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Anglican Communion rejects proposed Christian education bill

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Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has rejected the proposed National Council of Christian Education Bill, calling on its sponsors to back down.

The church said it reviewed the bill with strong and unreserved opposition to its content, which seeks to regulate and monitor implementation and development of Christian education in Nigeria.

In a statement, signed by Primate Henry Ndukuba, the church said: “By its title, the bill purports to introduce mandatory certification of contents of Christian religious education, including Christian education syllabuses and curricula. It also seeks to approve and monitor how Christian religious education is taught in all schools and accredit the programmes of Christian theological institutions and seminaries, and certify Christian religion education instructors.”

The church noted with dismay that the bill purports to be retroactive and that existing church-owned seminaries and religious faith-based institutions are not exempted.

Rejecting the bill for being inconsistent with provisions of the Nigerian constitution by seeking to interfere with entrenched rights of freedom of religion, the church said: “The establishment of curricula, the duration and content of training courses, in respect of Christian education at any level, is recognised as being entirely within the prerogative of religious freedom guaranteed by the constitution.

“Registered Christian churches, such as the Church of Nigeria, with long established and globally recognised training institutions and products, must maintain the right to adhere to their own training methods and content, and cannot have the same curtailed.”

The church, therefore, called on sponsors of the bill to organise a consultative forum to discuss issues of concern relating to regulation of standards pertaining to Christian education, without interference with the freedom to teach and learn, in accordance with long established curricula of well-established churches.

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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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