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  1. The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season to reconcile with one another and show love to others.Abubakar, in a Christmas message he issued in Abuja on Monday, said
  2. President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a goodwill message to Christians celebrating Christmas. Buhari, in a statement he personally signed on Monday, felicitated with all Nigerians on the occasion. He said, ”I felicitate with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on the joyous occasion of this year’s Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. ”Like I have done in the last three Christmas messages to my fellow compatriots as a serving President, I believe this season is another opportunity to reflect on the imagery of the humble, symbolic and divine birth of a young child thousands of years ago in Bethlehem, Judea, and the message of hope, compassion, salvation, reconciliation, forgiveness, and peace that Jesus Christ embodies and conveys. ”In 2018, Nigerians have had mixed blessings, typical of human beings. ”On the pleasant side, our economy has made significant progress since coming out from the recession and our faithful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. ”Agricultural revolution has seen a vastly improved local production to the detriment of importation, while we have achieved a surplus in our trade balance. Similarly, the infrastructural deficit has been greatly reduced with significant improvements in roads, railways, aviation, and power. ”In addition, we have not relented in the fight against corruption while the business environment has been improved through institutional reforms. ”On the downside, we have seen so many unnecessary deaths caused by violent clashes between neighbors, who ordinarily should complement and support one another. ”We cannot bring back the lives lost to floods, unfortunate fire disasters, road accidents, farmers/herders clashes, and insurgency. ”But we can put back smiles on the faces of the grieving, the displaced and the troubled if we show a little love and recommit ourselves to building relationships with those outside our ethnic, religious and socio-political divides. ”As we celebrate Christmas, exchange gifts, pray and visit loved ones, let us remember many others who cannot be with their families this time. ”Our brave Armed Forces and other security men and women who make incredible sacrifices to keep us safe, the aged, the sick, physically challenged persons, all deserve our goodwill in this season of love and sharing. ”Together we can show generosity to our neighbors and demonstrate the diversity that makes Nigeria unique – a land with a beautiful climate and vegetation, beaming with an energetic and creative youth population. ”We must not also forget that what lies ahead of us as a nation is better than whatever we must have experienced in the past. ”With general elections around the corner and heightened political activities across the country, I have changed our security and law enforcement agencies to secure the sanctity of the ballot box and ensure that the outcome of the polls reflects the will of the Nigerian people. ”My avowed commitment to free, fair, credible and violence-free polls is not a ruse or yet another vain political promise. My word is my bond. ”It is a sworn declaration on the advancement of Nigeria, the future and safety of our young and unborn generations. ”Let us tell the world that, indeed, ‘‘something good’’ can come out from Nigeria. And it will happen, as we all team up to make it happen. ”Merry Christmas!”
  3. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday urged Nigerians to give him more time. Buhari explained that he needed more time to execute his plans for the country. The President made the appeal after a special parade that the guard’s brigade of the Nigerian Army organised in commemoration of his 76th birthday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Urging Nigerians to continue to pray for him and the country at large, Buhari charged them to continue to show more understanding of his administration’s policies. “Nigerians should continue to pray for me and understand my intentions and give me time. “We will keep reminding Nigerians about what we have done, how we met the country, what we were able to do from the time we came in to now with the resources available to us.”
  4. WAEC Begs Nigerians To Come Collect Their Abandoned Certificates, “It’s Taking Up Space In Our Office” The West African Examinations Council says it will deploy an Electronic Certificate Management System to facilitate the issuance of certificates to candidates, to reduce the problem of abandoned certificates. The council’s Head, Public Affairs, Mr Damianus Ojijeogu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos. According to him, the online system will enable the council to print certificates of candidates only on request. “With this in place, it will assist the council in the decongesting backlog of certificates lying fallow for several years with very few owners coming up to collect them. “With this in place, any candidate that wants his or her result will go online to make a request and leave an address of where it would be delivered. “It does not matter where they wrote the examination. “The process has reached an advanced stage and hopefully, by 2019, the mechanism would be deployed,’’ Ojijeogu said. He said the deployment of the electronic device became necessary following the slow response by candidates in collecting their certificates several years after sitting for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination. Ojijeogu said that WAEC have been appealing to candidates yet to collect their certificates, but that the response had been very low. “In 2014 alone, we placed several advertorials in some newspapers appealing to those concerned to come forward for their certificates as they are taking up too much space in our offices. “We did need not get any meaningful response. “Certificates as far back as 1980s are still lying fallow in our office with their owners not making attempt to come collect them. The number will be staggering if we should put them together. “Currently, the practice has been that if certificates should stay in our custody for more than four years, the owners will be charged with a custody fee of N5,000 on collection excluding the N3,500 for the collection of such certificate.’’ According to him, certificates of candidates who wrote the 2017 Nov/Dec WASSCE, Private, have since been printed and ready for collection in all the council’s offices across the country. “Some persons who have written the examination repeatedly and failed are not willing to collect their certificates unless they are compelled to do so. “They only come around to request for it probably as part of visa requirement, job interview or screening at their workplaces. “This is not supposed to be so. They wrote the examination and it is only proper that they come for their certificates,” Ojijeogu said. NAN
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