over his sudden demise.

She said: “We commiserate with his family, friends, colleagues and staff of Eti-Osa Local Council development Area and pray against such unfortunate deaths in our fold.

“And On behalf of the good people of Lagos Mainland Local Government Areas, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the Conference 57 Chairmen, his family and pray that The Good Lord grants the people he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss and make paradise his final abode.”

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Lagos Assembly passes LASIEC Amendment Bill



The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC (Amendment) Bill, 2021 for passage into Law.

Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa on Monday, passed the bill Having gone through its first, second and third reading at the plenary.

Obasa stated that: “The Election process of the Local Government and LASIEC which has started with the Parties contesting for the position is possibly affecting the tenure of the existing LASIEC Officials and the State needs to be on the safe side, hence, the need to look at the laws and amend where necessary to protect the effort of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission.

“The Intended Bill will empower the Governor to elongate the tenure of the officials of LASIEC and I think the six month proposed is too wide in this consideration because we need to be ahead in order to protect the State, so I proposed three month.”

The Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Victor Akande, stressed that the amendment being proposed was needed to ensure the Bill gets the necessary backing in order to stand the test of time.

Akande stated: “Only a singular fraction of the Bill is amended; the Bill also seeks to give the Governor the leverage to be able to use his power in case the tenure lapses. It is a good amendment in the right direction.”

Other members who made contributions, noted that the proposed amendment is a worthy one because the House and its democratic dispensation must ensure that it abides by the rule of Law.

The only addition is subsection 2 of the extant Law which provides for legislation that will necessitate the extension of the tenure of the Electoral Commission to perform it duties is however proposed to be amended since the Constitution states that no part of the people from the Commission shall administer themselves as democratically elected among the selection in the electoral process.

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DSS releases Kano singer detained for Blasphemy



The Department of State Services (DSS) has released an Islamic singer, Ahmad Abdul, taking into custody after releasing a blasphemous song.

DailyTrust reports that Abdul was picked by the security agents for releasing the uncensored song titled ‘Barhama Gwaska’, perceived as blasphemous and capable of creating chaos in the state. The DSS had said it took the singer into protective custody to avert likely violent reactions against him from Kano residents.

While in detention, Abdul tendered an apology to the entire Muslim community, Kano state government, and Islamic scholars.

Confirming his release from custody today June 21, the Executive Secretary of Kano State Films and Video Censorship Board, Ismaila Na’abba Afakallah, said he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens. Afakallah said he reported the singer to the DSS which later arrested him at a hotel where he had been hiding for days to save him from the mob.

“He has been released as he regretted and apologised over his offence, promising not to repeat it” Afakallah said

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