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  • We can’t continue to work in darkness – UCH workers lament blackout

Staff of University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo State, have said they cannot continue to work in darkness.They said this on Wednesday during a congress organised by Joint Action Committee, JAC, the umbrella body of all the unions in the hospital.

The congress, which was held in the premises of the hospital, had members of Non-academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU; National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM; Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP; and Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals Research Institutions and Associated Institutions, SSAUTHRIAN, in attendence.

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  • Lagos impounds over 50 commercial vehicles for flouting standard rules

Lagos State Government, through the state Vehicle Inspection Service, VIS, has impounded over 50 rickety commercial vehicles popularly called Danfo, across the metropolis found to have failed to meet the prescribed minimum roadworthiness standards. The vehicles were seized during a special enforcement operation on Wednesday, as part of concerted effort to ensure road safety and regulatory compliance across the state.

Contravened vehicles failed to meet minimum roadworthiness standards such as: braking system, wipers, lights, shocks and tyres as stipulated in the state’s Transport Reform Law, 2018.

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  • Rain washes away Onitsha road one week after inauguration

An alarm has been raised by residents of Onitsha, the commercial nerve center of Anambra State, over the washing away of one-week-old road by a 20-minute rian on Monday.

The rainfall lasting about 20 minutes reportedly washed away newly laid asphalts at Ochanja market in Onitsha South Local Government Area.

The road, constructed by the Governor Chukwuma Soludo administration lasted barely one week before it was washed away by the rian torrents.

A viral video, posted by one Onyebuchi Nwafor, showed a section of the road where the coated asphalts piled out with pieces scattered and water-logged on some parts of the road.

The video was also accompanied by a post. It partly reads, “Wonders, they say, shall never end. Prof Chukwuma Soludo’s one week old road washed away in a split second.

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  • Kano subsidises Hajj fare for 2,900 intending pilgrims

Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf has approved a subsidy of N500,000 for each of the state’s intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The Director General of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Lamin Dan-Baffa, announced this when he addressed reporters yesterday in Kano.

“Considering the current economic hardship the people are facing, an increase in the Hajj fare is a great challenge to many intending pilgrims. The subsidy is meant to alleviate their sufferings. Those who have already paid part-payment to the board will benefit from the subsidy. Over 2,900 intending pilgrims have already paid to the board,” he said.

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  • 2m Youths To Be Trained In Wema Bank/FGN-ALAT Programme

Wema Bank unveiled the second cohort for the FGN-ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme; a groundbreaking initiative spearheaded by Wema Bank in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria, to train and equip 2,000,000 youths and 1,000,000 MSMEs across Nigeria with advanced, relevant and highly demanded digital skills for sustainable success in today’s digital driven world.

Since the launch of the first Cohort of the FGN-ALAT Digital Skillnovation Programme in 2023, over 300,000 Nigerian Youth and Business Owners have leveraged the platform as a launchpad for their business and career success.

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  • Delta 17: Tinubu, Govs Pay Final Respects As Military Buries Gallant Soldiers

It was an emotional evening on Wednesday as grieving families and friends of 17 gallant military personnel gruesomely murdered in Delta State laid wreaths in honour of the slain officers and soldiers.

After the wreath laying ceremony, tears freely flowed as the white caskets draped in sparkling green-white-green Nigerian colours which housed the lifeless bodies of the valiant military personnel were lowered into the earth at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.

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  • EFCC Warns Content Creators Over Unauthorized Use of Jackets, Symbols

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has warned content creators, movie and skit producers to desist from using the agency’s branded Jackets, symbols and insignia and without authorization.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren on Wednesday. The Commission stated that the use of the EFCC brand in movies without authorization is illegal.

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  • BBNaija Season Nine Returns With A Twist

Reality TV show, Big Brother Naija season nine is back, but this time around, with a twist, the organisers announced in an Instagram post. The show will start accepting applications on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

“Exciting News! Biggie is back for #BBNaija Season 9 auditions with a twist! The audition requires two people,” the post read.

Unlike the previous editions, this year’s edition requires participants to apply in pairs. This means that the audition video will feature two candidates each.

“This year, it’s a search for Dynamic Duos that love the show and can turn up the heat in Biggie’s house!” the organisers said.

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  • How I feel about my memes circulating on social media – Osita Iheme

Veteran Nollywood actor, Osita Iheme has said seeing people using clips and pictures from his old movies to express themselves on social media makes him feel fulfilled.

Pawpaw, as he is fondly called by fans, added that he derives joy from people using his memes, stressing that it shows how timeless his talent is.

Iheme said, “I feel great seeing people using my memes on social media. It’s good to see that your works are doing well out there and people appreciate what you do even after all these years. It shows that you have an asset you can always back up and bank with. Because when you look at 20 years ago, a job you’ve done and people are using it now to express themselves so I feel happy.”

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  • Best Dressed Saga: Portable tackles Bobrisky in ‘Brotherhood’ diss track

Bobrisky’s infamous ‘Best Dressed Female’ award at ‘Ajakaju’ (Beasts of Two Worlds) movie premiere has generated numerous controversies.

From spats between Femi Adebayo, Dayo Amusa and Jigan Babaoja, social media has been agog, with no end in sight.

However, the ongoing feud between singer Portable and Bobrisky has taken a new dimension, with the former dropping a diss track ridiculing the controversial crossdresser.

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  • Eniola Ajao Dumps Bobrisky As Best-Dressed, Announces New Winners With ₦1m Gift

Popular Yoruba actress Eniola Ajao, has finally dumped Bobrisky as the winner of the ‘Best Dressed’ in the Female Category following criticisms that trailed her movie premiere.

The actress’s Beast of Two Worlds: Ajakaju movie premiere sparked reactions after cross-dresser Bobrisky, was declared a winner at the event.

Although Eniola had since apologised for the stunt gone wrong, she took to her social media handles to tender an apology to Dayo Amusa, Bobrisky, women, Muslim societies and everyone offended by her action.

In her message to Bobrisky, the actress apologised for putting the crossdresser in a problematic situation, as announcing him as the winner was to generate publicity for her movie.

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  • SIM-NIN: Subscribers kick against Friday deadline, demand extension

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers has requested that the Nigerian Communications Commission extend the deadline scheduled for the disconnection of telephone lines not linked to National Identification Numbers beyond Friday, March 29, 2024.

The subscribers’ body argued that telco agents were failing to capture all necessary information needed for verification, just as it also cited difficulties in uploading the captured data on the National Identity Management Commission’s server.

The President of NATCOMS, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, told The PUNCH on Wednesday that the NCC needed to order telcos not to disconnect telephone lines, considering the ongoing difficulties faced by subscribers.

The telecom regulator had insisted that there would  be no changes to the deadline for the next phase of disconnection.

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  • Google Blocks 5.5bn Adverts, Suspends 12.7m Accounts

Google has said that it has blocked over 5.5 billion adverts and suspended 12.7 million others for violating its policies. The search engine giant also said in a statement on Wednesday that it had removed adverts from over 2.1 billion pages.

“Billions of people around the world rely on Google products to provide relevant and trustworthy information, including ads. That’s why we have thousands of people working around the clock to safeguard the digital advertising ecosystem. Today, we are releasing our annual Ads Safety Report to share the progress we’ve made in enforcing our advertiser and publisher policies and to hold ourselves accountable in our work of maintaining a healthy ad-supported internet,” it said.

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