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Mixed reactions have trailed plans to allow personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps to bear firearms in order to curtail the excesses of road users in Nigeria.
Newsmen had reported that the House of Representatives Committee made the plan known during the corps’ 2020 budget performance and 2021 budget defence, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the report, Chairman of the Committee, Akinfolarin Mayowa, explained that the 1992 Act of FRSC allowed the corps to carry guns, adding that the implementation had become necessary to ensure laws were obeyed and to allow the FRSC function effectively.
But a cross-section of Nigerians who reacted on social media, expressed concern on allowing the FRSC to bear firearms, stating that there were already too many security agencies in the country carrying arms.
They said this has had its implications in the rising cases of extrajudicial killings and brutality against members of the public.
However, those who supported the arming of the FRSC, called for caution and thorough training of the personnel on effective handling and use of firearms so as to reduce undesirable incidents.
The mail-in ballot voting that is being used in the 2020 US presidential election has attracted the attention of some Nigerians who are contemplating if Nigeria could adopt the same in the 2023 elections.
Many people said the mail-in ballot voting is good, but quickly expressed concern over the capacity of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to make the method more efficient.
Others argued against the idea, saying the political system in Nigeria is not advance enough to adopt mail-in ballot voting. They also said that the process would be prone to error, delay, and missing votes.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has been commended for directing the management of Abia State University (ABSU) to immediately stop the collection of N15,000 "Pandemic Prevention Fee" imposed on students of the institution.
The university had directed students to make the payment through a memo dated October 21 and signed by the school’s registrar, Acho Elendu.
In the memo, the school’s management said the fee should be paid through the online payment system of the university, before the commencement of the examinations.
The payment, however, generated controversy as many Nigerians took to social media to condemned it. They had also described the introduction of the fee by ABSU as an attempt to use the COVID-19 pandemic to increase the pains and anguish of students from poor backgrounds.
While some said that the stoppage of the fee has provided some form of relief to students, others asked the government to compel the management to make refund to those who had paid the money.