JAMB, Buhari, Gidabo dam, Your Thursday briefing

How Israel became a place of no refuge
African migrants calling for asylum in Tel Aviv in 2014. Photo Oded Balilty/Associated Press

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Good morning, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.


Mr. Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in June 2017, following allegations of gross misconduct.

A panel commissioned by the minister after Mr. Yusuf’s suspension later found him culpable of infractions that ranged from nepotism to theft of public funds.

An administration official familiar with the development told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday evening that Mr. Buhari did not consider Mr. Yusuf’s indictment by a ministerial panel before asking him to return to work.

According to the source, the letter of reinstatement was sent to Mr. Adewole on Tuesday evening.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced the extension of registration for 2018 UTME till February 11, 2018.

The spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday evening.

The board had said in December that the sale of form and registration for all candidates including those from foreign countries will hold from December 6, 2017 to February 6, 2018.

“JAMB as a responsive organisation has taken the decision albeit with great hesitation to accommodate candidates who failed to register between the two months window period that ended at midnight of Tuesday, 6th February, 2018,” Mr. Benjamin said

The agency, however, said such extensions in future may involve some penalty.


Hundreds of staffers employed in the ministry of youths under the National Youth Service (NYS) department did not receive their January salaries as government tries to weed out non-functional departments, New Zimbabwe.com has gathered.

The National Youth Service, widely known as the Border Gezi training programme, was revived last year by the then youth minister, Patrick Zhuwao, after a ten-year break.

Nearly 300 people are currently employed by NYS as instructors and supporting staff at various camps around the country.


Buhari's Health: We will only say what people around the president tell us - Garba Shehu

Economic experts and citizens have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Monday’s executive order aimed at encouraging local content and initiatives in the economic sector.

The executive order which was signed by the president on Monday tagged Executive Order 5 is to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components.

The Executive Order is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.

The president, pursuant to the authority vested in him by the constitution, ordered that all “procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007.”


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Partial view of the Gidabo Irrigation Dam whose construction has reached 97pc on the Gidabo river, 376km away from Addis Abeba. Photo: Addis Fortune

The Gidabo Irrigation Dam, constructed with an estimated cost of 1.1 billion Br and reaching 97pc completion, will begin operations within two months.

The Dam has a capacity of holding 63 million cubic metres of water and stands 21.2 meters tall and is 350m wide. Its initial completion was expected within two years of construction, beginning 2010 by the Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation (ECWC) formed as a result of the merger between Ethiopian Road Construction Corporation, Ethiopian Water Works Construction Enterprise and Ethiopian Prefabricated Building Parts Production Enterprise.

“The completion period was modified after the need to redesign the Dam to fully utilise Gidabo river’s potential as well as increase the Dam’s capacity,” according to Abdulfetah Taju, project manager of the Dam.


Movie review: Black Panther – Marvel's thrilling vision of the afrofuture
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Letitia Wright as Shuri. Photo: Matt Kennedy/AP

Director Ryan Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole tackle the superheroes of colour question with this surreal and uproarious movie version of Marvel’s Black Panther legend, in which the sheer enjoyment of everyone involved pumps the movie with fun. It’s an action-adventure origin myth which plays less like a conventional superhero film and more like a radical Brigadoon or a delirious adventure by Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Those were the colonial-era mythmakers whose exoticism must surely have influenced Stan Lee and Jack Kirby when they devised the comic books in the 1960s, supplying the Afro- in the steely afrofuturism of Black Panther that generations of fans have treasured and reclaimed as an alternative to the pop culture of white America. But it’s the –futurism that gives Black Panther his distinctive power.


With only 12 Premier League games left to play our writers discuss which three teams will join Manchester City in next season’s Champions League and which two will miss out.

Manchester City look certain to win this season’s Premier League title but below them the battle for the three remaining Champions League places continue. On Saturday, Tottenham face Arsenal in the north London derby, a game that could go a long way towards deciding how the season ends for the two clubs.


If your partner is upset, do you listen to them or try to cheer them up? Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus on strengthening relationships.

Choose which of the following statements applies to you: a) or b)

1 Arguments are 
a) Damaging to relationships
b) Inevitable

2 When my partner seems glum I try to
a) Cheer them up
b) Encourage them to talk


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