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Rivers Govt assures physically challenged youths of support – Commissioner



By Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon (Dr.) Chisom Kenneth Gbali has assured physically challenged youths in the state of the Government continued support.

Receiving the Association of Physically Challenged Youths, Rivers State Chapter in his office, the Commissioner congratulated the President of the Association, Mr. Brown Benjamin for their ability to come together as a body to discuss on how to develop themselves despite their impediment, adding that the Ministry of Youths Development will make their request a priority.

According to him, Rivers State Ministry of Youths Development will continue to give the physically challenged Youths in the state an enabling endowment and financial support to enable them achieve their vision. He called on the leadership of the Association to apply for registration in the Ministry of Youths Development in order to carry them along in the program and activities of the Ministry.

The Commissioner further charged the President of the Association to organize his members to enable the Ministry interface and educate them on the blueprint of the administration of Sir Siminalayi Fubara in the State.

Responding, the President, of the Group, Mr. Brown Benjamin thanked the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara for appointing Dr. Chisom. Kenneth Gbali as the commissioner for Youths Development and also commended the Commissioner for the audience granted them despite his busy schedule.

Mr. Benjamin who disclosed that the main aim of their visit is to intimate the Commissioner of the challenges faced by the youths with disability in the State, which he said include lack of wheelchairs for those crawling on bare floor, guide cane for total visual impaired youths, glasses for low vision and partially sighted, hand crutches for those on crutches and payment of tuition fees for their members currently on postgraduate programs, stressing that if these mobility aids are provided for them, it will help them in their studies.

He explained that the youths with disability were neglected during the 2023 National Youths Day in the State and appealed to the Commissioner for inclusion in 2024 edition.

Highlight of the visit was the presentation of key holders and bags made by the physically challenged Youths to the Commissioner.

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions



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



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



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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