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FAAN shuts Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s gate

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Authority of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said it has shut Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s Apron Gate 1 and some sections of Taxiway F to human and vehicular traffic for six weeks.

The agency said it is imperative for that to take place as it would allow contractors working on the new terminal to link it with the old one, the directive takes effect from Friday.

On the issue of safety and orderliness in and around the construction site, Yakubu stated that while the project lasted, the agency had developed and deployed specific procedures for vehicular movements and officers of the aviation security department had been mobilized to ensure compliance.

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According to a statement by General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, he said, “FAAN hereby notifies airlines, airport users and the general public that effective Friday, June 7, 2019, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s Apron Gate 1 and some sections of Taxiway F would be closed to human and vehicular traffic for six weeks.

“This closure is to enable the contractor handling the construction of the new terminal, China Civil Construction Company, link the proposed apron under construction to the existing one.”

“The authority will like to solicit the understanding and cooperation of all concerned towards ensuring a safe airside for aircraft movement and personnel safety during the construction,” she added.

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2019 Poll: Political parties created logistics problems for us -INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that a large number of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections created a lot of logistics problem for the commission.

Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state’s capital, Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, revealed that there were 799 litigations from the 2019 general elections across the country.

INEC organised a workshop in Kwara to review the 2019 general elections.

According to the National Commissioner, Jigawa had no petition from the election, Kwara had only three petitions and that Imo topped the list with 77 petitions.

Haruna, who further stated that there were over 800 million pre-election cases across the country that arose from political parties’ primary elections said something needed to be done about the numbers of the political parties registered.

“So you can see that with these kinds of problems we had, there is really a need to look at the number of political parties.

“We really need to do something about the 91 political parties, not just the quantity which generally speaking, the public has begun to complain that 93 political parties are on the high side,” he added.

While noting that 76 political parties contested for the Presidential election, he admitted that this was the source of the serious logistics problem that the commission had.

“We underestimated the kind of logistical problem that implied the size of the ballot papers, result sheets and so on.

“By the time these materials started arriving, we realise that it was a huge logistical problem.

“We are lucky, we had the Nigerian Air Force to help with the movement of the materials, they have always been helping us,” Haruna said.

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“Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries,” Says Buhari

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"Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries," Says Buhari

“Despite Nigeria independence for over 58 years, Nigerian Universities are slow in discoveries and intervention”

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari urges Universities across the nation to key into the efforts to be innovative through discoveries in order to help the country development at large, NIGERIA NEWS reports.

However, the Presidential representative and the former deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hazif Abubakar speaks on behalf of the president at the fourth convocation of the Federal University, Dutsinma, FUDMA, Katsina state on Saturday.

Prof. Abubakar states that “Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries, and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world.

“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development.”

“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions.”

Mr. President said that is administration is bound to perform in the area of creating more structures and facilities across the tertiary institutions in the country. He said training acquisition program would be dispensed through various interventions program.

He also urges that FUDMA and the Sokoto River Basin Development Authority develop a smooth partnership in order to restructure the agricultural sectors and channel out scientific support to the local farmers.

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