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CABINET APPROVES ICT ROADMAP FOR 2017 – 2020
Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council has released the Information and

Communication Technology (ICT) roadmap for 2017-2020 in respect of the implementation by the government.
The meeting which took place in the council chambers of the

Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday was headed by Acting President

Yemi Osinbajo. He, however, noted that the reason for the ICT roadmap

is to make Nigerian youths acquire high skills of digitisation.
TAMBUWAL VOWS TO TAKE CARE OF PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED​
The governor of Sokoto state, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has promised to take care of the well-being of children of beggars,

vulnerable and less privileged members of the society. He announced this during a special iftar session organised for them at Sokoto

Government House.
He promised to empower all and sundry to ensure they have something to do as to permanently support themselves and their families. Tambuwal urged parents to ensure all their children are being treated and immunised against child killer diseases.

LAGOS SIGNS MOU WITH BASF WEST AFRICA
The Lagos state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BASF West Africa to make known their mutual agreement in establishing a mobile science academy to conduct research that could help transform the education sector of the state.
Governor Ambode who was ably represented by the Deputy Governor Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule stressed that the facility will enable students acquire practical knowledge in the field. The head of market area Africa stated that the two parties are committed.
IGBOS FREE TO LIVE ANYWHERE – FG
The Federal Government yesterday in Abuja responded to the quit notice given to the Igbos to vacate the northern region within three months.
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, urged the

Igbos and other Nigerians to go about their normal businesses without fear of visible actions. He said government would bring any individual or group to bear the full weight of the law who violate rights of citizens of the country. He further called for national unity and love

for one another.
DSS INVITATION IS A PLOY TO EXTRADITE ME – KASHAMU
Senator Buruji Kashamu told Federal High Court on Wednesday, June 7,

2017, in Abuja that the Inspector General of Police and the Department

of State Services have plans to send him to the United States to face

trial on drug related offences.
According to the IPO, Mr.David Igbodo, the police were inviting

Kashamu to make a statement before a special investigative panel set up to look into the allegation of attempted assassination

brought against him. However, rather than honouring the police

invitation, the senator chose to write a counter petition on the

issue. Mr. Raphael Oluyede, counsel to Kashamu, prayed the Court to

protect his client from further harassment.
GOV. AKEREDOLU ORDERS DISSOLUTION OF OIL C’TTEES IN ILAJE AND ESE-ODE
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state through his Chief Press

Secretary (Mr. Olusegun Ajiboye) said that the governor

has dissolved all oil – related Committees in Ilaje and Ese-Ode local government of the state and the dissolution would takes immediate

effect.
The secretary, however, advised all oil companies in the area to take

note and desist from dealing with members of such committees and

comply with the directives as the governor remains committed in the

progress and development of the state.
INEC REGISTERS 5 NEW POLITICAL PARTIES
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered

five new political parties, which brings the number of political

parties in Nigeria to 45. The parties include, Young Progressive

Party (YPP), Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP), All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Recently, 95 political associations have applied to INEC for

registration as political parties but two of the associations

voluntarily withdrew their applications. INEC made the announcement in Kaduna on Wednesday evening after several hours of the commission’s

meeting.
COURT REFUSES TO STAY FURTHER PROCEEDING IN FANI -KAYODE’S TRIAL
The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday refused to suspend the

trial of the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode,

pending the hearing of his application seeking to transfer the matter to Abuja.
The minister urged the court to stay further proceedings in the case,

but the judge, Justice Rilwan Alkawa dismissed the oral motion holding

that Fani-Kayode’s application is not yet ripe for hearing.

BOKO HARAM GUNMEN ELIMINATED IN MAIDUGURI – ARMY
Nigerian Army has said that its troops have neutralized Boko Haram

gunmen who attempted to attack Jiddari Polo community in Maiduguri,

the Borno state capital on Wednesday evening.
The Army spokesperson, Brigadier Sani Kukasheka Usman said that

residents of the area who had planned to flee from their homes were reassured with rapid response of Nigerian troops. He enjoined

residents not to panic as the situation is under control.

BURYING PROBLEMS UNDER THE CARPET WOULD NOT MAKE THOSE PROBLEMS GO AWAY – ATIKU
Former vice president and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives

Congress, Atiku Abubakar in a statement issued by his media office on Wednesday in Abuja warned politicians of all hues to peacefully

discuss and resolve negotiations and not through threat to fellow

citizens.
He made the statement concerning the ultimatum issued by a Northern

Youth Coalition to the Igbos to quit the region. The former vice

President, however, appealed to authorities to address the challenges of youth restiveness and not burying problems under the carpet as it

would produce future complications.

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