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According to the guidelines contained in a statement placed on its website on Monday night, JAMB said the modalities were going to be based on point system, Punch is reporting.
According to JAMB, the new method uses a point system to offer provisional admission to candidates. It said: "Before a candidate can be considered for screening, he/she must have been offered a provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB admission checker portal is going to be opened soon for this process, so praying is all you can do now." The second process, it said, was the point system where admission would depend on the point tally of the candidate. The statement said: "JAMB's provisional admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points tally will decide your faith. The points are evenly spread out between your O' Level and JAMB results to provide a level-playing field for all. "In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subjects already has 10 points. The exam could be NECO, WASSCE, November/December WASSCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points. So this means that candidates with only one result are at an advantage but only just." The organisation added that the "next point grades fell into the O' Level grades where each grade would have it equivalent point; A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the better the candidates' grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission this year. "The next point is the UTME scores where each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarised thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points." Giving a breakdown, JAMB explained that each category would contain five JAMB results per point added. For example a candidate with 180-185 gets 20 points, while a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points. JAMB added that the point system for direct entry would be released soon. JAMB stated that fees would still be charged for screening which would replace the Post UTME test. JAMB also emphasised that catchment and educationally less-developed state would still be used for admission into the nation's tertiary institutions. JAMB said: "Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest. JAMB said: "Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest. "If a school declares its cut off mark for Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his/her total points falls short of the 90 points, then he/she will lose the admission. So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself." __________________________________________________ Do not miss any of our updates again, Like our Facebook Page & follow us on Twitter. Permission to use quotation(s) from this platform is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to MEZIE TIMES as the source. THE Federal Ministry of Education on Monday in Abuja clarified its position on the scrapping of the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. A statement issued and signed by Ben Goong, the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, quoted the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, as saying that the ban was with immediate effect and directed all higher institutions to comply with the directive. "The responsibility for admission into public tertiary institutions lies solely with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and under no circumstance whatsoever, should anybody or institution take over that responsibility by proxy. "For the avoidance of doubt, any educational institution after secondary education is regarded as a tertiary institution. "Therefore, all tertiary institutions, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, Universities or by whatever name it is called after secondary education, must be subjected to admission through the JAMB." The statement said at the end of probationary admission by JAMB, the candidates could be screened for final admission. It said any institution with a shortfall in admission could revert to JAMB for supplementary admission. NAN recalls that Adamu recently raised concern over the post-UTME test being conducted by various universities. He said: "As far as I am concerned, if the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing, the universities should not be holding another examinations. "If the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it. "But if JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test, then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission." The statement further quoted the minister as saying that there had been no empirical evidence to show that since the inception of post-UTME, universities had been having better quality students. It said students were still being expelled on a yearly basis for low performance even as they gained admission through post-UTME. According to the statement, Adamu is concerned about the plight of parents who spend fortunes on transportation and sundry costs just for their wards to gain admission into universities. It further said that the minister was mindful of reported cases where some staff of tertiary institutions took advantage of the girl-child in her quest to gain admission into the system. The statement said the minister had directed the National Universities Commission and appropriate departments in the ministry to communicate the directive to relevant agencies and institutions, to ensure strict compliance. Adamu was quoted as having said: "Those who have already advertised for the conduct of the Post-UTME under any guise should stop the exercise immediately as any university caught conducting Post-UTMNE will face appropriate sanctions. Do not miss any of our updates again, Like our Facebook Page & follow us on Twitter. Permission to use quotation(s) from this platform is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to MEZIE TIMES as the source. BARELY few hours to the second test of the National Common Entrance Examination, qualified candidates still have an opportunity to register and write the examination. image Gbenga Olapade, Lagos Zonal Coordinator of the National Examinations Council, organisers of the examination, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos. Tambuwal announced the new policy on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of 2006 Batch A Stream II corps members at the state NYSC orientation camp in Wamakko. His words: "Graduates of medicine will now be paid N50,000 from the current amount of N36,000. Pharmacists will now N25,000 up from the N19,000 obtainable in the past, while graduates of lab science and other medical technicians like nurses are now entitled to monthly stipend of N15,000, up from the current N9,000 they are getting from the state government. "In the same vein, graduates of social science and humanities will now be paid N5,000 monthly, a one thousand addition from the previous N4,000 they received from as state allawee." He added: "I urge you to shun militancy, terrorism and cultism. I also invite you explore Sokoto and study its rich history, culture and people." OSUN State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria carried out its threat to instruct Christian pupils to appear in their schools in choir robes and other church garments as some students of the Baptist High School, Iwo appeared in the school in church apparel on Tuesday. The students in such religious garments started arriving at the school around 8.30am as members of CAN in Iwo town were at the school to ensure none of the children was turned back for dressing the way they liked. Arowolo declined further comment on the development when journalists visited him in his office on Tuesday. Olagoke, a catechist and head of Catholic bloc in the Iwo unit of CAN, said if Muslims were allowed to wear hijab to propagate Islam in schools founded by Christian missionaries, it would also be appropriate for Christian pupils to wear religious garments to schools. "We told the government before the school merger that we did not want Christian schools to be merged with other schools to avoid this kind of situation. "We are determined to make sure that Christianity is not eradicated in the schools established with the sweat of our forefathers in the faith." Reacting, Aregbesola said any students caught wearing unapproved garments to public schools in the state would be expelled. The governor said this in Ibokun on Tuesday while speaking at the inauguration of St. Michael Middle School. Punch quoted a source to have said that the Director of Department of State Services in Osun State, Ike Maduegbuna, had led some government officials to a meeting of the Christian leaders held at Otan Ayegbaju on Monday. The Chairman of CAN in the state, who is an Anglican Bishop, Rt. Revd. The decision was reached at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Degree, Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) and National Diploma (ND) chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. The decision was reached at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Degree, Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) and National Diploma (ND) chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. In his opening remark, Mr. Adamu said if there was confidence in JAMB's conduct of the University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), there should be no need for post-UTME. "JAMB is one of the most active parastatals in the ministry; I expect that policies that would be beneficial to Nigerian students should be discussed at this meeting. "I believe there should be no ground to lower the quality; Nov. 30 remains the closing date for 2016 admission. "No institution should exceed its quota in admission; we will start issuing penalties to defaulting institutions.'' Mr. Adamu urged JAMB to provide permanent scratch cards for candidates per session so that they do not need to buy new cards to effect changes or corrections. Earlier, Monday Joshua, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, said that whatever cut-off mark adopted for universities should also apply to colleges of education. However, Joe Ahaneku, the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, argued that post-UTME was vital for quality assurance and maintenance of standard. It showcases the need to revitalise Nigeria's railway system, and also discusses some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). THE Academic Staff Union of Universities of Nasarawa State University, Keffi chapter said on Wednesday that members would only suspend their ongoing strike when they receive bank alerts of the 20 per cent out of the total Earned Academic Allowance owed them by the institution. image Dr. Theophilus Daniel-Lagi, the branch Chairman of ASUU, made this known on Wednesday while addressing newsmen at the end of the union's meeting in Keffi. Daniel-Lagi said the union had shifted its ground to receive the 20 per cent out of the 40 per cent, while the remaining 20 per cent would be paid by December following the intervention of the University Governing Council and other stakeholders in the state. "Forty per cent was supposed to be liquidated by March based on the agreement we had with the university administration but we shifted ground this time around because of the intervention of the spirited individuals, elders and traditional rulers, among other stakeholders. The demands include the general funding of the university, review of the university law to conform with the 2003 Act as obtained in other public universities, promotion guidelines, tax relief and Earned Academic Allowance. THE National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has thrown its weight behind the federal government over the increment of fuel pump price from N86 to N145 per litre. NANS in a town hall meeting to enlighten students on the policy; provide immediate employment to graduates; establish an independent service monitoring group to monitor the current price of N145 per litre and also establish a students' trust fund."


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According to the guidelines contained in a statement placed on its website on Monday night, JAMB said the modalities were going to be based on point system, Punch is reporting.
According to JAMB, the new method uses a point system to offer provisional admission to candidates. It said: "Before a candidate can be considered for screening, he/she must have been offered a provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB admission checker portal is going to be opened soon for this process, so praying is all you can do now." The second process, it said, was the point system where admission would depend on the point tally of the candidate. The statement said: "JAMB's provisional admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points tally will decide your faith. The points are evenly spread out between your O' Level and JAMB results to provide a level-playing field for all. "In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subjects already has 10 points. The exam could be NECO, WASSCE, November/December WASSCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points. So this means that candidates with only one result are at an advantage but only just." The organisation added that the "next point grades fell into the O' Level grades where each grade would have it equivalent point; A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the better the candidates' grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission this year. "The next point is the UTME scores where each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarised thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points." Giving a breakdown, JAMB explained that each category would contain five JAMB results per point added. For example a candidate with 180-185 gets 20 points, while a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points. JAMB added that the point system for direct entry would be released soon. JAMB stated that fees would still be charged for screening which would replace the Post UTME test. JAMB also emphasised that catchment and educationally less-developed state would still be used for admission into the nation's tertiary institutions. JAMB said: "Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest. JAMB said: "Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest. "If a school declares its cut off mark for Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his/her total points falls short of the 90 points, then he/she will lose the admission. So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself." __________________________________________________ Do not miss any of our updates again, Like our Facebook Page & follow us on Twitter. Permission to use quotation(s) from this platform is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to MEZIE TIMES as the source. THE Federal Ministry of Education on Monday in Abuja clarified its position on the scrapping of the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. A statement issued and signed by Ben Goong, the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, quoted the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, as saying that the ban was with immediate effect and directed all higher institutions to comply with the directive. "The responsibility for admission into public tertiary institutions lies solely with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and under no circumstance whatsoever, should anybody or institution take over that responsibility by proxy. "For the avoidance of doubt, any educational institution after secondary education is regarded as a tertiary institution. "Therefore, all tertiary institutions, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, Universities or by whatever name it is called after secondary education, must be subjected to admission through the JAMB." The statement said at the end of probationary admission by JAMB, the candidates could be screened for final admission. It said any institution with a shortfall in admission could revert to JAMB for supplementary admission. NAN recalls that Adamu recently raised concern over the post-UTME test being conducted by various universities. He said: "As far as I am concerned, if the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing, the universities should not be holding another examinations. "If the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it. "But if JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test, then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission." The statement further quoted the minister as saying that there had been no empirical evidence to show that since the inception of post-UTME, universities had been having better quality students. It said students were still being expelled on a yearly basis for low performance even as they gained admission through post-UTME. According to the statement, Adamu is concerned about the plight of parents who spend fortunes on transportation and sundry costs just for their wards to gain admission into universities. It further said that the minister was mindful of reported cases where some staff of tertiary institutions took advantage of the girl-child in her quest to gain admission into the system. The statement said the minister had directed the National Universities Commission and appropriate departments in the ministry to communicate the directive to relevant agencies and institutions, to ensure strict compliance. Adamu was quoted as having said: "Those who have already advertised for the conduct of the Post-UTME under any guise should stop the exercise immediately as any university caught conducting Post-UTMNE will face appropriate sanctions. Do not miss any of our updates again, Like our Facebook Page & follow us on Twitter. Permission to use quotation(s) from this platform is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to MEZIE TIMES as the source. BARELY few hours to the second test of the National Common Entrance Examination, qualified candidates still have an opportunity to register and write the examination. image Gbenga Olapade, Lagos Zonal Coordinator of the National Examinations Council, organisers of the examination, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos. Tambuwal announced the new policy on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of 2006 Batch A Stream II corps members at the state NYSC orientation camp in Wamakko. His words: "Graduates of medicine will now be paid N50,000 from the current amount of N36,000. Pharmacists will now N25,000 up from the N19,000 obtainable in the past, while graduates of lab science and other medical technicians like nurses are now entitled to monthly stipend of N15,000, up from the current N9,000 they are getting from the state government. "In the same vein, graduates of social science and humanities will now be paid N5,000 monthly, a one thousand addition from the previous N4,000 they received from as state allawee." He added: "I urge you to shun militancy, terrorism and cultism. I also invite you explore Sokoto and study its rich history, culture and people." OSUN State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria carried out its threat to instruct Christian pupils to appear in their schools in choir robes and other church garments as some students of the Baptist High School, Iwo appeared in the school in church apparel on Tuesday. The students in such religious garments started arriving at the school around 8.30am as members of CAN in Iwo town were at the school to ensure none of the children was turned back for dressing the way they liked. Arowolo declined further comment on the development when journalists visited him in his office on Tuesday. Olagoke, a catechist and head of Catholic bloc in the Iwo unit of CAN, said if Muslims were allowed to wear hijab to propagate Islam in schools founded by Christian missionaries, it would also be appropriate for Christian pupils to wear religious garments to schools. "We told the government before the school merger that we did not want Christian schools to be merged with other schools to avoid this kind of situation. "We are determined to make sure that Christianity is not eradicated in the schools established with the sweat of our forefathers in the faith." Reacting, Aregbesola said any st


Women's rights Watch, Nigeria

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President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido(the spiritual head of all muslims in Nigeria), accepted the final report submitted by a high powered verification team which stated that tests conducted in about three countries, South Africa, Indonesia and India indicated that the vaccine was safe, free of HIV/AIDS virus, anti-fertility and other cancerous agents.The committee, headed by the Shehu of Dikwa in Bornu State, Alhaji Kyari Ibn Umar EL-Kanemi, was constituted following the rejection of the vaccine in some parts of the north based on the allegation that it contained strains of sterilization, HIV and cancerous elements. I hereby urge all people to bring out all their children [0-59 months] to be immunized during subsequent campaigns". He said the JNI believed in the cost effectiveness of immunization as "a strategy to reducing disease burden and urge all parents, care givers, traditional, religious, community leaders and NGOs to promote immunization as the child's right".President Obansanjo said he was delighted that the report had not only vindicated the government but had also given it the needed impetus in its battle to attain a polio free Nigeria."It is my belief that this report will finally put to rest our fears and increase our commitment to the Nigerian Child, while putting us forward and make us ambassadors to our states and nations as we embark on advocacy campaigns and local mobilisation strategies to reassure our people of the OPV, we will reach all children, 0-59months, with two drops of safe potent OPV during the scheduled National Immunisation Days, sub-national immunisation days and responsive mop-up operations in the year 2004",he said.In March 2004 the United Nations reported that Nigeria now accounts for almost half the world's cases of polio and that the disease cannot be stamped out until a vaccine programme is re-instituted nationwide.Nigeria has the highest number of wild polio virus and now accounts for between 43 and 46 percent of the global total polio cases and 87 percent of the cases in Africa, said Gambari.Once more cases of adultery, punishable by death by stoning under Sharia criminal law occurred in 2004.Trouble started for Fatima Usman(30), a divorcee with seven children and Ahmadu Ibrahim (32) when the initial sentence for adultery was overturned by the same Judge and converted to death by stoning in a lower Sharia Court in Lambata.The court subsequently handed each of the accused a sentence of five years in prison or a fine of 15,000 Naira, which they could not pay and were remanded to prison custody.Ndidi Ekekwe from Baobab, a Non-Governmental Organization.Quoting from relevant authorities, including Quran and Hadith, the judge set Hajara free, but warned her to go and sin no more.WRW-The domestication of UN CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) in Nigeria is very important, because Nigerian women need a legal framework that protects and promotes their rights.The Sharia Court of Appeal of a State shall, in addition to such other jurisdiction as may be conferred upon it by the law of the State, exercise such appellate and supervisory jurisdiction in civil proceedings involving questions of Islamic personal law which the court is competent to decide in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section.(2). For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section, the Sharia Court of Appeal shall be In law we say that the court was functus officio (his functions had ended.) Worse still he (the judge) was summoned by his superiors and instructed to change the sentence!Section 4 of the Constitution confers legislative powers on the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly, to make laws for the peace order and good government of the country, in matters listed in the Exclusive Legislative List and the Concurrent legislative lists; the matters are itemized in parts 1 and 11 of the Second Schedule.A careful study of both Lists reveal that neither the National Assembly nor the State Houses of Assembly are empowered to legislate on religion which not under any List.Nigeria is thus a secular nation, not a Christian or Islamic nation. Acting on the weight of the new order, a number of local government councils embarked on rigorous media announcements intimating the residents of this position and the consequences of default.Kabo Local Government, for instance, through a radio announcement, pleaded with free women in the local government to shun prostitution as it promised to assist them get married or rehabilitate those who could not find their husbands. The issue generated fresh anxiety in the Kano metropolis, particularly in the Sabon Gari Area of the city inhabited predominantly by non- Muslims and non-natives, where most of the affected businesses are allegedly carried out.Hajiya Balarabe explained that having studied the complaints critically, the State Government directed the State Ministry of Education to direct proprietors of private schools to ensure that as from year 2005, muslim female students dress properly in their schools. She stressed that the Ministry is not trying to interfere in the affairs of private schools in the State, but added that it is not out of place for the Ministry to ensure that owners of private schools comply with rules and guidelines of the State Ministry of Education.The Commissioner then observed that the Ministry had received some reports some private schools who are breaching the directives of the State Ministry of Education and warned that the Ministry will no longer condole activities of such private schools in the State.Section 2(1) of the Constitution also states that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of NigeriaInvestigation revealed that most of the members were discovered to be undergraduates of universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions across the country, which regard western education as kafirci (something to do away with).They are individuals having similar ideology fashioned after the sacked Taliban regime in Afghanistan.Their leader who is from Borno State, but presently in Saudi Arabia, is also referred to as Mullah, probably so named after the disposed Afghan-Taliban leader. Villagers first noticed the group's activities, some eight months back, in the year 2003, in Kanama (about 70 kilometers east of Damaturu) specifically on the outskirts of the Jaji-Bir, where their camp was located.Consequently, Senator Adamu Usman Adamu, representing Yobe East, called a press conference where he alerted the country and the people of the community of the intention of the group and the danger they portend.The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 1, Alhaji Fatai Fagbemi, had to move his office in Bauchi to Yobe State at the peak of the crisis.The State Governor of Zamfara Sate, the first to introduce the criminal aspect of the Sharia legal system in Nigeria, has constantly urged Moslem scholars to commit their knowledge into writing to erase misgivings about the Sharia legal system.Women must cover themselves, and the sexes are frequently segregated.In effect, the Koran becomes a country's constitution.The Zamfara governor, referring to this wider role of the sharia, says: "There will be no stealing or corruption, and people's mental and spiritual well-being is going to be encouraged."But such well-being is, of course, open to argument.Iran's Shi'ite Islamic revolution in 1979 led the way to a particular version of Sharia to which even many Moslems do not conform.Women in Afghanistan must observe a strict dress code or face punishment.The "Haddith" penal code of unalterable punishments for certain crimes was firmly applied.And the Sharia's call for "jihad" loosely interpreted as Holy War, but which can also be used metaphorically to mean conversion of the unfaithful was stressed.In Pakistan too, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for Sharia to be made supreme law in 1998."One could easily argue that in Pakistan as in other places, it's applied rather selectively and that certain interpretations are used simply to gain political points on the part of some administrations.And so there is no systematic Sharia law, in the same way as Saudi Arabia or Iran, where there is a Sharia tradition."It was completely abandoned in Turkey as part of the country's latter-day-secularisation.The Secretary General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Lateef Adegbite, has described the crisis as threats to the stability of the country.Adegbite who said the crisis was too prolonged expressed the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to urgently intervene to halt the situation.While calling for a lasting solution to the crisis, Adegbite further urged


Women's rights Watch, Nigeria

www.rufarm.kabissa.org [cached]

President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido(the spiritual head of all muslims in Nigeria), accepted the final report submitted by a high powered verification team which stated that tests conducted in about three countries, South Africa, Indonesia and India indicated that the vaccine was safe, free of HIV/AIDS virus, anti-fertility and other cancerous agents.The committee, headed by the Shehu of Dikwa in Bornu State, Alhaji Kyari Ibn Umar EL-Kanemi, was constituted following the rejection of the vaccine in some parts of the north based on the allegation that it contained strains of sterilization, HIV and cancerous elements. I hereby urge all people to bring out all their children [0-59 months] to be immunized during subsequent campaigns". He said the JNI believed in the cost effectiveness of immunization as "a strategy to reducing disease burden and urge all parents, care givers, traditional, religious, community leaders and NGOs to promote immunization as the child's right".President Obansanjo said he was delighted that the report had not only vindicated the government but had also given it the needed impetus in its battle to attain a polio free Nigeria."It is my belief that this report will finally put to rest our fears and increase our commitment to the Nigerian Child, while putting us forward and make us ambassadors to our states and nations as we embark on advocacy campaigns and local mobilisation strategies to reassure our people of the OPV, we will reach all children, 0-59months, with two drops of safe potent OPV during the scheduled National Immunisation Days, sub-national immunisation days and responsive mop-up operations in the year 2004",he said.In March 2004 the United Nations reported that Nigeria now accounts for almost half the world's cases of polio and that the disease cannot be stamped out until a vaccine programme is re-instituted nationwide.Nigeria has the highest number of wild polio virus and now accounts for between 43 and 46 percent of the global total polio cases and 87 percent of the cases in Africa, said Gambari.Once more cases of adultery, punishable by death by stoning under Sharia criminal law occurred in 2004.Trouble started for Fatima Usman(30), a divorcee with seven children and Ahmadu Ibrahim (32) when the initial sentence for adultery was overturned by the same Judge and converted to death by stoning in a lower Sharia Court in Lambata.The court subsequently handed each of the accused a sentence of five years in prison or a fine of 15,000 Naira, which they could not pay and were remanded to prison custody.Ndidi Ekekwe from Baobab, a Non-Governmental Organization.Quoting from relevant authorities, including Quran and Hadith, the judge set Hajara free, but warned her to go and sin no more.WRW-The domestication of UN CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) in Nigeria is very important, because Nigerian women need a legal framework that protects and promotes their rights.The Sharia Court of Appeal of a State shall, in addition to such other jurisdiction as may be conferred upon it by the law of the State, exercise such appellate and supervisory jurisdiction in civil proceedings involving questions of Islamic personal law which the court is competent to decide in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section.(2). For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section, the Sharia Court of Appeal shall be In law we say that the court was functus officio (his functions had ended.) Worse still he (the judge) was summoned by his superiors and instructed to change the sentence!Section 4 of the Constitution confers legislative powers on the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly, to make laws for the peace order and good government of the country, in matters listed in the Exclusive Legislative List and the Concurrent legislative lists; the matters are itemized in parts 1 and 11 of the Second Schedule.A careful study of both Lists reveal that neither the National Assembly nor the State Houses of Assembly are empowered to legislate on religion which not under any List.Nigeria is thus a secular nation, not a Christian or Islamic nation. Acting on the weight of the new order, a number of local government councils embarked on rigorous media announcements intimating the residents of this position and the consequences of default.Kabo Local Government, for instance, through a radio announcement, pleaded with free women in the local government to shun prostitution as it promised to assist them get married or rehabilitate those who could not find their husbands. The issue generated fresh anxiety in the Kano metropolis, particularly in the Sabon Gari Area of the city inhabited predominantly by non- Muslims and non-natives, where most of the affected businesses are allegedly carried out.Hajiya Balarabe explained that having studied the complaints critically, the State Government directed the State Ministry of Education to direct proprietors of private schools to ensure that as from year 2005, muslim female students dress properly in their schools. She stressed that the Ministry is not trying to interfere in the affairs of private schools in the State, but added that it is not out of place for the Ministry to ensure that owners of private schools comply with rules and guidelines of the State Ministry of Education.The Commissioner then observed that the Ministry had received some reports some private schools who are breaching the directives of the State Ministry of Education and warned that the Ministry will no longer condole activities of such private schools in the State.Section 2(1) of the Constitution also states that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of NigeriaInvestigation revealed that most of the members were discovered to be undergraduates of universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions across the country, which regard western education as kafirci (something to do away with).They are individuals having similar ideology fashioned after the sacked Taliban regime in Afghanistan.Their leader who is from Borno State, but presently in Saudi Arabia, is also referred to as Mullah, probably so named after the disposed Afghan-Taliban leader. Villagers first noticed the group's activities, some eight months back, in the year 2003, in Kanama (about 70 kilometers east of Damaturu) specifically on the outskirts of the Jaji-Bir, where their camp was located.Consequently, Senator Adamu Usman Adamu, representing Yobe East, called a press conference where he alerted the country and the people of the community of the intention of the group and the danger they portend.The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 1, Alhaji Fatai Fagbemi, had to move his office in Bauchi to Yobe State at the peak of the crisis.The State Governor of Zamfara Sate, the first to introduce the criminal aspect of the Sharia legal system in Nigeria, has constantly urged Moslem scholars to commit their knowledge into writing to erase misgivings about the Sharia legal system.Women must cover themselves, and the sexes are frequently segregated.In effect, the Koran becomes a country's constitution.The Zamfara governor, referring to this wider role of the sharia, says: "There will be no stealing or corruption, and people's mental and spiritual well-being is going to be encouraged."But such well-being is, of course, open to argument.Iran's Shi'ite Islamic revolution in 1979 led the way to a particular version of Sharia to which even many Moslems do not conform.Women in Afghanistan must observe a strict dress code or face punishment.The "Haddith" penal code of unalterable punishments for certain crimes was firmly applied."One could easily argue that in Pakistan as in other places, it's applied rather selectively and that certain interpretations are used simply to gain political points on the part of some administrations.And so there is no systematic Sharia law, in the same way as Saudi Arabia or Iran, where there is a Sharia tradition."It was completely abandoned in Turkey as part of the country's latter-day-secularisation.The Secretary General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Lateef Adegbite, has described the crisis as threats to the stability of the country.Adegbite who said the crisis was too prolonged expressed the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to urgently intervene to halt the situation.While calling for a lasting solution to the crisis, Adegbite further urged Nigerians to learn how to live together peacefully.The NSCIA scribe pleaded with Muslims to be peaceful, adding that Nigerians should be tolerant of one another.Leaders of the non-indigenes community in Kano rose from a meet


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The reader should please pardon me if I sound a bit preachy and personal this morning.
With the Ramadan fasting period here, the reader, I am sure, will understand, if not pardon, my preachiness today. I will like to start with a little introduction of an organisation based in Kaduna of which I am the chairman. I will like to start with a little introduction of an organisation based in Kaduna of which I am the chairman. Vision Trust Foundation, VTF, was founded eight years or so ago at the initiative, as far as I can recall, of Alhaji Falalu Bello, Sarkin Bai Zazzau and Alhaji Ahmed Dasuki. I took over as its chairman when he moved on to advise the Vice-President. VTF was also concerned about the educational and economic backwardness of the region as well as the relative backwardness of Muslims in all parts of the country. One of the small but practical steps we first took towards achieving our objectives was to start a micro-credit scheme and a motor-cycle ownership scheme for victims of the religious riots of February and May, 2000. Long before then we had agonized about what to do regarding the use of unemployed youth on all sides of our political and religious divides to foment the kind of violence that had changed Kaduna from being arguably the most accommodating city in the country into one hell-hole of religious riots. At the end of the workshop, we received about N5,800,000 (Five million, eight hundred thousand Naira only) in cash, cheques and pledges from Kaduna State government, the Vice-President, business groups, the British-American Tobacco Nigeria, Foundation (BATN,F) and individuals including the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua. At the end of the workshop, we received about N5,800,000 (Five million, eight hundred thousand Naira only) in cash, cheques and pledges from Kaduna State government, the Vice-President, business groups, the British-American Tobacco Nigeria, Foundation (BATN,F) and individuals including the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua. BATN,F, represented by its General Manager, Mr. Folu Koku, offered to train twelve youths on computer and secretarial studies at a private computer school. As at last month, we had a total of about N3,500,000 in our kitty for the project, with the balance of about N1,300,000 still outstanding as pledges. Out of the N3,500,000, we have spent over N3,450,000 to train 112 youths (including the 12 sponsored by BATN,F) in computer skills in Kaduna Polytechnic and at a private computer school. Out of the N3,500,000, we have spent over N3,450,000 to train 112 youths (including the 12 sponsored by BATN,F) in computer skills in Kaduna Polytechnic and at a private computer school. Needless to say, if all of us in positions to do something about society's problems can commit ourselves to doing so, the difference would be a huge, huge one. Our regular introspections and our little experience at VTF suggests that one of the biggest obstacles to solving our problems of poverty is not any lack of resources - these are aplenty at both public and individual levels. Rather it is the mix-up in our priorities at both levels. This is why I am writing this morning as we begin the holy season of Ramadan fasting to appeal to Muslims and Christians alike to lend a helping hand to the VTF and to all organisations that strive to help the poor and the underprivileged to become self-dependent. In writing this piece I will like to refer the reader, especially the Muslim reader, to one of the most profound articles that anyone has written in recent times on how simple it is to solve the problems of our society - if only we sincerely wish to do so. This is the article written by Adamu Adamu entitled Memo to Umra returnees in the January 17 th edition of Daily Trust and reproduced last week-end in the Weekly Trust by its editor, Garba Deen Muhammad, with a witty but profound small introduction meant to hopefully prick the reader's conscience. For the benefit of those who may not have read the article, Adamu did a simple arithmetic which was highly revelatory of how privileged Muslims, as individuals and as political leaders, have got their priorities mixed up by regularly spending both private and public funds on the annual ritual of Hajj and Umra even when such monies could be better spent attending to far more basic needs of their less privileged compatriots. The object of his article, said Adamu, was to "remind non-first-time pilgrims - and by extension all socially conscious Muslims - that while they flew out in droves to perform the umra, a bigger umra at home was left undone". The author shows how Muslims spend an average of over 20 billion Naira annually on umra when Muslims are "behind in all indices of development", and when it is said that giving succour to the poor and needy or bringing happiness to the afflicted is better than a hundred Hajj after the obligatory one. If we do so we will surely narrow, if not eliminate, the gap between the poor and the rich, a gap which invariably turns us into each other's enemy rather than each other's friendly neighbour. As far as the editors at these global media are concerned, if Unicef says the vaccine is safe - which a Unicef spokesman says it is - there is no earthly reason why anyone else should have any doubt. Yet anyone even superficially familiar with the mysterious ways of multi-nationals, including pharmaceutical conglomerates like Pfizer and Monsanto, knows that in their pursuit of profit, it is not beyond them to suborn governments and even international organisations like the United Nations and its organs, including Unicef. In our BBC story about the polio campaign a spokesman of Unicef admitted that tests on the vaccine may SEEM to indicate the contaminations feared by those who have expressed reservations about its safety. In my article, I said the retreat was held in 2001 at the onset of the bank's problems. I have since learnt that it was held in January this year as a desperate measure to halt the bank's decline that had started two years before. In my article, I said the family of Umaru Majigi to which the late Etsu belonged, did not descend from Dendo, the founder of the Fulani dynasty of the Nupe Kingdom.


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