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Reps Urge JAMB To Stay Punitive Action Against Ejikeme

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The House of Representatives has urged the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to stay any punitive actions against Miss Joy Mmesoma Ejikeme over the alleged falsification of her JAMB score.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Awaji-Inombek Abiante (PDP-Bayelsa) at plenary in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ejikeme claimed to have scored 362 as against 249, the board recorded in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) through JAMB.

Abiante said Ejikeme, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School, Nnewi, Anambra, sat for the 2023 UTME and claimed to have scored 362.

Abiante added that on July 2, JAMB Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement, accused Ejikeme of manipulating her UTME score from 249 to 362.

He said Ejikeme came out to defend herself, adding that she printed the result from the JAMB website and has always been a brilliant child.

He said Mmesoma came first in all the examinations she had been taking before the UTME; hence, she posited that she was not capable of manipulating her UTME result.

According to him, cognizant of the fact that in Nigeria, when uploading or downloading results of examinations or polls electronically, glitches can occur at any time, hence the need to establish the facts before any blame.

He said Benjamin had earlier alleged that some of the 2023 UTME candidates were parading fake scores to get an undue advantage from the public, hence the need to investigate the allegation.

The house, therefore, set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the alleged manipulation of Ejikeme’s UTME results and report back within one week for further legislative action

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British Airways Flight Grounded in Lagos Due to Technical Fault

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– British Airways flight delayed due to technical fault
– Passengers stranded at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos
– Airline apologizes and re-accommodates passengers on other flights

A British Airways flight scheduled to depart for London from Lagos was delayed due to a technical fault, causing confusion and frustration among passengers.

The flight, which was scheduled to depart at 10:50 pm on Wednesday, June 19, was eventually canceled after 1:00 am, leaving many stranded.

However, most passengers have been re-accommodated on other flights, while the remaining affected passengers have been lodged in a hotel with their meals catered for since Wednesday.

According to a passenger, the airline is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

The Regional Commercial Manager for Nigeria and Ghana, Mrs. Tutu Otuyalo, confirmed the development and apologized for the delay.

“We have been in contact with our customers to apologize for the delay to their flight, caused by a technical issue with the aircraft,” she said. “The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do.”

In addition, Mrs. Otuyalo assured that the majority of customers have been re-accommodated on other flights, and the team is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

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Federal Govt Puts Three Presidential Aircraft Up For Sale

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– FG puts three presidential jets up for sale
– Move aimed at reducing maintenance costs
– Proceeds to fund purchase of new aircraft

The Federal Government has decided to sell three ageing aircraft from the presidential fleet to reduce maintenance costs.

The aircraft, including a Boeing 737 BBJ, Gulfstream, and Falcon 7x, will be sold through a US-based airline marketer, JetHQ. The sale is expected to generate funds for the purchase of new aircraft.

Meanwhile, the presidential fleet has come under scrutiny due to its poor condition, with at least half of the aircraft deemed unserviceable or failing.

Legislators have called for the modernization of the fleet, citing safety concerns after several incidents involving the current aircraft. The government has received preliminary offers for the aircraft and is seeking optimal deals.

The sale of the aircraft is a controversial move, with some lawmakers arguing that it is insensitive to the economic hardships faced by the populace.

However, officials insist that the sale is necessary to ensure the safety of national leaders.

“We must press for a better deal instead of rushing to have a bad deal for the government,” an official involved in the process said.

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