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University of Free State student representatives call for registration period extension

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Student formations at the University of the Free State have called for the registration period to be extended after many students complained that they were struggling to complete the process. Many students spent the night in the cold on the main campus in Bloemfontein after they were allegedly evicted from emergency accommodation.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) says the university has agreed to provide students who came to register with emergency accommodation.

Prospective students at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein have been struggling to register. Some have been on the campus for weeks, without a place to stay. They are worried that registrations will be closing soon. Those who had temporary accommodation say they were kicked out.

“Yesterday, we slept here on campus on protection services sitting down. Yah it has been tough,” says one prospective student.

“So, Monday we were evacuated from our off-campus emergency accommodation and we received the food parcels from the SRC. They told us to leave our stuff there. They were expecting us to pay them money,” says another prospective student.

“They say we did not get funded, it seems like Nsfas did not process our applications. We are still struggling to get registered.”

“Nsfas rejected my application saying that I have already graduated. So, when I call them, they refer me back to university. The university refers me back to Nsfas so I don’t know what to do. Student formations have called for the university to intervene.

President of the SRC at the University of the Free State, Luvuyo Jacobs, says, “Last night, we had an influx of students that needed emergency accommodation and it was the university’s agreement that, with communications that we have been having with them, that they should provide emergency accommodation to students. Last night, we found out that there were over 40 students that came at night looking for accommodation and there were no beds.”

EFF Student Command’s convenor, Sisanda Mdingane, says first-year students are anxious about what is happening.

“First time entering students are anxious about what is currently happening because the portal of Nsfas is currently slow. Students cannot access the portal as confirmation that they are being funded by Nsfas. So, as the EFF SRC, what we demand is that at least the institution gives the students the (reprieve) until Nsfas resolves or the portal comes back.”

Meanwhile, Sasco’s Deputy Secretary at the university, Milani Tshangana, says some students are staying at the bus stations.

“Students are being turned away and they cannot register, and some students are even deciding to stay home until they pay and some students don’t even have the money, and it’s just we are having a huge problem with registrations right now. It is not a flowing process, not an easy process as you can see. We have students who are even staying at our places, others are staying at bus stations and we are begging the university, anyone who can assist with accommodation for our students.”

Interim Chairperson of the DA’s Student Organisation, Thabiso Mokhatla, pleaded with the university to extend the time for registration.

“We call upon the university and plea with them can they extend the registration process a week further so that we sort out our house. So that students can register. Because education is for everyone.” University management says it was shocked to hear that students did not have accommodation.

Source:News365

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Gov Bello grants state pardon to 24 inmates, pays N20m judgement debt

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Niger State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello has granted state pardon to 24 inmates and settled fines to the tune of N20 million for 80 others unable to pay their judgement fines. He carried out the exercise under the powers of prerogative of mercy in the state.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasara Danmallam made this disclosure in while handing over the affairs of the Ministry of Justice to the permanent secretary in Minna.

According to him, “as a parting gift, Governor Bello has granted pardon to 24 inmates across the state under his powers of prerogative of mercy. Some of them have been on death row whose sentences have been commuted to a few years of prison term”.

Among the beneficiaries, the commissioner explained, were six civil servants convicted of fraud and other related offences and were dismissed from service based on the offences they committed.

Danmallam disclosed, “other beneficiaries of the pardon by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello are six dismissed civil servants who are now reinstated. Those of them who have attained retirement age are now to be retired with full benefits.

“The Governor also spent the sum of N20 million to pay judgement fines for 80 inmates as part of humanitarian gesture to the underprivileged individuals before handing over on Monday ”

The commissioner further stated that so far a total of 115 bills and legal instruments were promulgated into law, while thanking the staff of the ministry for the success recorded under him in the state.

Source:dailypost

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President Muhammadu Buhari denies meddling in National Assembly’s affairs since 2015

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday attributed the successes recorded by his administration to the harmonious relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, as well as refused to meddle with the affairs of the Legislature and promoted instead, a culture of mutual respect and collaboration between the two arms.

Buhari, who disclosed this during the official commissioning of the permanent site of National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), expressed optimism that the magnificent complex has the potential to significantly boost the capacity of the legislature in Nigeria and Africa at large.

He said: “As you are all aware, I have traversed all parts of Nigeria in the last few days commissioning several critical national infrastructures that my administration has completed over the last eight years. Our successes as a government are primarily due to the harmonious relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.
The legislature is the cornerstone of any democracy and is vital to ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of all Nigerians are considered during the lawmaking process. It also performs critical functions of overseeing the Executive and ensuring that government spending aligns with legislative intent.

“As you are aware, from the moment of my election in 2015 and subsequently, I supported the idea of an independent National Assembly, one that is able to decide its Leadership and develop its agenda in line with the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

President Muhammadu Buhari

“I refrained from meddling in the affairs of the legislature and instead promoted a culture of mutual respect and collaboration between the two arms. The numerous positive outcomes for our country Nigeria underscore the importance of a harmonious Executive-Legislature relationship.

“Working with the National Assembly, we have passed an unprecedented number of Bills into law, provided funding for key infrastructure, implemented several governmental reforms, and addressed some of the long-standing challenges that have hampered economic growth and development.

“Our achievements in reforming the oil and gas sector, strengthening the electoral framework, diversifying our economy, improving transparency and accountability, tackling insecurity and entrenching good governance are easily verifiable. As such, this 9th Assembly will be remembered as one of the most productive in terms of outputs and outcomes. Again, I thank the Leadership of the National Assembly for giving me the support required to deliver on my promises to Nigerians.

“Nigeria is immensely endowed in many ways. However, our single greatest asset is the people of this country. Our teeming youth population provides the labour force, we need to industrialise and develop our economy. This underscores the need for a more sustained investment in human capacity development.

“Accordingly, my administration prioritised social investment programmes and a range of other initiatives to reduce poverty, upgrade the standard of living and improve the economy.

“Human capital is the essential lifeblood of a state and its public institutions, including the legislature. The National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly stand to perform their constitutionally assigned mandate better when provided with all the required resources.

“In 2018, I signed the NILDS Amendment Bill into law, thus expanding the mandate of the Institute to provide capacity not only to legislators but also to other political actors. This edifice would enable the Institute to better meet its expanded functions.

“It is my expectation that NILDS will utilise this site to provide targeted capacity building to legislators, political parties and civil society to enable them better respond to changing circumstances,” he noted.

In his remarks, Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan asserted that Buhari’s administration over the past eight years has pursued what has been described as the most ambitious infrastructure programme since independence in 1960.

“We in the Ninth National Assembly have supported the President in ensuring the timely delivery of these critical infrastructures. Notably, in the last three years, the Senate and the House dedicated a substantial part of the national budget towards funding infrastructure development across all six geo-political zones.

“As a result of this collaboration between the legislature and the executive, hundreds of roads, bridges and rail lines across Nigeria have been constructed or rehabilitated. In addition, we have also passed several legislations to provide an overarching framework for sustainable economic growth and development. Significantly also, the investment in infrastructure development extends to all six geo-political zones of the country.

“Indeed, history will remember President Buhari’s tenacity and unwavering commitment to charting a new course for Nigeria. While acknowledging that the time for the 9th Assembly to wind down draws to a close, Senator Lawan assured that the Assembly will “leave behind an enduring legacy for the succeeding Assemblies.

“I challenge the incoming Leadership and Members of the Tenth National Assembly to carry on with the same vigour and dedication as we did and build on our achievements. I call on the Director-General, Management and staff of the Institute to utilise this edifice to advance democracy in Nigeria and beyond.”

On his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila urged President Buhari to grant assent to both the Federal Audit Bill and National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABROl Bill which seeks to enhance the oversight function of Committees as critical legislative priorities as well as improve transparency and accountability in government processes.

Also speaking, NILDS Director General, Professor Olanrewaju Sulaiman observed that: “Despite these challenges, the Institute has established itself as Africa’s premier legislative capacity-building institution, as attested by its highly valued services and outputs. In the past decade, NILDS has considerably closed the capacity challenges that have limited the effectiveness of the legislature in Nigeria. Moreover, through its various programmes and interventions, the lawmaking and oversight functions of the legislature have also been significantly strengthened.

He also eulogized the roles played by successive leadership of National Assembly, especially, Senator David Mark who laid the foundation for this project, as well as Professor Ladi Hamalai who worked tirelessly towards actualising this permanent site.

Source: dailypost

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Air fryer salmon rissoles recipe

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Air fryer salmon rissoles recipe. Rissoles are one of our favourite family-friendly dinners, and they’re even better when they’re cooked in our favourite appliance, the air fryer. This canned salmon version is made with leftover mashed potato (or you can buy tubs from the supermarket) and is ready in just under an hour. They’re crispy on the outside (thanks to the air fryer) and are warm and moreish on the inside. Expect the family to request this dinner weekly.

8 Ingredients

– 475g tub mashed potato or leftover mashed potato

– 2 x 200g cans boneless and skinless salmon, drained

– 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

– 2 green shallots, thinly sliced

– 1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced, plus wedges, to serve

– 120g (1 1/3 cups) dried breadcrumbs

– 3 eggs

– 160g (2/3 cup) mayonnaise

5 Method / Steps

Step 1

Place mashed potato, salmon, parsley, shallots and lemon rind in a large bowl. Add 2/3 cup breadcrumbs and 1 egg, and mix well to combine. Divide mixture into 8 even-sized portions. Shape portions into balls and flatten to form 2cm-thick rissoles.

Step 2

Beat remaining eggs in a shallow bowl until combined. Place remaining breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Dip rissoles in egg mixture, then coat in breadcrumbs.

Step 3

Spray air fryer basket with oil. Place half the rissoles in basket and spray generously with oil. Cook at 180C for 15 minutes or until cooked through, turning and spraying rissoles with oil halfway through cooking. Repeat with remaining rissoles.

Step 4

Meanwhile, combine 2 tbs lemon juice and mayonnaise in a small bowl.

Step 5

Serve rissoles with lemon mayonnaise and lemon wedges.

source – cooking365coza

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