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Rescind decision to establish new College of Medicine, former NMA President advises Kogi Governor



Former president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Idris Omede has expressed concerns over moves by Kogi State Government to establish and fund a college of medicine in the nealy established Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara while the existing one at Kogi State University, Anyigba is abandoned.

In a statement issued on Monday, Omede (CIK) described the recent move by Kogi state government as unfair and a disserve to the people of the state.

The former Commissioner for Health called on all key stakeholders in the progress of Kogi state to step in and arrest the ugly situation. “We ask questions to get answer. That is the responsibility of government to the people. What happens to the College of Medicine in Prince Abubakar Audu University (PAAU or KSU) and the University Teaching Hospital at Anyigba.

What becomes of the students there? “Can the state rightly embark on two university projects or intent is for one to go into attrition as a result of government disinterest in courses offered at PAAU? “Singing praises for this type of affront is inhumane and calamitous and self serving. Quite unfortunate, sad and distasteful.

“In sane climes a new university should embark on non existent courses in existing university. The reverse is the case here. Truly, can Kogi state government manage and finance two state government owned Universities, or it is another process in putting unsuspecting students and parents in perpetual limbo of accreditation challenges.

Without much ado, this is an anathema in our nation. Not even heavily financially and economically endowed states in Nigeria have dared that. Haba, Kogi state, this is unfair.

“Here is were a ‘stitch in time does not save nine’.

We won’t just continue to watch this disservice to the state and the people,” he said. Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello, on Monday, promised that his administration will mop out every available fund to ensure smooth take-off of the College of Medicine at the Confluence University of Technology (CUSTECH), Osara.

Bello made this known while receiving a report on the take-off of the College of Medicine. He stated the over two billion Naira required for the college’s take-off, based on the committee report, will be sourced out and committed to the cause.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open



Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume



The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.


It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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