Strike begins today as varsity unions write branches

Non–teaching staff in the universities will today commence indefinite strike over the Federal Government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.

Already, the National Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, has written to the branches to commence strike today.

A copy of the notice signed by SSANU National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, and NASU General Secretary, Prince Peters Adeyemi, was sent to our correspondent on Thursday.

Recall that the JAC had announced that it would proceed on an indefinite strike from February 5 following the alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet its demands.

Other demands include the non-payment of retirement benefits to former members, non-constitution of visitation panels to universities, poor funding of universities, teaching staff usurping the headship of non-teaching units, among others.

In a bid to stop the workers from embarking on strike, the Federal Government team led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige met with the leadership of the unions but the meeting ended in a deadlock on Tuesday.

Following the inability of the government to avert the strike through the meeting, a committee was set up to resolve the dispute over the N40 billion earned allowances and complaints about IPPIS.

Part of the notice read: “In view of the outcome of the meeting, the leadership of JAC of NASU and SSANU at the branches are hereby directed to commence joint general meetings on Friday to give reports on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and pass resolutions on the way forward.

“In the meantime, the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, Friday, February 5, 2021, pending any contrary resolution by the branches.”

Vanguard gathered that out of the seven demands, only the issues of IPPIS and the payment of arrears of the minimum wage were discussed at the meeting.

The government had told the unions that there was no money to pay for the arrears of the minimum wage and that a supplementary budget would be submitted to raise the money.

Akwa-Ibom Shipyard – to be Launched January 23, 2021 (Photos)

Maiden ship assembled in Akwa Ibom is expected to be ready come January 23, 2021.

With maritime development as part of the crux of the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The Liberty Free Trade Zone licence and the Ibom Deep Seaport licence recently acquired through the ingenuity of Mr Emmanuel, attest to the readiness of the state to become a melting point in marine transport business.

Subsequently, berthing in Akwa Ibom is the first ship manufacturing yard in Oruk Anam, with capacity to produce security vessels, cargo ships, ferries and barges.

Norfin Offshore Shipyard, located at Oruk Anam local government, is ready to launch its first Nigerian produced vessel on the January 23, 2021. His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel will be on ground to flag it open and further open the vista to more opportunities for the teaming youths of the state.

Charles Udonwa, an Akwa Ibom born ship merchant, is the chairman of the ship manufacturing factory has assured that in the next three years, the factory which is currently engaging 85 will have well over 3,000 young people in its workforce.

Members of Government House Media Team, including the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media (Research and Documentation), Mr. Essien Ndueso, visited the Shipyard to assess the progress of work at the factory.

Conducting the team round the facility, the Chairman and CEO of the company, Engr. Udonwa explained that finishing touches were being put to the vessel by the technical unit of the company, assuring that by next week, the vessel would wear a new look in readiness for its launch into the sea.

Also in the team were the Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Engr. Solomon Eyo and the Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to the Governor, Mrs. Josephine Bassey as well as members of the Research and Documentation Team.

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Modern women just can’t stop lying | Your marriage cannot survive if you choose to continue to engage in infidelity

Paternity tests are big business because women aren’t trusted

96% of women are liars, honest
“The Scotsman, EDWARD BLACK,”

NINETEEN out of 20 women admit lying to their partners or husbands, a survey on attitudes to truth and relationships has found.

Eighty-three per cent owned up to telling “big, life-changing lies”, with 13 per cent saying they did so frequently.

Half said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby’s real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.

And an alarming 31 per cent said they would not tell a future partner if they had a sexual disease: this rises to 65 per cent among single women.

In the poll of 5,000 women for That’s Life! magazine, 45 per cent said they told “little white lies” most days. The favourite untruth was “of course you don’t look fat”, with “these shoes were only 10” in second place.

Jo Checkley, the editor of That’s Life! , said that while many women now lied to avoid hurting their partner’s feelings, covering up the truth about a baby could have far Read More ..maging consequences.

She said: “Modern women just can’t stop lying, but they do it to stop hurting other people’s feelings. It could be argued that these little white lies simply make the world go round a little Read More ..oothly. But to tell a man a baby is his when it’s not, or to deliberately get pregnant when your partner doesn’t want a baby, is playing Russian roulette with other people’s lives.”

If you got caught cheating, your marriage does not necessarily have to end. Even though admitting an affair to your spouse will cause much heartache and anger, your marriage can survive. But this will only happen if you truly regret your decision to cheat. If you decide to confess an affair, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons, not just to get rid of your own guilt.

Do you suspect your spouse or significant other of cheating? Find out now with the infidelity DNA test. Although the test results are not admissible in court, the infidelity DNA test answers can help you uncover the answers you need. DNA testing provides a conclusive way to find out if someone is cheating on you. If a practitioner is able to confirm or deny the presence of male/female DNA on suspicious items such as undergarments, sheets, clothing, condoms, etc. Once confirmed that the item does contain DNA, a powerful DNA comparative analysis can be carried out to identify the DNA source (was it yours or someone elses?).

Married woman begs ex-Boyfriend to impregnate her, see leaked Facebook chat

To this end, many medical practitioners took to the social media space to admonish men to carryout DNA test. The case of many men fathering other men’s children is on the rise, and will continously be because of the fact that many young ladies marry who is ready, and not who they love.

These screenshots below will further confirm that this menace is eating deep and will continue if not curbed. What is your take on this? Follow, like, and share for more content. Thank you.


I dont  know where to start. I have been with my man for two years now and we have a son who is one-year-old. We come across as a perfect family but it’s all a lie. I cheated on my man and fell pregnant. In order not to jeopardise my relationship, I decided to lie about the paternity of the child. This worked out perfectly well because the real father of my child was denying paternity anyway. He recently called me to say that he would like a relationship with his son but I’m afraid the damage is already done. Do I save my relationship and ignore this man or do I tell the truth and suffer the consequences? Kelly

THE truth is, there’s an untold number of men that are unknowingly raising children who aren’t their own biologically. A woman falls pregnant and is either unsure of who the father is, or as is often the case, she knows who the father is but prefers a different man to father her child. This is called paternity fraud.

The thing is, whether you’re married and trying to conceal an affair, or you consider your current boyfriend as more reliable to father your child, consciously deciding to lie about your child’s paternity can have a devastating impact on all involved after some time. Years may pass, but when the truth comes out, as it often does, the consequences are life-changing.

Everyone involved will suffer the emotionally devastating impact, which may well be accompanied by equally devastating legal and financial consequences. More directly, the child will suffer, and so will both men. And believe it or not, both the false father and biological father as well as the child could have legal claims against you at a later stage.

¦The child  

Your child will suffer the untold pain of re-orienting his relationship with a man he was raised to believe is his father once the truth comes out. Children, you always have to keep in mind, build their entire lives around and are totally reliant on the information given to them by their parents as they grow. Their entire security, identity, self-confidence and self-worth stands on the shoulders of those that play the parental role in their lives on a day-to-day basis. And they trust everything they are given by those playing mom and dad in their lives.

Pulling the carpet about who the real father is, is tantamount to erasing that trust, identity and all the security they’ve built around a life they thought they had – but later found out was all a farce. In your case, your son is still a year old. Perhaps the devastation on him won’t be as much, if you decide to come out now with the truth.

The false father

Your current boyfriend deserves to know the truth. Sure, you have no control over how he will deal with the whole soapie, but it’s his right to know. He’ll be disappointed, angry and may even never want to have anything to do with you, but he has to know the truth and it must preferably be initiated by you.  You’ll have to press through the guilt, shame and embarrassment, but you’ll be doing the right thing. You cannot cage someone in the name of love, especially through lies, deceit and a potential criminal act. Lay it all out for him, give him the right to respond anyway he chooses, and deal with the aftermath.

The biological father

It’s disappointing that the biological father first denied the paternity of the child, and you have every right to hold him accountable for that action in order for him to square up with you. However, it’s great that he wants to step up, and take responsibility for his child. He not only has a legal duty to do so, it’s also his right to have a relationship with his biological child irrespective of your relationship status.  He may have acted like a jerk initially by running away from his responsibility, but you owe it to your child and the false father to reveal the truth.

If you don’t do so now, not only is the child growing up, but your current man is forming a stronger bond with the child as his own every day. In addition, you may have the whole situation blown up on your face by the biological father who may be impatient with the whole situation and act insensitively and in a manner that’s out of your control. After all, unlike you and the false father, he really doesn’t have much to lose in all this.

FG adopting wrong strategies to address bad economy – Obasanjo, Utomi, others

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said the country was not doing the right thing to improve its poor economy and tackle poverty.

The former president, who said this in his New Year message at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, cautioned Nigerian leaders to stop blaming God for insecurity, bad economy, poverty and other challenges confronting the country.

Obasanjo said this on Tuesday as the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), urged Nigerians to return to agriculture. He said the country’s oil industry was in turmoil.

But economic experts dismissed Buhari’s statement, saying government was not serious about diversification of the economy.

In November, Nigeria entered its second recession in five years. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, in its Gross Domestic Product report for third quarter, the GDP fell by 3.62 per cent in the three months to September. The GDP is the broadest measure of economic prosperity.

Obasanjo, who sent his New Year message to Nigerians in an interview with journalists, assessed economic strategies of government. He also explained how the country could improve its economy. He stated,  “When we do the right thing; We are not doing the right thing now. When we do the right thing, the economy will be what it should be.”

The former president also advised leaders to stop blaming God for Nigeria’s woes. According to him, with enormous resources available in the country, Nigeria does not have to be poor and no Nigerian must go to bed hungry.

He described 2020 as a year of many challenges, but urged Nigerians to work and pray hard in order to achieve “a glorious 2021.”

Prayer must go with work –Obasanjo

Obasanjo said, “I like the motto of a school which says ‘work and pray.’ Some people say it should be ‘pray and work’, but it doesn’t matter to me in what order I put it, but prayer must go with work and work must go with prayer.

“And I believe we need to work hard in this country as we pray hard so that the coming year, the year 2021 will be a glorious year for us. But it will not happen unless we work to make it happen.

“We do not have to blame God for our situation. We have to blame ourselves. Nigeria does not have to be poor; no Nigerian must go to bed hungry. That we have a situation like that is a choice by our leaders and followers alike. My prayer is that God will make year 2021 a better year for all of us, but it will not happen without work.”

Describing 2020 as a challenging year, Obasanjo stated, “We have gone from one form of insecurity to bad economy and on the top of it is the COVID-19. Some people, either for insecurity or for bad economy or fo r COVID-19 have gone to the great beyond, I will say those who have departed, particularly in this year of challenges, may their souls rest in perfect peace.”

I will fight food inflation in 2021, oil industry in turmoil – Buhari

Also on Tuesday, Buhari said Nigerians must return to agriculture, saying the country’s oil industry was in turmoil.

Buhari also said his regime would fight food inflation in 2021, adding that Nigerians must be able to produce their food.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at the fifth regular meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The statement was titled “President Buhari: Government will wrestle food inflation in the coming year.”

Shehu quoted the President as giving his words that his regime would keep a keen eye on food inflation in 2021 while giving a directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria not to give any money for food importation.

He said Buhari directed that the CBN “must not give money to import food. Already, about seven states are producing all the rice we need. We must eat what we produce.”

The presidential aide said Buhari wondered where the country would have found itself in view of the devastating economic crisis brought about by COVID-19 if the country had not embraced agriculture.

The President stated, “Going back to the land is the way out. We depend on petroleum at the expense of agriculture. Now the oil industry is in turmoil. We are being squeezed to produce at 1.5 million barrels a day as against a capacity to produce 2.3 million.

“At the same time, the technical cost of our production per barrel is high, compared to the Middle East production.”

Buhari was also said to have emphasised the place of agriculture in the efforts to restore the economy but agreed that measures must be put in place to curtail inflation in the country.

“We will continue to encourage our people to go back to the land. Our elite are indoctrinated in the idea that we are rich in oil, leaving the land for the city for oil riches.

“We are back to the land now. We must not lose the opportunity to make life easier for our people. Imagine what would have happened if we didn’t encourage agriculture and closed the borders. We would have been in trouble,” the President added.

According to the statement, the meeting, which was for a review of, and reflections on the global and domestic economy in the outgoing year, was attended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as ministers of finance and humanitarian affairs. It agreed on a number of measures.

The statement read, “In specific terms, it noted the sharp deterioration in international economic environment and its impact on Nigeria’s continuing but fragile economic recovery; that Nigeria’s economic growth continues to be constrained by obvious challenges including infrastructural deficiencies and limited resources for government financing. It emphasised the need to make the private sector of the economy the primary source of investment, rather than government.

“The meeting reviewed progress towards structural reforms in response to the economic crises, including the institution of the Economic Sustainability Plan, the changes in electricity tariff and fuel pricing regime, the partial re-opening of the Land Borders, the movement towards unification of exchange rates and budgetary reforms through Finance Bill 2020 and 2021.”

Govt not serious about diversification – Utomi

Meanwhile, economic experts have dismissed Buhari’s promise to tackle food inflation and encourage agriculture next year.

A Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert, Pat Utomi, said the government plans for diversification had become a refrain, something he said he had been hearing since he was a graduate student in the 1980s.

He noted that the government had always been insincere about a diversification plan from oil.

He said, “This refrain about agriculture has been going on for at least 35 years that I know of. As a graduate student in America in the 1980s, I was at the airport in New York and I saw Times Magazine and News Week had the same headline that oil prices as a result of the Iranian revolution had crossed the mythical $40 per barrel that was not possible.

“Within a few months, oil prices began to crash again. The economy was in a serious crisis in 1982 and at a time, Nigeria did not sell any barrel of fuel again.

“Over those years, the refrain of the Nigerian government has been to diversify away from oil and every year, nothing serious was done about it. You know when a country is going by a long term vision, then you will deduce if it will be dominant in the world.

“Nigeria never managed to put any prospective plan that will show a future to be built on the agricultural value chain. So whenever, I see a budget speech, I just decide that we are jokers and not serious about where we are going.

“The basic logic is that those who have run Nigeria are revenue driven, seeking easy cash to do the little they can and move on. There is nothing futuristic in the plan of Nigeria.

“Whenever there is a crisis like the times we are in now, we hear talks of diversification. The moment there is a rise in oil prices, we return to our bad habits.”

Suggesting a way forward, the professor said the citizens should get serious and honest people to rule.

We are facing hunger, insurgents dislodging farmers – Mailafia

On his part, a former Deputy Governor of the CBN, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, said it was no longer sustainable for the country to rely heavily on crude oil revenues.

He said, “That model is no longer going to work. Our public finances are on the verge of collapse. So, in that sense, I agree with the President on the urgency of what needs to be done. But by just saying that we should all go back to agriculture, it is a mantra that we have been hearing over the years and it is no longer interesting.

“Many farmers are finding it difficult to go back to their farms because of rural banditry. Just recently, we saw how insurgents slaughtered many farmers in Borno. What we are facing is looming hunger. There is hunger in the land. Food prices are getting out of control; the supply side is affected.

“Secondly, I think it is too simplistic to say, ‘Go back to agriculture.’ The kind of agriculture we are doing is not even sustainable. What will save this country is an agriculture-led mass industrial revolution that engages surplus labour both in the rural and urban areas through the process of industrialisation using agriculture as the base.”

Mailafia stressed the need for rural infrastructure, such as roads, rail and power, as well as access to affordable inputs, affordable credit and institutional support services.

A professor of Economics at the Ekiti State University, Abel Awe, described the budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector as “abysmally low”.

He asked, “Who are the people that will go to farms? What stimulate packages does the government have to encourage them to go back to agriculture? If they are ready to go to farms, is the government ready to create the enabling environment? What of the issue of insecurity and harassment by herdsmen?

“People cannot go farms these days because of insecurity. The President said we should go to farms; has he addressed the insecurity there? We say people should go to farms; how secured are the farms now? Look at the Middle Belt now which is the food basket of the nation; do you do agriculture in a terrible environment?”

Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID, According to New Study

As the coronavirus death toll rises each day, many folks who got the virus still live—but live diminished lives. “It is increasingly recognized that SARS-CoV-2 can produce long-term complications after recovery from the acute effects of infection,” write a new study’s authors in Medrxiv. They analyzed the “self-reported short and long-term symptoms in a general adult population cohort comprised of 233 COVID-19+ cases, 3,652 SARS-CoV-2-negative controls, and 17,474 non-tested individuals”; read on to see if you had the most popular symptoms, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

1 Anosmia

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Anosmia, the technical term for the once relatively unfamiliar loss of one’s ability to smell, is now all too common,” reports Stat News. “It has become a critical diagnostic marker of Covid-19. As we have come to learn, asymptomatic carriers—people infected with the novel coronavirus who don’t show visible symptoms—can still infect others. One telltale sign of otherwise asymptomatic carriers is that they often experience sudden-onset anosmia.” And it can last for months and months.

2 Ageusia

This is a lost of taste—and it can possibly be permanent. A study in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care chronicles a woman who had COVID, got a clear chest X-ray, had stable vitals—”however,” weeks later, “there was little improvement in the symptoms of loss of taste and smell, which were still persistent.”

3 Difficulty Concentrating

“About half of hospitalized patients have neurological manifestations of COVID-19, which include headache, dizziness, decreased alertness, difficulty concentrating, disorders of smell and taste, seizures, strokes, weakness and muscle pain,” reports Northwestern. “It’s important for the general public and physicians to be aware of this, because a SARS-COV-2 infection may present with neurologic symptoms initially, before any fever, cough or respiratory problems occur,” said lead author of the review, Dr. Igor Koralnik, Northwestern Medicine chief of neuro-infectious diseases and global neurology and a professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

4 Dyspnea

Shortness of breath is a hallmark of COVID—and can last long after you’ve shed the virus. “Doctors are eyeing lung and heart complications including scarring. Patients who become critically ill with COVID-19 seem more likely to have lingering shortness of breath, but those with mild cases are also at risk,” reports Science. “We additionally observe that individuals who had an initial symptom of dyspnea are significantly more likely to develop long-term symptoms,” say the new study’s authors.

5 Memory Loss

“In addition to changing behavior and regulating physiological responses during illness, the specialized immune system in the brain also plays a number of other roles. It has recently become clear that the neuroimmune cells that sit at the connections between brain cells (synapses), which provide energy and minute quantities of inflammatory signals, are essential for normal memory formation,” reports MedicalXpress. “Unfortunately, this also provides a way in which illnesses like COVID-19 can cause both acute neurological symptoms and long-lasting issues in the brain.”

6 Confusion

“Patients with COVID-19 are experiencing an array of effects on the brain, ranging in severity from confusion to loss of smell and taste to life-threatening strokes,” reports Johns Hopkins. “Younger patients in their 30s and 40s are suffering possibly life-changing neurological issues due to strokes.”

7 Headache

“Our data shows that the most commonly experienced early symptoms are actually headache (82%) and fatigue (72%) — and this is the case for all age groups,” reports the COVID Symptom Study. “Only 9% of COVID-positive adults aged 18 — 65 didn’t experience headache or fatigue. Of course, headache and fatigue commonly occur in other conditions which is why they don’t trigger a test on their own.” These headaches and fatigue can last for months—and possibly never go away.

8 Heart Palpitations

“The virus can harm the heart, and doctors are concerned about long-term damage. How the heart heals after COVID-19 could help determine whether a patient develops an irregular heartbeat,” reports Science.

9 Chest Pain

“In the study of Italian patients, the most common symptoms reported at follow-up were fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, and chest pain, in that order,” reports JAMA. “None of the patients had a fever or other sign or symptom of acute illness, but about 44% of them had a worsened quality of life.”

10 Pain with Deep Breaths

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, so naturally your breathing would be affected. Researchers are now discovering the lungs may be scarred, causing pain when breathing deep—for life.

11 Dizziness

In one neurological study, “overall, 25% of patients had symptoms considered as evidence of CNS (central nervous system) dysfunction, including dizziness (17%), headache (13%), impaired consciousness (7.5%), acute cerebrovascular disease (3%), ataxia (0.5%), and seizures (0.5%).”

12 Tachycardia

Long haulers are seeing a heart rate over 100 beats per minute.

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Although not mentioned in the study, “one of the most insidious long-term effects of COVID-19 is its least understood: severe fatigue. Over the past nine months, an increasing number of people have reported crippling exhaustion and malaise after having the virus,” reports Nature. “Your healthcare provider will review your health history and do a physical exam,” says Cedars-Sinai. “They can easily notice a fast heartbeat by taking your pulse. But, it is important to rule out other causes for the fast heartbeat. It is also important to learn what type of tachycardia is present. Other types of tachycardia may need different treatment.” If you have experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above, call a medical professional, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 

Another Open Letter To All Students Over The Resumption of School Activities in January 2021

Another Open Letter To All Students Over The Resumption of School Activities in January 2021

I write this letter to call the attention of all university students in Nigeria over the previous announcement from Federal Government. 

It is clearly known to us that, after ASUU called off their long strike, The Federal Government assigned all school to remain closed till January 2021.

The Government assigned the closure of school to contain the second wave of Corona virus – hence, I suggest that any students should use this opportunity to study well for you could face examination days after the resumption.

I suggest that all students should afford facemask for himself – Goverment have to provide it to students but don’t wait for Government if you can purchase it for yourself.

When Goverment summon the resumption of school, all students should practice social distancing in school environment and inside classes when lecture is taken place.

The school management should provide sanitizers to students and place it at any entries in the school.

Students have for long forget most from what they had learned in the school because of the Covid-19 pandemic and ASUU strike, as I stated above, any students should use this opportunity and students well for those professors in University will not be easy for you.

Did Moses Really Part The Red Sea? See What Science Has Discovered About That Biblical Story

According to Drews — who describes himself as “one of many Christians who accept the scientific theory of evolution” — the story of the parting of the Red Sea, as described in the book of Exodus, might have originated in real life as a weather event.

“I’m arguing that the historical event happened in 1250 B.C., and the memories of it have been recorded in Exodus,” says Drews. “The people of the time gloried in God and gave God credit.” “Did the parting of the sea really happen? We will never know,” says Holland. “But Carl Drews has used impeccable science to show both where and how it may have happened.”

Where was the “Sea of Reeds”? The first thing you need to know about the supposed parting of the Red Sea is that according to Drews’ theory, it did not occur in the actual “Red Sea” that we see on a map today — the long, thin, nearly north-south running body of water between Saudi Arabia on the east and Egypt and Sudan on the west.

Rather, Drews explains, the original phrase from the Hebrew translates as “Sea of Reeds” — and much historical and archaeological research has gone into determining exactly where and what that could have been. But Drews argues that it would have been to the north of the modern day Red Sea in the Eastern Nile Delta region, just south of the Mediterranean Sea.

Where, exactly? In the Biblical text, the parting of the “Red Sea” occurs when Moses and the Israelites are encamped by the sea “in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon.” You might think this place would be easy to locate, given the high level of specificity in the passage above, but there is actually much uncertainty and scholarly debate about what these names might actually refer to today. (It doesn’t help that the Nile Delta has shifted dramatically over time.

Without getting into all the details of this debate, Drews’ research draws on archaeological attempts to follow this trail of clues and especially to identify the all important location of “Migdol,” a “Semetic term for watchtower or fort,” according to the Egyptologist and archaeologist James Hoffmeier of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Relying on the work of Hoffmeier and others, in their 2010 PLOS One paper, Drews and his co-author Weiqing Han provide this map, which basically amounts to their hypothesis for what a particular portion of the Eastern Nile Delta looked like, circa 1250 B.C.

More Fun Fact

The mystery of a name

There are several competing theories surrounding the origin of the Red Sea’s colorful name. One popular suggestion gives credit to the seasonal blooms of a type of alga, which make the normally crystal-clear water appear a deep orange-red. However, some speculate that it could also stem from the nearby red-tinged mountain range called Harei Edom, or from the Egyptian desert, which was once known as “red land.”

Lost shipwrecks

You won’t see just fish when you go diving in the Red Sea – you’ll also spot remnants of the sea’s past in the form of ghostly shipwrecks. The most famous among them is the SS Thistlegorm, a British steamship that was sunk by German bombers during World War II, but you’ll also find tugboats, cargo ships and tankers down in the depths.

Ever-changing seascapes

New islands formed in the Red Sea as recently as 2011 and 2013, named Sholan and Jadid respectively. Volcanic eruptions along the Zubair Archipelago continue to change the landscape of this intriguing body of water.

The Red Sea is shrouded in mystery from its unique healing properties to the carnival of colorful marine life that decorate its waters.

Buhari Names Those Responsible For Nigeria’s Problems

Buhari has revealed those responsible for Nigeria’s problems.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday revealed that the elites are responsible for what Nigeria is and what it can become.
Buhari also said that the fast-growing young and dynamic population that feels alienated and disempowered as a threat to national stability.

President Buhari stated these at the graduation ceremony of 78 participants of the Senior Executive Course 42 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) on Saturday.

According to the President, his declaration was based on the premise that his administration set its sights on lifting 100 million people out of poverty over the next decade.

Buhari said the country has come a long way from the era in which the government was the principal actor in the economy, adding that the administration has come to recognise that prosperity and growth lie in unleashing the Nigerian genius for enterprise and industry that is domiciled in her private sector.

President Buhari, who was represented by Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State, said that was why the government was building a new ethic of collaboration in which the public sector sees its role as enabling the private sector to perform optimally.

“Job creation and youth empowerment can be undertaken at scale by the private sector, but it requires government officials to encourage enterprise by promoting the ease of doing business. “For many Nigerian entrepreneurs, the government is perceived more as a hindrance than a help whether in terms of taxation, infrastructural deficits and the general lack of an enabling environment.”

According to him, while the administration will continue to pursue the course of digitization of governance processes, it is important to point out that neither laws nor technology can totally eliminate the role of discretion in bureaucracies.

He said as people of authority, a measure of discretion is inherent in official capacities.

“This too is part of your unique privilege. Your high station affords you the license to make choices based on your preferences and perceptions as well as to register dissent with directives that conflict with your values through official channels.

“This institution and this course in particular were established to enrich the exercise of official discretion with sound judgment and strategic discernment.

“The bureaucracies to which you belong will either rise or fall on how ably you wield your discretionary powers.”

First Double Track Railway Line in West Africa Set to Launch in Nigeria

Our country Nigeria sees a lot of travelling happen everyday. The two main modes of transportation used by the citizens are by road in cars and buses and by air in airplanes. Some also travel by sea though not very often. One mode of transportation that hasn’t been utilised in full in the country is travelling by railways in trains.

This is because there isn’t a good network of railway lines running through the country. The railway lines that do exist are in operation but have poor maintenance hence the low number of travellers.

Fortunately, the country seems ready to bring back railway transport system back. Today, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) announced on it’s twitter page that it had begun trial operations with passengers in preparation to launch a standard, modern, double track railway line in Nigeria. The railway line which is located along the main line of the Lagos-Ibadan railway line is the first of its kind in West Africa.

The trial operations lasted a combined 5 hours 20 mins after to and fro trips. The train took off from Ibadan at 8am and arrived at Lagos at 10:40am. It then took off again from Lagos railway station at 4pm and reached Ibadan at 6:40pm. The train has a capacity of 588 passengers.

Soon after the tweet, the office of the president of the Republic replied the announcement saying that the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would continue to chase its vision of building a modern and reliable railway network for Nigeria.

Under the announcement tweet, there arose an argument concerning the ground breaking project. It started after one man credited the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration for starting the project.

Most of the replies that followed were in support of the Buhari administration. One man even noted that the GEJ administration couldn’t fund the Abuja-Kaduna Railway lines during the oil boom period of wealth.

The man who credited Goodluck’s administration has his facts wrong. While the Goodluck administration is responsible for the Abuja-Kaduna railway line, it didn’t see the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway line.

In fact, the Lagos-Ibadan project was given to CCECC during Goodluck’s regime in 2012 but no work took place on the project. Construction only started in March 2017, deep into Buhari’s administration. The 1.5 billion dollars project runs for 156.65 kilometres and was only completed recently.

It is one of the few things good Nigerians can say they got out of the Buhari administration.

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Bad News For SSCE Candidates as NECO Vows to Cancel Results

The National Examinations Council, NECO, has threatened cancellation of results of entire candidates who sat for its ongoing examination in Fabian Kings and Queens International School, Kabala West, Kaduna, if the committee it set up to investigate allegations of malpractice against some candidates indict the accused.

Besides, the examination body threatened the school would be “derecognised and those examination officials involved in the act will be prosecuted in accordance with the Examination Malpractice Decree 33 of 1999.” A statement by Azeez Sani, NECO’s Head, Information and Public Relations Division, stated this yesterday.

The terse statement to this effect by NECO read:”The Authorities of Signature Television had on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 alerted the National Examinations Council (NECO) of some infractions at one of the examination centres, Fabian Kings and Queens International School, Kabala West, Kaduna with Centre Number (0140721) that may lead to malpractice during the just concluded 2020 SSCE (Internal). “Based on the Council’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, it swung swiftly into action by: flagging the centre, identifying and isolating all the candidates’ scripts for scrutiny.

“Following this action, the Council constituted an Administrative Committee to investigate the allegation in order to enable the Council take appropriate actions. “If found culpable, the entire results of the candidates will be cancelled, the school will be derecognized and those examination officials involved in the act will be prosecuted in accordance with the Examination Malpractice Decree 33 of 1999. “The Council wishes to commend the authorities of Signature Television for their interest in ensuring the sanctity of public examination and enjoins stakeholders to emulate this gesture