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Senate President celebrates Nigerian journalists on World Press Freedom Day

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, felicitates with Nigerian journalists as they celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day.

Lawan notes that May 3 is set aside every year to remind governments around the world of their obligation to facilitate and respect press freedom, and also to remind journalists the need to respect the ethics of their profession.

The Senate President is proud that Nigeria has a vibrant media that have always resolutely defended freedom of speech.

Lawan remarks further that freedom of the press enables journalists to effectively discharge their roles as the watchdog of the society and Fourth Estate of the Realm.

“I also celebrate the Nigerian journalists for the invaluable contributions and sacrifices that they have made throughout our national history to nation-building and entrenchment of democracy.

“I pay tribute to the patriots who have lost their lives in the line of duty and pray that their death will not be in vain.

“The Ninth Senate and the National Assembly in general will never pass any law that inhibits the freedom of the press but rather work with the media to further enhance the practice of the profession.

“It is in this light that I call on the practitioners to purge their noble profession of the bad eggs whose nefarious activities are denting the credibility and reputation of the mainstream practitioners.

“The leadership organs of the profession also need to adopt practical measures to check the activities of the purveyors of fake news.

“My belief is that the menace of fake news is capable of eroding the integrity and credibility of the media in general, and this should not be allowed to happen” Lawan said.

The Senate President wishes the media a happy celebration.

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SON insist on international best practices, set-up committee to audit, certify education sector

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In ensuring that educational management system in the country deliver on their mandate of impacting knowledge and skills, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has inaugurated national technical committee for adoption and certification of education management standards.

At the inauguration in Abuja, Farouk Salim, Director General of SON, said one of the challenges facing Nigeria has been international standards both in products and services delivery, which is why the organisation is aligning to best international practice.

“One of SON mandate is to support all businesses in determining quality of products/services using ; standardization, certifications and quality assurance. As such our decision to adopt this international standard on educational organizations management system ISO 21001:2018 is apt at this time when we have opened our borders to all forms of trade with other African countries.

“It is important that we promote and sustain our learning institutions by ensuring that the services that are provided in our schools meet the needs of learners, promote equal opportunities for all students and earn the confidence and approval of learners’ sponsors in order to contribute their quota to national growth and development,” he said.

Salim, represented by Engr. Timothy Abner, Director Training services at the SON added that although government is doing a lot to upgrade the standard of products and the education sector, he however also noted there should be additional effort of adopting and establishing this international best practice will assist Nigeria to always deliver globally recognized services and products in different sectors of the economy.

The Committee is to draw up requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of educational organizations management systems.

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Breaking: Ex-Police IG, Tafa Balogun dies

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A former Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force, Tafa Balogun is dead, firstweeklymagazine reports.

Balogun, who was eased out of office by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo over corruption allegations, reportedly died of heart related diseases in Reddington Hospital, Lagos today Thursday August 4, 2022.

Sources said he had been down for a while before passing on moments ago.

He was 75 years old.

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Insecurity: PDP Senators stage walkout, calls for Buhari Impeachment

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The Senate caucus of People Democratic Party today stage walkout from plenary session giving President Muhammadu Buhari six months to address mounting security challenges confronting  the country or face impeachment process.

The crisis started when Minority Leader of the Senate Philip Adudua called the attention of Senate President , Ahmad Lawan to the resolution of the Lawmakers to serve the President Buhari Impeachment notice if there is no improvement in Security situation after a period of time.

However, Lawan blocked the move by Senator Adudua a development that led to the walking out of chamber by the Opposition Lawmakers.

Speaking with Journalists at the National Assembly Complex, the Minority Leader of the Senate Philips Adudua said the security challenges has overwhelmed the President.

He explained that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory is under threat of Bandits and terrorists .

According to the Minority Leader, Senate has passed so many resolutions which were aimed to address the insecurity challenges in the Country.

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