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LASTMA Warns Motorists Against Taking Advantage of Fuel Scarcity to Cause Gridlock

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has cautioned motorists queuing up for fuel at different filling stations against causing serious traffic gridlock thereby causing distress for other road users.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba said this Wednesday while deploying more officers of the Authority on monitoring of traffic around filling stations across the state.

Mr. Oreagba disclosed that the deployment became imperative following reports of long queues around filling stations caused by motorists parking indiscriminately and blocking roads while queuing up and waiting to buy fuel.

Oreagba expressed displeasure at the disorderly behaviour of some drivers, who queue up haphazardly and distrupt traffic flow around various petrol stations.

He urged petrol marketers to ensure that products are sold in an orderly manner that would not infringe on the right of other road users to free movement.

“The scarcity of fuel being experienced is not an excuse to block and impede traffic flows across Lagos”

According to Oreagba “We want our roads to be free ; we do not want fuel queues to constitute a burden for other road users in Lagos”

The General Manager reiterated that efficient traffic management has remained crucial in the attainment of seamless multi-modal transportation system in Lagos.

He however sought maximum cooperation from the monitoring public to ensure that the ‘T.h.e.m.e.s’ agenda of the present administration yields positive results in term of socio-economic development, as well security of lives and property.

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JAMB Pegs Cut-off Marks at 140 and 100 for Universities and Polytechnics Respectively

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the official cutoff marks for the 2024/2025 academic year. Following the stakeholder meeting on the 18th of July, 2024, these benchmarks were established to guide admissions into tertiary institutions across Nigeria. These include colleges of education, polytechnics, and universities.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Universities

Universities have a higher threshold, with the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 set at 140. This standard is uniform across federal, state, and private universities. The aim is to ensure that candidates possess the requisite academic readiness for the rigours of university education.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Polytechnics

Polytechnics will adhere to a JAMB cutoff mark 2024 of 100. This benchmark is intended to align with the practical and technical training focus of these institutions. Candidates seeking admission into polytechnic programmes must meet or exceed this score to be considered eligible for entry.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Colleges of Education

For colleges of education, the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 has been set at 100. This threshold applies to all colleges, ensuring a standard level for candidates aspiring to teacher training institutions. This measure aims to streamline admissions processes and maintain a consistent academic standard.

Addressing misconceptions about JAMB cutoff marks

Several misconceptions exist regarding JAMB cutoff marks. It is essential to clarify these misunderstandings to help candidates better understand the admission process.

Misconception 1: The cutoff mark guarantees admission

One common misconception is that meeting the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 guarantees admission. While achieving the cutoff mark is necessary, it does not automatically secure a spot in an institution. Admission is highly competitive and other criteria, such as post-UTME scores, O’Level results, and course quotas, also play significant roles in determining eligibility.

Misconception 2: The cutoff mark is uniform across all courses

Another misunderstanding is that the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 is the same for all courses within a particular institution. In reality, while the overall institutional cutoff may be set, specific courses, especially those in high demand like Medicine, Law, and Engineering, often require higher scores. Institutions may set additional benchmarks for such competitive courses to ensure only the most qualified candidates are admitted.

Misconception 3: Institutions cannot set higher cutoff marks

It is also wrongly believed that institutions cannot set their own higher cutoff marks above the JAMB benchmark. While JAMB sets the minimum threshold, individual institutions have the discretion to establish higher marks based on their specific admission policies and the competitiveness of their programmes. This practice ensures that institutions maintain high academic standards and admit students who are best suited for their engaging programmes.

Final thoughts on JAMB official cutoff marks for all institutions 2024/2025

The JAMB cutoff mark for 2024 signifies a unified approach to admissions, reflecting the input and agreement of key stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector.

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Finally, Labour, FG, Settle on 70k Minimum Wage

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President Bola Tinubu and the organized labour unions have reached an agreement on a N70,000 minimum wage for workers.

The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, made this announcement while briefing reporters at the State House after meeting with labour union members and government officials.

Additionally, Idris revealed that President Bola Tinubu has assured that Nigeria would be more CNG-compliant to reduce reliance on fossil fuel energy.

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Take Full Advantage of Reviewd Act, Sulaiman-Ibrahim Charges NPTF

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The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim has reiterated the need for the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) to take advantage of the review of the act to address any gap that exists in the revenue of the agency.

She stated this when he received the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) led by its Executive Secretary, Mohammed Sheidu at the Headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja, according to a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Information & Public Relations, Mr. Bolaji Kazeem, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

The Minister of State pointed out that the agency must look for another avenue for resource mobilization noting that the Nigeria Police Force requires Rapid Intervention Projects to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency.

In her words, “all the training institutions, barracks, police stations, hospital and others require urgent attention. There is a need for new technology that would enhance the service delivery of the Nigeria Police Force. We have the biggest police force in Africa and have to leverage on the existing resources with sincerity of purpose”.

The intervention projects require a huge amount and there is a need for support from all the stakeholders noting that the Ministry is harmonizing the reforms in partnership with the stakeholders to strike the right connection for implementable reforms of the police force.

According to her, there is a lot of work to do and you cannot do it alone. You have to sit with the police to discuss and synergize with the Ministry to avoid duplication of efforts. It would be best if you worked with the police and the Ministry for an effective strategy that will improve service delivery of the NPF to the citizens”.

She added that the police are the obvious symbol of the Federal Government across the country. Every nook and corner of the country has the presence of the police, and urged all government agencies to capture the role of police from planning stages for effective national security.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) Mr. Mohammed Sheidu promised to do his best for the Nigeria Police Force and its security infrastructure noting that its agency is the heart of the ongoing reforms of the federal government.

He stated that there is no way the country can move forward if it is not secure to enable investment and growth adding that it is an enormous task that needs the help and support of all stakeholders for the agency to achieve its mandate.

In his words, “Nigeria Police Trust Fund is a focal point, and it would be more visible to end users and people would soon feel the impact of the agency. I assure you that is what is going to happen.”

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