A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has urged Governor
Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to reduce the fees of the Lagos State
Falana, in a statement on Sunday, commended Fashola for
directing the reopening of the university without imposing reparation fees on
the students for the repairs of facilities damaged during the crisis which led
to the closure of the institution.
The university was shut following the January 23, 2014 students’
protest against hike in fees.
The governor had directed that the university be reopened on
But Falana insisted that the “skyrocketing tuition” imposed on
the students could not be justified given the poor economic conditions of many
of the students’ parents.
As part of activities for Nigeria’s
centenary celebrations, the Presidential Committee on the centenary, yesterday
released the names of 100 recipients for the Centenary Honours Award in 14
The categories are listed as:
Contributors to the making of Nigeria; Heroes of the struggle for Nigeria’s
independence/pioneer political leaders; pioneers in professional
callings/careers; pioneers in commerce and industry; promoters of democratic
transition in nigeria; heroes in global sports competitions; heroes in global
sports competitions; Accomplished contemporary entrepreneurs; distinguished
academics; internationally acclaimed artists, literary icons and journalists;
outstanding contemporary public servants; outstanding bravery and public
spiritedness, outstanding promoters of unity, patriotism and national
development; exemplary service in the promotion of peace and moral excellence.
In the first category, Her
Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Frederick John Dealtry Lugard and Dame Flora
Louise Shaw, Lady Lugard were honoured as contributors to the making of Nigeria
while Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay, Rt. Hon. Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, and Sir Ahmadu Bello,
were named as heroes of the struggle for Nigeria’s independence and pioneer
Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari,
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, and General
Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar, are being honoured as promoters of democratic
transition in Nigeria.
Late Chief Gani Fahehinmi was
honoured for his outstanding bravery and public spiritedness while General
Yakubu Gowon, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, General Olusegun Mathew Okikiola
Aremu Obasanjo, General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida,
Chief Ernest Shonekan, General Sani Abacha, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua, and
General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, will be honoured as outstanding promoters of
unity, patriotism and national development.
In the category of
Internationally acclaimed artists, literary icons and journalists Michael Taiwo
Akinkumi, the recipients are Professor Wole Soyinka, Professor Chinua Achebe,
Prof John Pepper Clark, Cyprian Ekwensi, Alhaji Abubakar Imam, Daniel O.
Fagunwa, Ernest Sesei Ikoli, Alhaji Ismail Babatunde Jose, Kenneth Nnebue,
Patience Ozokwor, Alhaji (Dr) Mamman Shata Katsina, Hubert Adedeji Ogunde, Fela
Anikulapo Kuti, Stephen Osita Osadebe, Ben Enwonwu, and Oludotun Jacobs.
In the category of accomplished
pioneer public servants, the recipients are; Chief Stanley Olabode Wey, Justice
Egbert Udo Udoma, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Sir Adetokunbo Adegboyega Ademola.
There was controversy in Abuja on Monday over
the sudden resignation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Chief of Staff ,
Chief Mike Oghiadomhe.
While the Special Adviser to the President on Media
and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, told State House correspondents
that Oghiadomhe quit in order to pursue his political ambition,The PUNCH learnt that Jonathan
directed him to do so.
Federal Ministry of Finance has recently released the New Import Guidelines,
Procedures and Documentation Requirements, which now gives the Nigeria Customs
Service the sole responsibility of Destination Inspection, which is inspecting
goods at the port of entry into Nigeria.
The implication of this new process is designed to be easier
and more efficient for importers and has taken effect from December 1, 2013.
With this new process in place, importers or their agents will be able to start
clearing their goods before they even arrive in Nigeria. What makes this
process quick is the completion of the (PAAR), the Pre-Arrival Assessment
Report, which now takes only 6 hours, yes 6 hours, rather than 6 days as was
the case before. And why is PAAR so easy to complete? Because the Nigeria
Customs Service has simplified its processes, simple enough for just about
anybody to get on board.
So for more information on completing PAAR, click on this
link -Customs.gov.ng/Guidelines Or call the 24-hour Nigeria
Customs Service Help Desk on; 09 – 4621597, 4621598, 4621599 Or send an email
Operatives of the State Security Service have been directed by the
Ministry of Aviation to stay away from all the nation’s international airports.
The order, which was communicated to the SSS leadership a few weeks ago,
was said to have shocked the operatives.
It was further gathered that the directive by the ministry, which is
headed by Ms Stella Oduah, might affect the ability of the SSS to perform its
duties of preventing, detecting, and investigating threats of espionage,
subversion, sabotage and terrorist activities, especially at the airports.
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