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Atiku, Kwankwaso, Obi clash at debate

The presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his counterparts, Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian People’s Party, have proffered their respective solutions to the incessant strike actions by lecturers at public universities in the country.

They also promised to increase investments in the education sector to reverse the growing number of out-of-school children in the country and revitalize the health sector.

The candidates spoke on Sunday during the Arise TV presidential town hall series on “education, healthcare, poverty, and human capital,” which was monitored by GOGAN TV.

Atiku noted that the government should work with relevant agencies to avoid a bottleneck in the funds earmarked for the education sector in a bid to end the constant strike actions of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

In his contributions, Obi lamented that the country’s investment in education is low compared to other nations, adding that the government needed to go back to its agreement with the ASUU and design a sustainable funding mechanism.

In his contribution, Kwankwaso stated that his party’s blueprint addresses the issues raised by ASUU.

On how he will solve the issue of out-of-school children, especially in the north, Atiku stressed the need for more funding and investment.

In his contribution, Obi said, “Throughout these six years, our budget in education has not reached 10 percent.” With the level of people we have out of school, for me, I think we can have a different budget.

On his part, Kwankwaso stated that he believed that more investments should be made in education.

As regards healthcare, Atiku said, “What is required are the basic health centres to cater for the greater population of our people.” This is where we need to focus as far as our health is concerned.

Obi also called for an increase in investment in the country’s healthcare.

On how to stop medical tourism, Kwankwaso said, “We need to do two things: one is put our house in order by improving the government-owned institutions. The second is to encourage private sector participation. Leaders also need to set a good example and seek treatment at home.

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FG release new universities curriculum

The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission, is set to release the newly developed curriculum for Nigerian universities on Monday (today), a source confirmed.

Local media reports say that the NUC inaugurated a committee of experts in 2021, drawn from various disciplines in Nigerian universities, to design the new core curriculum and minimum academic standards for universities.

The date for the unveiling was contained in a letter to stakeholders and signed by the NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, Chris Maiyaki.

According to a copy of the letter obtained by our correspondent on Sunday, the unveiling is part of activities marking the commission’s 60th anniversary.

The message partly reads, “On behalf of the management and staff of the National Universities Commission, the Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, invites all its stakeholders to celebrate 60 years of meritorious service to the Nigerian tertiary education sub-sector and the nation.”

“The event is scheduled to take place on December 5 and 6, 2022, at the NUC secretariat.”

“The event will feature, among others, the launching of the new core curriculum and minimum academic standards of universities; the inauguration of the national steering committee on transnational education; and the recognition of past and present champions of higher education in Nigeria.”

Speaking during a recent event in Abuja, Rasheed noted that the new curriculum, core curriculum, and minimum academic standards were brought about after a comprehensive review of the benchmark minimum academic standards currently in use.

He had said, “The Federal Ministry of Education, through the National Universities Commission, has embarked on a radical re-engineering of curricula in Nigerian universities to meet global standards and international best practices for preparing Nigerian graduates for relevance in the fourth revolution world economy with the skills needed for the future.”

“The Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards has been revised to Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards.

“The CCMAS, which will soon be unveiled to the public, provides 70 percent of what should be taught along with the expected outcome, while the university will provide 30 percent based on its contextual peculiarities and characteristics.”

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FCDA repossess Ghana, Malaysia, Thailand plots

The Federal Capital Development Authority has withdrawn the plots provided to Ghanaian, Thai, and Malaysian embassies for impeding the building of a significant motorway in the nation’s capital, a source reported.

The FCDA’s Executive Secretary, Shehu Ahmad, acknowledged the development over the weekend while updating the media on the organization’s efforts to deliver essential national infrastructure.

He asserted that the properties in question, which are in Abuja’s diplomatic district, were designated for a replacement many years ago to make room for the Ring Road One interchange’s development on the busy Inner Southern Expressway.

Ahmad said replacement plots were offered at some of the new layouts, which the authority was developing at Guzape ll, to assuage the embassies affected by the major infrastructural project.

He noted that the issues had been resolved at the diplomatic level, with the affected missions accepting the offer of replacement plots to pave the way for the construction of an interchange on that section of road.

“We had some challenges with diplomatic plots. At Ring Road One, we were supposed to have an interchange there, but we had challenges there due to diplomatic plots.

“When you have an issue with an embassy, it is like having an issue with the government of that nation.” “There were a lot of diplomatic moves made to ensure the resolution, but we have replacement plots and they have indicated their readiness to accept this, and we will soon develop our interchange there,” Ahmad said.

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APC youths pledge support for Tinubu, Sani

All Progressives Congress youths drawn from the North-West geo-political zone have vowed to mobilize votes for their presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the Kaduna governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani, in the 2023 general elections.

At a meeting held on Friday to strategize for Tinubu and Uba Sani ahead of the 2023 general elections, the APC Zonal Youth Leader for the North-West, Abdullhamid Umar Oscar, promised to bring Tinubu and Uba Sani to power.

“We are here to discuss the strategy of bringing Tinubu to power. We are assuring him that the North-West youths are with him 100 percent. “We want to return APC to power from top to bottom and bottom to top,” he said.

According to him, the youths in the zone will ensure that they give their all to the party’s presidential candidate as well as the governorship candidate.

On his part, Kaduna State APC Youth Leader, Aminu Na’anty, said, “The reason for this meeting is to support Tinubu to become president of Nigeria and Uba Sani to become the governor of Kaduna State.”

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Build strong political base – Christian group

The Nigeria National Christian Coalition has urged Christians across the country to build a strong political base that would protect their interests and welfare.

The convener of the NNCC, Apostle Titi Oluwadare, made the call on Saturday during a press conference that took place in Ikeja, Lagos.

Oluwadare added that Christian leaders from across the nation would convene in Lagos on Friday for a summit to discuss the importance of the church’s voice being heard at the national level.

She said, “There is a need for Christians in Nigeria to build a strong political base.” The body of Christ, because it does not have a base, is therefore lacking in the ability or capacity to negotiate or place a demand that can achieve or help achieve their objectives; hence, the church has little relevance at the centre of affairs in Nigeria, and consequently, the church and Christians end up being used as pawns in the political chess game.

“As followers of Jesus Christ, and using the scriptures as our base, it is time to come out of oppression, multiply, be fruitful, and have dominion.” We must become spiritual. “Spirituality is not isolating ourselves and absconding from responsibility.”

In his remarks, the Regional Coordinator of the NNCC, South-West Region, Bishop Taiwo Ajose, called for more political participation among Christians to tackle the social and moral ills in the country.

“One of the ways we can correct the ills of Nigeria is to actively get involved in the governance of the country because one of the core problems of Nigeria is leadership,” he said.

On his part, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Hayab, noted that church leaders should correct the impression of politics being a ‘dirty game.’

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Farmers/Herders clash in Borno records eight deaths

The Borno State Police Command has confirmed that eight people lost their lives in a clash between farmers and herders over alleged land encroachment in the Bayo Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar, said the incident at a meeting with leaders of the farmer association and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, on Friday, in Maiduguri.

He said the report indicated that violence erupted on November 30 over the alleged encroachment of farmlands and the murder of a farmer by unidentified assailants in the area.

“Eight persons killed including children while 47 houses and six motorcycles were burnt,” he said.

He said the police had restored normalcy to the area and arrested some suspects in connection with the disturbances, adding that the state government had provided relief items to the affected persons.

“This is a source of concern to the government and security agencies; the meeting is aimed at providing lasting solutions to the problem.”

“At the end, we shall come up with modalities to check the movement of wandering herders into the state, especially in areas that witnessed violence,” he said.

According to him, a committee will be set up to enhance surveillance and monitoring as well as promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.

He said membership of the committee would comprise representatives of security agencies, farmers and herders associations.

In his remarks, Ahmadu Musa-Karube, Chairman of the MACBAN, called for proactive measures to address the root cause of the problem.

Musa-Karube said that the lack of cattle routes and encroachment on farmlands were largely responsible for farmer-herder clashes in the state.

Also speaking, Hassan Musa, a farmer representative, advocated a ban on night animal grazing in the state.

He also called for closer collaboration between the leadership of the farmer and herders’ unions to address the problem.

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Athletes lament poor conditions at sports festival

Some athletes partaking in the 21st National Sports Festival, dubbed “Nigeria’s Olympics,” have voiced worries about the accommodations, electricity, and transportation plans with over 14,000 of them in attendance.

There were worries that Delta wouldn’t be able to accommodate the largest number of competitors ever at the national event on the scheduled date, but the state finished building the facilities for the event in record time, to the admiration of Nigerians who love sports and sports minister Sunday Dare.

However, in a separate conversation with our correspondent, some of the participants rued the poor arrangement on ground for their contingents.

Team Osun Para-table tennis coach Adigun Mutiu said he had high expectations ahead of the trip to Asaba, but confessed he was now disappointed on his arrival.

“Our expectation is that Asaba will give us the best festival experience, but accommodation has posed a great challenge since we arrived. Can you imagine that we don’t have light and water (in our camp)?

“For some of us from Osun, we feel really bad about that. We aren’t supposed to lack these basic amenities for a day. So far too, we haven’t seen shuttle buses for easy transportation,” he said.

Margaret Chidi from Imo State, a Para-athlete, reiterated Mutiu’s concerns.

“The festival has been okay but the only challenge we have is that the special athletes were not given friendly facilities,” she said.

A female Taekwondo athlete, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also told our correspondent about the discomfort at the Old National Youth Service Corps camp.

“There is no electricity and there are no sockets in the rooms where we are camped,” she said.

“The bathrooms are unisex and the male athletes have been entering the bath place without caution, which is embarrassing. There is also not enough water for all of us to take our bathe. Again, those who get to the bathroom late can’t shower.”

However, another Para-table tennis coach Ilesanmi Olatunji from Ondo State said they were happy with the facilities in their camp.

“The accommodation is okay and the organisation has been fantastic. My personal target here is to win gold for my state in Para-table tennis,” he said.

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Oliseh lauds Morocco, Senegal historic World Cup achievement

Former Super Eagles coach and member of the FIFA Technical Study Group for the 2022 World Cup, Sunday Oliseh, has hailed Senegal and Morocco for reaching the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Morocco edged past Canada to top Group F and reach the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 36 years.

Morocco finished on seven points, two more than runners-up Croatia, to advance from the group stage of the tournament to the next for a second time, 36 years after they became the first African country to do so at the Mexico World Cup in 1986.

The Atlas Lions, whose previous trip to the last 16 came in 1986, finished above 2018 finalists Croatia, while Belgium, ranked second in the world, are out after finishing third in the group.

Oliseh was impressed with the performance of the two African sides at the World Cup.

“The euphoria here in Qatar is infectious as my in-laws, Morocco, achieve a historic second round World Cup qualification. First, Senegal; now this. What a World Cup for Africa with African coaches! “I feel more is coming.” Oliseh said on Twitter.

He also applauded Mohammed Kudus for his creative display in Ghana’s 2-0 defeat to Uruguay, adding that the future of the Black Stars is bright.

“Just watched Mohammed Kudus, a superstar on which Ghana can rebuild a top Black Stars team. A skilful, fast creative, humble, strong, sharp, shooter, hardworking with leadership “on pitch” qualities.

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Russia-Ukraine war weapons infiltrating Lake Chad – Buhari

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari said that weapons being used in the conflict in Russia and the Ukraine were finding their way into the Lake Chad and Sahel regions.

Therefore, in order to stop the spread of illegal weapons in the region, he urged greater cooperation between border control agencies and other security services.

“Weapons used in the war in Ukraine and Russia are also beginning to filter into the region,” Buhari told leaders at the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government.

This is according to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari calls for tighter security around borders in the Lake Chad basin with the proliferation of weapons from the Russia-Ukraine war.’

Buhari, who ended his tenure as Chairman of the Summit of Heads of State and Government, said although the threat from terrorists in the region had been relatively brought under control, the influx of weapons posed fresh challenges.

He said, “Despite the successes recorded by the gallant troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force and the various ongoing national operations in the region, terrorists’ threats still lurk in the region.”

“Unfortunately, the situation in the Sahel and the raging war in Ukraine serve as major sources of weapons and fighters that bolster the ranks of the terrorists in the Lake Chad region.”

“A substantial proportion of the arms and ammunition procured to execute the war in Libya continues to find its way to the Lake Chad region and other parts of the Sahel.”

“There is, therefore, the urgent need for expedited collaborative actions by our border control agencies and other security services to stop the circulation of all illegal weapons in the region.”

Bidding farewell to his counterparts from the other five member states, Buhari urged them to provide the required political and material support for the LCBC/MNJTF

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Adeleke tackled over sack of 12,000 workers

The All Progressives Congress and the Osun State House of Assembly have tackled the new Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, over the six Executive Orders he signed on Monday.

They condemned the new governor for reversing some appointments, and Adeleke, who was elected governor on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, announced the dismissal of allegedly 12,000 workers employed by his predecessor in his first official act as governor. recruitments made by his predecessor, Gboyega Oyetola.

Adeleke, who was elected on the People’s Democratic Party platform, announced the dismissal of allegedly 12,000 workers employed by his predecessor in his first official action as governor.

He also deposed three monarchs and allegedly ordered the withdrawal of the certificate of return of local council chairmen elected under the APC in the October 15 local government elections conducted by the State Independent Electoral Commission.

The decision to withdraw their certificates of return was contained in a statement signed by the OSIEC Executive Secretary, Adedapo Adejumo, in Osogbo on Monday.

Gogan TV reports that Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel nullified the council election last Friday, citing non-compliance with the 2022 Electoral Act, following a case filed by the PDP against OSIEC, the APC, and some of its chairmanship candidates.

The court held that the electoral commission did not comply with the provisions of sections 24 of the OSIEC Law, 2022, and Section 28 of the Electoral Act, 2022, which mandated it to give a notice of 360 days before the conduct of the election.

Furthermore, the governor abolished the “State of Osun” appellation, which was promulgated by one of his predecessors, Rauf Aregbesola, froze the state accounts, reversed the appointment of 30 permanent secretaries by Oyetola, and promised to correct past injustices, corrupt acts, and bad policies of the immediate past administration.

Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Tesleem Igbalaye, announced the suspension of the Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr. Segun Oladitan, along with six other members of the Commission, with immediate effect.

The suspension was said to have been based on several petitions bordering on financial impropriety, dereliction of duty, absenteeism, and abuse of office against the said chairman and members of the commission.

The statement read, “The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke, has directed the immediate suspension of the Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr. Segun Oladitan, and the following members of the Commission: Mr. Yusuf Oyeniran; Alhaja Suibat Adubi; Prince Yinka Ajiboye; Mrs. Abosede Omibeku; Mr. Dosu Gidigbi; and Mr. Wahab Adewoyin; and Mr. Wahab Adewoyin; and Mr.

This suspension is the sequel to several petitions focusing on financial impropriety, dereliction of duty, absenteeism, and abuse of office against the said chairman and members of the commission.

“Pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations against the suspended chairman and members of the commission, the Secretary to the Commission shall hold forth in running the affairs of the commission.”

But the National Vice Chairman (South-West) of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, faulted Adeleke’s actions, noting that his predecessor’s tenure did not end with the new governor’s electoral victory on July 17.

Kekemeke, in a statement on Monday, admonished Adeleke to exercise authority with sobriety in order to avoid endless litigation and distractions.

He said, “Governor Adeleke shouldn’t be too excited; government is a continuum and is bound by contractual relationships duly entered into by competent authorities.”

‘’One thing he, Adeleke has probably and sadly overlooked is that Oyetola’s administration did not end with the announcement of his victory by the Independent National Electoral commission.

“Oyetola and no other person were still governors between July 17th and November 26th, 2022. The right to continuously review government programs and activities must be exercised objectively and with sobriety, as to do otherwise will be courting distractions through endless litigation and agitation.

‘’He (Adeleke) was governor-elect between that period, while Oyetola remained governor with unhindered powers to exercise the functions of that office as he deems fit, albeit legally.”

Also taking up the governor’s actions, the Osun State House Assembly said it rejected the contents of the executive orders signed by the new helmsman.

This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, Moshood Akande.

The assembly insisted that the state anthem, crest, and flag were all backed by law, adding that their usage remains a matter of law and not optional.

The statement read, “The State of Osun House of Assembly, having reviewed the inaugural speech of the governor and the activities of the inauguration, hereby resolves as follows:

“The usage of the state anthem, crest, and flag is an enactment of law, and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice.” The enactment of the “State of Osun Anthem, Crest, and Flag Law, 2012,” assented to on the 18th of December, 2012, is contained in Schedules 1, Il, Ill, IV, and V, which carefully detail every component of this law.

“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule I has to do with the state Crest, Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the symbolic significance of the element in the flag. Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect recognizing “Osun State,” the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means, would not be drawn into this matter.

“However, the state shall and will continue to be described as the State of the Virtuous (Ipinle Omoluabi).”

Explaining further the content of the Executive Order, signed on Monday by Adeleke, his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, in a statement, said the six orders assented to by the governor covered the appointment of workers and monarchs, among others.

He also said four committees had been instituted to review and audit appointments and promotions: the state assets inventory and recovery committee, the contractors review committee, the MoUs and agreements review committee, and the chieftaincy matters and appointment of traditional rulers review committee.

According to him, the governor has also reversed all appointments made in the service of the Osun State government in any capacity in all the ministries, departments, agencies, commissions, boards, and parastatals after July 17.

He also stated that all appointments of traditional rulers made by the immediate past administration after July 17 would be reviewed.

The governor specifically asked the Aree of Iree, Akinrun of Ikirun, and Owa of Igbajo to vacate their palaces.

The statement noted, “The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has issued six executive orders to take immediate effect.” The orders signed this morning by His Excellency covered chieftaincy matters, appointment issues, the setting up of a review panel, staff audits, and employment matters.

However, the PDP has thrown its weight behind the governor, stating that all his decisions were in order.

Speaking with The PUNCH, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, said Adeleke, having prioritized his programs, chose to correct the “illegalities” perpetrated by the previous administration.

He said, “We don’t want to elevate his (Kekemeke’s) comments to the level of national discourse.” When a government comes on, it has its priorities, and part of the obligation of the PDP government, according to our mission statement, is that we want to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.

“Osun State was in the jugular of a reckless and irresponsible government for eight years.” A new government is now in place, and it is settling down to correct the mistakes of the past. If there are illegalities, they should be corrected.

“One of such is the irresponsible and reckless renaming of Osun State as the State of Osun, which is completely unconstitutional because we are conscious of the constitutionality of our process.”

“For us, we are a rule of law party; we follow the process, and if there are actions that have been taken that are unconstitutional, any responsible governor that Senator Adeleke represents must reverse that.”

“Another thing is the unconstitutional conduct of elections to the local government.” They were advised but because the APC is run by people who are not interested in the rule of law and believe in impunity; they went ahead to conduct an illegal election which of a court of competent jurisdiction has set aside,” he said

Ologunagba argued further that the governor simply obeyed the court order by dissolving the elected council executives.

He added, “When the APC makes a comment from afar, you disregard it because it is not worth it.” So, the governor has obeyed the court order by dissolving that charade.

“The people are happy with his decision because of the madness of this APC in the last eight years.” “No tangible project was established, but corruption and recklessness were the order of the day.”

But reacting to the withdrawal of Certificates of Return issued to the elected council officials, the Chairman of Irepodun Local Government, Adegoke Ogunsola, said having studied the decision, the affected officials have valid grounds to approach the court for redress.

Ogunsola, a lawyer, explained that after the court judgment last Friday, the affected parties filed a notice of appeal and duly served the PDP, a development that ought to have put to rest all issues concerning local government elections until the relevant court decides the matter.

Besides, Ogunsola said the OSIEC secretary, a career civil servant, could not be used to withdraw the certificates issued to them by the commission, except if the court ruled that they should be withdrawn.

He stated, “There are so many issues.” They got a judgment against us on Friday on the procedures of the elections. Immediately after the judgment was delivered, we filed a notice of appeal and requested a stay of execution.

“The All Progressive Congress and some of us who are parties to the case and we served them (the PDP). That is why he (Adeleke) could not pronounce on it in his inaugural address.

“After that, he directed the most senior career officers to take over from us, which is illegal in the sense that once you file a notice of appeal and stay of execution and you serve your opponent, who wants to execute the judgment, you are not supposed to do anything on the matter any longer.” You have to respect that until the court gives its ruling.

“Furthermore, this afternoon, the OSIEC executive secretary made a release saying that they will not appeal the judgment and that our certificate should be withdrawn.” We are still studying the situation to know what to do next because he doesn’t have that power. It is the court that can withdraw the certificate that has been issued.

“The party has taken a position.” “The secretary of the party called and asked me to study the relevant laws and get back to him, and I told him that the next thing is to challenge the decision of the executive secretary of OSIEC in court,” Ogunsola concluded.

One of the monarchs affected by the executive order, the Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba Olalekan Akadiri, said he had directed his chiefs to vacate the palace.

He said, “I don’t have an issue with the fact that the government wants to set up a committee to review the process that produced me as monarch.” “The process that made me a monarch is perfect, and I don’t think I have engaged in any manipulation.” “I have ordered the chiefs to move out of the palace to allow the government to do its job.”

Meanwhile, the reversal of appointments into the civil service ordered by the governor may affect thousands of the workers recruited after Oyetola lost his reelection.

Findings indicate that about 3,000 new teachers were recruited into various public primary schools in the state between mid-July and November.

It was also learned that on Wednesday, 100 letters of appointment were taken to Osun State Polytechnic, Ireland, for distribution to the newly employed.

Over 1,000 workers were also reportedly employed through the State Hospital Management Development Board between July and November, while about 61 freelance staff that have worked with Osun State Broadcasting Corporation for many years were also absorbed into the full-time service of the station.

Sources also said 1,500 teachers were recruited for secondary schools across the state after the July 16 elections.

But Oyetola’s spokesperson, Ismail Omipidan, dismissed as false the reports that his principal employed 12, 000 in the civil service.

He challenged the government to publish the list of the purported 12, 000 workers, asking, “What is the entire workforce of the state?”

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