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Lebanon police scuffle with college students protesting tuition hikes

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Lebanese riot police on Saturday scuffled with college students protesting a choice by high universities to undertake a brand new greenback change fee to cost tuition — equal to a significant payment hike.

Close to the doorway of the American College of Beirut (AUB) within the metropolis’s Hamra district, safety forces fired tear gasoline to disperse protesters who have been attempting to method the principle gate.

College students responded by throwing water bottles and different objects at riot police blocking their path.

It was not instantly clear if there have been any accidents.

The protest got here in response to a choice by AUB and the Lebanese American College (LAU), one other high personal establishment, to cost tuition primarily based on an change fee of three,900 Lebanese kilos to the greenback.

The nosediving forex continues to be formally pegged at round 1,500 kilos to the dollar.

The transfer has prompted fears that different universities may observe swimsuit, doubtlessly resulting in an exodus of scholars from personal establishments whereas public universities stay underfunded and overstretched.

A whole bunch of scholars had gathered in Hamra earlier Saturday in a protest they billed a “pupil day of rage”.

They chanted anti-government slogans and referred to as for reasonably priced schooling in a rustic mired in its worst financial disaster because the 1975-1990 civil battle.

Later within the night, some torched dumpsters to dam the road and vandalised banks earlier than safety forces pushed them out.

Over the previous 12 months, the Lebanese pound has misplaced as much as 80 % of its worth on the black market, the place on Saturday the greenback was promoting for at the least 8,200 kilos.

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Universities have struggled to adapt to the de facto devaluation as costs nationwide have soared.

Business banks have halted greenback transactions and restricted withdrawals of Lebanese kilos, in strikes which have starved a lot of their financial savings.

Based on the United Nations, greater than half of Lebanon’s inhabitants is now dwelling in poverty.

[AFP]

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Unhappy return to damaged chains

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By Eric Teniola

IN June 2005 we have been so ecstatic in celebrating the debt reduction provided us, a reduction of over $20 billion, which was past the overall income of Nigeria for one yr.

So completely satisfied have been we that President Olusegun Obasanjo needed to make a broadcast to the nation on June 30, 2005. He adopted the published by showing earlier than the joint sitting of the Nationwide Meeting on July 26, 2005 to talk on the problem.

Within the broadcast, he declared: “How did we work to get out of this debt quagmire? We did it by resolving and dealing onerous to interrupt with the previous; by figuring out new voices and new leaders; and by rejecting enterprise as standard and voting for brand new values of accountability, transparency, honest competitors, social justice and the upliftment of the residing requirements of Nigerians.

“We revamped our establishments and put in place an financial agenda that lowered the function of the state within the economic system whereas strengthening the place and function of personal buyers. We mounted a vigorous world marketing campaign to make an excellent case for debt reduction”.  He recommended the financial administration group and warranted that Nigeria won’t ever fall into such entice once more.

“How in regards to the future? We should study from the previous. We should all present collective accountability to forestall a return to the previous. We should all commit ourselves to defending, fairly than squandering the way forward for our youngsters. We should all agree to not take away the strong blocks on which our nation stands by accumulating money owed that we can’t repay. Could God by no means allow us to undergo this painful path once more.”

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We have been all so completely satisfied at the moment. A number of individuals recommended authorities for the motion, together with Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie and Common Yakubu Gowon (retd). Others who recommended the federal government at the moment have been the Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, the Speaker of the Home of Representatives at the moment, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

Others have been Alhaji Mohammed Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adamu, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Chief Ebere Udeagu, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, Chief Sunday Fajimi, Engr. Hamman Tukur, Ambassador Agboola Isaac Aluko-Olokun, Honourables Farouk Lawan, John Agoda, Kayode Amusan and Kelechi Nwagwu; Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, Oba Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, Reverend Dr. Wilson Badejo; Mrs. Oluremi Oyo, Alhaji Mansur Ahmed, Alhaji Lateef Owoyemi, Mr. Charles Ugwu, Dr. Sonnu Folorunso Kuku, Dr. Cecilia Ibru, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Chief Frank Kokori, Mr. Harry Nwana, Dr. Elizabeth Solere, Brig. Gen (retd.) Mohammed Buba Marwa, Prince Chidi Chukwuani, Mr. Kenneth Orkuma Hembe, Comrade Zik Gbemre, Mr. Cordel Okafor, Mr. Bisi Olawunmi, Dr. Uma Eleeazu, Dr. Stanley Macebuh, Prof. Nimi Briggs, Mr. Chijama Ogbu, Mr. Joseph Omowa, Mr. Adesoji Olugbenga, Mr. Moses Olurunwa, Dr. Boniface Chizea and others.

Others exterior Nigeria who recommended the central authorities at the moment have been the British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, Hilary Benn, Worldwide Improvement Secretary UK., Mr. Idrissa Thiam, Senior Resident Consultant of IMF in Nigeria, Ms Romilly Greenhill, Coverage Officer, Motion Support and Mr. Marc Balston, Debt Strategist, Deutsche Financial institution, London. To me the remark of Common Yakubu Gowon (85), was most significant.

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He was in energy for 9 uninterrupted years and all through his tenure, 1966 to 1975, Nigeria didn’t borrow a kobo. He ought to be recommended alongside together with his Ministers of Finance who managed Nigeria’s finance throughout the civil struggle, Chief Obafemi Awolowo (March 6, 1909-Could 9, 1987); Alhaji Usman Aliyu Shehu Shagari (February 25, 1925 – December 28, 2018); and the Everlasting Secretary within the Ministry of Finance at the moment, Prince Abdul Aziz Attah, son of the late Attah of Igbirra in Kogi State. Common Gowon mentioned at the moment: “Let’s hope that no authorities will ever once more commit the longer term technology to such a heavy burden of debt”.

Let me say  a phrase about Prince Attah. He was educated at Okene Elementary and Center Faculties between 1926 and 1935. In 1936 he entered the Achimota Faculty, Ghana, and studied there till 1944 when he went to Belliol Faculty, Oxford, England, graduating in 1947 in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Returning to Nigeria the next yr, he entered the federal government service as Cadet Administrative Officer within the then unified Nigeria Public Providers.

He served in Calabar, Opobo, Ikot-Ekpene and former Southern Cameroons, all then beneath the Japanese Area, and after the division of the Public Service continued to serve in that Area; he was District Officer in Umuahia earlier than acquiring the essential put up of Non-public Secretary to Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Premier of the Japanese Area.

Then he was Secretary to the Agent-Common for the Area in Britain; Coaching Officer within the Regional Ministry of Finance, Enugu; and Secretary for Annang Province.

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Nigeria to host ninth version of Miss Heritage World

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By Emmanuel Elebeke & Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja

Nigeria has gained the rights to host the ninth version of Miss Heritage World, a world occasion to showcase its tradition and wealthy heritage to the world.

The President of Leisure Financial Africa Group, Alhaji Musa Ibrahim Mantu, introduced this at a information briefing Monday in Abuja,

He mentioned Nigeria was capable of safe the internet hosting rights despite fierce lobbying by nations like Vietnam, Russia and others who noticed the financial potentials in internet hosting the money-spinning occasion in Abuja.

Mantu mentioned the occasion is a 10-day occasion ranging from 30th September when the Financial Summit will happen, which can function a prelude to the worldwide occasion, then conferences with ambassadors of taking part nations which might culminate within the coronation of the winner on the final day.

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He thanked the Federal Ministries of Communications and Digital Economic system; Info, Tradition and Tourism; Trade, Commerce and Investments; Particular Duties and the Nationwide Lottery Belief Fund for partnering together with his group to host the occasion.

The occasion is designed to exhibit completely different African heritage and multi-diverse cultures from the world over, with galaxy of stars in attendance anticipated to be seen by over 100 million viewers realtime from throughout the globe.

“The summit may also be discussing and inspecting the challenges concerning not solely our expensive nation, Nigeria, however Africa as an entire. We can be proferring quick, medium and long run options by way of an array of mental interactions from very sound minds from everywhere in the world.

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We’ve invited world-renowned audio system and profitable entrepreneurs and dwelling legends in addition to college students of enterprise to take part on this African festivity”, mentioned the EEAG President.

In his personal remarks, President, Miss Heritage World, Mr Ndlanda Shabangu, mentioned the occasion would showcase the tangible and intangible heritage of not solely Nigeria however all the African content material.

He mentioned the magnitude of the occasion may be in comparison with the Second World Black and African Pageant of Arts and Tradition FESTAC ’77 which held in Lagos in February 1977 with over 50 nations in attendance.

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He known as on all progressive Nigerians, Africans and world at massive to assist the worldwide occasion for socio-economic freedom of the continent.

“Our goal is to showcase the large of Africa and Africa’s Financial hub to make Nigeria shine. The world is consuming the most important African tradition everywhere in the world from Nigeria. The Story of Nigeria’s Leisure Trade is altering the story of Africa. Therefore, our need to showcase and promote the heritage and tradition of Nigeria and Africa at #AbujaToTheWorld 2021.”

“We’re relaunching Abuja to the world by way of this occasion”

On safety, Mantu mentioned insecurity is world and as such, equipment had been put in place to make sure a hitch-free world occasion within the metropolis of African Financial hub.

The ninth version of Miss Heritage World tagged, #AbujaToTheWorldworld, which can host each bodily and on-line attendees will witness contributors from 60 nations, together with Japan, France, US, UK, Canada, South Africa, Ghana and several other different African nations.

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Udo Ekpenyong: Akwa Ibom PDP declares one-week mourning

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The Peoples Democratic Social gathering in Akwa Ibom has declared a one-week mourning interval, efficient January 25, 2021, following the loss of life of the State Chairman of the Social gathering, the late Obong (Hon.) Udo Ekpenyong.

In accordance with a press release of the choice reached by the State Working Committee, SWC of the Social gathering and signed by the State Deputy Chairman, Rt. (Hon.) Lawrence Udosen, the occasion has directed that flags within the PDP flags within the State Secretariat Advanced, in addition to these on the Chapter and Ward places of work, should be flown at half-mast.

The State Working Committee of the Social gathering within the assertion added that “for a selfless and forward-thinking chief just like the late Obong Udo Ekpenyong, no demonstration of grief will ever be an excessive amount of.”

Whereas praying that the particular grace of God will probably be adequate for the bereaved household as they wade by this era of excruciating grief, the PDP in Akwa Ibom additionally urged all members of the occasion to proceed to remain protected and strictly observe all subsisting Covid-19 security protocols.

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