Another Bomb Blast At ThisDay Office In Kaduna, 10 Killed

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A bomb blast near Thisday newspaper’s Kaduna office has killed at least 10 people. The attack, a second one on the newspaper today, occured along Kontagora road by Ahmadu Bello way in Kaduna. The suspected bomber was arrested.
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By Adeyemi Olalemi Posted in politics

YABATECH & Kaduna Polytechnic To Start Awarding Degrees

Dr Mas’udu Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), said that arrangements had been concluded for the conversion of two Federal Polytechnics to full degree awarding institutions.

Kazaure, who said this on Tuesday in a telephone interview, identified the polytechnics to include the Yaba College of Technology, (YABATECH) and Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY).

He said that the reports and recommendations by the committee set up to handle the conversion exercise were ready. “The Ministry of Education is taking a final look at the reports and has started working on it and we are waiting for the smooth and successful takeoff of these two Universities of Technology. “You know that government had also been busy with the establishment of some new universities spread across the country, all in a bid to create more access to our teeming school leavers. “The committee has done a good job, taking into consideration issues such as staff training and upgrading of facilities that would befit the status of the universities“, he said.

Kazaure noted that as soon as all the recommendations were put in place, the Universities of Technology would take off. He disclosed that henceforth, the board would no longer accredit any newly introduced course in Polytechnics and Monotechnics that would not contribute to industrial growth for the purpose of national development.

“We are taking issues of technological advancement seriously and because we are basically dealing with the development of industrial manpower, we would lay emphasis on courses the nation can directly benefit from“, he said.

The approval for the conversion of the two polytechnics was given by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in 2007.

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By Adeyemi Olalemi Posted in Acada

Subsidy fraud: EFCC begins probe of indicted oil firms

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commissioner has written some companies on their involvement in the alleged scam in the management of fuel subsidy

Investigations on Tuesday in Abuja showed that the Head of Operations of the EFCC and the commission’s team on the issue, Mr. Olaolu Adegbite, had written some fuel importers to inform them that EFCC operatives would be visiting them in relation to their records of fuel importation and the administration of the subsidy fund.

It was gathered that the anti-graft agency intensified what its operatives described as a law enforcement investigation by interrogating some officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, the Ministry of petroleum Resources and others in relation to the subsidy fraud.

A source, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity said the EFCC had since dispatched the letters to the affected companies.

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Bomb blast rocks football viewing center in Jos

A bomb explosion has rocked the Tundun Wada area of the central city of Jos on Tuesday night, reports said. According to breaking news reports published online, the explosion had hit in a football viewing center in the city.
Eyewitness in the area confirmed the attack in the area, which is said to be prone to frequent attacks by Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram. It is unclear the extent of the damage caused by the attack. There were no casualties recorded at the time of filing this report.
There was a similar explosion in Yobe state on Saturday, targeting a viewing center where football fans had gathered to watch a match.