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  • 1 hour Lagos endorses N500b ecosystem project TheNation
    By Mojibola Sodiq Lagos State government has approved an economic development project worth 500 billion naira in Ikorodu division of the state to support private sector participation in the development of tourism in the state. This was made known at the Origin Gardens’ Wildlife Park and Leisure Arcade press conference held at Ikorodu Town Hall during the week to brief stakeholders on the economic project. Mr. Austin Hunpe, who represented the Lagos State Commissioner for Forestry, revealed that the project has been lauded by the government as commendable and deserving of all the support necessary for its actualisation. He said the ... more
  • 1 hour Oluwo laments Yoruba language’s fate TheNation
    By Innocent Duru   The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, has pointed out that Yoruba language has failed to move with current time to assert its identity among respectable languages ruling corporate relationships in the world. Worried by the inability of Yoruba language to translate some English words, Oba Akanbi challenged Yoruba scholars to prove their academic status by conducting intensive researches to coin Yoruba equivalent to some foreign words. The Oluwo, however, clarified that he is not attempting to spite Yoruba language, saying he is on the throne to protect Yoruba culture which includes the language. He said ... more
  • 1 hour PFN outraged by murder of Adamawa CAN chairman TheNation
    The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has expressed deep sadness over the murder of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Michika Local Government, Adamawa state, Pastor Lawal Andimi, by Boko Haram terrorists. It condemned the killing, which it described as barbaric, expressing worry that the activities of the terrorist groups have assumed frightening dimension. Andimi was beheaded last Tuesday despite the offer of N50million ransom, which the terrorists refused. In a statement signed by its National President, Rev (Dr) Felix Omobude, the PFN also commiserated with family of Andimi and the entire CAN members in Adamawa and ... more
  • 1 hour ‘Military foils vandalism attempts on pipelines’ TheNation
    Our Reporter The Joint Military Force deployed to protect oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta said on Saturday that it prevented more than 419 attacks on oil export facilities last year alone. The feat led to uninterrupted oil exports in the outgone year. Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, commander of the joint force, said that the operations of Shell Petroleum Development Company as well as other international oil companies were the key targets. Akinrinade spoke during the West Africa Social Activities (WASA), organised by the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Yenagoa. He explained that efforts of the military, particularly ... more
  • 1 hour LAUTECH cautions Osun residents against sex, others TheNation
    By Toba Adedeji   The Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital has issued precautions to Osun State residents on Lassa fever. A statement issued by the hospital public relations officer, Ayodele Adeyemo on Saturday explained that Lassa fever can also be spread from one infected person to another healthy person. The statement read, “humans get the disease through handling rats, contact with food or household items that are polluted with rat urine or feces. “It can also be spread from one infected person to another healthy person by contact with blood, urine and other body fluids of someone that has the ... more
  • 1 hour ITF to graduate 11,000 skilled Nigerian youths TheNation
    From Yusufu Aminu Idegu, Jos As a pointer to the pace of its activities in year 2020, which the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has tagged as “the year of great promise”, the ITF has concluded arrangements for the graduation of over 11,000 youths that were trained under one of the Fund’s skills acquisition programs, the National Industrial Skills Development Program (NISDP). The newly trained youths has brought to numbers of youths trained in various skilled so far to 450,000 skilled Nigerian youths since the NISDP program commenced in 2016. The Fund has also completed and is set to commission four ... more
  • 1 hour FUT Minna graduates 57 first class students TheNation
    The Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, recorded a two percent decrease in its turn out of first class graduates this year as only 57 graduates have been reported to have bagged first class for the 2018/2019 session. 72 graduands bagged first class in 2019. This will the first time in three years where the number of first class graduates dropped in the university. In 2019, 72 students graduated with first class while in 2017, 62 students graduated with first class. Briefing newsmen in Minna, the vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Abdullahi Bala confirmed this development but did not offer ... more
  • 1 hour Smuggling: Customs seizes goods worth N63.5m TheNation
    From Augustine Okezie, Katsina The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Saturday announced the seizure of smuggled items worth N63.5 million in Katsina State, from January to date, by its men at the border positions. The Comptroller in-Charge of a unit comprising seven north western states including Abuja, Alhaji Mustapha Sarki-Kebbi, disclosed this while inspecting the seized items in Katsina. The comptroller further disclosed that the seized items were intercepted in Jibia, Kangaro, Batsari, Gurbi Baure and Charanci areas of the state. Read Also: Reps to begin investigation of revenue leakages in CBN, NNPC, Customs others They include: 48 detentions, 38 conveyers ... more
  • 1 hour FG warns against buying foreign films TheNation
    By Olaitan Ganiu The Executive Director of the National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Adedayo Thomas, has cautioned Nigerians against buying foreign films as they are unapproved and illegal. The ED made this statement at the public burning of unwholesome and unapproved movies and video works worth N100 million in Lagos. Some of the items destroyed included multiple-in-one films, unclassified foreign, local and pornographic films, all in DVDs and CDs format. According to him, many of the burnt products were pornographic with other obnoxious materials illegally imported into the country. “Most of these foreign films are uncensored, smuggled into ... more
  • 2 hours 2023:Wike alleges plot against Rivers TheNation
    Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State alleged on Saturday that some political forces were plotting to  hijack the state during the 2023 elections. But he vowed that such plots would not come to fruition. Speaking at the  funeral service for a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the state, Dr.Ferry Gberegbe ,Wike challenged the people of the state to get ready to defend their votes during those elections. Gberegbe ,the PDP agent in Khana Local Government area during the 2019 governorship election was allegedly killed by FSARS operatives  at the Bori collation centre during the polls. Paying tribute to the deceased,Wike ... more
  • 9 hours JUST IN: PDP’s Jatau wins Zaki House of Reps seat in Bauchi TheNation
    By Alao Abiodun The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Bauchi state has declared Mohammed Auwal Jatau of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of Zaki Federal Constituency in Bauchi. Read Also: Bauchi Supplementary, rerun polls, an improvement over 2019 exercise – REC This was announced by the returning officer of the election, Professor Ahmed Kutama. Jatau ran for the seat in the supplementary election that took place on Saturday following the order of the Court of Appeal with respect to the 2019 general elections. ... more
  • 11 hours ‘Wike lobbying to join APC’ TheNation
    By Bisi Olaniyi, Port Harcourt Rivers gov’s alleged foot-soldier in APC disowned by stakeholders  APC members who disowned me are impostors – Aguma  No comment – Wike Major stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 20 wards of Port Harcourt City council area (PHALGA) of Rivers State have accused Governor Nyesom Wike of desperately lobbying to join the APC since former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar is not allowing him (Wike) to take over the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). They also disowned ‘the foot-soldier’ of Wike in APC, Igo Aguma, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, ... more
  • 11 hours Niger Gov deploys air, land surveillance over bandit attacks TheNation
    By Justina Asishana – Minna Niger Governor Abubakar Bello has deployed land and air surveillance by security personnel to the affected community attacked by bandits in the early hours of Saturday. The security agencies have been directed to fish and flush out the bandits terrorising the communities. The Governor, who condemned the renewed banditry attacks on Kudodo, Nakpala, and Gulapai communities of Shiroro Local Government Area, said that stringent military action would henceforth be taken to bring an end to the persistent attacks in the state. Read Also: JUST IN: 11 killed, 4 women kidnapped as bandits raid Niger communities The ... more
  • 11 hours Why Oko Oloyun was murdered, by Police TheNation
    Our Reporter Popular trado-medical practitioner, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf popularly known as Oko Oloyun was possibly killed because of a fraud he detected in his Lagos office, the Police stated on Friday. He was killed on Thursday when his convoy was attacked on the Igbo-Ora-Eruwa road by gunmen. The attackers reportedly shot at his convoy from thick forest, resulting to his death from injuries sustained from the bullet. A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, informed the fraud was possibly responsible for the fire incident in the office during which some account records were ... more
  • 11 hours Lassa fever: 195 cases confirmed as FG activates Emergency Centre TheNation
    By Moses Emorinken, Abuja The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate responses to the increasing number of Lassa fever cases across the country. The National EOC, which was constituted on the 24th of January 2020, includes representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Environment, World Health Organization, UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control, and other partners. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Saturday in Abuja. According to him: ... more
  • 11 hours Fed govt inaugurates $1bn agric mechanisation committee TheNation
    By Juliana Agbo, Abuja   The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Sabo Nanono has inaugurated an 18-member committee for implementation of Federal Government’s Agriculture mechanisation programme called The Green Imperative Programme (GIP). Nanono said the programme was timely in view of the need to feed the Nigerian population estimated at 200 million as well other African countries which rely on Nigeria. The programme, which is estimated at $1.1 billion, is to be funded by the Brazilian Government through a loan from the Deutsche Bank (DB), Development Bank of Brazil and Islamic Development Bank. The loan is expected to be ... more
  • 11 hours Finance Act will stimulate Nigerian economy — Osinbajo TheNation
    Agency Reporter Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday asserted that the Finance Act 2020 would stimulate the Nigerian economy and put the country on the path of geometric economic growth. Osinbajo made the assertion at the Inspiration Conference 2020 of the Redeemer’s Men Fellowship (Lagos Regions) in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference had as its theme: “Galvanised for Geometric Growth”. He said the bill, which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Jan. 13, was aimed at shoring up revenue for all levels of government to meet up with their expenditure. This, he said, was ... more
  • 11 hours Oko Oloyun: Police link killing to alleged fraud in his office TheNation
    Oseheye Okwuofu, Ibadan Grill workers, two police escorts Vow to fish out killers Could the trado-medical practitioner, Alhaji Fatai Yusuff a.k.a.Oko Oloyun have been killed on the strength of his discovery of alleged fraud in his business? This is one of the knots the police are trying to untie after their preliminary investigation into the murder of the Lagos based popular herbalist suggested that he  recently found out that the finances of his company had been tampered with by some of his staff. Not long after the discovery, the  office  where the alleged fraud was committed was ... more
  • 12 hours Otti not suspended, still leader of party, says APGA TheNation |Politics
    By Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia The Alex Otti led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Abia State chapter has debunked news making rounds that he (Otti) has been suspended as a member of the party in the state. In a release by Mr. Ebere Uzoukwa, the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, APGA accused the Mr. Augustine Ehiemere led faction of being sponsored by the state government. According to Uzoukwa, Otti is not only the leader of the party in the state, but has remained the rallying point for all the members of the party in the ... more
  • 12 hours Those festering Edo crisis should face opposition – Oshiomhole TheNation |Politics
    By Osagie Otabor, Benin National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has urged those festering crisis in the Edo to channel such energy to face opposition political parties. Oshiomhole said he does not want to be a National Chairman that could not win election at the polling unit. He spoke at a rally where he received some defectors from the PDP. Oshiomhole was reacting to the attack on the venue by suspected thugs where the rally was held. Suspected thugs had on Friday night burnt two cars, canopies and chairs at the rally venue at night. Oshiomhole ... more
  • 14 hours Voter apathy mars Imo rerun, supplementary polls TheNation |Politics
    By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri   Low turnout of voters characterised the Court -ordered rerun and supplementary elections in some parts of Imo State on Saturday. This followed the removal of Emeka Ihedioha as Governor by the Supreme Court on January 14, 2020. However, the exercise was generally peaceful in most of the polling units with heavy security presence. The Appeal Court had ordered a rerun for the Okigwe/Onuimo/Isiala Mbano federal constituency as well as supplementary elections in 18 polling units of Orlu/Orsu/ Oru East federal and 12 polling units in Njaba state constituencies. The court had nullified the election of ... more
  • 15 hours Bauchi Supplementary, rerun polls, an improvement over 2019 exercise – REC TheNation |Politics
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State, has described the ongoing supplementary and rerun elections in Zaki and Gamawa councils as an improvement over 2019 polls. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, stated this on Saturday while fielding questions from newsmen in Gamawa. “The current peaceful, large turnout of voters, as well as the electoral processes, have shown that there is improvement compared to the last elections. “The process is 90 per cent peaceful; there is large turnout of voters and there was no reported case of votes buying and other electoral malpractices,” ... more
  • 18 hours Kano re run election records impressive turnout TheNation |Politics
    Kolade Adeyemi, Kano   Re-run election into some states and federal constituencies in nine local governments area of Kano state witnessed an impressive turnout of voters. However, voting Commenced as early as 8 am, as election materials and lNEC ad hoc staff were already waiting. In some polling units monitored by our Correspondent in the state, people were on queue as early as 6 am waiting for the arrival of INEC officials. The actual voting commenced at exactly 8 am. For example, in Kofa Cikin Gari polling unit II in Bebeji local government area where the court ordered a rerun ... more
  • 18 hours Ondo Council poll: APC for indirect primary TheNation |Politics
    Damisi Ojo, Akure   As the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) fixed election in the 18 local government councils to April 18, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it will adopt indirect primary system to select its chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the polls. Its State Chairman, Ade Adetimehin said contrary to insinuations in some quarters that there were anointed candidates, APC would give every aspirant the opportunity to face delegates in the primary election. The party began screening its chairmanship and councillorship from the 18 local government areas on Saturday at three different centres in ... more
  • 18 hours BREAKING: One case of Lassa fever confirmed in Kaduna TheNation
    AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna   Kaduna State government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in Chikun local government area of the state. It disclosed that the patient is being treated at the designated Infectious Disease Control Centre in Kaduna. A statement signed by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni on Saturday said that tests have confirmed that the patient is a 36-year-old male. The commissioner however assured that “the Ministry of Health has supplied the infectious diseases control centre with the necessary commodities and our health personnel are ready to manage any cases that may arise.” ‘’The epidemiology ... more
  • 18 hours Re-run polls: Gunmen abduct election officials with materials in C’River TheNation
    By: NSA Gill, Calabar   Unknown gunmen have reportedly abducted election officials with materials that were headed for the 8 polling units in Afayna/Igoni-Igoni ward under Abi state constituency in Cross River State. The Federal Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in charge of South-South region, Dr. Mohammed Lecky told newsmen during election duties that the incident occurred in the middle of the river leading to the community. Backed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner Dr. Alalibo Johnson and the Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state Mrs. Irene Ngozi Oghuma, the Federal Commissioner said the unknown gunmen accosted ... more
  • 19 hours Ondo govt, Labour agree on N30,000 minimum wage TheNation
    Damisi Ojo, Akure   Ondo state government and labour unions on Saturday agreed on payment of N30,000 new minimum wage starting from January this year. This was after series of negotiations between the government and labour leaders. The labour unions led by the NLC, JNC and TUC were joined by legislative, judiciary and other top government functionaries. The labour leaders agreed on full payment of the new wage from level six downwards while level seven above had experienced consequential adjustment. The state’s Head of Service(HoS)Mr Oluwadare Aragbaye thanked the labour leaders for maintaining religious harmony noting that the state government ... more
  • 19 hours Bauchi rerun polls record large turnout of voters TheNation |Politics
    The supplementary/re-run elections in two Local Government Areas of Bauchi state recorded large turnout of voters, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Whereas supplementary election is being conducted in Zaki Local Government Area, INEC is also conducting re-run election in Gamawa Local Government Area. NAN Correspondent monitoring the exercise reports witnessing large turnout of voters in units the exercise is being conducted in Sakwa , Murmur North and Mainako in Zaki. Mohammed Hassan, Presiding Officer (PO) in-charge of Daladagum unit in Dugunmi town, told NAN that voting commenced at 8.20 a.m. Alhaji Awal Jatau of the People’s Democratic Party ... more
  • 19 hours Kaduna re-run election witnesses voter apathy TheNation
    The re-run election for Kaduna State House of Assembly in Sanga Local Government Area, has witnessed voter apathy, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. It would be recalled that the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM), had slated the State House of Assembly re-run election for Sanga and Kagarko local government areas’ state assembly election for Saturday. A NAN correspondent who visited Gwantu, headquarters of Sanga Local Government Area (LGA), has however, revealed poor turnout of voters. Mr Charles Danladi, Chairman of Sanga, told NAN that it was normal to have voter apathy as re-run elections were not usually ... more
  • 20 hours Voting commences in Akwa Ibom rerun election TheNation
    Voters in the Akwa Ibom rerun elections have started voting in Essien Udim Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom. A visit by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), revealed that polling started as early as 9 a.m. At Ukana Ikot Ntuen Ward 2 Unit 9 with three voting points, voters were seen on queue casting their votes. NAN observed that security was tight as they were more in numbers than the voters who turned out to cast their votes. Speaking to one of the polling officers, who is a Corps member, Mr Tunde Adeyemi, he said that materials arrived early ... more
  • 20 hours Sokoto Re-run: Election commences peacefully, turnout impressive TheNation
    The Saturday legislative re-run election has commenced peacefully in Sokoto with high turnout of voters in Sokoto South and Sokoto North local government areas of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the exercise is being conducted for the states and House of Representatives seats. Malam Musa Muhammad, the Public Relations Officer of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Sokoto State, told NAN that the commission recruited 2,500 Ad-Hoc Staff for the re-run elections. Musa said election materials were distributed early and the commission also ensured that personnel reached the designated units early for the exercise. NAN ... more
  • 20 hours Edo APC crisis: Hoodlums set Oshiomhole’s rally venue ablaze TheNation
    Osagie Otabor, Benin   A venue to be used by National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for a political rally in Auchi, Estako West local government area has been set ablaze by suspected thugs. The rally was to receive some defectors into the APC. Two cars, over 1000 chairs, canopies and the stage were burnt. It was gathered that the suspected thugs carried out the act at about 2am. Sources said shots were fired before the place was set ablaze The rally was to hold at a field owned by a private individual. Factional Chairman of ... more
  • 21 hours Nigeria, South Africa to partner on security TheNation
    Nicholas Kalu, Abuja   Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, has expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to bilateral cooperation with South Africa, especially in the areas of security and intelligence. Dingyadi, who received the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Thamsanga Dennis Mseleko, in his office in Abuja, said despite some issues between both countries, they have been able to resolve them and work together for mutual benefits. “I want to assure the High Commissioner that we are ready and willing to partner with South Africa in these areas of cooperation because we know how beneficial it ... more
  • 21 hours NIS prevents trafficking of nine girls to Lebanon, Dubai, others TheNation
    The Operatives of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Command in Lagos, has apprehended another 9 girls being trafficked. The girls were on their ways to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India on Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines. The service Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James made this known in statement on Saturday in Lagos. According to him, four of the girls claims to be traveling for employment without knowing their employers nor aware of the nature of job they were going for. “This discovery was made after intensive interrogation by NIS officials,” he said. James said ... more
  • 21 hours Rerun election: Heavy security presence at Akpabio’s polling unit TheNation
    Bassey Anthony, Uyo   There was heavy security presence at Independence High School, Ukana West, Essien Udim, the polling unit of the Niger Delta affairs minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio during the rerun election in the area. Akpabio and his party, the All Progressives Congress(APC) had Friday withdrawn from the rerun citing irregularities by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) led by its resident electoral commissioner in the state, Mr. Mike Igini’s. However, despite the withdrawal, there was palpable tension at Akpabio’s polling unit as heavily armed security operatives and armed thugs barred journalists and persons without permanent voters card(PVC) from passing ... more
  • 22 hours Lassa fever: Katsina on high alert says Govt TheNation |Health
     Augustine Okezie, Katsina   The Katsina State Government on Saturday declared that it has activated its strategic alert level in anticipation of any outbreak of the dreaded Lassa fever which currently ravages its next door neighbour Kano and some other states of the federation. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Engineer Nuhu Yakubu Danja told newsmen at a press briefing Katsina that  though the state is yet to record any outbreak of the disease, it has taken several proactive measures to immediately address any emergency health situation He further disclosed that the state has equally activated strategic action for prompt response ... more
  • 1 day  Ekiti PDP crisis: Chairman, Fayose’s loyalist trade blame TheNation
    By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti   The crack within the Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday widened as the party’s chairman, Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase and the legal adviser, Sunday Olowolafe threw brick bats over the  party’s affairs. The party is currently in crisis in the state. It appears that Oguntuase and nine other members of the SWC are in Olujimi’s camp while only Olowolafe belongs to Fayose’s faction. Olowolafe accused Oguntuase of running the party like his private fiefdom and perpetrating acts injurious to the survival of PDP in the state. In a statement made ... more
  • 1 day Lagos-Ibadan railway: Amaechi mounts pressure on contractors TheNation
    Our Reporter   Four days after the last inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway Project, where the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work in which he mounted pressure  on the contractors (CCECC) to speed up the level of work, the Minister  has satisfactorily confirmed that there had been remarkable improvement from the Ebute-Metta to Apapa axis of the project. Amaechi made this known to journalists, Friday, after he embarked on an emergency inspection tour of the area alongside the Chairman of CCECC Group,  Zhao Dialong, who was on a ... more
  • 1 day Two remanded for alleged murder  TheNation
    By Toba Adedeji, Osogbo   An Osun State Magistrates’ court sitting in Ile-Ife on Friday remanded two accused persons in correctional center for alleged murder and possession of firearms. The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that, the duo, Chukwuna Ezekiel, 40-year-old and Azeez Mumini, 35-year-old committed the offence on January 2,2020  around 11:00 am at Alapata Village via, Modakeke-Ife. Osanyintuyi said that Ezekiel unlawfully fired and killed one Elijah Ogunniyi with a gun. “Also, Mumini also hid one locally made double barrel gun used in the committing the offence of murder by Ezekiel in order to enabled him to escape punishment. According ... more
  • 1 day TI report on Nigeria unfair, untenable – ICPC, OYC TheNation
    Our Reporter   The Independent and Financial Crimes Commission (ICPC) said that the Transparency International (TI) report on Nigeria was unfair and untenable. According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), spokesperson of the Commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa in a statement on Friday said that TI has consistently failed to recognise the efforts of the present government to tame corruption in the country. She added that these efforts included increasing number of cases filed in court and jail terms secured in several convictions against corrupt persons across all levels of society, including hitherto ‘sacred cows’. According to her, ... more
  • 1 day PMT boss praises Ugwuanyi for averting fuel crisis in Enugu TheNation
    By Chris Oji, Enugu   The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Peace Mass Transit (PMT) Limited, Dr. Samuel Maduka Onyishi has commended the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi  for intervening  in the crisis between feuding factions of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN). Onyishi said the governor’s prompt intervention averted what could have resulted in acute fuel scarcity in Enugu State and indeed the entire South East. Long queues of vehicles had built up at filling stations Tuesday evening following alleged resurgence of the leadership crisis within the state IPMAN executives. Irregular supplies to, and sales at   service stations ... more
  • 1 day Former Imo State LP chair urges South-West govs to legalise Amotekun TheNation
    By Chris Njoku, Owerri    Former Imo State Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Barrister Chukwuemeka Osuji has advised the South West Governors to get their legislative body to pass a Bill legitimizing the activity of the Western Nigeria Security network Operation Amotekun without further delay. Speaking to the Nation in Owerri, Osuji who is now the state Secretary of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) advised the South West governors go ahead to get legal backing for the regional security outfit through their various legislative arms. By so doing, he said that the insistence of the Attorney General of the Federation and ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria has 2.8m abortions annually TheNation
    By Emma ELEKWA, Onitsha   Nigeria has a reported case of 2.8 million abortions and 760,000 self-induced abortions annually. This was disclosed by a reproductive health expert, who is also the Executive Director Women, Law and Development Initiative, Mrs. Hauwa Shekarau. Shekarau was delivering a lecture in Owerri at a media capacity building workshop on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR) for journalists drawn from Abia, Imo and Anambra states. Shekarau, in her paper on Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation (VCAT), a reproductive health expert, said the existing statistics had become obsolete and incapable of addressing the reproductive health ... more
  • 1 day S’West govs have duty to protect citizens TheNation
    Our Reporter   CANDIDATE of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Oyo State, Engineer Hakeem Alao, has supported the Operation Amotekun security outfit  by the South West governors,  saying  that the  governors have a duty to protect their citizens if  the federal government fails  to do so. While reacting to the declaration of the security outfit as illegal by the Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, Alao said  the establishment of Amotekun by the governors becomes  necessary  following the spate of insecurity in the country. The AD gubernatorial candidate in a statement personally ... more
  • 1 day Fasanmi, Kaka hail FG, South West govs over Amotekun deal TheNation
    Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo/Ernest Nwokolo,Abeokuta & Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti   A leader of Afenifere Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, has expressed happiness at the outcome of this week’s meeting between the South West governors and the Federal Government on  the creation of the Western Nigeria  Security Network . Fasanmi, a Second Republic senator, in an interview with The Nation  said he was  happy when “I read the gentle man agreement between our governors and the Federal Government over Amotekun.” He said the move was in accord with the position of  Afenifere Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba at its last meeting where  ”we ... more
  • 1 day Delta govt solicits tanker drivers’ support over indiscriminate parking TheNation
    By Elo EDREMODA, Warri   The Delta State government has solicited the support of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), over the continued indiscriminate parking along the Ekpan axis of the NPA Expressway. Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emmanuel Ambgaduba and his transport counterpart, Engr. Oviemuno Oghoore, in a meeting with oil and gas stakeholders at the Government House Annex in Warri, on Thursday, called for the need to find lasting solution to the menace. The meeting which discussed among other issues, challenges faced by the various unions had other top government functionaries in attendance. Amgbaduba emphasized that the state government, ... more
  • 1 day CBN cautions against rising debt TheNation |Biz
    Nduka Chiejina (Assistant Editor)   THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cautioned the Federal Government on its borrowing. Addressing journalists at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in Abuja on Friday, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, cautioned that “that public debt was rising faster than both domestic and external revenues.” Members of the MPC advised the federal government “to tread consciously in interpreting the debt to GDP ratio.” According to the CBN governor, “the MPC looked at the debt to revenue and felt that there is always a tendency for us to say that our debt level ... more
  • 1 day Events ticketing platform, ‘Ticketboy’ raises bar TheNation |E
    With Victor Akande   FAST-GROWING website community providing ticket access to events, Ticketboy.NG, has devised a secure and efficient e-ticket system to enable ticket vetting and admission to events. Since its launch, Ticketboy.NG has sold tickets to a variety of shows including the legendary Sade Adu karaoke night and Zlatan’s ‘zanku to the world concert’. Ticket Boy answers the question that is most common on the lips of every millennial; “Where the party at”, and it remains the gift that never stops giving. ... more
  • 1 day Charles Okocha to launch clothing line TheNation |E
    With Victor Akande   CHARLES Okocha, simply known as Igwe 2Pac is set to unveil his clothing line ‘NUNU Collection’, on February 1, 2020, at Atmosphere Rooftop, Lenox Mall, Lekki, Lagos. According to the actor turned rapper, the collection was borne out of the desire to impact the country. “The NUNU Collection is comfortable, stylish and premium quality streetwear and leisure wear made in Africa,” he stated. “I was very intentional about creating something that’ll help impact my country and our continent in a positive way! Read Also: OMO SEXY: I once dreamt of owning a clothing line   “2020 MOOD ... more
  • 1 day Biodun Okeowo excited! TheNation |E
    With Victor Akande   YORUBA actress Biodun Okeowo who recently signed an endorsement with Victoria’s Beauty products is excited about the contract. And going by the uotcome of sales after, the skincare company declared a promo as her first deal in 2020. Posting a picture, the actress who is more known as Omoborty sported a purple native attire, she captioned the photo: “That look when sales are extraordinarily… Read Also: Funke Akindele bags new endorsement deal   “OMG! In less than 24 hours Victoria’s Beauty products are almost sold out on the 24 hours promo. This promo is just to celebrate ... more
  • 1 day Reality couple, celebrity couple TheNation |E
    With Victor Akande   THERE are two major things a reality TV show does to participants: it is either the fans like a contestant for their realness or resent them for pretense. Although the organisers will not force the true identity of contestants on the viewers, the power of the show lies with the viewers who are able to decipher how real each contestant has been on the show. In Big Brother Naija show for instance, one could recollect that a participant, Bisola, had a seven-year-old child which she disclosed at the opening of the show – this way, if ... more
  • 1 day Shan George stuns in new photo TheNation |E
    Our Reporter   AFTER battling a serious disease in early 2019 which she did a surgery, Nollywood actress/producer Shan George is back. The actress posted a new photo shoot. Few days back in a video, which she posted addressing an issue of having to pay for someone to do something for her, despite their relation and seeing the same person doing it for free, she noted is not going down well with her. “I’ve lived for quite a number of decades now,” she said. “I’ve been tru thick and thin in life yet not dead, I’ve survived loads of shiiiiiiit ... more
  • 1 day Lizzy Anjorin brags on her achievement TheNation |E
    Our Reporter   KNOWN for being at loggerheads with people who she feel are against her, Nollywood actress Lizzy Anjorin, has come out to brag about her achievement ,saying she is not ashamed of her local dialect. In a recent post, the actress who admitted she only does adverts in Yoruba said her coming out to give a profile of herself is to stand up for others too. “This does not apply to me only… but always check the profile of others before you troll them.” The mother of one also made it known that she is educated and holds ... more
  • 1 day CBS Studios’ ‘The Doctors’ makes Nigerian debut TheNation |E
    By Adeniyi Adewoyin THE Doctors, a medical show from CBS Studios International is set to launch in Nigeria, with the premiere episode airing on Africa Magic from February 2020 with episodes airing weekly. The series features a panel of real-life doctors who bring the best of entertainment and health advice to television. Vice President, International Formats for CBS Studios International, Roxanne Pompa, said the show will empower its viewers with insight and information and will serve as a public service for the broad and engaged audiences found across the African continent. Speaking about the partnership, Channel Director for Africa Magic, ... more
  • 1 day Swagga Don connects africa through music TheNation |E
    Our Reporter   INSPIRED to connect Africa through music, singer and songwriter Swagga Don believes that his new album, ‘Mother Africa’, will unite the continent, even in the face of xenophobia. Speaking recently in Lagos, Swagga Don, who is also a producer, said: “With Africans spread all over the world, we need a unifying force to connect the Africans in the diaspora and music and culture is the tool.” He said that his mission is to fuse music of African origin to appeal to the world. Read Also: Davido drops second album ‘A Good Time’ today   “So, in the album ... more
  • 1 day Lepacious Bose celebrates Owen Gee TheNation |E
    Our Reporter POPULAR comedienne, actress and entertainer, Bimbo Ogunboye, simply known as Lepacious Bose, celebrated her colleague, Owen Gee, who she described as a good and Godly man. Lepacious Bose posted a series of pictures of their time together recently captioned with a write-up. “Dear Owen, I know I don’t say it enough, but I will try harder! You are a good and Godly man. You don’t try to be, that’s just who you are… a very good and godly man. “I love you and all that is yours, my father’s son…. I bless the day I met you! -My ... more
  • 1 day Celebs ‘Turn It Up’ for MTN campaign TheNation |E
    Our Reporter   TO facilitate transformation and progress in the new decade, MTN Nigeria has launched a new campaign for 2020 tagged ‘Turn-It-Up.’ The event, which held at the MTN Penthouse recently, was anchored by Nigerian comedian, MC Abbey, and had in attendance Nollywood actress, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, On-Air Personality and Content creator, Chinedu ‘Nedu’ Emmanuel, and a host of others. The campaign seeks to encourage Nigerians to look within to live their brightest lives by taking advantage of the varied opportunities around. Speaking at the event in Lagos, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Rahul De, said the company want Nigerians ... more
  • 1 day Impressive health benefits of pineapple TheNation |Health
      Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is an incredibly delicious and healthy tropical fruit. It originated in South America, where early European explorers named it after its resemblance to a pinecone. This popular fruit is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and other helpful compounds, such as enzymes that can fight inflammation and disease.   Loaded with nutrients Pineapples are low in calories but have an incredibly impressive nutrient profile. One cup (5.8 ounces or 165 grams) of pineapple chunks contains the following (2): Pineapples also contain trace amounts of vitamins A and K, phosphorus, zinc and calcium. They are especially rich in ... more
  • 1 day Treating headaches in children (3) TheNation |Health
    MASSAGE. Massage can help reduce stress and relieve tension, and may help ease headaches. Preparing for your appointment Typically, you make an appointment with your family doctor or your child’s pediatrician. Depending on the frequency and severity of your child’s symptoms, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in conditions of the brain and nervous system (neurologist). Here’s information to help you get ready for your child’s appointment and to know what to expect from the doctor. What you can do Write down your child’s signs and symptoms, when they occurred, and how long they lasted. It ... more
  • 1 day Plots to unseat Obaseki will fail – Umahi TheNation
    The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Friday said that Mr. Godwin Obaseki will be re-elected as Governor of Edo State, stressing that nothing will stop the governor’s re-election because Obaseki has done well and deserves to continue in office. Obaseki is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) while Umahi is a member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Umahi was addressing Obaseki’s wife, Betsy and other Southern Governors’ Wives who were on a courtesy call to him in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital. The governors’ wives were in the state for the Southern Nigeria Governors’ Wives’ ... more
  • 1 day NDA Kaduna expels cadets for indiscipline TheNation
    Our Reporter The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna said that it has withdrawn some cadets from the institution and demoted others for alleged acts of indiscipline and general conduct. The Academy Public Relations Officer, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, said in a statement in Kaduna, that the action followed the conduct of the Academy’s periodic dossier on all cadets aimed at preserving discipline and improving general administration. But he did not specify the number of cadets so affected. He said the mission of the NDA was to provide each officer cadet with the requisite knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the ... more
  • 1 day Policeman killed while trying to arrest suspect in Abuja TheNation
    By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja   An Assistant Superintendent of Police, Eric Isaiah, was attacked and killed by some persons while trying to arrest a homicide suspect at the Palace of the Chief of Ushafa in Bwari Area of Abuja on Thursday. Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Police Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, made this known in a statement on Friday night. Manzah said the Chief of Ushafa, Alhaji Mohammed Baba and his secretary, Danlami Busa have been arrested and are providing useful information regarding the unfortunate incident. According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, has vowed ... more
  • 1 day Stop acting like opposition party, Presidency slams CAN TheNation
    The Presidency on Friday descended heavily on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), stating it has been acting and reacting more like an Opposition Party on national issues. CAN, in reaction to the beheading of its chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa, Rev Lawan Andimi on Tuesday by Boko Haram insurgents, lampooned the federal government for the growing attacks on Christians in parts of the north. The Christian group castigated President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the administration of colluding with terrorists to target Christians. Reacting to the accusations, the Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in his debut weekly column titled ... more
  • 1 day Ile Arugbo: Kwara govt, Saraki agree to settle out of court TheNation
    By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin Kwara state Government has agreed an out-of-court-settlement on the disputed land between its and the late Dr Olusola Saraki’s family. The state government’s action is in response to an earlier letter from the Sarakis seeking for an amicable out-court-settlement of the case. Agents of the state government had on January 2nd demolished some property (Ile Arugbo) at the Ilofa Road, GRA Ilorin of the late strongman of Kwara politics. The state government claimed that the parcel of land was illegally acquired by the Sarakis under the name Asa Investment Limited. This has led to litigation between ... more
  • 1 day Plateau records five cases of Lassa fever TheNation
    The Plateau Commissioner of Health, Dr Nimkong Ndam, has on Friday confirmed five cases of Lassa fever in the state. Ndam told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that the patients of the ailment had been admitted in two hospitals in the state, adding that three of them were undergoing treatment; one had completed treatment, while the fifth one had been discharged. He said Lassa fever was not new in the state because the area had experienced the disease before. Read Also; Lassa fever death toll rises to 38 in 11 states “However, the health personnel are on ground to ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria’ll end North-East insurgency just like Civil War – Buhari TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria will soon see the end of the insurgence that has bedeviled the North-Eastern part of the country in the last few years. He gave the assurance on Friday at the State House in Abuja while receiving the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, saying that Nigeria had seen similar occasions in the past, but managed to overcome and forged on. The President also assured that the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will effectively manage all attendant crises from the insurgency. Recalling ... more
  • 1 day Two remanded for allegedly raping, murdering Maersk MD’s wife TheNation
    By Robert Egbe   A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute-Meta, Lagos on Friday remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre two electricians, who allegedly robbed and murdered the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk, pending legal advice. The electricians, Olamilekan Oke and Adeyinka Akande, were brought before Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe on a temporary five-count charge of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder and theft. Their pleas were not taken. Chief Magistrate Komolafe ordered the police to return the case file to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), for legal advice. She adjourned further proceedings till March 26. Chief Magistrate Komolafe ... more
  • 1 day Amotekun: Northern Govs have different opinion, says Lalong TheNation
    Tony Akowe, Abuja Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said on Friday that Northern Governors have a different opinion on the desirability of regional security outfit in the country, even as he insists that he has been implementing community policing in his state for some time. Lalong who is Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Progressive Governors Forum, however, said that there was a general agreement among governors in the country on the need for community policing to help address the security challenges in the country. Addressing a news conference on the programmes of his committee for the next one ... more
  • 2 days Nigerians spend over N300bn yearly on malaria treatment – Virologist TheNation |Health
    Prof. Olatunji Kolawole of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, says Nigerians spend over N300 billion annually on malaria treatment. Kolawole disclosed this in his paper presentation at the 190th Inaugural Lecture of the university entitled: “Transcending the Viral World: a Tale of Mimicry, Knockdown and Knockout”. He stated that Nigeria recorded over one million malaria cases i per year and a treatment cost of about N3,000 per treatment. The don asserted that Nigeria currently accounted for 25 per cent of malaria cases worldwide according to World Health Organisation (WHO) report of 2017. “The high ... more
  • 2 days Ihedioha: Ekiti PDP protests, demands resignation of CJN TheNation |Politics
    Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti   Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State on Friday protested against the removal of Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court and the declaration of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, as the duly elected governor of the state. The protesting PDP members who stormed the party’s secretariat located at Ajilosun area in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital marched to the street to express displeasure against what they termed injustice against Ihiodioha and onslaught against PDP. They bored placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Ekiti PDP say no to injustice’, ‘Ekiti PDP Condemned Jankara ... more
  • 2 days Enters ‘Operation Last Dance’, Actors’ Guild movie on war against insurgency TheNation |E
    The Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has produced an advocacy movie on the ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency by the Nigerian Armed Forces. AGN President, Emeka Rollas, told newsmen on Friday in Lagos that the guild had resolved to encourage and support the military using their acting prowess. “In our quest to provide opportunities for our members to thrive, we went into partnership with the Army. “This was to produce an advocacy film on the activities of the Nigerian Army, especially in confronting insurgency and other security challenges facing our country. “The title of the movie, ‘Operation Last Dance’, ... more
  • 2 days Lassa fever: Death toll rises to eight as Obaseki orders three dialysis machines TheNation |Health
    Osagie Otabor, Benin   The number of persons affected by the Lassa Fever disease has risen to 176 in Edo State.A total of 33 cases are under observation while the number of deaths remained eight. It was gathered that health officials were deployed to border communities to help prevent the disease. This was disclosed after a meeting of the Edo Committee on Lassa Fever Control presided over by the Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu. Read Also; No Lassa Fever in Yobe-Commissioner Chief Press Secretary to Shaibu, Comrade Musa Ebomhiana, who spoke to reporters after the meeting, said the state government approved ... more
  • 2 days PDP accuses Akpabio of plan to rig rerun election TheNation |Politics
    Bassey Anthony, Uyo   The People’s Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom has accused the Niger Delta affairs minister of perfecting plans to rig the state and National Assembly rerun elections slated for Saturday. The party also raised the alarm that Akpabio has recruited the services of DIG Michael Igbizi as well as armed thugs to intimidate PDP loyalists and stakeholders in order to truncate the election. Akpabio is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the rerun election against Senator Chris Ekpenyong of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Akwa Ibom Northwest senatorial district. He, however, pulled out of ... more
  • 2 days Coronavirus: China closes 14 cities TheNation |Health
    China went into lockdown on Friday after authorities and businesses scrambled to shut tourist attractions and public transport systems as part of the efforts to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. No fewer than 26 people have already been killed by the virus. Movement of people is being restricted in Tiananmen, Ezhou, Zhijiang, Dangyang, Qianjiang, Chibi, Xiantao, Lichuan, Jingmen, Xianning, Yichang and Enshi,according to media reports. Huanggang, close to Wuhan and home to more than seven million people yesterday announced it would shut down its public transport. Part of the Great Wall of China and Disneyland in Shanghai were ... more
  • 2 days NFVCB burns illicit movies worth N100m in Lagos TheNation |E
    The National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Friday publicly burnt over 30,000 seized illicit movies and video works worth N100 million in Lagos. Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of the board, among other stakeholders in the movie industry, conducted the exercise at NFVCB Office at Alagbon, Ikoyi. Thomas said that the operation would be a continuous exercise until piracy was completely curbed in the country. He said that most of the seized materials were pornographic and other obnoxious materials illegally imported into the country. According to him, the board is strongly determined to stamp out the distribution of ... more
  • 2 days Buhari greets Amosun at 62 TheNation |Politics
    President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated the immediate past Governor of Ogun, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, on the occasion of his 62nd birthday. In a congratulatory letter to the Senator, via a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, the President rejoiced with him “for legions of achievements and successes in various fields of human endeavour.” Buhari noted that the former governor’s “dedication to public service and contributions to nation-building, both at state and federal levels are highly commendable.” READ ALSO: Buhari greets Keyamo at 50 The President joined Amosun’s family, friends and other ... more
  • 2 days Lassa fever: Zulum orders tight measures around IDPs TheNation |Health
    By Duku JOEL,Maiduguri   Borno Governor Babagana Zulum, has ordered tight measures to contain the Lassa fever outbreak from spreading especially around the IDP camps within Maiduguri metropolis and beyond. A statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor Malam Isa Gusau said the governor has already propelled a standing emergency response with for all the health professionals to ensure the full containment of lassa fever so it does not spread beyond one case so far established. The Special Adviser also informed that the Governor had called for briefing by the state’s Commissioner of Health and Human Resources, ... more
  • 2 days Edo APC factions suspend council boss, Lawmaker TheNation |Politics
    Osagie Otabor, Benin   Factions of the All Progressives Congress in Ward two Estako Central local government area have suspended Hon Johnson Oghumah, Chief J.B Aloye and chairman of the local council, Mr. John Akhigbe from the party. Hon Oghumah is the lawmaker representing Estako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. Oghumah suspension was signed by Àcting Chairman, Mr. Aghedo Blessing and 28 executives of the party in Ward two. A letter conveying Oghumah and Aloye’s suspension to the State Executive Committee of the APC said the duo were suspended for sponsoring thugs to attack party members and destroying ... more
  • 2 days Jubilation in Edo as workers receive new minimum wage TheNation
    Workers in Edo State have been paid the new minimum wage, as civil servants and other members of the state’s workforce were in a frenzy mood when they received their pay on Friday, January 24, 2020. The governor had in his New Year message, assured civil servants that the state government will commence payment of the new minimum wage in January. A cross-section of the workers, who spoke with journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital, said they were impressed with the governor’s unflinching commitment to workers’ welfare. A staff with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. ... more
  • 2 days First class undergraduate jailed 13 years in Ondo TheNation
    By Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan   A final year student of Business Administration in a private university located in Ondo State, Fisayo Adetoro, has been found guilty of impersonation, forgery and money laundering, and sentenced to cumulative 13 years in prison and one million naira fine. Adetoro, who was said to be a first class candidate on 4.5 Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA), was convicted by Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, Akure, in a criminal case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office. He was originally arraigned on January 18, ... more
  • 2 days Lagos-Ibadan rail: Amaechi says there’s remarkable improvement on work TheNation
    The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says there is remarkable improvement on the pace of work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway line. Amaechi made the assertion while interacting with journalists in Lagos on Friday after an inspection of the ongoing work on the Lagos axis of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line. He spoke at the Ebute-Metta Office of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), the contractors handling the project. The minister, who had earlier frowned at the contractors on Monday, said that he had observed improvement in construction of stations and mobilisation of more staff to the sites. ... more
  • 2 days South West Speakers promise legislative support for Amotekun TheNation
    The Speakers of Houses of Assembly in the South West Zone have pledged to provide legislative support for Amotekun, the security initiative conceived by governors in the region. The Speakers made the pledge in a communiqué issued on Friday by the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of South West States Legislature, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun. The communique was issued at the end of a one-day security summit of the speakers. The summit had as theme, “The imperative of Western Nigerian Security Network (Operation Amotekun): Legislative Support for the Initiative.” The speakers, according to the communique, expressed support for Amotekun, saying it would ... more
  • 2 days JAMB to commence admission into ITF’s MSTC in 2020 session – ITF DG TheNation
    The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) , Mr Joseph Ari, has said that arrangements have been concluded with the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to commence direct admission of students by JAMB into the fund’s Model Skills Training Centre(MSTC) from the 2020 session. Ari made the disclosure during an interactive session with journalists on Friday in Jos. He said that the management of JAMB was fascinated by the depth and content of the curriculum and machinery at the MSTC in Abuja. He said that the centre was established to help to promote technical and vocational education in ... more
  • 2 days Amotekun: Ondo monarchs urge Southwest governors to kick-start operation TheNation
    Traditional rulers in Ondo State, under the aegis of “De 130 Krown Obas”, has called on the Southwest governors to ignore negative comments about “Operation Amotekun” and conclude necessary arrangements for the immediate take-off of the security outfit in the six states of the zone. The monarchs, who spoke through their state President, the Owa-Ale of Ikare-Akoko, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, made the calls while briefing newsmen after their monthly meeting, held in Akure on Friday. The traditional rulers also enjoined the Federal Government to support the Southwest governors to achieve the set goals of Operation Amotekun. According to the monarch, ... more
  • 2 days 2019 Corruption Perception Index: Why Nigeria still ranks low, by ActionAid TheNation
    Eric Ikhilae, Abuja   The non-reflection of the Buhari administration’s anti-graft efforts on the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI) is attributable to government’s inability to ensure citizens’ involvement in the fight, a global rights advocacy group, ActionAid, has said. In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, by ActionAid Nigeria’s Communications Coordinator, Lola Ayanda, the group called for stiffer punishment for looters and the inclusion of the citizens in the fight against corruption. Ayanda quoted the group’s Country Director in Nigeria, Ene Obi as noting that, “while it appears that the Nigerian government is doing ... more
  • 2 days Borno pays N30,000 minimum wage TheNation
    The Borno government on Friday began the payment N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state. Mr Bulama Abiso, the Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Maiduguri. Abiso said that the organised labour in the state appreciated the governor, Babagana Zulum, for keeping to his pledge that “workers welfare is his priority’’. “The minimum wage and its consequential adjustments were implemented to all grade level and consolidated salary structure across the state civil servants. “Labour appeals to his Excellency to direct the immediate implementation of the ... more
  • 2 days Court remands two men for allegedly raping, murdering Maersk MD’s wife TheNation
    A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos on Friday, ordered that two men who allegedly robbed and murdered the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk, be in Kirikiri Correctional Centre, pending legal advice. The police charge Olamilekan Oke and Adeyinka Akande, both electricians, with five counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder and theft. Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe, who did not take the plea of Oke and Akande, ordered the police to return the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions. She adjourned the case until March 26. READ ALSO: Maersk MD in critical condition after ... more
  • 2 days We’ll provide legislative support for Amotekun-South West Speakers TheNation
    The Speakers of Houses of Assembly in the South West Zone have pledged to provide legislative support for Amotekun, the security initiative conceived by governors in the region. The Speakers made the pledge in a communique issued on Friday by the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of South West States Legislature, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the communique was issued at the end of a one-day security summit of the speakers. NAN reports that the summit had as theme, “The imperative of Western Nigerian Security Network (Operation Amotekun): Legislative Support for the Initiative.” The speakers, ... more
  • 2 days No Lassa Fever in Yobe-Commissioner TheNation |Health
    By Duku Joel, Damaturu Yobe Health Commissioner Dr. Lawan Gana Yusufari has assured that the state has so far not witnessed any suspected case of Lassa fever in the state. Gana, who spoke with our correspondent on the Lassa fever situation in Yobe State, however disclosed that the ministry of Health in collaboration with other relevant ministries has heighten the “risk alertness level” against the outbreak in the state. The commissioner also noted that Yobe has to be serious with taking drastic measures because the outbreaks in Kano and Borno are very close to the state. He added that his ... more
  • 2 days Kano re-run: Police assure residents of peaceful election TheNation |Politics
    The Kano State Police Command has assured residents of adequate protection of lives and property during and after the re-run election in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the re-run election will be held on Saturday, across nine Local Government Areas in the state. DSP Abdullahi Haruna, Spokesman for the command, gave the assurance in a statement in Kano on Friday. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Saturday, Jan. 25, conduct a re-run election in Bebeji, Tudun Wada, Doguwa, Rogo, Kumbotso, Kiru, Bunkure, Minjibir, and Madobi Local Government Areas. Haruna said the command has put ... more
  • 2 days Green Energy set for phase two well construction TheNation |Biz
    From John Ofikhenua, Abuja Green Energy International Limited, (GEIL), the operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11 with operational base at Ikuru town, Rivers State, has identified critical long-lead items for well construction of the phase two field development. This is coming on the heels of the bid to meet the project 2020 drilling campaign timelines, according to its Director of Corporate Affairs, Olusegun Ilori in a statement on Thursday. The firm said it has started the execution of the second phase of its field development. According to the statement, this milestone was a result ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria leads our human capital, says Jumia TheNation |Biz
    By Lucas Ajanaku E-commerce platform Jumia Nigeria on Thursday said Nigeria has become the breeding ground for its leadership position on the continent. Its co-founder/co-CEO, Jeremy Hodara, who spoke during a media interaction in Lagos, during Jumia 2020 Vision Sharing Breakfast, said the country is the firm’s largest market where it innovates, try new things and get results which guide it in other parts of the continent where it operates. Giving an overview of the firm’s performance last year, Hodara said the year was indeed good for the operation of the firm, adding that managment will continue to build on ... more
  • 2 days Fed Govt to streamline livestock programmes, policies TheNation |Biz
    From Juliana Agbo, Abuja The Federal Government has said it will streamline the livestock development programmes and policies for effective management of the sector, adding that it would further assist in addressing conflict with farmers. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, who made this known on Thursday in Abuja during the launch of Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN), organised by Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited, said the livestock industry is worth over N30 trillion and contributes about 17 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Nanono, lamenting that the public and private sectors ... more
  • 2 days Firm affirms commitment to human, capital investment in Nigeria TheNation |Biz
    By Lucas Ajanaku A Plant-based consumer products firm Upfield has reaffirmed its commitment to human and capital investment in Nigeria. The company’s General Manager, West Africa, Bamidele Amao, said this was part of its commitment to deepen relationship with key stakeholders. Amao, however, stated that the support of the government, including the Lagos State Government, would help improve the value the company could bring to the country as it enters the market. He spoke during a visit to the Lagos State Government, represented by the Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Dr.Lola Akande. Read Also: ‘Africa needs more investment ... more
  • 2 days PenCom orders employers to submit workers’ insurance certificates TheNation |Biz
    From Moses Emorinken, Abuja The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has directed employers covered by the Pension Reform Act 2014 to submit copies of their insurance certificates with the schedule of benefits to the Commission before March 31, this year. The Head of Corporate Communications of the Commission, Mr. Peter Aghahowa, made this known in a statement yesterday in Abuja. Aghahowa explained that the directive was in accordance with the provisions of Section 4(5) of the PRA 2014 and Section 5.5 of the Guidelines for Life Insurance Policy for Employees. According to him, “The insurance certificates shall state that all employees ... more
  • 2 days $200m Cabotage Fund: Banks to hold Shipowners accountable TheNation |Biz
    By Muyiwa Lucas As plans for the disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) gathers momentum, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said lending institutions will be empowered to hold any beneficiary shipowner accountable for every kobo collected as facility. The CVFF stands at about $200million. He spoke at a meeting in Lagos on Thursday organised by by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, in collaboration with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). “We have agreed to form a committee that will draw up guidelines for the disbursement of the CVFF. It is the guideline that will ... more
  • 2 days CAN seeks sack of security chiefs over lingering insecurity TheNation
    From Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday urged the Federal Government to stop living in denial regarding insecurity in the country. CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, called for the arrest those sponsoring attacks on Christians. He expressed sadness over the recent killings in the North, especially that of the Adamawa State CAN chairman Lawan Andimi. “The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah groups who are sponsoring and perpetuating crime in Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among ... more
  • 2 days Congress greets JAMB chief for award TheNation
    By Tajudeen Adebanjo The Muslim Congress (TMC) has hailed the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, for his award as Person of the Year 2019 by Leadership. The group also praised the Federal Government for nominating Alhaji Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan as chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). TMC’s General Secretary Alhaji AbdulWasiu Bangbala at an event in Lagos, hailed the Federal Government and Nigerian doctors for the conjoined twins separated recently. Bangbala said Oloyede, who was also honoured with a fellowship award by the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions ... more
  • 2 days Sanwo-Olu’s wife insists on clean markets TheNation
    By Tokunbo Ogunsami The Iyaloja General of Lagos State, Mrs. Toyin Afolabi, has hailed the governor’s wife, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and deputy governor’s wife Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat for ensuring sanitation and security at markets. Afolabi, who addressed reporters in Ikeja, praised Mrs. Sanwo-Olu and Mrs. Hamzat for ensuring orderliness at markets by organising a one-day seminar on market sanitation and security for market leaders. Chief Afolabi, who spoke on behalf of other stakeholders, said such a seminar was last held over six years ago during the tenure of the late Iyaloja General of Nigeria Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji. READ ALSO: Sanwo-Olu’s wife ... more
  • 2 days Artisans, traders get skill training TheNation
    By Tajudeen Adebanjo Takat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) has trained and rewarded 40 artisans and traders. They were selected from 160 applicants that applied for the maiden edition of the Traders/Artisans Development Project. The marketable skills, ZSF said, was a creative scheme designed to promote entrepreneurial traits of traders and artisans in tackling poverty and unemployment. ZSF Executive Director Sulayman Olagunju said 40 traders and artisans got 250,000 and N150,000 each. Olagunju said: “Just as we have Business Plan Competition for graduates, this is for those … into vocation skills… “During the training, we realised why so many of them ... more
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