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  • 2 days Ex-Minister expresses fears over ability of states to pay new minimum wage TheNation
    A former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh, has expressed fears that the new N30, 000 minimum wage, signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 18 would lead to chaos. Momoh, who is also a chieftain of the APC party made the statement this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja as part of activities to mark his 80th birthday. According to him, while he is happy over the new wage, he holds the view that it will lead to a situation where many states will not be able to pay and this will lead to industrial unrest ... more
  • 2 days Death sentence on 8 Nigerians by UAE is unfortunate, says Dabiri-Erewa TheNation
    The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa has described  the death sentence passed on eight Nigerians in United Arab Emirate (UAE) as unfortunate. Eight Nigerians were sentenced to death on Wednesday in Sharjah, UAE for a string of robberies at money exchanges and cash machines (ATMs) across the emirate in December 2016. Dabiri-Erewa said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja The presidential aide who expressed concern over the development,  however said the incident was not an actual description of personalities of ... more
  • 2 days Minimum wage: I will pay whatever FG approves – Wike TheNation
    Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday said he would comply with the provisions of the new minimum wage law as approved by the National Assembly and recently ratified by President Mohammadu Buhari. Wike who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, said, Rivers state Government will pay whatever is approved by the Federal Government. The Governor had earlier in various fora in the State unequivocally announced that the State will be the first to pay whatever was finally settled for as the new wage. Read also: Edo promises to pay minimum wage President Buhari recently signed ... more
  • 2 days FG sues for peace ahead of clean-up in Ogoniland TheNation |Politics
    The Federal Government has called on the people of Ogoniland to remain peaceful and avoid taking actions capable of delaying the clean-up in oil impacted communities in the area. Dr Marvin Dekil, the Project Coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) in the Federal Ministry of Environment, made the plea on Friday in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers. Dekil, who spoke at a sensitisation and town hall meeting with stakeholders in the area, reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to the clean-up exercise. He said that peace was needed in the area to enable contractors to commence clean-up of decades-long ... more
  • 2 days Better days ahead for Nigeria – Fayose TheNation |Politics
    The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Friday urged Nigerians not to give up on the country in the spirit of Easter. Rather, he asked them to keep hope alive on whatever challenges were presently facing the nation. In his Easter message released in Ado-Ekiti by his media aide, Lere Olayinka,  the former governor said that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ had given mankind the hope that no situation was beyond the divine power of God. Read Also: Fayose: How I took delivery of N1.2b cash, by bank chief Fayose also urged Nigerians to stand ... more
  • 2 days Akeredolu pays condolence visit to Olowo’s palace TheNation |Politics
    Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Friday, visited the palace of the late Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, to commiserate with the immediate family of the monarch, the chiefs and the entire people of Owo kingdom. While addressing the people inside the palace, Akeredolu said late Oba Olagbegi towered above many people, not only as a King but also as an intellectual. He said the people must at this point in time be proud of the services the late monarch rendered to the town, the state and the country at large which brought unprecedented development to the town ... more
  • 2 days ICRC trains Journalists on humanitarian reporting, first aid TheNation
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held three-day media workshop and first aid for Journalists in Lagos recently. At the training, Journalists were among other things taught on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), humanitarian reporting and first aid training which included how to manage themselves and others injured causalities at sites in the course of their duty or elsewhere. The ICRC Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Dawobe, said objective of the training is to relate with Journalists and to remind them much more on humanitarian reporting angles so that they would be able to report in a way that considers ... more
  • 2 days ICRC trains Journalists on humanitarian reporting, first aid TheNation |Health
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held three-day media workshop and first aid for Journalists in Lagos recently. At the training, Journalists were among other things taught on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), humanitarian reporting and first aid training which included how to manage themselves and others injured causalities at sites in the course of their duty or elsewhere. The ICRC Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Dawobe, said objective of the training is to relate with Journalists and to remind them much more on humanitarian reporting angles so that they would be able to report in a way that considers ... more
  • 2 days Secondus urges more prayers at Easter TheNation |Politics
    The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has urged Nigerians to use this period of Easter to intensify their prayers and be assured that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is for justice. Secondus, in an Easter message released on Friday by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, said that Nigerians should not allow the prevailing hardship in the country and the “unjust” outcome of the 2019 election affect their spirit of love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence. The PDP chairman noted that the country is clearly under siege from all corners, saying however that the period of ... more
  • 2 days Edo 2020: Group rally support for Obaseki/Shaibu re-election TheNation
    A socio-political group, the New Phase of Edo has declared support for Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu’s re-election in next year’s gubernatorial election in the state, arguing that the development strides recorded in the state in the last three years must be sustained beyond 2020. One of the leaders of the group, Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha, in a chat with journalists, said that the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration has brought a renewed understanding of what governance can be, with its focused, methodological approach to governance that is as humane as it is liberating and inclusive. ... more
  • 2 days FG threatens to revoke Mubi-Michka-Madagali highway contract in 14 days if… TheNation
    Disturbed by the slow pace and poor quality of work on Mubi-Michika-Madagali highway, the Federal Government has served a 14-day revocation ultimatum to the construction firm handling the project. The Federal Controller of Works in Adamawa, Mr Salihu Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Friday. Abubakar said two other construction firms currently carrying out road projects in the state were also recommended to be served with the revocation notice. ” Due to slow pace and low quality of the ongoing Maraba Mubi-Michika -Madagali Federal Highway construction being carried out by Ras Construction ... more
  • 2 days ‘Imo Reps-elect backing Gbajabiamila to become next Speaker’ TheNation |Politics
    The House of Representatives-elect for Isu-Nkwerre-Njaba-Nwangele Federal Constituency in Imo State, Ugonna Ozurigbo, has said assured his colleagues from the state under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Alliance (AA) will obey the decision of the of the APC and  President Muhammadu Buhari on the Speakership of the House of Representatives. Ozuruigbo, who spoke with journalists in Owerri, stated that the Reps from APC and AA are have already queued behind Hon Femi Gbajiabiamila as the Speaker in line with the directions of the party. According to Ozuruigbo, who is the serving Deputy Speaker of the ... more
  • 2 days Edo promises to pay minimum wage TheNation |Politics
    Edo State Government has said it would pay the new minimum wage of N30, 000 just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. It said it has been paying N25,000 minimum wage before the increment. Read Also: Edo 2020: APC passes vote of confidence on Obaseki Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, confirmed in the affirmative that the new minimum wage would be paid to Edo workers. Osagie was however silent on when the state government would commence payment. He said the state government is labour friendly. ... more
  • 2 days Minimum wage: Organised Labour wants immediate implementation TheNation |Politics
    Organised Labour made up of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has asked employers of labour in the country, especially states and federal government to immediately commence the implementation off the N30, 000 minimum wage following the signing into law of the minimum wage bill by the President. In separate statements made available to The Nation, the NLC and TUC commended the President for signing into law the new national minimum wage bill of N30,. General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson said in a statement made available to newsmen that signing ... more
  • 2 days Assuming holy state only during Easter period is hypocritical – Cleric TheNation |Politics
    Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra state, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has described as hypocritical Christians that assumed holy state during Easter period and returned to their sinful ways once the celebration was over. He also berated religious leaders that professed prosperity and view suffering among the Christendom as taboo. The Bishop, who stated this on Friday in a pre-Easter message, described such teachings as misleading. He stressed that Christians as followers of Christ, should see suffering and difficulties as part of the journey to eternity. He urged Nigerians to shun corruption and live righteous life worthy of emulation in ... more
  • 2 days Seven top movies to watch this Easter TheNation |E
    Thinking of what to do with your “short” Easter break? Why not spend the break relaxing with some good movies at the cinemas? We will call it the #Eastermoviemarathon.  Experience a blend of comedy, adventure, action, horror and a dash of inspiration with these movies this season. Shazam: This action movie from DC comics is a good way to start the movie marathon. It shows a 14-year old who can turn into an adult super-hero by shouting “Shazam!’’ It is a combination of action, adventure, science fiction and fantasy. DC comics for the first time, sprinkles in a dose ... more
  • 2 days Police to retrain officers, men on arms handling TheNation |Politics
    In a bid to stem the tide of police brutalities against the civil population, the police authorities have concluded plan to return all officers and men to the range from retraining on arms handling and proficiency. The Assistant-Inspector General of Police for Zone 11, Adeleye Oyebade, who made the disclosure at the inauguration of the “Operation Puff Adder” at the Zonal Headquarters along Gbongan-Ibadan road in Osogbo, Osun State capital, said the police could not allow the little mistakes and errors continue to affect the achievements of the Force. The Police Commissioners for Osun, Oyo and Ondo States comprising the ... more
  • 3 days There’d be adequate fuel supply in Easter, NNPC reassures TheNation
    The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, on Friday said that the corporation is now accountable for 75 per cent of gas supply to power in the country. The volume is about 300 million standard cubic feet per day. He reaffirmed the readiness of the NNPC to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products in all the nook and cranny of the country during the Easter holidays and beyond. Baru who gave this commitment during the conferment on him of the “Distinguished Merit Award’’ by the Association of Business Managers and Administrators of Nigeria ... more
  • 3 days Edo completes 17 markets with sanitary facilities, power TheNation
    In fulfillment of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s promise to traders during a recent tour of major markets in the state, the state government has completed the installation of sanitary facilities, including toilets and potable water as well as power generating sets in 17 markets across the state. Speaking during the handing over of the facilities to the traders, the Edo State Focal Person on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mrs Ifueko Alufohai,said the facilities were installed in fulfilment of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s promise to the traders. She said the governor directed the SDGs programme to deliver the project within three months, noting, ... more
  • 3 days Open defecation worsening Nigeria’s health challenges, Experts warn TheNation
    Experts in the health sector have warned that unless stringent measures are adopted to check open defecation, Nigeria’s health challenges will be aggravated. According to the experts, Nigeria comes second to India as the country with the highest prevalence of open defecation in the world. They warned that the situation is critical because Nigeria has, in only a couple of years, moved from the fifth position on the global table of countries with open defecation to the second position currently. This was one of the critical issues thrown up at a two-day training workshop on ‘Communication for Behaviour Change in ... more
  • 3 days NCPC boss loses PA TheNation
    Pastor Fred Romeo Obika, the Personal Assistant to Executive Secretary Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Rev Tor Uja on Media and Special Duties, is dead. Obika, who celebrated his 60th birthday some months ago, died on Wednesday after a brief illness. Uja, in a statement on Thursday, lamented the sudden demise of his former aide. Read Also: NCPC assures of improved services He said: “Pastor Fred Romeo Obika is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jewel Oluwatoyin Obika, seven children, and three grandchildren. “Funeral arrangements would be communicated as soon as the family takes a decision. “Bear us in mind in this ... more
  • 3 days Easter: Emmanuel urges opponents to put aside political differences TheNation |Politics
    Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has appealed to his opponents to set aside political bitterness and differences in the spirit of the Easter celebration and join hands with him to uplift the state. Emmanuel, who made the plea during his Easter broadcast to the state Friday, urged those who contested against him to accept the outcome of the last elections as the will of God and Akwa Ibom people. According to him, the well-being and future of the people should supersede any partisan political interest, adding that the Easter season epitomizes love and sacrifice which politicians must display ... more
  • 3 days Train derailment delays Lagos-Oshogbo bound free train ride TheNation
    A train derailment at the exit point of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), lddo Terminus, Lagos, delayed a 10.00am Lagos- Oshogbo bound free train service offered by the Osun state government. The delay was caused by a train shunting with a Lagos-Kano bound train which was to leave lddo by 12 noon on Friday. The Lagos-Oshogbo bound free train service which was to depart by 10.00am went to shunt, “overtake” ,the Lagos-Kano bound one but derailed in the process. The Lagos District Superintendent (DS) of NRC, Mr. Christian Mazda, confirmed the derailment, saying the corporation was on top of the ... more
  • 3 days One soldier killed, seven bandits neutralised in Zamfara TheNation
    One soldier was killed and ammunitions recovered during a duel between bandits and military troops of operation Sharar Daji and exercise Harbin Kunama III in various communities of Zamfara state. The troops, while on patrol to KARA Market of Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, also arrested a suspected informant. The arrest in turn led to the arrest of three other suspects Lawwali Denden, Salisu Na-mansu, Kabiru Kamarawa from Kamarawa village of Shinkafi axis and Mohammed Sani from Indiri village. These were contained in a statement by Major Clem Abiade Force Assistant Director Army Public Relation Officer in Gusau ... more
  • 3 days Cleric condoles Owo Kingdom over death of monarch TheNation
    Bishop Francis Wale Oke of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries has described late Olowo of Owo, Oba Victor Olateru-Olagbegi as a man who lived an exemplary and Godly life. Wale Oke in his condolence message to the people of Owo Kingdom and the Ondo State Government on the demise of the royal father who passed away at the age of 77 years, said the death was painful. Read Also: Cleric task Christian women on work-life balance He pointed out that the monarch contributed meaningfully to the development of his area and the state as well as the nation as a ... more
  • 3 days Onnoghen is guilty TheNation
    WHAT THE TRIBUNAL SAID Onnoghen is removed from office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council and Chairman, Federal Judicial Service Commission. The defendant is barred from any public office for 10 years.  The money in the five accounts, which the defendant has failed to disclose…is hereby confiscated, seized and forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria as it is crystal clear that such money was acquired illegally.   Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen lost yesterday the battle to affirm his integrity. The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) pronounced him guilty ... more
  • 3 days Fed Govt to divest 60% stake in BoA TheNation |Biz
    The  Federal Government yesterday said it will divest 60 per cent of its stakes in the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) as part of plans to restructure the lender. The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh, who spoke at the meeting for the recapitalisation of the bank in Abuja, said the bank has been performing sub-optimally due to the myriad of challenges it faced since inception in 1972. He said: “The process will lead to the privatisation of equity of the bank.We envisage that the Central Bank equity will be reduced to 20 per cent, Federal Ministry ... more
  • 3 days Simi drops ‘Omo Charlie Champagne,’ dedicated to dad TheNation |E
    Alternative Superstar, Simi, has released her much anticipated album ‘Omo Charlie Champagne’ with a heartfelt dedication to her late father. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ‘Amasiko’ singer took to her Instagram page on Friday, @simplysimi to announce the 13-track album produced by Vtek, Oscar, Legendury Beat and Season with all the songs written by her. She wrote, “When I was compiling this album, I knew I wanted to dedicate it to my daddy, Engr. Charles Oladele Ogunleye – who passed in 2014. I’m blessed to have come this far. “I’m blessed that it was possible for me. ... more
  • 3 days Ebonyi NLC commends Buhari for signing N30,000 Minimum Wage Bill TheNation |Politics
    The Nigeria Labour Congress, Ebonyi Chapter has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the N30,000 new minimum wage bill into law. Ebonyi NLC Chairman, Mr Leo Nkah, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, said Buhari has proved to be a caring leader. NAN recalls that Buhari on Thursday signed the N30,000 new minimum wage bill already passed by the National Assembly. Nkah called for quick release of the minimum wage table to enable workers receive the new pay as quickly as possible. Read Also: Court sacks Ebonyi Senator, orders fresh poll ... more
  • 3 days 10 ways to spend Easter holiday TheNation
    Easter holiday weekend is here and sadly, the weather is not looking too favourable. However, this long weekend provides a perfect opportunity for home improvement and family togetherness. Easter is traditionally a time for DIY (Don’t Injure Yourself), be it from decorating to landscaping or even solidifying your family bond. We take a look at ten such ways: 1 Make your home clean Eastertide has officially sprung, so what better time for a home clean? You can either choose to focus on one room, or work your way around the whole property. It’s a great time to tackle some of ... more
  • 3 days Onnoghen appeals Code of Conduct Tribunal conviction TheNation
    Justice Walter Onnoghen, sacked yesterday as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) upon his conviction by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has appealed the tribunal’s decision. In a notice of appeal filed at the Registry of the CCT, shortly after the judgment, Onnoghen raised 16 grounds on which he faulted the decision and urged the Court of Appeal to set it aside and discharge and acquit him. The appellant is urging the Court of Appeal to hold that the CCT lacked the jurisdiction to hear the charge and  that the tribunal ought to have recused itself from the trial. ... more
  • 3 days Onnoghen convicted TheNation
    WHAT THE TRIBUNAL SAID Onnoghen is removed from office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council and Chairman, Federal Judicial Service Commission. The defendant is barred from any public office for 10 years.  The money in the five accounts, which the defendant has failed to disclose…is hereby confiscated, seized and forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria as it is crystal clear that such money was acquired illegally.   Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen lost yesterday the battle to affirm his integrity. The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) pronounced him guilty ... more
  • 3 days Two persons die as petrol tanker goes up in Ibadan TheNation
    TWO unidentified persons were yesterday burnt beyond recognition when a tanker conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) spilled its content on Sawmill Bridge, Onipepeye area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The incident, which started at about 2p.m., also destroyed six vehicles, more than 10 motorcycles and many houses. Safe for the timely intervention of the men of the state fire service, the situation would have resulted in a likely explosion from a nearby gas station around the Onipepeye area as a result of the fuel spill, which also extended to parts of the Onipepeye area. According to sources, motorists and ... more
  • 3 days Buhari signs N30,000 Minimum Wage Bill TheNation
    LABOUR has won its battle for better pay for workers. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed the much-awaited National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Bill into Law. All workers, excluding those on the payroll of organisations with less than 25 workers, are to benefit from the new minimum wage regime, which took immediate effect. The bill, which approved N30, 000 as the monthly wage for the least paid worker, was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on March 19, immediately after the National Assembly resumed from recess. The Federal lawmakers had adjourned for the 2019 general elections. The Nigerian Labour ... more
  • 3 days LASTMA officials can arrest offenders, impound vehicles, says CEO TheNation
    LAGOS State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials can arrest erring motorists and  impound their vehicles, the agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chris Olakpe, clarified yesterday. Olakpe, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), was reacting to reports that the officials did not have such powers. He spoke while receiving in his office, members of the Humanitarian Voluntary Association for Community Development, who came to condole with him over the death of 18 LASTMA officials in the line of duty last year. Olakpe said the laws also stipulated penalties for neglect of traffic directions and disobedience of traffic control personnel. The ... more
  • 3 days Navy transfers suspects, weapons to INTERPOL TheNation
    The Nigerian Navy (NN) yesterday handed over the nine suspects arrested on board a service boat, SEA ANGEL 3, four firearms, ammunition and other exhibits recovered to the International Police (INTERPOL). Three Greeks, an American and five Nigerians were on Sunday arrested on the boat during a joint naval operation between Nigerian and United States (US) navies within the nation’s western waters. Handing over the suspects to Deputy Commissioner of Police INTERPOL, Lagos Command, Tunji Akingbola, the Officer in-charge of Tactical Command (OTC), Commodore Dickson Olisemenogor, said the captain of the boat had lied during radio interrogation that there were ... more
  • 3 days Fed Govt to divest 60% stake in BoA TheNation
    The  Federal Government yesterday said it will divest 60 per cent of its stakes in the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) as part of plans to restructure the lender. The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh, who spoke at the meeting for the recapitalisation of the bank in Abuja, said the bank has been performing sub-optimally due to the myriad of challenges it faced since inception in 1972. He said: “The process will lead to the privatisation of equity of the bank.We envisage that the Central Bank equity will be reduced to 20 per cent, Federal Ministry ... more
  • 3 days Utomi, SERAP, lawyers preach integrity as Onnoghen is convicted TheNation
    The need for integrity in the judiciary and other sectors of public life dominated discourse yesterday as the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) found ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen guilty of concealing assets, report Adebisi Onanuga, Joseph Jibueze. Integrity among public officials important, say Utomi, lawyers   A Professor of Political Economics, Pat Utomi, has called for integrity among public officers in the interest of nation-building and unity. He reacted to yesterday’s conviction of ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, of breach of Code of Conduct for public officers. The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) chaired ... more
  • 3 days Defection: Court sacks Ebonyi Senator TheNation
    Justice Akintola Aluko of the Federal High Court in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, has sacked Senator Sonni Ogbuoji (Ebonyi South) and ordered him to vacate the seat immediately. The court held that Ogbuoji, by defecting from the party on whose platform he was elected, flouted Section 68(1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution. The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw his Certificate of Return and to immediately conduct a fresh election to fill the seat. Ogbuoji was also ordered to refund all monies – salaries, allowances or any order form of payment he may have received as ... more
  • 3 days Shareholders laud GTB over sustained growth TheNation |Biz
    Shareholders of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTB) Plc yesterday commended the board and management of the commercial bank for sustaining growth despite the challenges in the operating environment. At the annual general meeting yesterday in Lagos, shareholders also unanimously approved the payment of a final dividend per share of N2.45 kobo, bringing the total dividend per share paid for the 2018 financial year to N2.75 Kobo. Shareholders commended the performance of the bank in 2018, noting that it has also started on a good with the first quarter results in 2019. A shareholders’ leader, Mr. Patrick Ajudua, commended the board ... more
  • 3 days Farmer seeks favourable policies TheNation |Biz
    The Federal Government has been urged to implement measures that will uplift the agricultural sector to boost farmers’  productivity. Speaking at the launch of 50 tractors  of Sonalinka assembled by Niji Tractors at Ilero, Oyo State, the Managing Director of Niji Group, Mr. Kolawole Adeniji, said the sector needs a functional  roadmap,  which will  include increasing crop yields, using efficient input, improving crop intensity and giving farmers subsidised prices. Adeniji said the Federal Government must restructure agricultural banks and do a proper loan for agribusiness development. He said if the government should rejig its agricultural policies and reposition the agric ... more
  • 3 days Funke Akindele is Dettol ambassador TheNation
    Antibacterial brand, Dettol, has announced Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello as its newest brand ambassador. The actress was unveiled during the launch of the “Clean Naija Initiative” at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja. The General Manager, RB West Africa, Mr. Dayanand Sriram, said: “At RB, we have made it our responsibility and purpose to help people live healthier lives and have happier homes. This is why we are launching the Clean Naija Initiative, which is an integrated multi-level campaign to create awareness, education and drive behavioral change to achieve a cleaner and healthier Nigeria. “The initiative comes at a critical time when ... more
  • 3 days Fed Govt sells oil at lower prices TheNation |Biz
    Nigeria released its official selling oil prices for May, showing a decrease for major grades-Bonny Light BFO-BON and Qua Iboe BFO-QUA, Forcados BFO-FOC and Escravos by around 20 to 25 cents compared with April. Buyers had been largely reluctant to pick up cargoes of May loading cargoes offered at and above a premium of $2 compared to dated Brent. One trader said backwardation and low refining margins had reduced the appeal of Nigerian crude for European buyers. Meanwhile, Angolan crude was already selling rapidly and at sky-high prices after the preliminary loading programme for June showed the lowest volumes in ... more
  • 3 days There is no faction in Lagos PDP, says Dominic TheNation |Politics
    Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Dr. Adegbola Dominic has said that he is the authentic chairman of the party. Addressing elders/leaders meeting at the party secretariat, Ikeja, recently, he said the party was at peace, noting that the threat by Segun Adewale was not an issue. The statement reads: “I use this opportunity to formally express my appreciation to you, great members of our great party for your steadfastness, and unflinching support, commitment and loyalty to the great cause of the People’s Democratic Party before, during and after the eleI commend your resilience and gallant disposition in the ... more
  • 3 days Lifting financial system via payment reforms TheNation |Biz
    The Financial System Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020) blueprint launched over a decade ago was meant to transform Nigeria’s financial sector into a growth catalyst. It was also to engineer the country’s evolution into an international financial centre to strengthen domestic markets and enhance their integration with external financial markets. COLLINS NWEZE captures the impact of the vision and contributions of lenders driving it. The world is rapidly changing, embracing technology and redefining the payment system. The need to get Nigeria onto the same wavelength as the rest of the world prompted the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) inauguration of the ... more
  • 3 days How to end rising suicide, depression cases, by SURPIN TheNation |Health
    Worried by rising suicide and depression cases in the country, the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN), set up two years ago by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has raised alarm over the issue and called on relevant authorities to put appropriate measures in place to stop it. This was one of the high points of activities to mark the two year’s anniversary of SURPIN, which took place at LUTH, Idi-Araba. Commending SURPIN for “saving so many lives” within the two years of its existence, LUTH’s Chief Medical Director Prof Chris Bode said he was delighted for embracing the ... more
  • 3 days AfCFTA: Pressure mounts on Nigeria to sign deal TheNation |Biz
    Of 55 African countries, 49 have signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement; 20 others have ratified the deal, which seeks to create a continental trade bloc of 1.2 billion people, with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about $3.3 trillion. But, Nigeria has yet to muster the political will to sign the treaty. However, experts and stakeholders have mounted pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign. They note that the agreement holds the key to maximising Nigeria’s economic potential, Assistant Editor CHIKODI OKEREOCHA reports. He spoke with the verve and bluntness of an expert schooled in ... more
  • 3 days How women entrepreneurs can access funds, by NACCIMA TheNation |Biz
    The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and its Business Women’s Group (NAWORG), during the week, rolled out recommendations to ease loan application processes for women entrepreneurs in the country. NACCIMA National President Mrs. Alaba Lawson recommended that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs set aside funds for additional investment in financial literacy initiatives for women and to simplify the application process for obtaining loans. In addition, she urged the CBN to publicly share data pertaining to women’s access to all available financial opportunities, ... more
  • 3 days Firm launches products TheNation |Biz
    Office automation and document management solutions provider, Brother International, has upgraded its products range from the business machines to the document scanners as part of the brand’s regional growth strategy. The products were launched in conjunction with the firm’s partner and authorised representative in Nigeria, Skysat Technologies, during a dealer conference and training on the new digital printers, held in Lagos. Assistant Manager, Planning Division, Brother International, Virginia Jonathan said the products would help their customers including home-based and medium to large-sized businesses to  increase productivity, improve work-flow,  enhance organisational efficiency and   reduce costs. According to her, the firm is working ... more
  • 3 days Assist unlock SMEs’ value chain, experts urge govts TheNation |Biz
    Experts in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector have called on the Federal and state governments to assist Nigerians in unlocking the sector’s full potential to create jobs and grow the economy. The experts, who spoke at a two-day workshop organised by SME owners in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said government at various levels needed to come up with policies and programmes to help develop relevant expertise and priorities that will help SMEs to flourish. For instance, a financial expert, Mr. Folarin Omoyelu, said lack of sound financial management was stunting the growth of operators in the SME ... more
  • 3 days International Breweries thumbs-up distribution partners TheNation |Biz
    International Breweries PLC, member of AB InBev,  has hosted its distribution partners across the country to a gala night at the Lagos  Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. . The distributors were commended for their excellent performances in the recent financial year, winning delectable prizes. It was also an opportunity for the company’s distributors, trade partners and other key stakeholders within the distribution value chain to exchange ideas, as well as deepen business relationships. In her remarks, International Breweries Managing Director Mrs. Annabelle Degroot was full of praise for the company’s distributors. “We want to spend this evening celebrating and thanking our special ... more
  • 3 days Androcare: we’ve taken fertility cure to everyone’s doorstep TheNation |Health
    From conception to delivery, it was a seamless process. This was because the idea that gave birth to Androcare Fertility Centre (AFC) was properly distilled in clarity of purpose. Unlike the usual practice of concentrating fertility treatment hospitals in highbrow areas to cater primarily for the moneyed elites, Androcare decided to pitch its tent with the masses by building an ultra-modern fertility treatment hospital in Akowonjo, a Lagos suburb. A risky venture, especially given the massive investment involved, but Dr. Adeleke Daramola, Androcare medical director, said it was a conscious decision to take fertility treatment to the doorstep of everybody; ... more
  • 3 days Zinc: An element with numerous health benefits TheNation |Health
    A trace element necessary for a healthy immune system, zinc helps to stimulate the activity of about 100 enzymes in human body. A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to diseases and illnesses, writes VINCENT IKUOMOLA For Aminatu Abubakar, a grandmother, it would have been a double jeopardy if she had lost her grandchild to diarrhea. Her daughter died when the baby was just five months, leaving the child as a source of consolation to her. Another tragedy also struck when the child became sick as a result of zinc deficiency. Abubakar said: “He was having diarrhea ... more
  • 3 days ‘Agbaje’s attitude ruined PDP’s chances in Lagos’ TheNation |Politics
    The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr Taofik Gani, spoke with Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN on the leadership crisis rocking the chapter, particularly the disbursement of campaign funds, the party’s poor performance in the recent elections and its preparation for 2023. Why did Lagos PDP perform poorly in the recent general elections? I will not we had a poor outing. We were overwhelmed by the power of the ruling party, the APC, in Lagos State. They were extremely prepared to retain the state. There was no opportunity to improve on our campaign modus ... more
  • 3 days Adewale: George is killing Lagos PDP TheNation |Politics
    Factional chairman of the Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Segun Adewale spoke with MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE on the intra-party crisis, why this is likely to persist and his plan to take over the party secretariat. The dispute over Lagos PDP chairmanship, what is it all about? The last time we were fighting over the chairmanship of the Lagos PDP, we ended up resolving it through reconciliation by the national body. If you look at it very well, there was a judgment that sacked the Ali Modu Sherrif-led national executive. That judgment did not sack the Lagos State PDP chairman. So, ... more
  • 3 days Your choice of family planning (3) TheNation |Health
    Last week, I informed you of what you should look for before you decide on a particular family planning method. In this week, I will take you along as we discuss the various family methods that are currently available. I will also point your attention to those methods that are in common use in Nigeria. Natural methods: The most effective family method that never fails is abstinence from sex. You cannot be pregnant if you don’t have sex barring medical intervention, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Advantage of abstaining from sex is that you do not ... more
  • 3 days FG has 58 roads, bridges ongoing projects in Southeast – Minister TheNation
    The Federal Government has 58  ongoing road and bridge projects in the South East, Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri has said. Shehuri said this on Thursday in Abuja when he received a delegation from Igbo World Union (IWU) led by its President General, Dr Mishak Nnata during a courtesy visit. He said that the Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt road, Onitsha-Enugu expressway, Onitsha-Owerri road, Ninth mile-Orokam road, Nnewi-Enugu road and Onitsha Eastern Bypass were among the ongoing projects. The minister said that since the inception of the current administration in 2015, the federal government has ... more
  • 3 days Easter message: Nigeria has what it takes to overcome challenges – Jonathan TheNation
    Former President Dr.  Goodluck Jonathan has said that the country has what it takes to overcome its challenges. He, therefore, urged Nigerians not to give up on the nation in the face of unabating violence and misery. The Ex-President who stated this in his Easter goodwill message also enjoined Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, unity, sacrifice and hardwork as necessary instruments for the fixing of what has gone wrong in our society. He said: “Through our faith and collective actions, we will overcome the tempests of violence, misery and insecurity that threaten our nation. “Easter is a time Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who ... more
  • 3 days Labour commends Buhari for signing Minimum Wage Bill TheNation
    The Organised Labour has commend President Muhammad Buhari for assenting to the National Minimum Wage Amendment Act approving N30,000 for the least paid worker in the country. It would be recalled that he bill was passed by the National Assembly in March. Some of the Labour leaders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Thursday in Abuja described the action as a way forward. Mr Bobboi Kaigama, President Trade Union Congress (TUC) said it was long overdue. According to Kaigama, we want to appreciate Mr President for assenting to the Bill on the National Minimum Wage.We also want ... more
  • 3 days Senate Presidency: Lawan’s choice majority decision– Group TheNation
    Sen. Ahmed Lawan Media Support Group (SALMSG) says the choice of the senator as President of the 9th Senate was beyond the decision of a single leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Convener of the group, Malam Abdul Abuh, stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. Abuh said various levels of the party had expressed support for the candidature of Lawan including the APC National Working Committee, the Presidency, majority of APC senators-elect and governors of the party. He said these are the critical stakeholders of the party that reserve the right to intervene in the ... more
  • 3 days Gunmen attack Adamawa community, kill 4 TheNation
    A husband and wife and their two granddaughters have been killed in an attack on Bolon, a town in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Witnesses said on Thursday evening that the armed killers descended on the town about 10 pm on Wednesday, shooting and burning down houses. The village head of the affected town, Robinson Filgona, said: “Over one hundred households in my community are now homeless because their houses have been burnt down. “Our food stuffs have also been burnt to ashes just like that. If you go round town now, you will see several of our ... more
  • 3 days Court orders INEC to withdraw Buhari’s ex-aide Certificate–of- Return TheNation |Politics
    A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Thursday disqualified AbdulRahman Kawu Sumaila as the elected representative of Sumaila/Takai federal constituency of Kano at the National Assembly.  Shamsudeen Dambazau of the APC had sued INEC, APC and AbdulRahman Kawu  Sumaila challenging the recognition of AbdulRahman Kawu  Sumaila  as the APC House of Representatives candidate for Sumaila/Takai federal constituency. The presiding judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued Sumaila, ruling he was not the duly elected as a member of the House of Representatives member for Sumaila/Takai federal constituency. The court declared he did not participate in the ... more
  • 3 days EFCC appeals verdict on Goje’s no-case submission TheNation
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a cross-appeal at the Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Gombe, which partially upheld a no-case submission by former Governor Danjuma Goje. The commission tried Goje on an amended N5billion fraud charge. He was charged along with Alhaji Aliyu U. El-Nafaty and S.M. Dokoro Gombe (aka S.M Dokoro). EFCC, through its prosecuting counsel Wahab Shittu, said Goje, between September and November 2010, allegedly forged a document titled: Resolution authorising His Excellency the Executive Governor of Gombe State to ... more
  • 3 days Two die in Ibadan tanker accident TheNation
    At least two people who are yet- to- be- identified were on Thursday burnt beyond recognition when a tanker conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) spilt its content on Sawmill bridge Onipepeye area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital city. Six vehicles, more than 10 motorcycles and many houses were destroyed on the Sawmill axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ibadan when the incident occurred around 2pm. But for the timely intervention of the men of the State fire service, there would have been an explosion as the scene was close to a gas station around the Onipepeye area. Motorists and commuters ... more
  • 3 days NUC approves new state university for Imo TheNation
    The National Universities Commission has granted provisional approval for the establishment of a new state-owned university of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Imo state. This approval takes the number of state -owned universities to 49 and 171 universities in the country. NUC’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, presented the certificate establishing the university to the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday, in Abuja. Rasheed said the approval makes this the second state-owned university in Imo. He said the state met all the requirements of the commission for the establishment of a university, hence the presentation of certificate to the governor. ... more
  • 3 days Air Force tackles Zamfara monarchs on list of strikes victims TheNation
    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday faulted the Zamfara monarchs on the list of victims of air raids carried out in Zamfara and its environs against bandits and kidnappers. It said at no time did it bomb targeted locations of the criminals. The Zamfara state Council of Chiefs through its Chairman and Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru had on Wednesday released names of civilians who were allegedly killed during air raids by the Air Force. Following the development, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar ordered a Panel of Inquiry to be headed by an ... more
  • 3 days Tension rises in Benin Republic over parliamentary election TheNation |Politics
    The coalition of opposition political parties in Republic of Benin on Thursday raised the alarm over alleged growing political tension in the country. The opposition parties claimed persecution of politicians opposed to the ruling government in the country. A statement by one of the leaders of the coalition, Mr. Jean Adèkambi, claimed President Patrice Talon has dissolved all political parties and created only two new parties. Adekambi said that the move was aimed at preventing opposition parties from participating in the forthcoming parliamentary elections in the country. He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari “as the chairman of ECOWAS and a ... more
  • 3 days Nigeria’s economy outlook positive, says Lai Mohammed TheNation |Politics
    The Muhammadu Buhari Administration has laid the necessary groundwork for the growth of the nation’s economy, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said. He therefore urged investors to take advantage of the government’s efforts by investing massively in Nigeria. The Minister according to a statement by his media aide, Mr. Segue Adeyemi made the call in London on Thursday, at a breakfast meeting with investors, lawyers, the business community and diplomats with ties to Nigeria. The minister stated that the country – as the largest economy and a political powerhouse in Africa – represents a highly attractive ... more
  • 3 days 164 APC members-elect endorse Gbajabiamila as Speaker TheNation |Politics
    Newly elected members of the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Progress (APC) on Thursday backed the ambition of Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiaila to become the next Speaker. The group numbering about 164 said it was not right for the north to produce the President of the Senate and demand for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives. In a statement to newsmen in Abuja by the its chairman, Hon. Tunji Olabunmi Ojo and the Director General, Hon. Dunkwu Nnamdi Chamberlain, the Forum of newly elected APC members of the House of Representatives said ... more
  • 3 days Benue Assembly extends suspension of 6 LG chairmen TheNation
    The Benue House of Assembly has extended the suspension of six local government chairmen by three months over alleged misappropriation of public funds and gross misconduct. The extension was sequel to a unanimous decision by members of the house on Wednesday during plenary in Makurdi. The House explained that the decision to extend the suspension of the chairmen was not a witch-hunt but to allow the executive conclude its investigation. The affected council chairmen are: Mrs Becky Orpin – Gboko Local Government; Mr Francis Ogwuche – Okpokwu Local Government; Juliana Audu – Makurdi Local Government; Austin Okwoche – Oju Local Government; ... more
  • 3 days Osun moves to secure state from bandit-miners, criminals TheNation |Politics
    Worried about the likely infiltration of illegal miners and bandits displaced from Zamfara State, Osun State Government on Thursday urged security stakeholders and traditional rulers to be at alert to prevent all forms of criminality. Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said: “It has become imperative to put measures in place to checkmate the influx of displaced illegal miners to prevent the reverberation effect of the Zamfara State crisis in Osun.” He spoke in Osogbo, the state capital, on Thursday at a security sensitasation programme attended by traditional rulers, security operatives, civil society organisations, politicians, market women, community leaders and top government functionaries. ... more
  • 3 days EFCC arraigns dismissed judge Ajumogobia for ‘money laundering’ TheNation |Politics
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Thursday arraigned a dismissed Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, for alleged money laundering. She was charged along with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Godwin Obla, who was absent. Justice Rilwan Aikawa issued a summons for him to appear on the day fixed for trial. When the case was called for the defendants’ to take their pleas, prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo said efforts to reach Obla failed. He said the SAN’s phones were switched off and that his lawyer could not confirm his whereabouts. Oyedepo said: “I can say that the second ... more
  • 3 days Court sacks Ebonyi Senator, orders fresh poll TheNation |Politics
    The Federal High Court has declared the Ebonyi South Senatorial District seat occupied by Sonni Ogbuoji vacant. The court ordered Ogbuoji to vacate the seat immediately. Justice Akintola Aluko of the Abakaliki Division of the Court held that Ogbuoji by defecting from the party under whose platform he was elected to another party flouted section 68(1)g of the 1999 constitution. The Court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the Senator immediately and to conduct a fresh election immediately to fill the seat. It also ordered the lawmaker to refund all ... more
  • 3 days Kwara appoints Bologi new Etsu of Patigi TheNation |Politics
    Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has approved the appointment of Umar Ibrahim Bologi as the new Etsu of Patigi in the Patigi local government area of Kwara. The appointment was contained in a letter signed by Alhaji Saidu Habeeb, the state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development and addressed to the new monarch. The letter read: “I am directed to inform Your Highness that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 3 and 5 of Chief (Appointment and Deposition) Law Cap 9 – ... more
  • 3 days Breaking: Wike suspends 12 council chairmen TheNation |Politics
    Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Thursday announced the suspension of 12 Local Government Council chairmen for insubordination. The suspended Council Chairmen are:  Okrika,  Emohua,  Abua/Odual,  Degema, Khana, Gokana,  Ahoada East,  Ikwerre, Eleme, Andoni,  Omuma and Ogu/Bolo Local Government Areas. Read Also: APC to Wike: leave Amaechi alone Nwakudu said the affected Chairmen were sanctioned for failure to participate in state official functions, which were not mentioned. Details shortly…   ... more
  • 3 days Senate presidency: North-Central group backs Goje TheNation |Politics
    A North Central group under the auspices of North Central Alliance for Danjuma Goje has thrown its weight behind the Senator for the position Senate President in the 9th Assembly. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the group, Comrade Nasiru Isiyaku who addressed a press conference in Kaduna on Thursday. He argued that, “the intimidating profile of the Gombe Central Senator kept rising like one bright star in a million galaxies. Part of the release reads: Senator Goje, who is eminently qualified, has demonstrated to his constituents that providing good governance is not rocket science. “Senator Goje, as a ... more
  • 4 days DPR bans sale of LPG in shops, homes TheNation
    The said it would clamp down on illicit retailers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) popularly known as cooking gas in Rivers. DPR’s Port Harcourt Zone Operations’ Controller, Mr Bassey Nkanga, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) of the planned clampdown on the sideline of LPG stakeholders’ meeting in Port Harcourt on Thursday. He said it was now illegal for retailers to transfer cooking gas from one cylinder bottle to another for sale to customers, an act commonly done by roadside LPG retailers. “Plans are ongoing to clamp down on any LPG retailer involved in decanting of cooking gas in ... more
  • 4 days ‘Poor implementation of audit recommendations frustrates corruption fight’ TheNation |Biz
    The poor implementation of audit recommendations contained in the Auditor-General’s inspections and annual audit reports frustrates efforts to rid the country’s public sector of corruption. The Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF), Anthony Mkpe Ayine, made this known when a delegation from the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) led by its Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor, paid a courtesy visit to his office on Wednesday in Abuja. Ayine said implementing the recommendations contained in the Audit Inspection Report to management of MDAs and Annual Audit Report would serve as deterrent and promote a more transparent and accountable system. He however noted that ... more
  • 4 days Facebook confirms uploading 1.5 million users’ email contact without consent TheNation |Biz
    The social media giant, Facebook, uploaded the contact details of 1.5 million new users without their permission in the last three years, Facebook confirmed in a statement on Thursday. READ ALSO: Facebook partners MainOne on metro internet infrastructure expansion in Edo “The error was discovered amid a change to the sign-up process made in March,’’ Facebook stated in a publication by the U.S. news website Business Insider. The California-based company said the details were not shared with anyone and are now being deleted. “The mistake has been rectified and affected users are being informed,’’ Facebook added. The company has seen a ... more
  • 4 days Ayodeji Adewunmi quits as the CEO of Jobberman TheNation |Biz
    The Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the biggest job site in Sub-Saharan Africa, Jobberman, Ayodeji Adewunmi has resigned to build a professional career in investment. Adewunmi resigned as the CEO of the company after nearly 10 years to pursue his new career. “I think it is great timing to say goodbye and explore what is next,” he said. “It is truly overwhelming but I have the comfort of knowing I leave Jobberman in better hands than my own. It is such an incredible feeling and honour to experience what you founded takes a life of its own. I will ... more
  • 4 days FG to divest 60% stake in BOA TheNation |Biz
    In the bid to restructure the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) for efficiency, the Federal Government has moved to divest 60 per cent of its stakes in the bank. The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh broke the news at the kick-off meeting for the recapitalisation of the Bank in Abuja. A statement that the Head, Public Communications of the Bureau, Amina Tukur Othman, on Thursday noted that Okoh said the Bank had performed sub-optimally due to the myriad of challenges it faced since inception in 1972. According to him: “The process will lead ... more
  • 4 days Helpful international travel tips for first-time travelers TheNation
    You’re excited, obviously because you’re about to head off for your first international trip, and it’s an amazing feeling. It’s also a daunting feeling. How will you cope? How much money will you spend trying to deal with it? It’s inevitable that you’ll make mistakes the first time you travel. Regardless, you can limit these mistakes by following these helpful international travel tips especially if it is your first time. Get your passport in advance This is the most important of all tips for first-time international travellers. Avoid unnecessary stress by applying for a passport well before your expected departure ... more
  • 4 days Labour crisis brews over refusal to inaugurate Kokori as NSITF chair TheNation
    Trouble looms in the nation’s labour sector as Organised Labour is poised for serious action with the Ministry of Labour and Employment over the failure to inaugurate Comrade Frank Kokori as Chairman of the Board of the NSITF. The planned inauguration of the Board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was aborted on Thursday as the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, refused to inaugurate the former General Secretary of NUPENG as Chairman of the Board. Read Also: Why labour, OPS won’t embrace tax increase The event scheduled for 10.30am at the Minister’s conference room did not take place ... more
  • 4 days AECF earmarks £16m for access to solar homes in Nigeria, others TheNation |Biz
    The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) has launched the Household Solar Round 2 Competition worth £16million to accelerate access to transformative solar home systems to the rural poor households in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Ghana, and Senegal. Its Senior Programme Officer, Mr. William Mulehi, disclosed this in a media Roundtable on RAECT Household Solar Competition in Abuja. The programme is to fund businesses promoting house solar systems to rural markets in sub-Saharan Africa.He said that the  funding is in partnership with the DFID United Kingdom Government. He noted that “REACT Household Solar Round Two (REACT Hs R2) is a N20.8million project ... more
  • 4 days Nollywood producers, distributors advised to shun films that debase societal values TheNation |E
    Industry stakeholders have called on producers and distributors in the Nigerian movie industry to eschew films and video works that erode values that define the African people. The stakeholders made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on the sideline of a conference on Film and Video Classification and Censorship in Onitsha, Anambra State. The event, with the theme, “The Dynamics of Online Movie and Video Contents”, was organised by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), from April 16 to 17, for filmmakers, distributors, investors and artiste. According to the stakeholders, films that reinforce ... more
  • 4 days Nollywood producers, distributors advised to shun films that debase societal values TheNation
    Industry stakeholders have called on producers and distributors in the Nigerian movie industry to eschew films and video works that erode values that define the African people. The stakeholders made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on the sideline of a conference on Film and Video Classification and Censorship in Onitsha, Anambra State. The event, with the theme, “The Dynamics of Online Movie and Video Contents”, was organised by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), from April 16 to 17, for filmmakers, distributors, investors and artiste. According to the stakeholders, films that reinforce ... more
  • 4 days Obaseki awards N6.8bn contract for road dualisation, drainage construction TheNation
    To provide needed infrastructure to fast track the development of the Benin River project and accelerate sustainable development in the state, Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has awarded a N6.8 billion contract for the dualisation of Ekehuan Road and construction of underground drainage system on Uwadiae Street. The contract was awarded during a recent Executive Council (EXCO) meeting held before the governor proceeded on his annual leave. The project was awarded at a cost of N6,812955739.70. On completion, it will “enhance the state government’s desire to transform Benin into a modern City and serve as a booster to the ... more
  • 4 days NIPR commends NNPC for promotion of PR TheNation |Biz
    The Abuja Chapter of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for effective deployment of Public Relations (PR) tools and professionals in managing its image and reputation. Dr Tayo Haastrup, the Chairman of Federal Capital Territory Chapter of the NIPR, made the commendation in Abuja during a visit to the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr Ndu Ughamadu. He said that the NNPC remained a critical promoter of professional PR practice in Nigeria. Haastrup also commended the NNPC for appointing a registered and certified member of the NIPR to ... more
  • 4 days Senate passes bills rejected by Buhari TheNation
    SEVEN of the bills rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari were yesterday reconsidered and passed by the Senate. The development came as the upper chamber initiated moves to override of the President on the Fourth Alteration Bill No.28. The Senate said the bills were reconsidered and passed in line with legislative procedures. President Buhari, in his letter of rejection, raised concerns about the constitutionality of the bills if passed into law. The President requested the Senate in the letters to consider the issues raised for their rejection and reconsider the bills. Passed are the re-drafted version of the Independent National Electoral ... more
  • 4 days I got my figures from your server, Atiku tells INEC TheNation
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has defended his claim that he got the results of the February 23 presidential election as tendered in his petition from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Atiku was responding to INEC’s reply to the PDP candidate petition to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), in which he claimed the poll’s figures he submitted with his petition were authentic. rRead also: Buhari challenges Atiku to present his credentials The electoral umpire declared incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the Akll Progressives Congress (INEC) as the winner of the February 23 ... more
  • 4 days Fed Govt approves $20m foreign loan for Lagos transportation plan TheNation |Biz
    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a loan of $20 million for Lagos State strategic transportation plan. The money is part of the $247 million loan approval granted at yesterday’s weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The other $227 million loan is for rural electrification and West Africa Power projects. The Finance Minister, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, who announced the loan approval, said the Lagos transportation project will be beneficial to 1.8 million residents. Lagos State, she said, has the capacity to repay the loan. The minister briefed State House Correspondents alongside the Minister of Transportation, Mr ... more
  • 4 days Buhari challenges Atiku to present his credentials TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to allegations in the petition by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), before the Presidential Election Tribunal. Buhari, in a response filed on Tuesday by a team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), debunked Atiku’s and PDP’s claim  that he was not qualified to run for President. The President said he was far more qualified than Atiku and challenged him to produce his academic credentials before the tribunal. He argued that Atiku was not qualified to run for the office. Buhari said he did not, “at any time, provide any ... more
  • 4 days Arewa to govt: end killings TheNation
    The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) rose yesterday from its National Executive Council meeting with a call on the Federal Government to take the battle to the criminals responsible for killings across the country. It also urged the government to take measures that will restore peace in the states. The ACF was unsparing of governors of the North, who it accused of not addressing the issue of out-of-school children. According to the ACF, the lack of attention to such children, has pushed up to over 10 million the number of Almajiri children roaming the streets. The NEC meeting, presided over by the ACF ... more
  • 4 days 19 suspects, two vessels held as Nigerian, U.S. navies join forces TheNation
    The Nigerian Navy (NN) yesterday confirmed the arrest of 19 suspects and two vessels within the Western waters during a joint operation codenamed “Junction Rain”, which it undertook with the United States (U.S.) Navy. The vessels were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and suspected crude oil theft by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) CENTENARY and a Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) boat which were among the nine platforms and two maritime patrol helicopters deployed for the seven-day operation. The Nation had reported that Angelopolous Spyridon, 54, (Greek); Kappis Christos, 57, (Greek); Petropoulos Stylianos, 34, (Greek); Zanski Michael-Anderson, 50 ... more
  • 4 days $1.2b Malabu oil deal: Court orders arrest of Adoke, Etete, others TheNation
    A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Jabi has ordered the arrest of two former ministers  – Mohammed Adoke (Justice) and Deazia Louya Etete (aka Dan Elete) (Petroleum Resources). Also to be arrested are Raph Wezels, Casula Roberto, Pujato Stefeno and Burrato Sebastino, who are senior officials of Shell, Agip and Eni SPA. The order for their arrest was issued by Justice Danladi Senchi upon an ex-parte motion argued yesterday by Aliyu Yusuf, a director in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The five men are said to be linked to the alleged $1.2billion fraud associated ... more
  • 4 days Olowo passes on at 77 TheNation
    A FIRST class monarch in Ondo State, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, is dead at 77 years. A palace source said the traditional ruler, who ascended the throne in 2003, attended a security summit held in the town on Tuesday. The monarch, it was learnt, developed complications after he retired to the palace and he eventually died. Although the state government was yet to make any official statement on the death of the traditional ruler, the news of Oba Olateru-Olagbegi’s death has spread across the state and beyond. Commissioner for Information Yemi Olowolabi said he was not aware ... more
  • 4 days Ex-Governor Oni loses bid to sack Fayemi at Supreme Court TheNation
    IT was a third consecutive loss for ex-Governor Segun Oni in his bid to sack Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi as the Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the appeal he filed. The appeal was against an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the decision of a Federal High Court, dismissing Oni’s suit challenging Fayemi’s eligibility to contest the last governorship election on June 14, 2018. The Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment of a five-man panel, held yesterday that the appeal by Oni was statute barred and therefore, incompetent. Justice Amiru Sanusi, in the lead judgment, held that ... more
  • 4 days Senate passes seven bills rejected by Buhari TheNation
    SEVEN of the bills rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari were yesterday reconsidered and passed by the Senate. The development came as the upper chamber initiated moves to override of the President on the Fourth Alteration Bill No.28. The Senate said the bills were reconsidered and passed in line with legislative procedures. President Buhari, in his letter of rejection, raised concerns about the constitutionality of the bills if passed into law. The President requested the Senate in the letters to consider the issues raised for their rejection and reconsider the bills. Passed are the re-drafted version of the Independent National Electoral ... more
  • 4 days Atiku to INEC: I got my figures from your server TheNation
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has defended his claim that he got the results of the February 23 presidential election as tendered in his petition from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Atiku was responding to INEC’s reply to the PDP candidate petition to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), in which he claimed the poll’s figures he submitted with his petition were authentic. rRead also: Buhari challenges Atiku to present his credentials The electoral umpire declared incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the Akll Progressives Congress (INEC) as the winner of the February 23 ... more
  • 4 days Senate, House reconvene next week to consider Budget 2019 TheNation
    REPORT of the much-awaited 2019 Appropriation Bill was laid in the Senate and House of Representatives yesterday. The Appropriation committees of the two chambers submitted a harmonised budget report for consideration and adoption. At the upper chamber, the Senate Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje, submitted the report while his counterpart at the Green Chamber, Mustapha Dawaki did the same. Read also: Senate passes seven bills rejected by Buhari Both chambers did not consider the report of the N8.83 trillion Budget, proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 fiscal year. The lawmakers, who have proceeded on Easter ... more
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