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JAMB vs Mmesoma: My demand for investigation stands – Ezekwesili

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A former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has insisted on her demand for an independent technology investigation over the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, result saga between the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and Mmesoma Ejikeme.

Ezekwesili confirmed that the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, contacted her on phone but claimed the call dropped.

Newsmen reported that she had earlier disclosed she reached out to Oloyede, demanding an independent investigation.

However, following JAMB’s statement on Tuesday claiming it had already concluded its investigation of Mmesoma’s alleged forged result, the former minister said her demand remains.

In a statement via her verified Twitter handle on Wednesday, Ezekwesili said she is interested in JAMB answering some questions in to clarify the confusion in the public space.

She wrote, “Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of @JAMBHQ did reach out back from Namibia, but his call dropped.

“My call for an Independent Technology Investigation still stands.

“I am interested in having a number of questions answered by the Exam Body to clarify the confusion in the public space on the JAMB-Mmesoma Saga.

“What really are the facts of the action that produced the Result-Slip that Mmesoma is insisting she received?

“Can the public be availed the User-Journey of Mmesoma?

“Is this kind of a tech-enabled double-result unique to her or experienced by any other candidates of JAMB exams?

“Is a Comprehensive Systems Check not key for JAMB in situations like this, and has such been done?

“What is the nature of the interface between the JAMB system/database and the Center where she sat for her exam as well as results verification?

“Could this case not help JAMB trace any issues that can impair its systems and architecture for exam integrity?

“I am glad that the public is invested in knowing the truth on this saga because Exam Integrity is core to the global trust of countries and their citizens by others and widely publicized cases like this should be learning opportunity for all, including the exam body.

“I reiterate that an Independent Technology Investigation is critical for helping us all know the truth of this case, including the role of all the parties involved, so that the right and just redressing can be made.

“Trust in our public institutions like @JAMBHQ that record the facts of individual effort and performance is key for our country.

“Therefore for all reasonable citizens, this matter is rightly important that it be resolved appropriately.”

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Tinubu congratulates Ramaphosa on re-election

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President Bola Tinubu has extended his warm congratulations to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa on his re-election

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, in a statement on Saturday said the president also congratulated the people of South Africa on the peaceful and successful conduct of the general election.

“While wishing President Ramaphosa a successful term in office, President Tinubu calls for the strengthening of bilateral ties between Nigeria and South Africa as strategic partners in Africa for the overall advancement of the continent,” Ngelale said.

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LG elections in Akwa-Ibom to hold October 26

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By Dennis Udoma, Uyo

Baring any slightest change from now, Akwa Ibom State Government announced it’s readiness to conduct local government election on October 26.

Governor Umo Eno announced this yesterday in Uyo at a stakeholders meeting organized by the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC).

The Governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Frank Archibong presented the election plan to representatives of political parties and other stakeholders.

According to the Governor, “This event is a precursor to all of the electoral activities that will ultimately culminate to 2024 local government elections.

“We are all aware that the governor assumed office May 29 last year and because of the shortness of time between May and December he was not able to conduct the local government elections which is why we have caretaker committees manning the local governments.

“I know how he has pressurized the AKISIEC to have the local government elections. Nothing stops us from having the elections this year because Akwa Ibom State and His Excellency do not want to be counted among those running caretaker committees”.

Eno assured that elected council chairman will be sworn in on December 7 in compliance with the electoral plan of the state.

The timetable he said, political parties are expected to conduct their primaries between July 22nd and August 26th 2024 while commencement of campaigns is on August 26 among other activities.

Chairman of AKISIEC, Aniedi Ikoiwak assured political parties of adequate security and a free and fair elections.

Ikoiwak said, “Given the critical importance of human and material security during elections, the Commission will take very practical measures to ensure there is adequate security before, during and after this year’s elections”.

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Again, two media outfits honour Aerofield Homes boss, Armstrong with award of excellence

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Two media platforms, Business Times newspapers and Bravins Magazine published by Edo Legacy Foundation have both in a separate event honoured the Chief Executive Officer of Aerofield Homes, Lagos, Armstrong ‘Tope Akintunde for his outstanding contribution to the development of the nation.

While Bravins Magazine, at a programme held on Thursday at H3 Event Centre, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta presented Akintunde with the Most Outstanding Entrepreneur Award, Business Times newspapers, on Friday at an event held at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos awarded the property merchant the Best Luxury Home Builders of the year.

All of these honours are coming few weeks after the popular real estate firm in partnership with Odu’a Investment performed the groundbreaking of the construction of the luxurious apartment being built within Ikeja Business District, Lagos State.

Speaking during the presentation of the award on Thursday, publisher of Bravins Magazine, Ambassador Engr. Pedro Omo-Aghahowa revealed that the ceremony is meant to celebrate fastest growing brands in Africa as well as top brands that have seen the biggest rise in purchasing consideration, most especially within the real estate companies in Africa, adding that Aerofield Homes came top among its contemporaries.

Omo-Aghahowa said, “The Award is a special recognition for top-line business growth for both emerging and established brands, showcasing a wide range of brands that have accelerated their Consumer appeal and awareness in 2024 under review and under this review, Aerofield Homes Limited towers above others and therefore deserves the award”.

Proudly receiving the awards, Mr Akintunde expressed his excitement and joy as he dedicated the awards to the company’s reputable customers.

The Iperu born All Progressives Congress stalwart appreciated the organisers of the two events for deeming it fit to recognise his efforts in providing shelter for Nigerians at home and abroad.

Akintunde said that the awards would definitely spur him to remain committed to pursuing excellence and complementing the various efforts of the government in cutting down on the housing deficit in the country.

He has therefore dedicated the award to the customers of Aerofield Homes, assuring them of more commitments and transparency in business dealings.

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