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  1. Vanguard: The Senate has resolved to stop further budgetary approval for government parastatals and agencies that have not submitted their audited reports and accounts to Auditor-General of the Federation, AGF, for the past two years, just as it has issued a deadline of May 2018 to all the erring parastatals, to submit their reports. It disclosed that at least 85 agencies, including Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture have never submitted their audited reports to the AGF since they were established.
  2. com: The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has recorded a decrease in the number of registered candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) in 2018. However, according to the registrar, the board recorded a pleasantly high number of candidates for the 2018 UTME examinations from foreign countries.
  3. Vanguard: Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to Peace Corp Bill, which was communicated to the Senate last week, strong indications emerged, yesterday, that the Senate may override his veto anytime from now.
  4. com: A bill to amend the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Act failed to scale second reading at the Senate on Wednesday. The bill was rejected following concerns that such amendment requires altering the constitution which requires a long process.
  5. Konbini: The Nash Edgerton-directed dark comedy, Gringo, which is set to hit cinemas on March 9, follows Harold Soyinka (played by Oyelowo), a Nigerian immigrant who finds himself at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, local drug lords, and a black ops mercenary after travelling to Mexico. While the trailer’s funniest scene involves Harold praying in Yoruba for God to save his life, it turns out the character was originally written as a white man named Harold Salinger. After reading and loving the script, Oyelowo was able to convince Edgerton to make the character a Nigerian immigrant.
  6. Pulse Nigeria: For its Fashion Week 2018 show, luxury French fashion house, Hermès, transformed the venue into a spring garden despite the icy Parisian weather outside. Nigerian model Imade Ogbewi, who is signed to Isis models in Nigeria, headlined the show wearing a long black leather coat and chic red suede boots. Paris Fashion Week has been good to Imade as she has so far walked for Ric Owens and DROMe too.
  7. Pulse Nigeria: President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, March 7 received the country’s bobsled and skeleton athletes who competed at the just concluded 2018 Winter Olympics. Bobsled and skeleton athletes Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga started the winter sports themselves from scratch without the help of government before Simidele Adeagbo joined in as a skeleton athlete. Suen and Simidele were received on behalf of their teammates by Buhari at the State House. Buhari gave them the Presidential Handshake and commended them for their selfless quest to make history for Nigeria.
  8. THISDAY Newspapers: President Muhammadu Buhari wednesday in Abuja received World Cup trophy from FIFA officials ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The presentation of the FIFA trophy to Buhari was in line with FIFA’s tradition to tour all the countries participating in the tournament with the trophy. Speaking at the event, former World Cup winner with France who is FIFA’s Representative on the trophy tour, Christian Karembeu, said bringing the trophy to Nigeria ahead of the tournament was meant to rekindle the passion of many young people in football and inspire the Super Eagles to believe in themselves that they can go far in the tournament and bring the trophy back to Nigeria.
  9. Punch: The Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch, has given the Lagos State Government a seven-day ultimatum to reverse its recently introduced hike on Land Use Charge. The Chairman of the NBA branch, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that the association was set to embark on a mass protest tagged, “Hell Tax Must Go,” against the “Pharaonic tax regime.”
  10. Premium Times: The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it will not release the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results immediately, unlike it did in 2017. The examination is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 9, to March 17.

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This article was first published on 8th March 2018


Chidinma Kalu is a trained psychologist and an entrepreneur. Aside from writing, she spends her time researching on anything that has her curiosity piqued. In 2016, her essay was shortlisted for a prize. She hopes to actually win something someday. ?

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