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Aviation varsity takes off Sept. 26 – FG

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The Federal Government says the African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU), Abuja, will open for registration from Sept. 26 to Nov. 18.

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Friday during a media chat in his office in Abuja.

According to him, the institution will start with B.Sc Aviation Business and B.Sc Meteorology and later advance to M.Sc Air Transport Management in 2023 academic session.

“These are the parts we discussed with the National Universities Commission (NUC). We will soon unveil the website, which is www.aaau.edu.ng.

“However, this will be available soon because we still need to conclude some steps with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) toward activating the website.

“Indeed, it has taken a long time since 2016. We have been on it because it is rigorous exercise. We need to go through it all with the Commission. NUC has been very cooperative and supportive,” he said.

Sirika said the federal government would sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) hopefully on Monday with Nile University in Abuja for cooperation and partnership in running the university.

According to him, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) headquarters building at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) will serve as temporary headquarters for the university.

The minister further said that some of the lectures would also be done at Nile University.

Sirika stated that the federal government had given the university land allocation close to the NAIA area for its permanent campus.

According to him, the university is going to be a hybrid university – on campus and online.

“We have the provisional approval by the NUC to continue. When we satisfy all necessary conditions, then we will have a permanent approval.

“So, for the startup, we will be needing dormitory, cafeteria, laboratories and so on. We will be partnering with Nile University here in Abuja, ” he said.

He said establishing the university was part of the aviation roadmap to bridge the gap of well-trained aviation personnel and lack of capacity in the sector by correcting inherited inefficiency.

According to him, the institution will be dedicated to provision of a high level of management manpower to run the aviation system in Nigeria from the present to the future.

“Also, we think that it is high time the country went through Research and Development in aerospace and aviation.

“The university will be privatised for more efficiency and more focus to address what is going wrong in our industry like lack of capacity to understand the business itself.

“Aviation is an exact science and technology. It is a very serious discipline and very dynamic in nature. You need to move in speed with it. There is a need for capacity and knowledge to run the business,” he said.

According to the minister, there is need to advance knowledge in aviation to boost national economy to raise Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“As for me as a minister, not the government, this is the most important legacy the administration will leave behind for the coming generation,” he said.

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions

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The Central Bank of Nigeria says a notice circulating on social media about the risk of cryptocurrency is fake news.

The Apex disclosed this via its official X account, urging the public to disregard the purported notice for all Deposits Money Bank, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, and other Financial Institutions.

The notice reminded “Institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies and facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited”.

However, CBN said the content doesn’t originate from it.

“This information does not originate from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“For authentic updates, please visit the official website,” CBN wrote.

Recall that the CBN governor, during the Bank’s 293rd Monetary Policy Committee meeting, said over $26 billion funnelled through Binance.

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said the anti-graft agency froze about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

The Nigerian government had continued clamping down on Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid efforts to defend the Naira in the foreign exchange market.

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Biden says U.S. will begin sending weapons to Ukraine

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U.S. President Joe Biden wants to start delivering of weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.
The president said this shortly after the U.S. Senate approved billions of dollars in new aid for the country under attack from Russia.
“I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week,” Biden said.
By passing the legislative package, which also includes billions of dollars in aid for Israel and Taiwan, the U.S. Congress has demonstrated the power of American leadership in the world, Biden added.
“We stand resolutely for democracy and freedom, and against tyranny and oppression.”
There is an urgent need for support for Ukraine, which is being subjected to relentless bombardment from Russia, Biden said.
The bill also contains aid for Israel, which has recently faced unprecedented attacks from Iran.
“This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin,” Biden said.
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NSCDC deploys personnel to JAMB CBT centres in Anambra

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it has deployed personnel to ensure a hitch-free 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Anambra.

The state Commandant, Olatunde Maku, stated this after monitoring the conduct of the exams across CBT centres in Awka, on Wednesday.

Some of the centres visited are, Integral Development Konsult on Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, White House in Awka, JAMB Centre located inside JAMB office in Amawbia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Others are St. John of God ICT Hub, Awka and Kachukwu Ventures Staff Development Centre, behind Government House in Awka.

The examination centres take candidates in three batches: 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Maku said that the synergy between NSCDC and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had yielded positive results in reducing exam malpractice.

He said that the monitoring of the centres would continue till the end of the examination period, to ensure a seamless conduct of the exercise and promote transparency.

“We are firm in our determination to protect critical national assets and infrastructure including JAMB centres.

“Which was why the NSCDC deployed personnel to JAMB CBT centres in the state to ensure security and so far they have been professional in carrying out their mandate,” he said.

Maku advised candidates writing the 2024 UTME to be law abiding and avoid being in possession of prohibited or incriminating items during the examination.

He warned unauthorised persons against loitering around designated exam centre, adding that anyone found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted.

Also speaking, Mrs Jema Iheme, JAMB Coordinator, Anambra state, commended NSCDC for their support and for ensuring security of candidates and staff at the exam centres.

Iheme said that the swift response of NSCDC to emergencies and enforcement of exam rules and regulations was contributing to a smooth and secured exam process so far.

NAN also reports that about 1.9 million candidates are expected to write the JAMB UTME, which commenced on April 19 and would end on April 29.

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