17-Year-Old Girl Who Got A1 In All Subjects In WAEC Dies

Chisom, a 17-year-old girl who got A’s in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), has lost her life. It was learnt that Chisom got 7 A1s, and emerged the best student from her school, Graceland college in Enugu last year. She won many awards in her school, and now death has caught short the life of this Young girl. According to a Facebook user, Michael Okoli who shared that sad news on the platform, Chisom died following a sickness which started off as a leg pain, but became severe over the year. The father of the girl who is a Professor, shared a very touching story of how his daughter died on Facebook. According to what he posted, the young girl started complaining of having a pain in the leg and just like every father that desires the best for their child, he decided to fly her to South Africa because he didn’t have trust in the medical system of this country. “At first, they were happy with her recovery rate, but they never knew it was going to end lik

Fed Govt. Eyes Automotive Industry

The Federal Government at the weekend said the automotive industry has the potential to grow and develop the nation’s economy.

Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar stated this during the opening ceremony of the 18th Abuja Motor Fair held in Transcorp Hilton.

She stated that the government was currently holding high level discussions with global equipment manufacturers to develop the Nigerian automotive sector as part of plans to diversify the economy......

According to her, the automotive sector, occupies a critical catalytic role in Nigeria’s Economic Revolution.

She said: “It is instructive to note that the present government has placed high premium on the automotive industry in Nigeria which has a potential to contribute immensely to the growth and development of the country’s economy.

“The government is supporting the industry because of its strategic and catalytic role in economic development. Therefore in our present economic challenges, government is in high discussion with global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in ensuring that the Nigerian automotive sector is developed.

“This will not only facilitate the mass movement of people, agricultural products, mining, railway equipment, military hardware but will also create jobs and employment for our teeming youth.”

Represented by the Deputy Director, Engineering Division at the ministry, Mr. Ibikunle Adams, the minister emphasised that the ministry would strengthen partnership with the private sector to leverage and catalyse resources for development and growth.

She added that government was also fine tuning its procurement policy to support preferential purchase of local vehicles.

“On the part of Nigeria’s automotive industry, government is not only looking at the supply side issues but also the demand side is giving prominence. The ministry is giving all the necessary support to ensure that Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) come up with vehicle purchasing scheme that will enable Nigerians buy made in Nigeria vehicles.

In his address, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, stated that the government would promote the production of automobile in Nigeria.

The minister who was represented by Director of Planning and Policy at the National Science and Engineering Infrastructure, (NASENI), Onyechi Nonyem, added that the ministry would partner with critical stakeholders in the road transport sector to ensure development and growth of the sector.

“Agencies under Ministry, like the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), are in the forefront of promoting the production of automobiles and automobile parts for road transport use,” he stated.

The Managing Director, BKG Exhibitions and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, stated that automotive sector had the capacity to reduce over 30 per cent of Nigeria’s job deficits and create up to two thousand industries.