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  • 6 hours Why Mikel Obi retired from international football TheNation
    Super Eagles’ Skipper, Mikel Obi has retired from international football stating that it was time to allow youths take over. 32-year-old Obi made the disclosure via his Instagram handle @mikel_john_obi on Thursday, after leading the side to the third place of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). He made his debut at AFCON in the 2006 tournament hosted by Egypt. “Egypt is a country where I started and have finished my national career. In 2006, I played my first official championship for my country. ‘‘2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for national team with Super Eagles,” ... more
  • 6 hours Buhari seeks more action on illicit funds TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja called on security agencies in Africa, especially the intelligence community, to tighten the loop against illicit financial flows. He also attributed rising security challenges to sponsorship by those who profit from illegal financial activities. Buhari made the remark in a keynote address at the opening session of the 16th Conference of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA), in Abuja. President Buhari, according to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said development and stability on the African continent had been undermined by illicit outflows ... more
  • 6 hours Kidnappings: Obaseki, NAF set to partner on periodic aerial surveillance TheNation
    Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has firmed up talks with the Nigerian Air Force to assist his administration with periodic air surveillance to check the activities of kidnappers in parts of the state. According to Obaseki, the planned collaboration was informed by the equipment in the strategic operations unit of the Air Force, which he said would be useful to the state’s security architecture. The governor who received the new Commander, 107 Air Maritime Group, Nigerian Air Force Base Benin, Group Captain Nasiru Saidu, during a courtesy visit to Government House, assured of his administration’s readiness to support the ... more
  • 6 hours JUST IN: INEC provides Atiku, PDP with requested documents TheNation
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) cartons of documents as requested by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar. The documents contained in about 45 cartons, brought to the court’s sitting venue on Thursday, were received by lawyer to the PDP and Atiku (petitioners), Chris Uche (SAN). Read Also; Tribunal orders INEC Chair, Zamfara REC to produce documents requested by Atiku, PDP The court had, on Wednesday, insisted that the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Zamfara State ... more
  • 6 hours Assembly crisis: Massive protest in Edo over Reps resolution TheNation
    There was heavy protest in Bénin City, the Edo State capital over the resolution of the House of Representatives to take over functions of the Edo House of Assembly if Governor Godwin Obaseki fails to issue a fresh proclamation letter for proper inauguration of the Assembly The protest involved civil society groups, non-governmental organisations, market women, artisans, youths and students. They marched through various streets of Bénin City and carried placards displaying support for Governor Obaseki. At the premises of the Edo State House of Assembly, the protesters warned they would resist shutting down of the Assembly by security agencies. ... more
  • 6 hours TUC rejects FG circular on minimum wage implementation TheNation
    The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has accused the federal government of betrayal of trust over implementation of the new national minimum wage. In a statement by the President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye and Secretary General, Comrade (Barr.) Musa-Lawal Ozigi, the Congress said it was rejecting the recent circular released by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission on the implementation of the new minimum wage. It claimed the government was trying to use backyard tactics to avoid labour action and warned that it will not accept anything that negates the reason for setting up the minimum wage committee. The ... more
  • 7 hours Yorubas don’t want war – Ooni TheNation
    Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi on Thursday said that the South West region does not want to experience any other war. According to him, the drum of war is sounding loud across the country. He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The royal father said he came to speak to the President on behalf of traditional rulers towards improving security situation in the country. He said: “How to improve security. I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the south west is ... more
  • 7 hours Photos: NAICOM workers protest in Abuja TheNation
    Members of the Association of Senior Staff Union of National Insurance Commission (NAICON) on Thursday protested over non-implementation of their demand in Abuja.
    Managing Director, Light-Hill Group, Chief Leo Ugwu (M), addressing newsmen on Multipurpose Cooperatives Collaboration with Mortgage Institutions on Housing Schemes in Enugu on Thursday (18/7/19). With him are: Multipurpose Cooperative Consultant, Dr Aniocha Omoh (L); and a stakeholder of Vivyan Housing Estate, Mr Uchechukwu Mba.
    Members of the Association of Senior Staff Union of National Insurance Commission (NAICON) protesting over non-implementation of their demand in Abuja on Thursday (18/7/19).
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  • 7 hours Why AGF withdrew corruption charges against me – Goje TheNation
    Former Gombe State Governor, Senator Danjuma Goje, on Thursday threw light on the withdrawal of criminal charges against him by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami. Goje in a statement by his lawyer, Paul Paul Erokoro (SAN), said that the two counts of the charge that were withdrawn by the Attorney-General were “an embarrassing triviality.” He said that the charges had become more of “persecution than prosecution.” He noted that it was, therefore, no surprise to those familiar with the case when the Attorney-General of the Federation withdrew the “ridiculous charges.” The Attorney-General, he said, did the ... more
  • 8 hours JUST IN: Votes recount: Court dismisses PDP’s appeal TheNation
    The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Isa Ashiru against the refusal of the Kaduna State Governorship Petition Tribunal to order for the recount of votes. Delivering judgement on Thursday, Justice Hussaini Muktar also affirmed the orders of the tribunal, refusing to order for a recount. It will be recalled the tribunal had struck out the petitioners’ request, seeking for a recount of votes cast in the governorship election which held on March 9, for lack of merit. Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ibrahim ... more
  • 13 hours MTN gets Group Chief Digital, Fintech Officer TheNation |Biz
    MTN Group has announced the appointment of Yolanda Cuba as its Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. She joined Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter. Yolanda will lead the Group’s strategic expansion of its financial services and digital solutions efforts and transformation into a digital operator. She said: “This role gives me the opportunity to drive digital innovation and financial inclusion across the Group’s vast footprint. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge and being part of the MTN leadership team.” Shuter said: “We are very pleased to bring an executive of Yolanda’s calibre into ... more
  • 15 hours FBNQuest Spark Initiative deepens CSR TheNation |Biz
    FBNQuest Merchant Bank, the investment banking and asset management subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc has announced a SPARK initiative, to celebrate the third edition of its Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Week which ran from July 1 to 5 . This initiative is also part of activities in celebration of FirstBank’s 125th Anniversary in Nigeria. “SPARK” – which represents ‘Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness’ was created to empower people within the business communities and create a positive multiplier effect that can impact the nation. Employees from FBNQuest Merchant Bank were encouraged to show compassion, empathy and giving, which were reflected ... more
  • 15 hours Gas: Opening up new goldmine to investors TheNation |Biz
    Nigeria holds the largest gas reserves in Africa and it is home to Africa’s largest population and most exuberant market. Capital Market Editor, Taofik Salako, reports that the involvement of Seplat in the development of one of Nigeria’s largest Greenfield gas and condensate projects opens up well-rounded opportunities for national economic growth and inclusive participation by foreign and domestic investors Nigeria holds 37 per cent of total proved gas reserves in Africa, the largest by any country within the continent. With current estimated population of above 200 million and projected population of 450 million over the next three decades, Nigeria ... more
  • 15 hours Five injured as suspected cultists attack Lagos residents  TheNation
    No fewer than five persons have sustained injuries after suspected cultists attacked residents of Idiroko and Owutu in Ikorodu. The hoodlums, identified as Lion Base Boys of Dagbolu Street, Idiroko, were said to have started making trouble since Monday. Trouble was said to have started after a young boy from Ajose Street seized a phone belonging to another boy from Dagbolu, who was beaten up. The one whose phone was seized, was said to have gone to report to the Lion Base Boys in his street, who retaliated and violence erupted. It was gathered that the hoodlums looted houses and ... more
  • 16 hours Reps’ panel ends probe of Bauchi Assembly crisis TheNation
    THE 12-man panel set up by the House of Representatives to look into the crisis rocking the  Bauchi State House of Assembly has concluded its three-day investigation. The committee, headed by Musa Sarkin Adar received complaints from aggrieved lawmakers and critical stakeholders on Monday. It has left for Abuja to submit its findings to the National Assembly. Addressing reporters yesterday at the Bauchi State House of Assembly after a visit to the chamber, Adar said 28 memorandums and oral testimonies were received during the three-day period. He said the factions cooperated with the panel as they answered questions asked by ... more
  • 16 hours Operation Whirl Stroke killed 145 bandits, arrested 223 in Benue, two others TheNation
    OPERATION Whirl Stroke has so far killed 145 bandits, arrested 223 others and also recovered 194 weapons in military operations in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states. Its commander, Maj-Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, gave the figures yesterday when he visited Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Lafia Government House. Maj.-Gen. Yekini added that the special forces, which was  put in place since May last year to address incessant killings and other forms of banditry across the three states, recovered  3,683 ammunitions and one hand grenade. The commander assured the governor that the era of banditry and criminality earlier prevailing across the ... more
  • 16 hours Be tax compliant or get fired, revenue chief warns TheNation |Biz
    The Chairman, Benue  Internal Revenue Service (BIRS),  Mr. Andrew Ayabam has ordered that all tax consultants with the Service must be tax compliant within seven days. Ayabam who frowned at the situation where tax administrators are not tax compliant also warned against forging tax clearance certificates. He said anybody caught will be handed over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for prosecution. The chairman who spoke at the meeting convened with consultants at the corporate headquarters of the service in Makurdi, the state capital, warned all consultants against payment of tax into personal or company accounts. He said all tax ... more
  • 16 hours IGP restricts protest in Abuja to Unity Fountain TheNation
    The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has restricted all forms of protests within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to the Unity Fountain. He explained that the order was part of efforts by the police to ensure safety and security of life and property, the free flow of traffic and protection of commerce and other economic activities. It also said the order will assist personnel of the Force to coordinate and handle peaceful protests. A statement yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, by the Force spokesman Frank Mba, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), urged intending protesters to steer clear ... more
  • 16 hours Okunnu, Bello, Ajibade, others honour Arogundade at book presentation TheNation
    EMINENT personalities, editors, reporters and others on Tuesday in Lagos honoured the Director of International Press Centre, Lanre Arogundade. It was at the public presentation of his book on good journalism to make reporters hold political leaders accountable. The book is entitled, “Media and Elections: Professional responsibilities of journalists”. The chairman at the event, Senator Femi Okunnu, while hailing the author on the book, said the media should be a mediator in elections. He noted that journalists have an important role to inform the public about political process – be it the institutions or individuals involved. “They should dig deep ... more
  • 16 hours How Christians can join politics, change Nigeria, by Opadokun TheNation
    political activist and Afenifere leader, Mr Ayo Opadokun, has called for street action by dissatisfied Nigerians over to what he called the inequalities, unfairness and other structural defects in the country’s democracy. The defects, he said, are responsible for the poverty, unemployment, crime and other existential malaise in the country. Opadokun spoke yesterday on the side-line of a three-day national civil leadership summit with the theme: Leadership and Societal Justice at BOWEN University, Iwo, Osun State. The university belongs to the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Read also: Fayemi, Opadokun, others for leadership summit Opadokun, who was a chieftain of the defunct National ... more
  • 16 hours Lawan: ministerial appointments’ delay won’t affect 2020 budget passage TheNation
    enate President Ahmed Lawan has said the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari in submitting the ministerial list for screening will not prevent the National Assembly from giving next year’s Appropriation Bill expeditious passage. The Senate President noted that returning the national budget’s fiscal cycle from January to December would be possible, if the proposal gets to the National Assembly by September. Lawan addressed State House correspondents yesterday after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Senate President was accompanied by House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. He said: “I think there is nothing to worry us ... more
  • 17 hours Osinbajo: 720,000 farmers get N120b credit TheNation
    Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said 720,000 small farm holders got N120.6 billion credit through the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme. He said the credit was given directly to small farmers, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and 13 banks. The farmers, he said, handled 12 commodities, including rice, wheat, cotton, soya beans, cassava, poultry and groundnuts, in the 36 states and Abuja. Prof Osinbajo spoke at the the Fourth National Discourse organised by The Companion, an Association of Muslim in Business and Professions at the University of Lagos Auditorium, Akoka. The Vice-President said the Anchor Borrowers’ programme was now digitised. “With ... more
  • 17 hours APC: criminality has no tribe in eyes of the law TheNation
    The All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried insinuations in some quarters about the sources of criminality across the country. The ruling party described as reckless and provocative the statements credited to some leaders and interest groups about the causes and sources of insecurity in the land. It cautioned such people, stressing that giving ethnic coloration to criminality is not the best way to tackle the menace. In a statement yesterday, APC said it noted “public concerns over cases of violent crimes recorded in some parts of the country, particularly in the recent and unfortunate killing of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of ... more
  • 17 hours NAF redeploys AOCs, others TheNation
    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has redeployed its senior officers and appointed new branch chiefs. A statement by its spokesman Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the new appointments take effect from July 19. Daramola said two Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) were redeployed. He added: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has appointed new Branch Chiefs, redeployed two Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) and other senior officers as part of routine exercise aimed at ensuring operational efficiency and effectiveness. “The newly appointed Branch Chiefs are: the erstwhile Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Special Operations Command (SOC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Napoleon Bali, who is ... more
  • 17 hours SEC, NFIU partnering to tackle fraud TheNation |Biz
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) have agreed to collaborate in combating crime in the capital market and ensure those suspicious transactions are eradicated. Ag. Director-General, SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk, who spoke in Abuja during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NFIU, said the collaboration was necessary in order to close ranks in the face of insider dealings, re-awakening of Ponzi schemes, cybercrime and other fraudulent activities that have engulfed the market in the last few years. Ms. Uduk said the Commission is paying close attention to digital transactions ... more
  • 17 hours You’re biased, assembly Edo speaker tells Reps TheNation |Politics
    Edo State House of Assembly Speaker Frank Okiye has accused the representatives of bias in their action. In a statement, Okiye said the recommendations would disrupt the assembly’s operations, urging the police and the DSS to respect a subsisting court order. The statement reads: “It has come to our knowledge that the Ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives has recommended that the police DSS should seal off the assembly. “Considering what we came to know in the course of this process, the recommendation of the Ad-Hoc committee does not come to us as a surprise. “For example, the chartered ... more
  • 18 hours Tecno seeks youth development TheNation |Biz
    Technology firm, Tecno Nigeria, has stressed the need for more investment in youth development. Its Marketing Manager, Jeff Tang,  who spoke during scholarship presentation to pupils in Lagos, said it is in realisation of the importance of youth development that the firm, through Tecno Foundation, is giving back to the society. He said the firm is desirous of building the future. He said the kids-centered corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatve started in 2014 as one of the ways the brand gives back to its host communities. The initiative has made it possible for many pupils from public primary schools to win ... more
  • 19 hours NCC: numbering plan review coming TheNation |Biz
    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said it has started the process of reviewing existing Numbering Plan (NP) in the telecoms sector. Its Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Prof Umar Dambatta,  said it is in the spirit of ensuring that the telecoms ecosystem is regulated in tandem with the demand of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era. He spoke at the 2019 Information Communication Technology and Telecommunication (ICTEL) Exhibition organised by the Lagos Chmaber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)  at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event had: Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – The Nigerian Story as theme. Dambatta said based ... more
  • 20 hours UBA plans SMEs fair in Abuja TheNation |Biz
    United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc is set to host over 20,000 visitors, 100 small and medium enterprises and leading private and public sector players from across Africa, at the continent’s biggest entrepreneurial fair tagged #theUBAmarketplace2019 in Abuja, Nigeria. The event, which will be held on July 26th and 27th 2019, on the sideline of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest gathering of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa, will host businesses and business owners in various industries including food, fashion, beauty, home/interior and gadgets. The epic event will offer plenary sessions and discussions on the small and medium scale ... more
  • 20 hours Access Bank UK balance sheet up 36% TheNation |Biz
    The Access Bank UK has grown its balance sheet size by 36 per cent. The lender used its’ annual Access Bank Polo Day at Guards Polo Club Windsor on Saturday July 13 to post results showing another year of outstanding international business growth. The 2018 was the year that it joined the three key UK clearing systems, and collected the best African Trade Finance Bank Awards from both International Finance and CFI. All four strategic business units returned double digit growth and in only its second year of operations the importance of its investment in Dubai was demonstrated by a ... more
  • 21 hours Report: Africa’s emerging Agritech market worth Euro 5.3b TheNation |Biz
    Africa’s emerging Agritech market is now valued at Euro 5.3 billion according to a new report by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Dalberg Advisors. Cellulant’s Agrikore platform – an online marketplace for smallholder farmers, agricultural input and produce traders is tapping into the market. The State of Digitalisation of Agriculture in Africa 2019 report identifies online marketplace solutions such as Agrikore as significant use cases of how digital tools are being built to tackle major challenges of attracting and retaining a significant number of buyers and sellers, and in thus doing, help to solve the problem of ... more
  • 21 hours Sylva is best for Bayelsa APC, says Daumebi TheNation |Politics
    Festus Daumebi was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Bayelsa State Central Senatorial District in the last general elections. He spoke with MIKE ODIEGWU on the November 16 governorship election and the chances of the aspirants at the primary. The All Progressives Congress (APC) is preparing for governorship primary in Bayelsa State. What is your view? As a leader of the APC in Bayelsa State, who represented the party to fly the flag of the largest senatorial district in the general elections, there is no doubt or it is unambigious to say that Chief Timipre ... more
  • 21 hours Clinic day… candida, blocked tubes, heart questions TheNation |Health
    Today is one of those rare clinic days when a care giver turns up his or her prescriptions pad and the readers of this columns may kill many birds with one stone as it were. The answers to their enquiries in this presentation can not be exhaustive. In fact,  hardly is there  any answer to any question that is a mother of all answers. The care giver’s prescription pad is, therefore, at best a reflection of how his or her mind is working within a template of circumstances. QUESTION… (1) Two women reported vagina candidiasis. One was young and single, ... more
  • 21 hours Group submits security bill to Ondo Assembly TheNation |Politics
    The forum of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the Ondo State House of Assembly has submitted a Draft Bill for a Referendum Law aimed at giving legal backing to the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) before the House. Two members of the forum, Yemi Tadema and Niyi Adebusoye, said they have forwarded a letter to the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly,  David Oloyelogun, saying that the draft bill be debated at a conference of Speakers of the Southwest states. Read Also: Ondo empowers youths with skills In a statement, they said: “We urged that each ... more
  • 21 hours Matawalle applauds Gbajabiamila for appointing Rikiji as chief of staff TheNation |Politics
    Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has commended the Speaker of the House of representatives,  Femi Gbajabiamila, for appointing former Speaker of the House of Assembly Sanusi Rikiji as his Chief of Staff. In a statement by his media aide, Malam Nasiru, the governor expressed his gratitude for the gesture, adding that the appointment is not for Rikiji family, but for the government and people of Zamfara State. He described Rikiji as humble, trust worthy and committed person who is equal to the task. He said: “The government and people of Zamfara State stand firmly with the Speaker, fully confident that ... more
  • 22 hours Buhari okays new official portrait TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a new official portrait for display in all Public Offices, buildings and for other legitimate purposes. In this regard, all Ministries, Departments, Agencies of Government, Sub-National Entities, Businesses and the Public are enjoined to obtain soft copy of the portrait from either of the following two Offices: “Office of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture Radio House, Garki, Abuja. Read also: Obasanjo to Buhari: act now to keep Nigeria one “Office of the Director (Information) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Shehu Shagari Complex, Three Arms Zone Abuja. A ... more
  • 22 hours Farmers-herders conflicts: Miyetti Allah seeks CAN collaboration on solutions TheNation
    Laders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have called for the collaboration of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in uniting the different religious groups in the country for peaceful resolution of the farmers-herders’ conflicts. The National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Ngelzarma, made the call in his remark during the delegation of the association’s courtesy visit to the National leadership of CAN on Wednesday in Abuja. Ngelzarma said that the cattle breeders association sought partnership with CAN to demonstrate its desire toward peace and mutual resolution of the lingering conflicts. “MACBAN wishes to request the partnership of ... more
  • 23 hours Reps pass proceeds of Crime Management Agency Bill through first reading TheNation
    The House of Representatives has passed the Proceeds of Crime Management Agency Bill through first reading. The Nation had exclusively reported on Monday that the bill will be presented this week. The initial confusion was if or not the PCMA should be a stand-alone agency with its own operational laws and funding, or to make the previous Bill un-assented by President Muhammadu Buhari an omnibus Proceeds of Crime law usable by all anti-graft agencies. The new PCMA Bill provides an institutional framework for the management of proceeds of crime or benefits derived from unlawful activities. It also harmonises and consolidates ... more
  • 23 hours Insecurity: Oyo Assembly calls for more border surveillance TheNation
    The Speaker, Oyo House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, has called for increased border surveillance to reduce the numbers of foreigners and migrants entering the country illegally. Ogundoyin said this on Wednesday while leading other lawmakers on courtesy visit to Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS), Oyo State Command, Saleh Abdullahi, at his Agodi office. He said with the spate of insecurity in the country, most of the high profile crimes are allegedly linked to foreigners. He harped on the need for NIS to do more in controlling the number of persons entering and leaving the country. He stressed that Gov. ... more
  • 24 hours Buhari reiterates govt’s determination to stop importation of basic items TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja reiterated the determination of his administration to stop importation of basic items to create job opportunities for unemployed citizens across the country. The President stated this when he received leadership of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) led by its acting President, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also revealed that the Federal Government had put in place various measures and sustainable platform for businesses to succeed in the country. Buhari said: “Nigeria is a blessed country with abundant resources. We have all it takes locally to meet our most basic needs. ... more
  • 1 day Buhari to Herdsmen: ignore NEF’s unauthorised quit order TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined all Nigerians to ignore the recent call by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to Fulani herders, asking them to leave the southern part of Nigeria. According to a statement by the President’s spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday, Buhari said all citizens of Nigeria are free to move and live within any part of the country they please, whether or not they are originally from there. “In line with our country’s constitution, the government of Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will protect citizens of Nigeria wherever they find themselves. “No ... more
  • 1 day We are hindered from fighting smugglers in Oyo – Customs boss TheNation
    The Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun command, Abdullahi Zulkifli, on Wednesday, said the fight against the activities of smugglers has been facing serious challenges in Kisi, Oke-Ogun areas of Oyo state due to lack of cooperation by the residents. The customs boss who noted that the hostilities being faced in the axis could be linked to the unwillingness of the people in the area to see an end come to smuggling activities despite the efforts of the operatives and officials of the Customs Service in the Command. Zulkifli made the call during a courtesy call on Governor Seyi Makinde in ... more
  • 1 day Edo Assembly rejects Reps’ moves to disrupt its activities TheNation |Politics
    The Edo State House of Assembly has rejected moves by the House of Representatives to disrupt activities  in its chamber, calling on the Inspector General of Police and heads of the Department of State Services (DSS), the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect a subsisting court order restraining them from interfering in the activities of Edo House of Assembly. Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye, said this in a statement he issued in Benin City on Wednesday, following reports of an order by the House of Representatives to seal up ... more
  • 1 day IGP restricts protests in FCT to Unity Fountain TheNation
    The Inspector-General  of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of all forms of protests within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to the Unity Fountain, Central Business District, Abuja. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. Mba said the order was in furtherance of the efforts of the police to ensure security of lives and property, free flow of traffic as well as protection of economic activities. He said it was also to ensure a more coordinated handling of peaceful protests in the territory. According to him, by ... more
  • 1 day Cross River: Owan-Enoh tenders 17 exhibits at tribunal TheNation
    The All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the March 9, 2019, general elections in Cross River State, Senator John Owan-Enoh, has tendered 17 exhibits to buttress his petition challenging the declaration of Governor Ben Ayade of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the election. Owan-Enoh had gone to court to protest that he was unlawfully excluded from participating in the governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) At the tribunal sitting on Wednesday, lead counsel to the petitioner, Awa Kalu SAN asked that the petitioner tell the tribunal what his plea was. Senator Owan-Enoh said, ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria, UAE pledge cooperation TheNation
    Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have pledged to further strengthen bilateral ties and implement frameworks for the maximum benefits of both countries. Both countries made the pledge when Dr Abdulla Almandoos, the incoming Consul General, UAE, to Nigeria presented his Letter of Commission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Receiving the letter, Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry called for a sustained and improved relationship between both countries. Sulaiman also stressed the need to drive all frameworks to action. He said the relations between both countries have grown speedily in recent times but that there was ... more
  • 1 day Hepatitis B in pregnancy TheNation |Health
    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the fastest growing global health problems. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that more than 2 billion people have been infected with Hepatitis B (HBV) while 350 million people across the world carry chronic hepatitis B virus of which an estimated 1 million people die annually from HBV-Related liver disease. How does mother- to- child transmission of Hepatitis B occur? The transmission of infections from mother to offspring is traditionally known as perinatal infection. By definition, the perinatal period begins at 28 weeks of gestation and ends at 28 days after delivery. ... more
  • 1 day How to conquer Hepatitis TheNation |Health
    Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by viruses, alcohol, toxins, drugs and chemicals. Viral hepatitis (caused by the Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, or G virus) is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for over one million deaths every year. Hepatitis B and C infections are responsible for two in every three liver cancer deaths across the world. The most deadly form of hepatitis, Hepatitis B (caused by the Hepatitis B virus) is life-threatening and 100 times more infectious than HIV/AIDs. The Hepatitis B virus can survive outside the human body for up to ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria loses $2.9b yearly to tax waivers TheNation |Biz
    About 30 percent of companies operating in Nigeria evade tax while 25 percent of registered companies in the country are not paying tax, an international non-governmental organisation, Oxfam in Nigeria, has said. The organisation said the country loses about $2.9billion or N580billion yearly to tax waivers granted to multinational companies. Oxfam in Nigeria Country Director, Constant Tchona, stated these during the official unveiling of two reports: Fair Tax Monitor Index and the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index, to the public on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He noted that the fiscal incentives granted with the hope of stimulating investments ... more
  • 1 day Tinsel star: Gideon Okeke, wife welcome first child TheNation |E
    Tinsel star and former big brother Naija housemate, Gideon Okeke has welcomed his first baby with his wife, Chidera. The latest father announced this on his Instagram page @Gideon okeke where he shared a picture of his wife expressing his excitement. He wrote, My Shakara just start, Ezra is here. Ekun lekun’bi meeehhnnnnn ‘Now may the wise men proceed,a star is born. READ ALSO: Gideon Okeke welcomes baby boy Okeke came to the public eye in 2006 when he appeared as a contestant on the first edition of Big Brother Nigeria. In 2008, Gideon joined the cast of the MNET TV ... more
  • 1 day Court to hear El-Zakzaky’s application to travel abroad on Thursday TheNation
    A Kaduna State High Court will on Thursday hear the application of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zazaky and wife, Zinat, seeking to travel to India for medical attention. The IMN leader is standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace among other charges. The State Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Dari Bayero told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna that the case would resume on Thursday. Bayero said the IMN leader, who is standing trial before the state High Court, brought the application seeking the ... more
  • 1 day Tribunal rejects Okowa’s pleas for more time TheNation |Politics
    Justice Suleiman Belgore- led Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal Panel 1 has rejected an application for more time by Damain Dodo (SAN) lead counsel to 1st respondent, Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Dodo had argued for more time to study the petition following a closure of the petitioner’s case on Tuesday. But Justice Belgore rejected the oral application and held that the 1st respondent’s defence has ten days for its defence commencing from 17th of July, 2019. Great Ogboru and APC, having called about twenty (20) witnesses, closed their case. The petitioners also tendered documents including voters’ registers and results ... more
  • 1 day Spectranet unveils pocket-friendly data packages TheNation |Biz
    In its quest to make internet connectivity affordable and accessible to its teeming and prospective subscribers, Spectranet Limited has introduced Spectra-cular data plans. Its Chief Executive Officer. Mr Ajay Awasthi, said: “At Spectranet, we understand data users’ behaviour much better, being the first operator to launch 4G LTE services in Nigeria. “For example, over a time we have noticed a significant shift in usage behaviour from day time tonight time driven by Youtubers, online videos, and students undertaking massive open online courses (MOOC). “Structured to suit the needs of all types of data users – casual users, moderate users and ... more
  • 1 day PHOTOS: Tanko all smiles after confirmation as CJN TheNation
    The appointment of Justice Muhammad Tanko as Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN) has been confirmed by the Senate. He was confirmed on Wednesday after a gruelling screening at the National Assembly. ... more
  • 1 day UKAID supports 98,000 northern women to fight malnutrition TheNation
    The United Kingdom Department for International Development in partnership with the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) has supported about 98,000 pregnant and lactating women in Jigawa and Zamfara states with N4, 000 monthly cash grants in the last six years to fight malnutrition. Country Manager of Oxford Policy Management, Femi Adegoke, said the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) provided a monthly unconditional cash transfers to pregnant and lactating women from pregnancy until the child is two years of age. He said the Programme was implemented by Save the Children and Action Against Hunger between 2013 to 2019. Adegoke, during the ... more
  • 1 day It’s not over for Nigeria, says Imansuangbon TheNation
    Edo politician and educationist, Kenneth Imansuangbon at the weekend described those who think the country would fail as a result of present challenges as liars. He cautioned those perpetrating evil in the country to stop. Barr. Imansuangbon spoke at the graduation/ prize giving ceremony of Pacesetters’ schools in Abuja where the school graduated 66 kindergarten, 95 college and 98 academy students. The politician, who plans to contest next year’s gubernatorial election in Edo state said: “I am happy because there is hope for Nigeria. Those who think Nigeria will fail are big liars. Those who are doing evil you better ... more
  • 1 day Just in: Nobody paid for our private jet- Senate Committee TheNation
    The Senate Adhoc Committee set up to investigate crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly has denied insinuations that the private jet with which it flew to Edo State was paid for by somebody. It said the jet marked N313MS was paid for by the Committee. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, who spoke to reporters after meeting with Governor Godwin Obaseki said no individual paid for the flight. Senator Abdullahi said he personally negotiated for the flight. Responding to the court injunction, Senator Abdullahi said no court injunction was served on the Senate. He denied allegations of ... more
  • 1 day Outrage over Gbajabiamila’s appointment of APGA’s member as aide TheNation
    Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila’s choice of former Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Anayo Nnebe as Special Assistant on political matters has divided the Southeast region. The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra State, the Conference of Southeast APC Publicity Secretaries and the Southeast APC Young Progressives Forum, have all condemned the action, calling for Nnebe’s withdrawal. Gbajabiamila on Tuesday announced the former member representing Awka North and South federal constituency in Anambra State, Anayo Nnebe as one of his aides from Southeast. But in their separate reactions on Wednesday, the party and ... more
  • 1 day TUC to Buhari: Include more women in your cabinet TheNation
    The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) wants President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the implementation of the 35 percent affirmative action of women representation in his appointment of Ministers, Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) of MDAs, and other Principal Officers in the formation of his Cabinet Chairperson of the Women Commission of the Congress, Comrade Hafsatu Shaibu who made the call in a letter to the President decried the under representation of women in political positions in the country saying it negates democratic practices. Comrade Shaibu also decried the under representation of women in the ninth National Assembly with only 18 ... more
  • 1 day I want to return home, embattled Ekiti Monarch begs TheNation
    Ekiti Monarch Obasaoye of Isaoye Ekiti in Moba Local Government, Oba Gabriel Olajide, has appealed to his aggrieved subjects to allow peace to reign in the community. Oba Olajide admonished the subjects to jettisoned the threat of deposition plot against him, assuring the subjects that though he would not participate in ritual activities being a Christian, but clarified that he had no intention to eradicate traditional practices in the kingdom. “Going by the provision of Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution, I have no power to eradicate any religion, because we have freedom to practice religion of our choice”, he ... more
  • 1 day Senate panel seeks more time to investigate Sen. Abbo TheNation
    The Senate Ad hoc Committee investigating the allegation of assault brought against Sen. Ishiaku Abbo, has requested for more time to complete its assignment. Chairman of the panel, Sen. Sam Egwu (Ebonyi- PDP), made the request at Wednesday’s plenary, relying on Order 43 of the Senate. He particularly said additional time would enable his committee gather more information to diligently do the investigation and report back to the Senate. He, however, decried the refusal of some of those who appeared before the panel to furnish it with needed information, on the fear of prejudice of the Court. He listed the ... more
  • 1 day Just In: Air Force redeploys AOCs, appoints new branch chiefs TheNation
    The Nigerian Air Force has effected major changes in its leadership hierarchy by redeploying senior officers and appointing new branch chiefs. According to a statement from its spokesman, Air commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the new appointments take effect from 19th of July. Daramola said two Air Officers Commanding were redeployed in the force. He said:” The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has appointed new Branch Chiefs, redeployed 2 Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) and other senior officers as part of routine exercise aimed at ensuring operational efficiency and effectiveness. ” The newly appointed Branch Chiefs are the erstwhile Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Special ... more
  • 1 day Beyoncé features Tiwa, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi in new ‘Lion King’ album TheNation |E
    Global icon, Beyonce has enlisted Nigerian music superstars Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tekno and Mr Eazi in new ‘Lion King’ album. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Beyonce had earlier announced that she worked with African artists and producers to retain the authenticity of the sound. The artists’ features were unveiled in the track list which she described as “a love letter to Africa” with Nigerian and African stars including Shatta Wale lending their vocals. The 14-song album will include several original Beyoncé tracks, as well as collaborations with the likes of JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish ... more
  • 1 day Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ documentary lands six Emmy nominations TheNation |E
    ‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé’ has been nominated for six Emmys, and a win in most of those categories would go to her personally. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Beyoncé would share in the award for co-director, writer and co-musical director as well as a producer. The Netflix film is up for outstanding variety special (pre-recorded), directing, writing, music direction, production design and costumes. Beyoncé had previously been nominated for four Emmys but has not yet won one. Her prior nominations were for variety special and variety special directing. These were for her visual album ‘Lemonade’ in 2016, ... more
  • 2 days Wizkid’s manager, babymama accuse singer of domestic violence TheNation |E
    Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid’s manager and the mother of his third child, Jada Pollock has accused him allegedly of domestic violence. Pollock made the allegations on Wednesday when she announced their split. She alleged that the singer hit her multiple times during the relationship. She wrote on Instagram @_jada.p, “From today, Ayo and I will no longer work together. I have been in an abusive relationship with him for years. Covering up for him time and time again and I am tired. “Wiz continuously puts his hands on me, leaves me with bruises that I cover up from the world, ... more
  • 2 days Osinbajo: we’re moving GDP to 25% TheNation |Biz
    The federal government said it plans to move the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) from the current 15 per cent to 25 per cent between the next two and four years. Speaking at the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) 62nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos, Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo said this will be achieved through the various economic policies put together by the government. He said government will intensify efforts on the implementation of the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan. Represented by Former Special Adviser to the President on Economic Recovery, Mr Yomi Dipeolu, the Vice President said: “On ... more
  • 2 days Soyinka: I didn’t say herdsmen have eroded Buhari’s achievements TheNation
    Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka on Tuesday denied saying the herdsmen’s challenge has eroded President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements. He was reacting to Monday’s report in The Nation. His statement reads: “I denounce, in very strong terms, the report in The Nation of July 15, 2019, regarding my exchange with school pupils who visited me in Abeokuta, on Sunday, July 14, as part of the organised events on my 85th Birthday. I am appalled that such a twisted and unprofessional account could be disseminated by a paper that has earned itself a high level of public regard, not only for its ... more
  • 2 days Senate set to screen Muhammad for CJN TheNation
    The Senate will today screen Justice Tanko Muhammad whose name was forwarded last week to the Red Chamber consideration as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). Justice Tanko, who has held the position in an acting capacity, will be screened by a committee of the whole Senate. Read Also: Senate calls for National Security Summit The decision to screen the nominee was taken after a voice vote called by Senate President Ahmed Lawan. President Muhammadu Buhari had last week, forwarded the acting CJN’s name to the Senate for confirmation, in accordance with Section 23(1) of the 1999 Constitution. His name was forwarded ... more
  • 2 days Insecurity: Senate, Presidency to hold national security confab TheNation
    The gruesome murder of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, was hotly debated in the Senate Tuesday. Senators took turns to point a way out of increasing insecurity in parts of the country. At the end of the debate, the upper chamber resolved to hold a national security conference to address security challenges facing the country. The resolution followed a Point of Order on the murder of Mrs. Olakunrin on Friday by gunmen in Ondo State along Ore-Benin Expressway. Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo central) who raised the Point of Order expressed regret over the death of Mrs. Olakunrin. ... more
  • 2 days Firm wins advertising awards TheNation
    Sodium Brand Solutions, a leading experiential marketing company in Nigeria, emerged the biggest winner at the EXMAN Awards 2019 held at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island. The agency won four Gold for its creative and innovative ideas. The categories for the awards won include Best Activation of an Entertainment Property, Best use of Props in an Event and Best Event (B2C), all for Coke Studio and Best Activation of a Sporting Property for the Coca Cola Golf Tournament. Read Also: FlinkBox set to launch Nigeria’s first incentive-based mobile advertising App The EXMAN awards for excellence is designed to identify and ... more
  • 2 days Osinbajo to deliver club’s 70th anniversary lecture TheNation
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will deliver the 70th Anniversary Lecture of the Lagos Country Club on July 30. Club President Chief Tajudeen Akande said the Vice President will be supported by eminent personalities in government, the business community as well as diplomats. He said: “The Vice President has graciously accepted to deliver our anniversary lecture holding in our Jubilee Hall on July 30. It is a great honour for us because apart from being the Vice President, he is eminently qualified as an erudite lawyer and intellectual of high repute. And I am happy that he will be speaking to ... more
  • 2 days Court freezes NDDC contractor’s accounts for ‘fraud’ TheNation
    The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the freezing of bank accounts belonging to two firms – A.M Projects Consultancy Ltd and Raznez Medical Consultants Ltd – for alleged fraud. Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted an ex-parte originating summons by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which was moved by its counsel, Kufre Uduak. The judge granted the commission’s prayer for an order empowering it to instruct Zenith Bank Plc’s Managing Director to freeze the account numbered 1012364520 belonging to A.M Projects Consultancy pending conclusion of investigation and the firm’s possible prosecution. He also granted a similar application over ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria’s, others’ mobile economy hits $150b TheNation |Biz
    The mobile ecosystem in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries generated about $150 billion in economic value last year. This is equivalent to 8.6 per cent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), a new report released on Tuesday by telecoms industry group, Global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA), has shown. The report also said the figure will rise to almost $185 billion (9.1 per cent of GDP) by 2023 driven chiefly by Nigeria and Ethiopia. GSMA said sub-Saharan Africa will remain the world’s fastest-growing mobile region over the coming years as millions of young African consumers become mobile ... more
  • 2 days AON seeks govt support for indigenous carriers TheNation |Biz
    Domestic carriers on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to increase support to local carriers. Acting under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria ( AON), the group said supporting the carriers will halt over $3billion lost to capital flight in the country. The AON listed stiff competition,  regulatory technicalities, unfair slot allocation, exorbitant airport charges, levies and fees and other constraints as part of the reasons why local carriers failed to deliver on intercontinental routes. The AON said unless government supports the carriers, it would be difficult for them to do well on international routes because of the intrigues of ... more
  • 2 days Ekiti, NEMA give relief materials to 600 victims of rainstorm TheNation
    The Ekiti State Government and National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) have distributed cash gifts and relief materials to 600 victims of rainstorm in the state. The beneficiaries were victims of the rainstorm that occurred on the 8th, 20th of March and 2nd of April this year in Ado, Ilejemeje, Irepodun/Ifelodun and Oye local government areas. Performing the official flag off of the distribution of cash and relief materials in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Deputy Governor Bisi Egbeyemi said the gesture was to demonstrate the commitment of the state government to alleviating the pains of the rainstorm victims. Egbeyemi, who spoke through the ... more
  • 2 days Total handovers N1b projects to northern beneficiaries TheNation
    An oil firm, Total E&P Nig. Ltd, has handed over projects worth N1 billion in the North to the representatives of the beneficiaries. Its Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater District, Ahmadu-Kida Musa, during the inauguration of the 10 projects in Abuja, said they are in furtherance of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of the firm’s Deep Water Operations. He noted that in line with extant regulations, the firm’s deep water operations adopt the entire country as host, especially with regard to CSR programmes. Musa said the projects were borne out of Total’s need to mitigate gaps in qualitative and technical ... more
  • 2 days Customs collects N54.1b in six months TheNation |Biz
    THE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Port Harcourt Area II Command, Onne Port, said it collected N54,129,704,653.73 between January and June this year while it made seizures valued at N443, 304,711 during the period under review. Its Comptroller,  Galadima Saidu, in a statement, said the figure translates to 15 per cent increase above N46,260,300,287.86 collected within same period of 2018. He added that the revenue represents 57 per cent of the annual revenue target of N95.7 billion set for the Command in this year. The Command also said it recorded seizures of 34 containers with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N443,304,711.00, ... more
  • 2 days Shun drug abuse, Kwara urges youths TheNation
    KWARA State Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi on Tuesday urged youths to shun drugs abuse to enable them to build an egalitarian society. Alabi spoke in Ilorin, the state capital, while inspecting the Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari Drugs Abuse Rehabilitation Centre. He noted that drugs abuse had affected the lives of many people, forcing them to engage in vices. The deputy governor pledged the support of the state government to the project in view of its importance and called on the people to desist from vices. Read Also: Row over upgrade of Kwara monarch Alabi hailed the Emir of Ilorin for his foresight and ... more
  • 2 days NSE inducts 46 new authorized dealing clerks TheNation |Biz
    THE Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has in ducted 46 recently qualified dealing clerks, paving the way for them to begin trading at the Exchange. Out of the 53 candidates who had passed the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) examination and went through the mandatory practical Automated Trading System (ATS) training at the NSE, 46 passed the final oral examination at the Exchange. Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema said the induction was both a celebration and a call to stand tall in integrity, to be impeccable in character, to be professional in service and to uphold ... more
  • 2 days Ogun sets up panel to probe rot in OOUTH TheNation
    The Ogun State Government on Tuesday said it has instituted a panel of enquiry to look at the remote and immediate causes of the challenges facing the state-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu. The nine-man committee is headed by the Chief Medical Director of Reddington Hospital, Dr. Yemi Onabowale. Other members of the committee include Dr. Folabi Ogunlesi, Dr. Dupe Oludipe, Dr. Kehinde Ololade, Alhaji Wasiu Lawal, Mr. Olumide Obube, Akinola Adekunle and Femi Akinwunmi. Deputy Director, Hospital Services in the State Ministry of Health Dr. Shokunbi Solomon will serve as the committee’s secretary. The committee is expected ... more
  • 2 days Buhari to critics of insecurity: you are not being patriotic TheNation |Politics
    Those politicizing insecurity are unpatriotic, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday. The President’s remark came hours after former President Goodluck Jonathan said the security situation in the land was getting worse. It also came after former President Olusegun Obasanjo gave Buhari a wake-up call on the security challenges to avert a looming calamity. But, receiving representatives of the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) in the State House, Abuja, yesterday, the President branded those politicizing the isolated cases of insecurity as unpatriotic Nigerians. According to him, every country faces one security challenge or the other. He identified banditry and kidnapping as new ... more
  • 2 days Buhari’s lawyer shows video to quash Atiku’s server claim TheNation |Politics
    INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu has ended the speculation about the procedure adopted in transmitting results of the last general elections. In a video recording played on Tuesday before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), Yakubu explained that INEC jettisoned its plan to transmit elections results electronically owing to two other challenges, beside the legal constraint. Yakubu said before the elections, INEC officials met with telecommunication experts drawn from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the telecoms service providers during which two main challenges were identified. The first, he noted, was the inadequacy of telecommunication infrastructure ... more
  • 2 days Access Bank gets Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance award TheNation |Biz
    Access Bank has emerged winner of the Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards for “Outstanding Business Sustainability Achievement”. It received the award at a ceremony held at the City Hall, Karlsruhe, Germany. This is the fourth time the bank would win the award. The award was presented to the Bank’s Group Managing Director/CEO, Herbert Wigwe, with top brand managers, executives, chief executive officers (CEOs) of leading global financial institutions, top German government officials, policy makers, regulators and key sustainability stakeholders in attendance at the event. The award is in recognition of the bank’s  commitment to embedding social, environmental and economic sustainability into ... more
  • 2 days FirstBank unveils multi-currency card TheNation |Biz
    FirstBank of Nigeria Limited has introduced the Visa Multi-Currency Card, which can be linked to naira, dollar, euro and Pound Sterling accounts. In a statement, the bank said with the Visa Multi-Currency card, its customers – within and outside Nigeria – can now enjoy the luxury of having their local and foreign denominated accounts in any currency, linked to a single Debit card. The card is designed to ease  cashless transactions for customers anywhere they are across the world. Read Also: Wema Bank gets brand ambassador Among the many benefits of the Visa Multi-Currency card are Point of Sale and Online ... more
  • 2 days Boost for advocacy, inclusive governance in Sokoto TheNation |Politics
    The International Republican Institute (IRI) has been hailed for strengthening the capacity of women and youths in governance in Sokoto State, by deepening its support for the creation of advocacy groups to impact in service delivery. The institute, which is backed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is encouraging active participation of marginalised groups in governance through advocacy groups, such as civil society organisations and political parties. Speaking to reporters in Sokoto, the spokesperson for the advocacy groups, Maryam Ahmed Rufa’I, said they are working in concert with political parties, traditional and religious leaders to increase and ... more
  • 2 days ‘Data recapturing to protect contributors, retirees against cybercrime’ TheNation |Biz
    The ongoing data recapturing of pension contributors and retirees by Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) nationwide is meant to protect pension clients against cybercrime and other fraud, the Managing Director, IEI-Anchor Pension Managers Limited, Mr. Glory Etaduovie, has said. Etaduovie in a paper titled: National Data Base Harmonisation and Pension Data Recapture, made available to journalists in Lagos stated that since last year, the National Pension Commission (PenCom) has been upbeat about data recapture of PFAs existing clients and to streamline future contributors’ registration in a move to have an accurate database. Read Also: Ministry, ICT stakeholders to partner on curbing technology ... more
  • 2 days Transforming lives TheNation |Biz
    Co-founder, Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Limited, Mrs Ojiugo Ajunwa, is passionate about sharing knowledge and supporting people to reach their goals. She trains professionals from various fields to be change agents, writes DANIEL ESSIET. IF there is anything that entrepreneurship has taught Mrs Ojiugo Ajunwa in the past few years, it is that Nigerians are longer affected by boundaries. Thanks to the internet. Mrs Ajunwa, co-founder, Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Limited, earns six-figure yearly coaching people to use their gifts to create profitable businesses. The mother of two helps entrepreneurs to build and launch online businesses so they could make extra income. ... more
  • 2 days DezBilly Entertainment launches in Lagos, unveils Ewa Cole and Maxxie TheNation |E
    A new entrant into the Nigerian music business space, DezBilly Entertainment, has announced the official launch of the label with the unveiling of its flagship artistes, a budding female songstress named Ewa Cole and a talented vocalist and singer named Maxxie. The event took place recently at the label’s corporate headquarters in Lagos where both artistes signed their contracts. In a statement, the label expressed optimism in their decision to sign both artistes. “The record label as a business is committed to harnessing and promoting our talents to their full potentials,” Adeolu ‘AK’ Ogunshina, Head A&R of DezBilly Entertainment, said. ... more
  • 2 days Mary Njoku celebrates partnership with Canal+ to grow African films TheNation |E
    Congratulatory messages have been pouring in for Nollywood actress and producer Mary Njoku of IROKOtv, with the announcement of her partnership with French television company Canal+, owned by media conglomerate Vivendi. On the new development, the actress on her Instagram who shared the good news wrote. “Hello everyone I am pleased to inform you that ROK has been acquired by Canal +,” she said. “I am so happy to be part of the Canal family. “Thank you to everyone who have supported me, and especially the Iroko TV; the shareholders, you guys have been amazing. Thank you to my husband ... more
  • 2 days 2Baba unfazed on wife’s kissing Alexx Ekubo in movie TheNation |E
    Legendary hip hop star, Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2baba has waved aside his wife kissing other people as part of her job. He said this at the premiere of ‘Power of 1’ in Houston, Texas, USA over the weekend. The movie which details the role of 2Baba in staging a protest against government policy in Nigeria. Alexx Ekubo, who acted in movie and kissed 2Baba’s wife in the movie had posted a video clip of the event on Instagram. Alexx wrote: “Kissing @annieidibia1 was the second hardest part of filming @powerof1movie, the 1st been asking @official2baba how he felt ... more
  • 2 days Seyi forfeits veto power as Mike, Frodd, Tuoyo and Tacha make nomination list TheNation |E
    The housemates in Big Brother Naija ‘Pepper Dem’ show took part in what may arguably go down as the most exciting and unexpected nomination show of the franchise on Monday. Following the previous day’s double evictions of Ella and Kim Oprah, Monday’s nomination show resulted in Mike, Seyi, Frodd, Tuoyo and Tacha going up for possible eviction next week Sunday. As is the norm, the housemates individually made their way to the diary room to nominate two housemates each for possible eviction. At the end, Seyi & Frodd topped the nomination list with a total of six votes each, with ... more
  • 2 days Challenges facing INEC ahead of Kogi, Bayelsa polls TheNation |Politics
    Bayelsa and Kogi states are warming up for governorship elections on November 16. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI looks at the challenges that may afftect the conduct of hitch-free elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has turned full circle, with November’s governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. Yakubu’s emergence as INEC Chairman coincided with the inconclusive elections witnessed in the two states four years ago. The commission faces another crucial test with the conduct of the governorship elections in the North-central and the ... more
  • 2 days Bayelsa APC aspirants disagree over primary TheNation |Politics
    A crisis is brewing in the Bayelsa State All Progressives Congress (APC) over the mode of primary for the November 16 governorship poll. A stakeholders’ meeting convened yesterday by the chapter ended in a deadlock. The APC secretariat in Yenagoa, the venue of the meeting, became rowdy, following the outburst by members of the State Working Committee against the chairman of the party, Jothan Amos. At the meeting were stakeholders from the camps of the aspirants. Former Governor Timipre Sylva; a former Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri and a founding member of the party, Prince Preye Aganaba, were ... more
  • 2 days #BBNaija: Seyi forfeits veto power as Mike, Tuoyo, Tacha make Nomination List TheNation |E
    Housemates in Big Brother Naija ‘Pepper Dem’ on Monday took part in what may arguably go down as the most exciting and unexpected nomination show of the franchise. Following the previous day’s double evictions of Ella and KimOprah, the nomination Show resulted in Mike, Seyi, Frodd, Tuoyo & Tacha going up for possible eviction next week Sunday.  As is the norm, the Housemates individually made their way to the diary room to nominate two housemates each for possible eviction. At the end, Seyi & Frodd topped the nomination list with a total of six votes each, with Tuoyo coming next ... more
  • 2 days Umahi sends first batch of Commissioner-nominees to Assembly TheNation
    Ebonyi Governor David Umahi on Tuesday sent a list of his Commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly. The 16 -man list, it was learnt, is the first batch of his commissioner-nominees. Umahi, in keeping to his earlier vow to ensure that only reputable persons are appointed into his cabinet also sent the list to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)for vetting. Umahi made this known through a memo forwarded to Ebonyi state House of Assembly which was cited by Our Reporter. The nominees are expected to appear before the State House of Assembly for screening and possible confirmation. Read ... more
  • 2 days PDP advises FG to declare state of emergency on security TheNation
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security in order to address insecurity situation in the country. The PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, made the appeal at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja while reacting to the open letter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari. Secondus said that the advice was necessary looking at the increasing rate of cases of killing and kidnapping across the country. He recalled the killing of the then female international aide work and the recent killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin daughter ... more
  • 2 days NiMet predicts thunderstorms, rains across the country for Wednesday TheNation
    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted thundary, rainy activities across the country for Wednesday. NiMet’s weather outlook on Tuesday in Abuja predicted thunderstorms over Kano and Katsina of the Northern States in the morning hours. It predicted thunderstorm over Kano, Katsina, Potiskum, Damaturu, Dutse and Gusau later in the day with day and night temperatures of 30 to 34 degree Celsius and 23 to 26 degree Celsius respectively. ” For Central States, partly cloudy to cloudy condition is anticipated over the region in the morning hours. ” There are prospects of thunderstorms over Jos, Gombe, Yola, Mambila Plateau and ... more
  • 2 days Zamfara Director of budget regains freedom from kidnappers TheNation
    Zamfara State Governor, Bello Muhammad Matawallen has expressed happiness over the release of the state’s Director of Budget Alhaji Hamza Salihu and one other person who were kidnapped at gunpoint along Kachia/Keffi road while on their way for an official assignment in Akwanga, Nasarawa state on Sunday. This is contained in a press released signed by the director general press affairs to the the government house Gusau, Malam Yusuf Idris, a copy made available to the Nation in Gusau Tuesday. The governor, according to a release had liased immediately after the abduction with his Kaduna state counterpart, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai ... more
  • 2 days Kwara Assembly probes alleged transfer of chalet to Saraki TheNation
    The Kwara House of Assembly on Tuesday directed its Committee on Land, Housing and Urban Development to investigate the alleged transfer of the ownership of a four-bedroom chalet to the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki. The building named Alimi Lodge is located on Alimi road in GRA, llorin, the state capital. The directive of the House followed the raising of the issue under matters of urgent public importance by Omotayo Awodiji (APC-lrepodun). Awodiji, while raising the matter, said that the lodge was transferred to Saraki under the state’s Pension Law for Governors and Deputy Governors. Read Also: Kwara generated ... more
  • 2 days Northern Elders CNG orders Fulani herdsmen back to the north TheNation
    The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of the Northern Groups has again stirred the hornet’s nest, ordering Fulani herders to immediately vacate the Southern parts of the country and return to the north as their security in the south can no lager be guaranteed. The two groups claimed that it was worrisome that Southern leaders have openly threatened war against the Fulani herders, claiming that their worry led to their call for the Fulani herdsmen to return home where their safety is assured. Addressing newsmen on Tuesday night after a meeting group the Coalition of Northern Groups demanded ... more
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