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  • 5 hours Bisi Akande Phenomenon for launch Thursday TheNation
    The Bisi Akande Phenomenon?, a book edited by Lai Olurode and Dhikhrullah Adewale Yagboyaju will be presented on Thursday at Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall C, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos by 11am. The book presentation will be chaired by Secretary to Federal Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha while Governor Rotimi Akeredoolu of Ondo State is chief presenter. Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is chief host. Prof. Tunde Babawale is reviewer of the book. READ ALSO: PHOTOS: Tinubu, Bisi Akande others at Akeredolu daughter’s wedding ... more
  • 5 hours Osinbajo inaugurates committee to recover N5tr AMCON debts TheNation
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday inaugurated an inter-agency committee to recover the N5 trillion debts owed the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, disclosed this on Tuesday. The statement said that members of the committee include heads and representatives of agencies such as AMCON; the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit; the ICPC; Central Bank of Nigeria; Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation; and the Federal Ministry of Justice. Read Also: I didn’t owe AMCON N569m, says Duke “One of the terms ... more
  • 6 hours DisCos to FG: respect electricity contracts TheNation
    The electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to respect the different agreements it entered into with the investors in the Nigerian electricity supply industry (NESI). Following the commencement of the Transition Electricity Market (TEM), the electricity market was expected to be governed by the sanctity of power purchase agreements that the private investors entered into with the government. Part of the power agreements is the minor and major reviews of the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO), which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has frozen since 2015. The Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity ... more
  • 6 hours Ugwuanyi submits second list of commissioners to Assembly TheNation
    Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has sent a second list of Commissioner-nominees to the State House of Assembly for confirmation. Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya signed the document in which it was contained. The document has been forwarded to the Hon. Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly. Peter Okonkwo, a brother of Nollywood actor and All Progressive Congress (APC) leader in the state Kenneth Okonkwo, made the list. READ ALSO: Ugwuanyi concentrates development in rural areas, says Rep Also on the list is the younger brother of Senator Ike Ekweremmadu and former House of Assembly member, ... more
  • 6 hours BREAKING: South Africa grants landing permit to Air Peace — Mission TheNation
    South African authorities have granted landing permit to Air Peace Flight B777 to enable it to evacuate some 320 Nigerians escaping from xenophobia in that country, a Nigerian consular officer has confirmed. Nigeria’s Consul- General in Johannesburg, Mr Godwin Adama, made the confirmation in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. Adama spoke against the background of a complaint by the Managing Director of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema. Onyema had said that the refusal of South Africa to grant the permit made it impossible for the flight to leave Lagos at 1a.m. for Johannesburg to ... more
  • 6 hours Kwara govt, Saraki trade words over distribution of school materials TheNation
    Kwara State Government and former Senate President Bukola Saraki are at each other’s throats on the recent distribution of instructional materials to public schools in Kwara central. The state government argued that the materials were distributed directly to the schools from the Mandate office of Senator Saraki as opposed to going through the ministry of education. The state also added that personal identities of the former Senate President were emblazoned on them, stressing that it was not aware of the distribution of these instructional materials. But Saraki countered that the state government has misconceptions about the true picture of the ... more
  • 6 hours Over N5m lost as 16 cows died in auto crash TheNation
    Over Five Million naira was lost on Tuesday morning when Sixteen cows died in Mosolashi bus stop along Lagos Abeokuta express road. The accident happened around 6:30am while a long commercial bus popularly called ‘molue” fully loaded with passengers and the lorry fully loaded with 32 cows collided. The bus was heading to Oshodi area of Lagos State, while the Lorry to Abatior when the accident happened. The Nation gathered that the drivers of both vehicles were trying to avoid a deep pothole on Mosolashi bus stop when the accident happened, leaving the area littered and in traffic for some ... more
  • 7 hours APC suspends Kebbi lawmaker TheNation
    The Kebbi State Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended Alhaji Habubu Gwandu, a member of State House Assembly from the party for alleged anti-party activities. The suspension was announced by the state’s Public Relations Officer of the party, Alhaji Sani Dododo, while briefing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday. “The State Working Committee of the party on 16 Sept. 2019 resolved that Alhaji Habibu Gwandu is suspended from the party, for anti-party activities. “A committee has been set up to investigate the allegation against him,” he said. READ ALSO: Wike won election, says APC witness Dododo said ... more
  • 7 hours BREAKING: Delay in landing rights approval shifts evacuation of Nigerians TheNation
    The second batch of 320 Nigerians billed to arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Tuesday from South Africa has been moved to Wednesday following a delay in securing landing permit from South African aviation authorities for Air Peace. Chairman of the airline, Allen Onyema disclosed this in a telephone interview. Onyema said following the late approval for landing rights the Boeing 777-300 will now depart Lagos for Johanesbourg midnight to arrive with the second of 320 Nigerians by noon Wednesday. He said the airline was committed to the project to ensure it follows laid down procedures as set by ... more
  • 7 hours JUST IN: Buhari re-appoints Adeyemi, Adeleye Special Assistants TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Mr Segun Adeyemi and Mr Williams Adeleye as his Special Assistants (Media) attached to the Office of the Minister of Information and Culture. Mr Joe Mutah, the Chief Press Secretary to information and culture minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday. He said the re-appointment letters of the two SSAs, which were signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, stated that their appointment took effect from Sept., 6 2019. Adeyemi and Adeleye served in the same capacity between November ... more
  • 12 hours PenCom recovers N16b in seven years TheNation |Biz
    THE National Pension Commission (PenCom) on Monday said N16 billion unremitted pension contributions have been recovered from various employers of labour in the last seven years. The Commission also said pension assets have risen to N9.33 trillion as at the end of June 2019, as a total number of 8.72 contributors are registered with the commission across the country. Its Acting Director General,  Aisha Dahir-Umar spoke during a one-day workshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The workshop was organised by  Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) and PenCom on: Current Developments and Challenges in the Implementation of the Pension Reform Act ... more
  • 13 hours U.S. to groom 15m women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, others TheNation |Biz
    THE United States (U.S) is targeting grooming 15 million women entrepreneurs in Nigeria and other parts of the world between now and 2025. Speaking  in Lagos on Monday during the inaugural Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) programme, U.S. Consul-General Claire Pierangelo said providing new opportunities for women to learn, grow and develop entrepreneurial businesses will help them to escape poverty and improve the nation’s economic condition. She said the developing countries had an untapped resources in their women, and therefore, there was need to teach, train and mentor them to become successful hence the introduction of AWE. She said AWE ... more
  • 13 hours Nigeria loses over N30b to non-compliance on safety standards TheNation |Biz
    NIGERIA is losing over N30 billion yearly to non-compliance to internationally accepted safety standards by employers, businesses and employees, the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), has said. Its Chairman, Lagos State branch, Timothy  Iwuagwu,  said loss could run into trillions, considering the fact that most safety incidents  are either un-reported or under-reported in the country. He also said lives lost to work-related accidents caused by gross negligence to proper corporate safety processes cannot be quantified in monetary term. Besides, the bulk of those at work, he said, are self employed; they are mostly operators in the informal sector ... more
  • 13 hours Saudi outage could push Brent crude above $75 TheNation |Biz
    AN extended Saudi oil outage could push Brent crude prices to $75 per barrel, American multinational investment bank and financial services firm,  Goldman Sachs warned clients on Monday. It said the historic attack on the country’s processing plant has disrupted one of the world’s largest energy supply chains. Brent crude futures on Monday rose $6.21 to $66.43, about 10per cent; West Texas Intermediate futures climbed $5.19 to 60.04, or 9.4per cent. Earlier in the session, the surge in Brent prices represented the largest one-day move on record. Continued surge in crude prices is good for Nigeria’s N8.91 trillion naira ($29 ... more
  • 13 hours Shell deploys aerial cameras to track spills, crude theft TheNation |Biz
    THE Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) said it has deployed high definition (HD) cameras for quick detection and response to crude oil spills from its facilities. The cameras will also help in tracking pipeline vandalism and crude theft from SPDC joint venture assets. The General Manager, External Relations, SPDC, Igo Weli, disclosed this yesterday at a media workshop for reporters in Warri, Delta State. “The cameras are attached to specialised helicopters which carry out daily over-flight of our facilities. This measure has improved the surveillance of our joint venture assets.” In addition, Weli said SPDC had implemented ... more
  • 13 hours LADOL’s Lack of Commitment to Nigerian Economy TheNation |Biz
    Despite being the greatest beneficiary of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act of 2010, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL) has not made serious investment to develop local facilities and manpower for the benefit of the Nigerian economy. NOGICD Act makes it mandatory for foreign companies that win contracts in the industry to sub-contract  certain scopes of the works to Nigerian companies to boost the country’s economy. For instance, Saipem, a subsidiary of Italian oil giant, Eni, secured an engineering, procurement, commissioning and installation (EPCI) contract, worth about $3 billion, from Total Upstream Nigeria for the subsea development ... more
  • 13 hours NCC gets Sept 26 deadline to tidy 9.2m SIM cards TheNation |Biz
    THE Minister of Communications,  Dr Ibrahim Pantami on Monday gave the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) September 26 to rectify all improperly registered subscriber identity module (SIM) cards in the country. Pantami, who received the Management Team of the Commission in his Office in Abuja, however, praised the Commission for its ability to reduce the number of improperly registered SIM cards from 9.2 million to 2.42 million within one week. He told the team led by its board Chairman Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye that it had become necessary to ensure that not a single SIM card is being used in the country ... more
  • 13 hours Polio immunisation compliance rate high in Sokoto TheNation |Health
    AS the polio immunisation for children between 0-59 months began last Saturday across 10 local governments in Sokoto State, it is observed that mobilisation and awareness advocacy have influenced compliance in communities, as against the previous exercise. Most of the local governments have designed work plans to ease and encourage compliance by the residents. This has made it easy for vaccinators to access homes, to enable children get immunised. In some cases, some of the children defied their parents’ attitude against immunisation and get vaccinated. Wurno Local Government targets 69,280 for the MOPV4 exercise. Read Also: Why we chased away polio ... more
  • 13 hours Samsung’s nominations for Dubai’s award places Nigeria on global maritime map TheNation |Biz
    Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHIN), the leading operator of the SHI-MCI fabrication and integration yard, has been nominated for an impressive count of four awards at the prestigious Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa. SHIN is the only nominee to be listed for four individual awards as an entrant from Africa, underlining the breadth of its recent achievements in successfully fabricating and integrating the Egina FPSO, the largest FPSO in the world. The Seatrade Maritime Awards are recognised internationally as the gold standard in the industry and will drive increased interest among the maritime industry into what ... more
  • 13 hours Ayade warned against creating more ministries TheNation
    Association of Cross River Professionals in Diaspora (ACRPD) has warned Governor Ben Ayade against creating 11 additional ministries, to bring the state ministries to 39. The group said creating additional ministries will be too much of a burden on the lean resources of the state. The professionals said in a statement: “Cross River State currently with 28 ministries has the largest number of ministries for any state in Nigeria. An additional 11 would mean that it will now have 39 ministries. This would mean that Cross River, a state with the lowest net allocation in Nigeria, will now have more ... more
  • 14 hours Firm celebrates Udiroko festival TheNation
    La Casera has joined the people of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, to celebrate the 2019 Udiroko festival. The Udiroko festival is celebrated every August as a climax of the New Yam celebration. The 709 edition held between August 10 and 25. The La Casera team earlier visited the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III, to felicitate with him and the people. Kolanuts were broken and prayers said for the peace and prosperity of the community. The next stop for the train was the brand sponsored Ewi Cup Football Final, followed by the Udiroko Street Activation and Sampling Day, ... more
  • 14 hours Governor restates commitment to accessible education TheNation
    Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has restated his administration’s commitment to make quality education accessible. Wike spoke on Monday while inaugurating the reconstructed and remodelled Sea-Bed Model Primary School in Port Harcourt. The school is one of the 253 upgraded and expanded in the last four years. The opening is part of activities to mark Wike’s 100 days in office. Wike promised to uplift the standard of education through critical interventions. He said: “We shall continue to engage in human capital development; and the best way to do that is to fund educational development. Read Also: Wike won election, says APC ... more
  • 14 hours Wike won election, says APC witness TheNation
    The African Action Congress (AAC) collation agent for Rivers State governorship election, Nenye Kocha, has testified that Governor Nyesom Wike won the March 9 election. Kocha, who testified as AAC’s star witness yesterday, said there was no time the AAC candidate led in the race during collation of results. He told the tribunal that the party had only 418 agents across the 4,442 units. As a new party, it was only able to clear four House of Assembly candidates and one governorship candidate, he added. According to Kocha, Donatus Bariko, from Gokana council, and Henry Iyala, from Degema council, who ... more
  • 14 hours Rivers APC congresses on hold TheNation
    Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee in Rivers State Isaac Ogbobula has said the planned ward, local government and state congresses have been put on hold. Ogbobula, however, said other activities would go on. The National Working Committee (NWC) last week scheduled  fresh congresses for September 17 to 28. It also inaugurated the Ogbobula-led five-member caretaker committee. Read Also: ‘Abe must be expelled from APC’ A governorship aspirant, Senator Magnus Abe, last week obtained a court order stopping the congresses and declared the caretaker committee illegal. Ogbobula said the congresses were put on hold as directed by the ... more
  • 14 hours Delta 2023: power rotation agreement sacrosanct, says Ibori  TheNation
    Former Delta State Governor James Ibori has said power rotation among the north, south and central senatorial districts remains ‘sacrosanct’ for future polls. Ibori spoke during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government, at the weekend. According to him, complying with the established pattern of power rotation, which started in 1999, would ensure fairness to every ethnic nationality in the state. He was confident that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would hand over to an elected Delta Central indigene in 2023, as promised during his campaign. Ibori, who noted that time was still far away, wondered ... more
  • 14 hours Nigerians advised to embrace local languages TheNation
    A former Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, has said the use of Nigeria’s indigenous languages is necessary to have a more literate and sustainable society. She urged Nigerians to embrace the use of local languages in education and literacy. Prof. Adelabu spoke during the inauguration of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and investiture of members of the Non-Governmental Association for Literacy Support Services (NOGALSS) in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The former deputy governor, who is also the association’s National, said: “I am an advocate of the mother tongue. I have done a lot on it. I pilot-studied the ... more
  • 14 hours National identity management registers 37m Nigerians TheNation
    THE Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, on Monday said the National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) has registered 37 million Nigerians. The SGF spoke in Abuja at the maiden National Identity Day with the theme: Assured Digital Identity for All. Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the SGF (OSGF), Gabriel Tenimu Aduda, the SGF recalled that in 2015, the commission registered seven million Nigerians, while in 2018, the figure moved up to 37 million. He described the number as “highly commendable”. Mustapha said the issue of identity cannot be taken lightly, ... more
  • 14 hours ‘Abe must be expelled from APC’ TheNation
    A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Chukwuemeka Eze, has called for the suspension of Senator Magnus Abe to ensure peace and unity. Eze said: “Abe’s personal attacks on the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, are aimed at destroying the party at the national level, after dismantling the APC’s structure in Rivers State. “Abe decided to turn the heat on the NWC, even while continuing to make moves to ensure the party in Rivers State never gets out of the incapacitation he foisted on it. Abe is on a mission to destroy APC in Rivers State ... more
  • 14 hours Minister’s aide Onigbinde resigns amid social media backlash TheNation
    TECHNICAL Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Oluseun Onigbinde, has resigned his appointment. This followed public outcry against his appointment. Onigbinde, a Co-founder of BudgIT, announced his resignation on Monday. Prior to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, he had tweeted that whoever planned to vote for the President in 2019 did not love Nigeria. He wrote: “I will say this for the last time, if you plan to vote for Buhari or you encourage him for another term, you really don’t love Nigeria. You are either a closet ethnic jingoist or someone who worships ... more
  • 17 hours Mr Biggs expands TheNation |Biz
    Fast food outlet Mr Bigg’s has expanded its service base by remodeling its restaurants in a new initiative. Mrs. Ethel Mba, Marketing Manager, UACN Restaurants, which manages Mr Bigg’s, said the new initiative was to remodel the restaurants into an entertaining go-to restaurant of high value lifestyle. UAC of Nigeria Plc, she said is a leading diversified company, operating in the food and beverage, real estate, paint and logistics sectors of the economy. The Company’s brand portfolio includes leading brands such as Gala Sausage Roll, Mr. Bigg’s, Funtime Coconut Chips, among others, she added. Speaking in Lagos, the marketing manager ... more
  • 18 hours Bayelsa poll: Okoko chides defectors TheNation |Politics
    Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State, Mr. Keniebi Okoko chided politicians defecting to other parties after losing elections. He said the practice of jumping ship, which became rife in Bayelsa, following the governorship primary, was killing democracy in the country. Okoko, who came third in the PDP primary that produced Senator Douye Diri as the candidate for the November 16 governorship election urged politicians and their followers to begin to play value-based politics. He maintained that destroying a political platform because an aspirant lost an election was not in the best interest of the state. He ... more
  • 18 hours APC will retain Kogi, says Onoja TheNation |Politics
    Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello’s running mate on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Edward Onoja, has said that the party will retain the control of the Northcentral state. He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will lose its deposit at the November 16 poll. Onoja spoke in Lokoja, the state capital. After his emergence as the flag bearer, Bello nominated his Chief of Staff, Onoja, as his running mate for the November 16 election. Keen watchers of Kogi politics were not surprised that Bello dumped his deputy, Simon Achuba, for his CoS, Onoja. Bello and Achuba ... more
  • 19 hours Fed Govt seeks more standard gauge rail lines TheNation |Biz
    Transport Correspondents Association of Nigeria (TCAN) has urged the Federal Government to construct more standard gauge railway lines across the country. Its chairperson, Augusta Uchediunor, said completion of the Lagos-Ibadan project would boost growth and reduce traffic congestion. The TCAN chief expressed the hope that the minister would accomplish the plan to extend the Warri to Itakpe standard gauge line to Abuja and Warri Port. The association commended the decision to establish a manufacturing factory for coaches at Kajola, Ifo area of Ogun State, and the establishment of  a University ofTransportation in Daura, Katsina State. The association lauded President Muhammadu ... more
  • 21 hours ‘Obaseki has mismanaged Edo Assembly crisis’ TheNation |Politics
    All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole spoke with reporters in Abuja on the protracted crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly, how Governor Godwin Obaseki is handling the conflict and how it can be resolved. TONY AKOWE was there. What is the bone of contention between you and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki? This has been an issue I have tried to avoid. I watched people talking about Oshiomhole’s faction and Godwin’s faction. The truth is that I don’t have any faction. Everybody in Edo State particularly those of APC stock, are my people. We founded ... more
  • 21 hours Odunmbaku: Loyal politician at 73 TheNation |Politics
    Emmanuel Oladesu extols the virtues of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) member Cardinal James Odunmbaku, who clocks 73 this month. Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku is evidently a beneficiary of God’s endless grace in all facets of life. His 73 years of existence is a testimony that attests to the fact that God is truly a rewarder of those that diligently serve Him. He has been living a life that is dedicated to the service of God;  and in return, the Almighty has been working through him and working for him. Baba Eto as he ... more
  • 22 hours Fayemi orders probe into killing of FUOYE students TheNation
    Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has called on the state police Commissioner, Mr Amba Asuquo, to expose those behind the killing of two students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) during a protest. Fayemi, who made the call in a broadcast on Monday, said a Judicial Panel of Inquiry would be constituted to probe the incident, as demanded by student union bodies. He said the state government would compensensate families of the dead as well as foot the bills of those injured. The governor also lauded the exoneration of his wife, Bisi, from cause of the deaths. He ... more
  • 22 hours Gbajabiamila visits Katsina over security challenges TheNation
    The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has visited Katsina State to access the level of insecurity with a view to finding lasting solutions. Gbajabiamila disclosed this on Monday when he visited Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari. “We are here to see what is happening on the ground, discuss with the governor and proffer possible solutions to the problems. “Nigeria is one country, a state alone cannot deal with this, there must be something which we can do to assist. He said that no one can assist the state by just seeing reports in the media. “We have been ... more
  • 22 hours Tribunal upholds election of Gov. Makinde TheNation
    The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Monday, upheld the victory of Gov. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed petition against Makinde in the March 9 Governorship election in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adelabu and his party APC challenged the declaration of Makinde by INEC as the winner of March 9 governorship election in Oyo State. Makinde polled 515,621 votes to defect his closest rival, Adelabu who had 357,982 votes while PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are ... more
  • 23 hours #BBNaija: Khafi Kareem the ‘controversial’ constable and self-acclaimed ‘celibate’ TheNation |E
    Prior to Big Brother Naija 2019 ‘Pepper Dem’ edition, ‘Khafi Kareem’, was just a regular UK policewoman with dreams and aspirations to make it big in her own way. Interestingly, for the first time in the history of the competition, Khafi Kareem was one of the twenty-one Big Brother Naija 2019 housemates. She however got evicted from the reality show on Sunday, September 15. Khafi is a native of Ekiti, Nigeria, but she lives in London. Khafi who is aged 29 years old, is also a Police Officer in London. Her exit is coming after spending a total of 77 ... more
  • 23 hours Ogun tops list of South African returnees TheNation
    Ogun State has the highest number of the 187 returnees evacuated from South Africa last week. The Federal Government did a profile of the recent victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa who had willingly accepted to return to the country. The profile showed that the first batch of the 187 returnees are from 16 states of the federation. Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, appealed to state governments to support then returnees. Already, letters of appeal have been sent to the states to solicit for their interventions. Bank of Industry (BOI) and some telecommunication companies have ... more
  • 23 hours Xenophobia: 320 Nigerians to return from South Africa on Tuesday – Mission TheNation
    Nigeria Consul-General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, says 320 Nigerians have been registered to be evacuated from South Africa on Tuesday Sept. 17. Adama disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, while giving update on plans to evacuate the second batch of Nigerians. The consul-general, who said that the flight would be leaving South Africa around 6 pm on Tuesday, added that the number of Nigerians willing to come back home following the attacks had increased to over 1000. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first batch of 187 Nigerians willing ... more
  • 23 hours Xenophobia: Ramaphosa apologies to Buhari TheNation
    South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. Many Nigerians had lost their lives and properties due to the increasing xenophobic attacks in the country. Two Special envoys from South Africa delivered Ramaphosa’s message to Buhari during a closed door meeting in Aso Rock. One of the special envoy, Jeff Radebe briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. ... more
  • 23 hours Obasanjo, others urge Africa to learn from global trends TheNation
    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other stakeholders at a security forum on Monday stressed the need for Africa to carefully study global trends with a view to learning and positioning the region at an enviable height. They spoke in Abeokuta at the Second Intellectual Fiesta on Africa’s Development. The theme of the programme, which was organised by the Centre for Human Security and Dialogue, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), was  “Emerging Developments in Europe and North America: Lessons for Human Security in Africa.” Obasanjo, who was a special guest at the event, noted in his opening remarks that the world ... more
  • 23 hours EFCC nabs bank employee for allegedly stealing N137M TheNation
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, has arrested one Kehinde Olumide Agbabiaka, a sales agent of Fidelity Bank Plc. His arrest was sequel to a petition jointly penned by the bank’s Regional Security Officer and the Cluster Control and Compliance Manager, in which it was alleged that the suspect suppressed, diverted and stole a total sum of N137,000,000 (One Hundred and Thirty-Seven Million Naira) from personal and corporate accounts of a customer in Ibadan. Filed on August 20, 2019, the petition alleged that Agbabiaka committed the offence between January 2017 and July 2019. The suspect, who ... more
  • 1 day UPDATED: 13 states to witness increased flooding, says agency TheNation
    The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency on Monday said that 13 states across the country will witness increased floods following the rise in the water levels of Nigeria’s two major rivers – River Niger and River Benue. The agency said that water from six out of the nine countries that make up the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) is pouring into the country and could lead to severe flooding in these states. Director- General of the agency, Clement Nze, said this at press conference in Abuja, while giving update on the situation of flooding in the country. Nze said that latest information ... more
  • 1 day Nigerians react over Lupita Nyong’o adaptation of Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ TheNation |E
    Mixed reactions have continued to trail news that Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o will play the Nigerian lead character in aeries adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Sunday, Lupita confirmed that HBO Max had ordered a 10-episode series based on the award-winning novel. Following the announcement, Nigerians on social media shared diverse views on the casting of Lupita as the lead character, Ifemelu, an Igbo woman raised in Lagos. While some fans applauded Lupita for purchasing the movie rights, thus earning casting control, others opined that an Igbo or Nigerian actress would do justice ... more
  • 1 day Buhari, South Africa special envoys meet in Aso Rock TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with the special envoy from President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. The three envoys arrived the forecourt of the Presidential Villa, Abuja around 2.13pm in company with Acting South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Monroe. The envoys are in Abuja over the increasing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans living in South Africa. Apart from many Nigerians losing their lives in the country due the attacks, the first batch of 189 Nigerians returned to Nigeria from South Africa last week Wednesday. Read Also: Zikist-Buharist movement greets Buhari Many more ... more
  • 1 day NNPC negotiates $2.5b gas pipeline deal with China TheNation
    The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari, Monday said that the corporation is negotiating to secure $2.5billion gas pipeline financing arrangement with China. The information is contained in an online interview that Kyari had with Bloomberg. He said that if the agreement sails through, NNPC is to supply 2billion standard cubic feet of gas (SCUF) for 2,600mw to China. Kyari, who spoke with the Bloomberg in the World Energy Conference in Abu Dabhi in Saudi Arabia, noted that the parties are closed to secure the deal. He however added that it would take ... more
  • 1 day BREAKING: South African envoys arrive Abuja TheNation
    Special envoys sent by South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa to President Muhammadu Buhari have arrived Abuja. The envoys, led by the Acting South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Monroe, arrived at the Villa at 2.15pm to meet with the president. The meetings are part of efforts to end the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. Details shortly… ... more
  • 1 day Nigerian artist, Bankulli speaks on writing for Beyoncé TheNation |E
    Nigerian artist and talent manager, Bankulli Osha has revealed details of his work with Beyoncé on ‘Lion King: The Gift’. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the music heavyweight announced his appearance in the upcoming documentary for the album on Monday. On his Instagram page @bankulli, he posted a preview of the documentary and captioned it, “Watch me on the making of The GIFT album with Beyoncé. “Find your way back and the other side, watch on ABC Network. Beyonce presents ‘Making The Gift’,” he said. NAN reports that in July, Beyonce enlisted Bankulli alongside other Nigerian music superstars ... more
  • 1 day Alleged Misconduct: Kogi SSG testifies against deputy governor TheNation
    The Secretary to the (Kogi) State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Ayoade-Arike, on Monday, entered the witness box to testify at the panel hearing investigating allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor of the state, Elder Simon Achuba. Others that testified at the panel sitting at the state High Court, Lokoja, included the Acting Director (Treasury), Office of the Accountant General, Mr. Elijah Ebinemi, who presented before the panel, evidence of alleged salaries/allowances payment, to the embattled deputy governor. The certified true copies of said payment was said to have covered between 2016 and 2017. Also testifying was Saliu Hassan ... more
  • 1 day Appeal Court dismisses petition against Ondo PDP Senator TheNation
    The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Monday dismissed the petition of the United People’s Congress Party (UPCP) filed to nullify the victory of Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, representing the Senatorial District of Ondo South at the Senate. The UPCP filed an appeal having dissatisfied with the judgment of the Federal High Court in Akure, on July 5, 2019, which dismissed the application filed by the Candidate of Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Olatunji Felder. Felder prayed the court to nullify the victory of the Senator over the conduct of supplementary election of March 9, 2019 by ... more
  • 1 day BBNaija (S4): ‘Biggie’ forgives all strikes, introduces Veto twist TheNation |E
    Big Brother has issued a clean slate to all housemates and introduced a new Veto power of chance twist. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Sunday, all strikes and warnings were forgiven. This means that Omashola, Tacha, Ike and Mercy have no strikes. While Mercy and Omashola had one strike each and warnings, Ike and Tacha were on the verge of exiting the show with two strikes each. In the spirit of twists, Biggie also initiated a new veto power of chance game which began immediately after the eviction show. Tagged ‘the Ultimate veto power card’, it will ... more
  • 1 day Musician, Dammy Krane docked over alleged defamation TheNation |E
    A musician, Johnson Oyindamola, also known as Dammy Krane on Monday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly posting a defamatory message on the internet about Merrybet Gold Ltd. The Police arraigned Oyindamola, 27, on a three-count charge of threat to life, defamation and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace. He, however, pleaded not guilty. The Prosecutor, Insp. J. I. Enang, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some others still at large on July 29 at Cool FM in Lagos. Enang said the defendant posted a video on the internet ... more
  • 1 day UPDATED:Seun Onigbinde resigns amid social media backlash TheNation
    Following a public outcry over his appointment as a Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Co-founder of BudgIT, Oluseun Onigbinde on Monday announced his resignation. Onigbinde had prior to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted that whoever plans to vote for Buhari in 2019 don’t love Nigeria. He wrote: “I will say this for the last time, if you plan to vote for Buhari or you encourage him for another term, you really don’t love Nigeria. You are either a closet ethnic jingoist or someone who worships mediocrity.” His acceptance to work under ... more
  • 1 day Chimamanda Adichie’s book ‘Americanah’ picked for TV series TheNation |E
    The television series adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s acclaimed novel ‘Americanah’ has been green-lit by HBO Max. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lupita Nyong’o will star as the lead character, Ifemelu while ‘The Walking Dead’ star, Danai Gurira is the showrunner. HBO Max has given the limited series a 10-episode order with Gurira also writing the pilot for the award-winning novel. ‘Americanah’ tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with ... more
  • 1 day Makinde vs Adelabu: Security heightens as PDP, APC supporters besiege court TheNation
    The premises of the Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, the seat of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was jam- packed with heavy security personnel manning all the two major gates leading into the venue of the tribunal. Many lawyers in their flowing gowns and wings have seated in the Tribunal room as at 9am awaiting the three man tribunal to take their seats. As at 11am, the full session has begun, with the commencement of the reading of the judgment. Security agents were seen at every entrance to the premises, subjecting everybody wishing to enter the venue of the tribunal to ... more
  • 1 day Ondo CP orders probe into alleged stabbing at Akure Night club TheNation
    Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie has ordered a full-scale investigation into the alleged stabbing of nine persons by a policeman, Taiwo Orisadare at a night club in Akure. A statement by the command’s spokesman, Femi Joseph, a Superintendent of Police(SP), said the investigation became imperative because of the distortion of facts The command urged members of the public to disregard social media report on the matter, saying the story is a blatant concocted to deceive the reading public. The statement reads, “The attention of the Ondo State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on the ... more
  • 1 day Linda Ikeji upbeat as she prepares for son’s birthday party TheNation |E
    Linda Ikeji has vowed to make her son’s one year birthday a memorable one. The super rich blogger initially planned holding the party in Lagos but changed her mind and chose a venue in Dubai. She is currently in Dubai with her family members and friends. READ ALSO: Linda Ikeji starts challenge, searches for playwrights She said “My baby is full of joy! He is, by far, the best part of my life! Can’t wait to give him the best 1 year birthday ever………My heartbeat is turning 1 in a few days and I can’t contain myself. I was going to ... more
  • 1 day Court dissolves 10-year marriage over threat to life TheNation
    A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Monday dissolved a 10-year marriage between Kamardeen Babatunde and his wife, Iyabo, over threat to life and stealing. The Court’s President, Chief Ademola Odunade, in his judgment, held that since there was no more love lost between the couple, dissolution of the marriage remained the only available option left for the court. He however, awarded custody of the only child of the marriage to Babatunde and advised them to maintain peace wherever they came across each other. Earlier, Babatunde had filed for divorce, saying he was no longer interested in continuing with the ... more
  • 2 days Redeemer’s Varsity graduates 379 TheNation
    The Redeemer’s University, Ede in Osun State at the weekend graduated 379 students at its 11th convocation. Speaking at the event held on the university campus in Ede, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo advised youths to face the future with hope, saying they should not to allow the nation’s challenges to overwhelm them. Represented by the acting Chairman, Board of Trustees of the university, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, the vice-president urged the graduating students to be focused and face challenges. Read Also: Madonna Varsity marks 16th convocation as 38 Students bag first class He admonished them not to join the bandwagon of pessimists, “who ... more
  • 2 days I’ve experienced most turbulent times in office, says Abiodun TheNation
    Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun on Monday said God has continued to show His divine powers in his life and led him to triumphs in his trying times. The governor said he had experienced one of the most turbulent times since he became governor in May. He said his victory in the March 9 governorship election had been contested in many courts, adding that the Saturday validation of his victory at the tribunal was a further affirmation that with God, nothing is impossible. Abiodun poured out his heart to reporters after the opening ceremony of the second plenary of the ... more
  • 2 days Tribunal victory: Tinubu congratulates Ogun governor TheNation
    ALL Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has congratulated Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun over the judgment of the state’s Governorship Election Petition Tribunal affirming his victory in the March poll. Asiwaju Tinubu said the APC candidate truly deserved the victory, “despite the intimidation, harassment and violence unleashed on your numerous supporters and other shenanigans perpetrated by known opposition elements within and outside our party, APC”. The tribunal, headed by Justice Yusuf Halilu, threw out the petition filed by Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade and the Allied People’s Movement (APM). The judge held that the petitioners “not only failed, but ... more
  • 2 days Oyetola hailed on rehabilitation of Iwo-Osogbo road TheNation
    As skeletal rehabilitation work on the Iwo Osogbo road has begun, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has praised Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola for fulfilling his campaign promises to the people of Osun West. In a statement by him, Oba Akanbi, who hoped that full work would start after the rainy season, said he was not disappointed by the governor’s disposition to the people of Iwo and its environ. Describing the governor as a God-fearing politician and a unique administrator, the Oluwo said through the road, the people of Osun State, particularly those from Osun ... more
  • 2 days ‘INEC compiling, studying tribunal judgments’ TheNation
    THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday said it is taking note and compiling the judgments at various election petitions tribunals. But the commission said it would not be able to take action until after 21 days on the outcome of tribunal verdicts. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye spoke in Abuja. The spokesman said the law allows the commission to stay action for 21 days as the aggrieved party has that period to appeal. The aggrieved candidate, he explained, is empowered to remain in office within the period. Okoye, who ... more
  • 2 days Police warn against illegal assembly as NANS ‘relocates’ to Ekiti TheNation
    The administrative machinery of the National Association of Nigerians Students (NANS) will relocate to Ado-Ekiti in response to the killing of two students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti ((FUOYE), its National Secretary, Comrade Yusuf Farouk, has said. The students last Tuesday protested in Oye-Ekiti over incessant power outage in the community, leading to an attack on the convoy of the governor’s wife, Erelu Fayemi, while on an empowerment and advocacy tour to engage with women in the local government. They were said to have engaged the security operatives detailed with the governor’s wife in a clash. Two persons were killed ... more
  • 2 days Tribunal upholds PDP assembly members’ seats in Oyo TheNation
    The House of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Sunday upheld the elections of two People’s Democratic Party (PDP) assembly members in Oyo State. The three-man tribunal led by Justice D. M. Igyuse upheld the elections of Hon Olasunkanmi Babalola (PDP-Egbeda State Constituency) and Hon. Akeem Adeshina (PDP- Iwajowa State Constituency). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the duo were dragged before the tribunal by their All Progressives Congress (APC) opponents in the election to challenge their emergence. Babalola, the Deputy Majority leader of the assembly, was dragged to the tribunal by Olalekan Usman of the ... more
  • 2 days Makinde urges teachers to begin academic work TheNation
    As schools across Oyo State reopen today for the 2019/2020 academic session, the government has urged teachers, especially those in government-owned primary and secondary schools, to begin academic work immediately. The directive came from the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, in a statement issued at the weekend. Sangodoyin, who urged teachers, support workers and students to ensure they resume promptly, said they must also ensure that nothing prevents academic activities, including teaching and learning, from taking off immediately. The commissioner said quality education that will yield best academic performance remains the target of the Governor Seyi ... more
  • 2 days Religious stewardship beyond physical, Olonisakin tells Nigerian leaders TheNation
    CHIEF of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonishakin, has urged church leaders to look beyond church walls in their evangelical drive. The CDS noted that religious stewardship in the 21st century goes beyond church budgets and building projects. Olonisakin spoke at the weekend at the 29th convocation ceremony and 30th anniversary of West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS) in Ipaja, Lagos State. The CDS, who was represented by the Chaplain of the Defence headquarters, Abuja, 2nd Lt.-Col. Chukwudi Ochoji, said it was important for Christian leaders in the 21st century to connect with godly actions. He pleaded with the graduating clerics ... more
  • 2 days Surveyors hold 50th anniversary in Ibadan TheNation
    Surveyors will on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, host the major activities marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV). A seminar on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a dinner will hold in the ancient city where the professional body of the surveyors held its first conference in 1969. The lead paper of the programme will be delivered by Prof. B. T. Aluko of the Obafemi Awolowo University, according to the Chairman of the National CPD Committee and host of the seminar, Mr. Victor Ayeye. According to him, the theme ... more
  • 2 days ‘Pesticides affecting farmers’ produce TheNation |Biz
    A consultant to the World Bank, Prof. Abel Ogunwale, has urged government to take steps to control the flow of chemical pesticides to save agribusiness from financial losses. Ogunwale said farmers who use pesticides or fertiliser on their crops risk reduced yield or their produce being damaged or destroyed. Pesticides are chemicals used in agriculture to control pests, they are among the range of measures farmers take to protect their crops. Ogunwale said the use of substandard, fake and counterfeit pesticides has serious implications for farmers, saying such agro-chemicals not only fail to take care of pests, but also inflict ... more
  • 2 days AIICO gets Executive Director TheNation |Biz
    The Board of Directors of AIICO Insurance Plc has appointed Mr. Olusola Ajayi as Executive Director, its Head, Strategic Marketing & Communications Department, Segun Olalandu, announced in Lagos. In a statement, he said it follows the approval of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). Olusola is an experienced business leader with over fifteen years’ leadership positions in management consulting and insurance in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He joined AIICO in 2009 as head of the Business Strategy and Transformation teams. In 2013, ‘Sola assumed leadership of the retail life insurance business, and has led the transformation of the agency business, ... more
  • 2 days Recap: NAICOM seeks palliatives from NSE, others TheNation |Biz
    Ahead the recapitalisation of the insurance companies, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has started engaging with stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free exercise, reports Omobola Tolu-Kusimo. The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) is engaging other relevant regulatory bodies and agencies of government in the financial services sector for palliatives that will reduce the cost of recapitalisation on companies, the Acting Commissioner for Insurance, Mr. Sunday Thomas, has said. Thomas, who spoke with reporters, said the response from the relevant regulatory bodies and agencies, which include the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), was good. He said the exercise was going on smoothly and ... more
  • 2 days ‘Maritime reforms to encourage FDI’ TheNation |Biz
    The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said the Federal Government’s policies in the maritime industry were targeted at encouraging Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the sector. While addressing delegates at the West African Shipping Summit, a side event of the ongoing London International Shipping Week, he said the country will set up an International Maritime Arbitration Centre in Lagos, to facilitate the timely resolution of disputes within the Gulf of Guinea area. This, according to him, will significantly reduce the current trend where maritime players in the region head to London, Dubai or ... more
  • 2 days Group seeks reconciliation in Ondo APC TheNation |Politics
    Ahead of next year’s governorship election in Ondo State, a group, Continuity For Good Governance (CGG), has called for peace and unity among All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts. The group is championing the second term bid of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN). At its stakeholders meeting in Ijapo, Akure , the state capital, the group appealed to party members  to embrace unity. It urged party loyalists to chart a new course for the development of the party and the state. A communique by its Director of Publicity, Prince Kayode  Ehinlanwo, said the party cannot afford the continuation of rancour and disharmony  ... more
  • 2 days ‘Why tribunal declined to rule on Atiku’s citizenship’ TheNation |Politics
    The controversy over whether former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is a citizen of Nigeria or not remains unresolved as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal declined to rule on it. ERIC IKHilAE reports. The controversy over whether or not the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, is a Nigerian by birth and was qualified to contest the election in the face of the provision of Section 131(a) of the Constitution, may never be answered. The issue, which formed one of the grounds on which the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenged the competence of ... more
  • 2 days Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross wins awards TheNation |Biz
    The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, launched last year, has started on a brighter note, winning nine awards so far.  The Eclipse Cross, designed by the Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi Motors, to join its global line-up of crossover SUVs: the ASX compact SUV and the Outlander. Sold in over 100 countries, the impressive array of honours from all around the world is due to its technical abilities, design, and safety features. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was won the “Car of the Year in Russia – 2019” during the national award. It was named as the best “Compact SUV” in one of the most ... more
  • 2 days Ihedioha: I have done my best in 100 days TheNation |Politics
    Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha reiterated his commitment to repositioning the state. In his address at an event to mark his 100 days in Owerri, the state capital, the governor said he was on course. He said the Imo Growth and Strategic Development Agenda plan (G-SDP), a two stage development horizon of a five year economic blueprint conceived by the  Transition Technical Commitee, provided the roadmap for the economic growth and development of the state. The governor promised pursue focus on an economic growth and Strategic human capital development, agriculture and food security, infrastructure, industrialisation and job creation as well ... more
  • 2 days Anambra Central: I will challenge tribunal ruling, says Umeh TheNation |Politics
    The former lawmaker representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Victor Umeh, has said that he would challenge the tribunal verdict dismissing his petition against the Senator Uche Ekwunife of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Umeh, the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last election, had prayed the National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Awka to nullify Ekwunife’s election, on the ground that she never participated in the primary of the PDP as required by the law. The tribunal, however, declined Umeh’s request, saying that Ekwunife’s nomination was in order since the original candidate of ... more
  • 2 days G7 okays $251m for African women TheNation |Biz
    Leaders of the G7 nations have approved $251 million in support of the African Development Bank (AfDB’s) Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative to support women entrepreneurs in Africa. AFAWA aims to raise up to $5 billion for women entrepreneurs while AfDB will provide $1 billion financing. The risk-sharing mechanism used by AFAWA is a practical approach to international commitments. AFAWA was adopted during a summit of African Heads of State in 2015 and assigned to the AfDB for implementation. The cash was announced at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. French President/current G7 president, Emmanuel Macron ... more
  • 2 days No going back on national carrier, says Sirika TheNation |Biz
    The Transaction Advisers for the establishment of a national carrier, Air Nigeria, have concluded their research and are set to submit the outcome of their research to the Federal Government. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who spoke in Abuja during a meeting with executive officers of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association at the weekend also assured that plans for the country to have its own national carrier remains on the front burner. He said budgetary provision has been made by the Federal Government for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.He ... more
  • 2 days OPEC projects 3.1% global economic growth TheNation |Biz
    The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has projected a 3.1 per cent growth in global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) next year, from the expected 3.0 per cent by the end of this year. In its September 2019 Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR), it said after two years of relatively high growth levels, global GDP growth was forecast to stabilise at 3.0 per cent this year and to rise to 3.1 per cent next year. According to the report, the projection constitutes sound growth with ongoing solid oil demand, given the many uncertainties that derive mainly from the political arena. ... more
  • 2 days Investors upbeat as equities rally N316b gains TheNation |Biz
    Investors showed improved appetite for Nigerian equities in the immediate past week as attractive valuations, reduced political risk and improved macroeconomic direction spurred a broad-based bargain-hunting for quoted shares. Benchmark indices for the Nigerian equities market showed average gain of 2.33 per cent at the weekend, equivalent to net capital gains of N307.7 billion for the week. However, the listing of additional shares by Stanbic IBTC Holdings lifted the total increase in market value of quoted equities to N316 billion at the weekend. The sustained rally coincided with the Wednesday September 11, 2019’s decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal ... more
  • 2 days NSIA Insurance announces ISO 9001:2015 recertification TheNation |Biz
    NSIA Insurance has announced the successful completion of its 2019 ISO Surveillance Audit by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON). Head of Internal Audit and Quality Coordinator at NSIA Insurance, Udo Okeke in her statement  to reporters, said this year’s surveillance audit was conducted in the month of May across five of the 10 NSIA Insurance locations within the country. According to him, due to the consistency in compliance to the ISO Standards and the excellent quality of service provided to clients in the locations visited, the company and all its branches were recommended for continued certification. He stated that ... more
  • 2 days ‘Why Ogun West failed to produce governor’ TheNation |Politics
    The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Progress (ADC) in Ogun State during the last general elections, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, spoke with Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN on how the division in the Ogun West Senatorial District robbed the zone the opportunity to produce the governor. You contested the governorship elections three consecutive times without winning. How do you feel? I am definitely not satisfied because I have set some targets for myself, which I intend to actualise if given the opportunity to serve. I am not pleased with the results. However, I take solace in the fact that the race ... more
  • 2 days N614b bailout cash: Governors insist on terms for refund TheNation
    STATE governors are not prepared to meet the two-week deadline given them by the Federal Government to refund the N614billion bailout given to them in 2017. They are insisting on the 20-year repayment agreement reached by the two sides before the funds were released, The Nation gathered authoritatively on Saturday. They are also asking the presidency to prevail on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation   to stay action on the deducting the bailout funds until reconciliation has been done. A reconciliation team, headed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State will ... more
  • 2 days Plentywaka begins operations Monday TheNation |Biz
    Owners of Farmcrowdy, a digital agribusiness, have launched a bus hailing company, Plentywaka, which will begin operations on Monday, 16th September with 25 brand new buses. According to the MD/CEO of FarmCrowdy, Onyeka Akumah, Plentywaka is all about using technology to affect lives. He noted that unlike other transport hailing companies, it is out to make millionaires of investors and staff, including drivers and vehicle assistants. “We are building a model to empower the drivers to become millionaires, creating jobs and are particular with the values as against just business making venture.” Drivers become bus owners after three years of ... more
  • 2 days Why I don’t have a cabinet yet – Ganduje TheNation
    Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has revealed that the delay in constituting his cabinet is as a result of his desire to carry along all the different parties and groups that contributed to his second term mandate. The governor explained that the process of nominating Commissioners in his second term is taking a lot longer time, due to the emergence of different forces that supported him during the 2019 election. Speaking during a foreign Hausa Radio programme, monitored in Kano, Ganduje, promised to unveil the names of the prospective Commissioners soon. “Some of my former commissioners will be ... more
  • 2 days Three killed in Akwa Ibom cult clash TheNation
    The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed that three persons were killed in a cult clash between Axe and Vikings confraternities in Onna Local Government area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Mac-Don, disclosed this while speaking with on Sunday in Uyo. Mac-Don, who said that aside the three persons who were killed, added that some others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the clash. He, however, said that nobody had been arrested. “Yes there was cult clash in Awa, in Onna Local ... more
  • 2 days Police rescue kidnapped Baze University lecturer TheNation
    The FCT Police Command said it has rescued a university lecturer that was kidnapped in Abuja last week. The Command disclosed this as part of measures to clarify claims made on social media that FCT was under siege. The message, which went viral reads: “FCT is under siege, be warned. Its been officially confirmed that 6 persons have been kidnapped within the capital city just yesterday, 14th September,2019. “They include a lecturer with Base university who was kidnapped in broad day light, two teenagers returning from Islamiyyah at 6 pm in Wuse zone 6, one Mrs Hannah Azuibuike at 8.30 ... more
  • 2 days Asiwaju, Kaka congratulate Abiodun on his tribunal victory TheNation
    The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and a chieftain of the party in Ogun State, Senator Gbenga Kaka have  congratulated  Governor Dapo Abiodun on his victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Saturday. Tinubu and Kaka in separate reactions to the tribunal judgment which affirmed Abiodun’s victory in the March 9 Governorship election in Ogun state, said  the APC candidate truly deserved the victory. The former Governor of Lagos State in his congratulatory message issued by Tunde Rahman from Tinubu Media Office, stated that Dapo Abiodun deserved the victory that came despite the ... more
  • 2 days MOSOP welcomes military operations in Ogoni TheNation
    The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has described as a step in the right direction, the current military operations in parts of Ogoniland, Rivers State to weed out criminals, vandals and cultists, who it says have turned the area into a river flowing with innocent people’s blood. MOSOP, in an online statement by its President, Chief Legborsi Pyagbara, declared that end must quickly come to the criminal activities in Ogoniland. The umbrella organisation of Ogoni people said: “While we commend the deployment of military personnel in Ogoniland, we urge that the operations be carried out within ... more
  • 2 days Restructuring will help states tackle climate change, say Anyaoku, Sanwo-Olu TheNation
    Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday said a restructured Nigeria would be better able to combat the effects of climate change. They observed that Nigeria attained rapid development post-independence, under a regional system of government. They and other eminent Nigerians, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ms Amina Mohammed and a former President of Mauritius, Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, spoke at the 6th Olusegun Agagu Memorial Lecture, which took place in Lagos. They tasked African governments on the need to safeguard the continent’s future against ... more
  • 2 days CBN: leveraging poultry, cattle ranching for protein supply TheNation |Biz
    The success of the Anchor Borrowers Programme in staple food production has bolstered the determination of the Central Bank of Nigeria to add cattle ranching and poultry farming to its list of intervention schemes in efforts to provide protein for Nigerians, reports Group Business Editor, SIMEON EBULU   The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has not left any area untouched in its drive to ensuring adequate food production and guaranteeing food security in the country. When the CBN kick started its intervention policy, including the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) in 2015, many thought it was going to be a one-off ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria domestic gas utilisation hits 78,000MT in July TheNation |Biz
    The Executive Secretary, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Abdulkadiri Saidu, has stated that domestic gas utilisation hit 78,000 metric tonnes in July this year. He said in a statement the country has recorded steady growth in Domestic LPG Utilisation. He noted that the efforts of government, industry Operators and Regulators in deepening LPG Penetration is paying off as the nation continues to record rapid growth in the Utilisation of LPG in the country. The Executive Secretary added that “while domestic utilization ranged between Forty thousand (40,000) MT and Fifty-four thousand (54, 000) MT from January to April 2018, July ... more
  • 2 days Bayelsa governorship: APC youths lament internal rift TheNation |Politics
    Youths from the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend raised the alarm over worsening post primary election’s crisis rocking the party ahead of the November 16 governorship election in the state. The youths under the auspices of the APC Youths Alliance (APCYA) said in a statement that the outcome and manner of the party’s gubernatorial primary left it more divided that ever before. The Coordinator of the APCYA, Dr. Joseph Ikileka Temple, lamented that the APC might not actualize its desire to wrest control of political powers from the PDP if the party failed ... more
  • 2 days Dana Air takes delivery of first Boeing 737 aircraft TheNation |Biz
    Dana Air’s drive for strategic route expansion received a boost at the weekend as the carrier acquired a Boeing 737 aircraft. It is the first time the airline was acquiring a Boeing 737 aircraft it its 11 years of operations where it has flown over 4.5 million passengers. The Managing Director / Chief Executive officer of Dana Air Jacky Hathiramani, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the aircraft arrived Lagos about 1am on last Friday. He said the arrival of the first Boeing 737 aircraft was part of its promise to its passengers earlier in the year that the airline ... more
  • 2 days Ramaphosa sends envoys to African countries over xenophobic attacks TheNation
    President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has dispatched three special envoys to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the Presidency said on Sunday. The special envoys will deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts of South Africa, which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property, presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said. The envoys will reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity, Diko said. They will also reaffirm ... more
  • 2 days Fishermen lament losses from Dangote dredging TheNation
    Association of Fishing and Fishing Related Persons in Ibeju Lekki area, Lagos has raised alarm that the dredging done by Dangote Group of Companies on the sea has caused lots of damages on their fishing gears and fishing activities. Chairman of the association, Odubote Akorede while speaking with The Nation on Saturday lamented the loss of livelihood caused by the dredging activities, adding that it has significantly reduced their catch of fishes. Odubote noted that homes and properties worth millions of Naira has been destroyed by water from the sea which is caused by dredging activities. He also lamented that ... more
  • 2 days Omo-Agege calls for “thorough investigation” on Buhari, APC supporter’s attack TheNation
    Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has called for “thorough investigation” over the attack on a supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Elvis Omoiri, in Effurun, Delta state. Barr. Omo-Agege who represents the people of Delta Central senatorial district at the House of Senate, where Effurun, in Uvwie council area is located, stated Saturday in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga. Omoiri, was reportedly attacked last Thursday, by one Best Uduophori, believed to be a supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). An argument had reportedly ensued between ... more
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