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MIXED REACTIONS TRAIL ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW DATE FOR THE 2021 WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION

Following the announcement of a new date for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, some candidates have expressed excitement, noting that the move will provide ample time for them to study.

Our correspondent, who visited some private schools in Calabar Municipality, was informed by the candidates that although their teachers are putting in extra time to make up for the lost time, caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, the postponement is apt and timely.

Meanwhile, one of the Principals of the schools visited, Oliver Mgbekem, argued that the post-ponement is uncalled-for, as some schools have already covered their syllabus and are ready for the examinations.

This year’s WASSCE, which was earlier scheduled for May/June, will now take place from August 16th to September 30th 2021.

CROSS RIVER STATE GOVERNOR MEETS FRENCH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ECONOMIC ATTRACTIVENESS, SOLICITS PARTNERSHIP.

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade on Tuesday, met with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and Economic Attractiveness, Franck Riester on the sidelines of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum meeting, in Abuja.

During the meeting, the governor implored the cooperation of the French government to further consolidate on the gains of his administration, while urging the French envoy to consider Cross River a priority state in the country’s intervention programmes and diplomatic relations with Nigeria.

The governor reiterated the state’s willingness to partner with French companies to deliver more infrastructures in areas including Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Housing, Power, Super Highway as well as Deep Seaport.

Speaking earlier, the French Envoy, Franck Riester assured that Cross River would be given priority by France in her interventions and diplomatic relations with Nigeria.

CITIZENS SOLUTION NETWORK CALLS FOR A POLICE AND PUBLIC ENQUIRY INTO BEHEADED BODIES DUMPED ALONG THE CALABAR-IKOM HIGHWAY.

Two days after Hit FM news reported the discovery of some beheaded bodies dumped along the Calabar-Ikom Highway of the 11 Miles axis by some citizens, the Country Director, Citizens Solution Network, Richard Inoyo, has called for a police and public enquiry to be carried out to ascertain what led to their deaths.

Inoyo who spoke in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, stressed that the incident is totally unacceptable.

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