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  • 2 days Ooni of Ife, Oyetola, others for Osun Festival Award TheNation |E
    OSUN State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; the Aare Onakankanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Oba Moses Oyediran, Ajonbadi III, and Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, will be among other dignitaries to be given awards at this year’s Osun Festival in Modakeke. The festival is scheduled to hold from 28th to 30th of March, at Yeye Asa Center, Modakeke in Osun State. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Yeye Osun of Modakeke, Florence Trautman, said they will be awarded for their contribution to the development of culture and tradition in Yoruba land. ... more
  • 2 days Mama G, Sobowale in dramatic rivalry TheNation |E
    TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant, Globacom, has released two television commercials tagged ‘Emoji’ and ‘Smart Home’, in which veteran actresses Sola Sobowale and Patience Ozokwor aka Mama Gee  continue their dramatic rivalry. In the ‘Smart Home’, the duo attend an end-of-the-year party organized by Mama Gee’s daughter. At the party, Sobowale follows her daughter who wants to use the rest room and she is taken aback when the door opened of its own accord and she looks behind the door for who or what opened the door. The scene moves to the living room, where Sobowale goes to relax on the settee and ... more
  • 2 days Olorisupergal launches ‘healthy living with Tosin’ TheNation |E
      MEDIA entrepreneur and author, Tosin Ajibade, who is popularly known as Olorisupergal has launched a new Vlog. Titled ‘Healthy Living with Tosin’, Olorisupergirl launched the Vlog on Monday, February 17, 2020 to celebrate her birthday. ‘Healthy Living with Tosin’ will cater to men and women who are in the process of changing their diet and do not know how to start. The Vlog will see Tosin talk about her healthy lifestyle, her opinion on certain diets while also encouraging and acting as accountability partner to subscribers wherever they are on their diet journey. The Vlog will also feature guests ... more
  • 2 days Teni, DJ Cuppy, others nominated for Nickelodeon award TheNation |E
      NIGERIAN music superstars Teni and DJ Cuppy have been nominated for the Favourite African Star and Social Media Star respectively at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020. The event which will be hosted by American Rapper, Chance The Rapper, will take place in Inglewood, California and will stream across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles and channels will air on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and Nick Toons (DStv channel 308) on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Also nominated are international superstars Will Smith, Beyonce, Kelvin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Lil Nas X, Ed Sheeran, Angelina Jolie and others. Leading the pack ... more
  • 2 days Indomix: Why the industry needs to celebrate sound engineers TheNation |E
      FOREMOST Nigerian sound engineer, Iloyi Oluwole Adebayo, has blasted organisers of some entertainment awards for often forgetting to celebrate sound engineers. According to Adebayo, who is better known as Indomix, sound engineers are solely responsible for the first class mixing and mastering of many songs. Indomix disclosed that Sound Engineers are one of the very important live wires in the music industry especially as they are saddled with the responsibility of putting together the vocals, ad-libs, sequence, progression, after-effects, finishing, and gloss of many songs noting that without the Sound Engineers job, you definitely would have a headache, listening ... more
  • 2 days Burna Boy records yet another loss TheNation |E
    GRAMMY-NOMINATED artiste Burna Boy aka African Giant has lost out in two categories at the just- concluded 40th Brits 2020 award held 18th, February. He lost the Brits International Male Award to American rapper, Tyler, The Creator; other nominees in the category include: Bruce Springsteen, Burna Boy,Dermot Kennedy and Post Malone. Burna Boy also got his second nomination in the ‘Song of the Year’ category after featuring on Dave’s hit single Location, but the pair lost the award to Lewis Calpaldi’s Someone You Loved. Following his recent controversial tweets which he later deleted on his social media handles, on becoming ... more
  • 2 days How Tope Alabi’s dance split fans TheNation |E
    A video of a popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi, dancing freakishly has, on Tuesday, surfaced on the internet. In the viral clip, she was seen sweating as she imitates the dancing steps associated with one of the secular songs. Alabi act, however, caused uproar among fans on social media as many believe that the gospel singer did not portray and reflect the message of her spiritual songs while she received a groundswell of support from some quarters. “Anty Tope did you see your treading video, with white Versace top and pant, you really did fuck up,” a fan @femsy073 comments.  ... more
  • 2 days Regina Daniels turns publisher TheNation |E
    SHE became more popular when she got married to her hubby who is an elderly man. Nollywood actress Regina Daniels who is reported to be an expectant mother will be launching her magazine today at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The magazine named after her Regina; is created to celebrate the Nigerian divas. Featuring the actress in its first issue, she revealed that she once told her father that she will marry his age mate. The magazine also treated other topics relating to women issues. Announcing the new achievement on his Instagram, she stated. “With utmost gratitude in my heart I introduce ... more
  • 2 days INEC to voters: scrutinise certificates of candidates for Edo, Ondo gov polls TheNation |Politics
    Okodili Ndidi, Abuja   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it will display the personal particulars, including academic qualifications of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections. It disclosed that this will afford the citizens the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and take legal actions against those who present false information to the Commission. INEC insisted that this will help to check the new trend of courts determining the outcome of elections as observed in recent times. The Supreme Court sacked Bayelsa Governor-elect on the account that his ... more
  • 2 days Repatriated funds’ll spent as agreed – Presidency TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja   The Presidency, Friday night, explained that repatriated funds back to the country have been earmarked for identified critical projects across the country. In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency said it would be willing to give need clarification on any matter around a recent tripartite repatriation agreement signed among Nigeria, United States of America and the Island of Jersey. Recent reports claimed that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was planning to dispense part of a $308 million repatriated Sani Abacha loot outside the agreed focus of ... more
  • 2 days Politicians plotting violence in Bayelsa- IYC TheNation |Politics
    Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has hinted of a plot by disgruntled politicians to visit Bayelsa State with violence ahead of the Supreme Court review of the judgement that upturned the Governorship victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa. The IYC said desperate politicians were bent in causing chaos including a coordinated attack of oil installations in the state against the overall interest of the Ijaw nation. The IYC, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Alfred Kemepado, warned against the plot and urged persons involved in it to sheathe their swords and give peace ... more
  • 2 days Farmers/herders’ clashes: Edo holds public hearing with security agencies TheNation
    Our Reporter   The Edo State Governments has scheduled a public hearing of stakeholders across the three Senatorial Districts of the state to find lasting solutions to clashes between farmers and herders in the state. In a statement, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet, Mrs. Julie Olatunji on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government, said the stakeholders meeting will be held in conjunction with the State’s Technical Committee on Farmers/Herders Conflict Resolution. According to the SSG, the stakeholders include Local Government Council Chairmen, Traditional rulers, Community Leaders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Security heads across the Local Government Areas and ... more
  • 2 days Border closure ensured drop in illegal arms influx — Buhari TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that the partial closure of Nigeria’s land borders has help to reduce the influx of illegal arms and ammunition, used in banditry. President Buhari stated this on Friday when he received the President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The Burkina Faso President is the chairm an of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Committee mandated to resolve the issue of border closure between Nigeria and her neighbours. President Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and ... more
  • 2 days Omega power ministry awards scholarship to 16 students to study in Turkey TheNation
    Frank Ikpefan, Abuja     Omega Power Ministry (OPM) has awarded scholarships to sixteen students to pursue university education in Turkey. The students departed Nigeria for Turkey to continue their university education on Friday. Founder and General-Overseer of the ministry, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. Chinyere said that the beneficiaries who came from less privileged families have been enrolled with full scholarship (with feeding and accommodation) to study various degree courses in Kirklareli University, Turkey for a duration of four and five years. He said: “By the grace of God I have been sending children ... more
  • 2 days Residents uncover suspected kidnappers camp in llorin TheNation
    Residents of Okoerin community in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara on Friday uncovered a camp where suspected kidnappers camped some children. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the camp, a storey building, was uncovered when a woman was looking for her child. Some of the residents along Okoerin road, off lbrahim Taiwo road, had gone to look for the child who went to dispose refuse under a bridge adjacent to the building. When the place was uncovered, some people stormed the building and discovered 13 children already in captivity. The residents immediately alerted the Police who ... more
  • 2 days Landlord beats up tenant’s wife for allegedly turning down love advances TheNation
    By Kunle Akinrinade   A woman, Mrs Comfort Giwa, said she got the beating of her life when her landlord, Mr Adisa Lukman openly brutalised her for allegedly turning down his love advances. The incident, according to Comfort, the incident happened on February 9, 2020, while she was talking to a friend outside their residence at 3, Idiatu Kilani Street in the Fagba area of New Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos. She said she was mercilessly beaten by the landlord during which she sustained varying degree of injuries on several parts of her body including a wound on her arm. She ... more
  • 3 days JUST IN: Nollywood actor Frank Dallas dies TheNation |E
    Sampson Unamka Nollywood actor, Frank Dallas, has died in an hotel room in Abia, State. He died on Wednesday while attending a summit. A statement by Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) PRO Monalisa Chinda-Coker, mourned the demise of the actor. The statement reads: ”With heart full of sorrow, we announce the sudden death of the immediate past National PRO of GNU, Frank Dallas Ebulukwu. “The National President of AGN, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has declared three days of National mourning and prayers accross all State Chapters including FCT Abuja.’ “In view of this, all official activities of the Guild at all ... more
  • 3 days Mo Abudu becomes grandmother TheNation |E
    Media mogul and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, has become a grandmother after her daughter, Temidayo got delivered of a baby boy. She took to her personal Instagram page to break the news to her esteemed fans and followers. “All glory to God, I became a grandma today. “My darling Temidee gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. “Dear Temidayo and Adebola, the biggest congratulations. God’s love, favour and blessings now and always,” she wrote. READ ALSO: Mo Abudu becomes first African to chair International Emmys gala News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Temidayo wedded her heartthrob, Adebola Makanjuola ... more
  • 3 days FG releases N386m to fight coronavirus TheNation |Health
    Moses Emorinken, Abuja The federal government has released N386m to forestall unforeseen outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus, hitherto known as coronavirus. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) received a sum of N315m while N71m was released to the port health services division of the ministry for improved surveillance at the ports of entry. Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdullahi Mashi, disclosed these on Friday during a media parley in Abuja. According to him: “Intervention requests were made to the Presidency and because of the level of emergency, the Ministry of Finance consented to the ... more
  • 3 days AAU students protest slapping of SUG president TheNation
    Osagie Otabor, Benin Students of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma on Friday staged a protest on the streets of Ekpoma, demanding prosecution of a policeman that slapped President of the Student Union Government, Comrade Osamagbe Eghobamien. The protesting students blocked the Benin-Auchi highway and sat in front of the Police Division in Ekpoma. A source said trouble started when some policemen attempted to arrest some students staying off campus. The source stated that some executives of the SUG were present at the scene and an attempt to intervene led to a policeman slapping Comrade Eghobamien. READ ALSO: Nursing students protest colleague’s ... more
  • 3 days Pastor on deliverance trip dies in Anambra TheNation
    Emma Elekwa, Onitsha A Pastor, Richard Ifeanyi Obi, was on Friday found dead in his room in No. 5 Onuorah Street Amaenyi Awka, Anambra State. The deceased was said to be in the town from Warri, Delta state to conduct prayers for a family when the incident took place. The Nation gathered that the deceased was found lying lifeless where he was lodged. Confirming the report, police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said Commissioner of Police John Abang has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident. He said: “One Ikechukwu Uchendu ‘m’ of No. 5 Onuorah Street Amaenyi ... more
  • 3 days UPDATED: Shops destroyed as fire guts Abuja motor park TheNation
    Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja Many shops were razed on Friday morning when fire gutted Jabi motor park in Abuja. The incident, which started at 10:12am, led to pandemonium in the park as passengers and motorists scampered to safety. The situation got worst when the fire spread to a shop where car batteries and gas were sold, causing more havoc as combustible items exploded in the process. The explosion sent out a large ball of fire and smoke into the air, causing serious commotion around the densely populated business area of the city. The ensuing traffic girdlock bought business activities to a ... more
  • 3 days Wife to die by hanging for pushing husband to death TheNation
    Kolade ADEYEMI, Kano A Kano High Court presided by Justice Ahmad Tijjani Badamasi on Friday sentenced a Kano-based house wife, Rashida Saidu to death by hanging The convict was charged following her alleged complicity in the death of her husband, Dr Adamu Ali, who was until his death, a staff of the Federal College of Education, Kano. Prosecution Counsel, Mariam Jilbrin, had told the court that Mrs Saidu engaged her husband in a fistcuff at their residence in Dorayi Quarters about a year ago during which she pushed him down from a storey building, which eventually led to his death ... more
  • 3 days Four injured in Anambra multiple crash TheNation
    Emma Elekwa, Onitsha Four persons on Friday sustained serious injuiries in a multiple auto crash in Igbariam junction, along Onitsha-Awka Expressway of Anambra State m The accident, which occurred close to FRSC Nteje Unit Command at about 09.30am, involved two vehicles, a trailer and a commercial bus. The Nation gathered that the trailer which was heading towards Onitsha overtook wrongly and collided with the bus coming in the opposite direction. Confirming the incident, the state, Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Pascal Anigbo attributed the cause to wrongful overtaking. He said no death was recorded. READ ALSO: One ... more
  • 3 days Delta APC crisis deepens as chairman suspends secretary TheNation |Politics
    Elo Edremoda, Warri The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) Delta state chapter has deepened following the purported suspension of the party’s secretary, Mr. Chidi Okonji, by the state chairman, Prophet Jones Erue. Reacting to the development via telephone, the party’s Organising Secretary, Sir Amorighoye Mene, accused the chairman of working to destroy the party in the state, adding that the meeting that saw the “purported suspension was “unlawful”. Mene told The Nation that Prophet Erue had on Monday, February 17, called on LGA chairmen, ward chairmen, and women leaders, who are not members of the State Executive Council ... more
  • 3 days PHOTOS: Fire guts Jabi motor park TheNation
    Jabi motor park on fire   ... more
  • 3 days NHRC condemns attack on judges over political decisions TheNation
    Eric Ikhilae, Abuja The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has condemned the growing culture of attack on judges and the Judiciary over judgments on political cases. The NHRC, in a statement on Friday by its Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu, particularly faulted the recent invasion of the Abuja home of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court by some individuals alleged to be protesting the apex court’s judgment in Bayelsa State governorship dispute. The statement also condemned recent cases of kidnap of judges and warned that such practices, if not curbed by relevant state’s agencies, were capable of eroding judicial independence. ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: Edo, Ondo: INEC fixes date for party primaries TheNation
    Okodili Ndidi, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed date for party primaries and nomination of candidates for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections slated for September 19 and October 10 respectively. The party primaries for Edo state will hold from 2nd to 27th June, while that of Ondo State will hold from 2nd to 25th July. READ ALSO: INEC to decide date for PVCs collection soon — Okoye INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who made the disclosure during the Commission’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners, warned that the Commission will not shift the dates. Details shortly…. ... more
  • 3 days Oyo LG crisis: ALGON tells court it received terms of settlement TheNation
    The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State branch, on Friday informed a High Court in Ibadan that it received the proposed terms of settlement from the Oyo State government. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Oyo State government instituted the case to prevent the 33 chairmen from returning to their offices as ordered by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF). At the resumed hearing, Counsel to ALGON, Mr Kunle Sobaloju, confirmed to the court that his client has received the proposed terms of settlement from the Oyo State government. Sobaloju said that the proposed terms ... more
  • 3 days ‘Nobody has accused Obaseki of corruption’ TheNation
    By Osagie Otabor, Benin Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has not been accused of corruption despite the crisis in All Progressives Congress (APC), the party has said. The spokesman, Joseph Osagiede, in Benin, said Obaseki’s detractors have not pointed out any act of corruption, which showed the governor is doing well. Osagiede, who explained why the party called for a fast today, said the prayer and fasting is to be done individually and not at any gathering. He stressed that the election was not worth the blood of any individual. The spokesman said the party wanted to pray before meeting ... more
  • 3 days ‘Use capital market to drive national growth‘ TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor Former Secretary General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has urged the Federal Government to utilise the Nigeria’s capital market to develop the economy. Besides, Chief Anyaoku  applauded the recent move by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration  with the Bankers Committee, to leverage Public-Private Partnership (PPP) approach to bridge infrastructure gaps. Specifically, the partnership is expected to commence with construction of four roads, details of which are still hazy. Addressing the Principal Officers of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) during courtesy call to him in Lagos, Anyaoku who commended the board ... more
  • 3 days NSE launches comic book to boost financial literacy TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has published the maiden edition of StockTown, a comic book aimed at promoting financial literacy in Nigeria. StockTown makes use of illustrated characters story to educate readers of all ages about the importance of savings and investment. In its first issue, readers are introduced to Mora Johnson and her middle-class family who are experiencing financial hardship that pushes Mora to want to learn more about investment and financial independence. Commenting on the comic book, Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Oscar Onyema, said: “StockTown is the product of a passionate idea ... more
  • 3 days Shareholders okay AXA Mansard’s assets sale TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor Shareholders of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc has approved a divestment plan that involves sale of the insurance company’s real estate investments and pension management subsidiary. At the extraordinary general meeting in Lagos, shareholders unanimously mandated the board to divest from AXA Mansard Pensions Limited, the group’s pension management subsidiary. Shareholders also authorised the directors to divest from real estate investment, without necessarily outlining the specific real estate assets. The meeting authorised the directors to appoint such advisers, professionals and parties that they deem necessary, upon such terms and conditions that the directors may deem ... more
  • 3 days New strategic investor acquires 39% equity stake in AIICO Insurance TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor A new strategic investor, LeapFrog III Nigeria Insurance Holdings Limited, has acquired 38.83 per cent major equity stake in AIICO Insurance Plc. The acquisition was consummated through a private placement. AIICO Insurance offered 4.4 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to LeapFrog at N1.20 per share. The additional shares issued under the private placement increased AIICO Insurance’s issued share capital from 6.93 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to 11.33 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each. The newly issued shares have been listed at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), formally concluding ... more
  • 3 days Why Naira devaluation is unlikely, by Coronation Merchant Bank chief TheNation |Biz
    By Colins Nweze The Acting Managing Director, Coronation Merchant Bank Limited, Banjo Adegbohungbe has said that naira is unlikely to be devalued in the course of this year given the strong state of the foreign exchange reserves. He spoke at the Coronation Breakfast Session held in Lagos. The bank chief said that with foreign reserves at $37.23 billion mark, and new  policies by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to attract foreign direct investment. Speaking on several interventions and policies instituted by the CBN to attract local and foreign investors to the economy. He said there are several factories springing ... more
  • 3 days Interswitch, American Express partner on Amex cards TheNation |Biz
    By Colins Nweze Interswitch Limited, a leading technology-driven company focused on the digitisation of payments in Nigeria and other countries in Africa, and American Express (AmEx), are pleased to announce a new partnership to expand the usage and acceptance of American Express Cards across Nigeria. The partnership with Interswitch will enable American Express Cardmembers to transact using a wide range of merchants, who process payments through the Interswitch platform, for a range of travel, retail, hospitality and dining expenses, as well as ATM withdrawals. The partnership will also allow Interswitch to integrate its network of merchants in Nigeria into the ... more
  • 3 days Group plans conference in Lagos TheNation |Biz
    By Colins Nweze The Agile Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Nigeria’s largest Agile professional body, has concluded plans to host the Third Annual Agile Nigeria Conference 2020, with the theme Accelerate Your Delivery. This indication was given at a press conference organised  in Lagos. The event is scheduled to take place from  March 5-6 in Lagos. The yearly conference is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish. The main conclusions of the Agile Conference will be reflected and incorporated into the declaration of how Agile will help transform workplaces, businesses and services as ... more
  • 3 days CSL Stockbrokers named stockbroker to the Federal Government TheNation |Biz
    By Colins Nweze CSL Stockbrokers Limited, a subsidiary of FCMB Group Plc, has emerged as the new stockbroker to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The appointment of the firm, as announced by the Debt Management Office (DMO) on February 18, followed an open competitive bidding process in which other stockbrokers participated. With the appointment, CSL Stockbrokers now has the mandate to execute all transactions of the Federal Government on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE). This includes, posting bid and offer prices of government securities, supporting the DMO’s objective of promoting trading of Federal Government securities on the Exchange and attracting ... more
  • 3 days Ecobank MD lists food security gains TheNation |Biz
    By Colins Nweze Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has said food security is critical, as it enhances national security, and to ensure our continuous survival as a country, we must put agriculture in the front burner. Speaking at the Ecobank Agribusiness Summit in Lagos, the bank chief said it was an initiative to create a common platform that brings together partakers in the agric value chain, be it producers, processors, logistics entrepreneurs, insurance practitioners and others within the sector to think a better approach to agriculture sustainability for Nigeria. ”Agriculture is not just a culture, it is a business. ... more
  • 3 days Unicorn, down rounds and utter failures TheNation |Biz
    By Rarzack Olaegbe The Unicorn is a legendary creature. It is described as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiralling horn projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilisation and was mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers including Strabo, Pliny the Younger and others. In European folklore, the unicorn is often represented as a white horse-like or goat-like animal with a long horn and cloven hooves (sometimes a goat’s beard). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was commonly described as an extremely wild ... more
  • 3 days Lassa fever: A pestilence and emerging trends TheNation |Health
    Dr Joel Akande Last week, we discussed the emerging trends of pestilence. Human beings are not strangers to endemic and pandemic diseases. Indeed medical and educational history and scriptural books are littered with ravaging diseases that have killed millions. The origins of these pestilences are frequently human-animal interactions. Examples: the bubonic plague – or “Black Death” – killed as many as one-third of Europe’s people in three long years (1347–1350 with an estimated 30 million Europeans killed. The disease of bubonic plague is caused by a bacteria carried by fleas (which travel on rats). There are also the Egyptian plagues: ... more
  • 3 days Teva, Israel’s pharma giant, enters Nigerian market TheNation |Health
    By Adekunle Yusuf The Israeli pharma giant, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, said it has made a move to formalise her presence in the Nigerian market. Teva, which submitted its application for four of its very popular products for marketing authorisation to the National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in 2019, is ready to help the country improve its healthcare outcomes through quality medicines. Ahead of the launch of her products, Teva has said the decision of its management to go into partnership with Imperial Logistics, the country leading pharma logistics and marketing company, and Savante Consulting ... more
  • 3 days NGO offers free screening, treatment for 3,000 Lagosians TheNation |Health
    By Olaitan Ganiu A non-governmental organisation, Amal Outreach, has offered free screening and medication for over 3,000 people in Lagos. The four-day community health fair, which started on February 13 and ended 16,  was meant to prevent non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes in underserved communities. The outreach, which held in Oke-Arin, Alakoro, Apongbon, and Balogun, a central business district in the west of Lagos Island, attracted thousands of residents and traders who exploited the opportunity to know their health status. The managing trustee of the NGO, Dr. Folake Lawal, an infectious disease specialist, said the motive is in line ... more
  • 3 days ‘Nigeria can contain unforeseen outbreak of the coronavirus’ TheNation |Health
    From: Moses Emorinken, Abuja The West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS) has said that Nigeria has the capacity to contain any unforeseen outbreak of the coronavirus. Briefing journalists on the planned induction of fellows and the 2020 annual congress of the college billed for February 21 to 23, Dr. Godswill Okara, Chairman, Steering Board of WAPCMLS, observed that  should the coronavirus (now COVID-19) come to our clime, Nigeria has the capacity, personnel and designated facilities to respond appropriately. “We have the capacity to contain any unforeseen outbreak of the coronavirus, and some regional laboratories have been put ... more
  • 3 days Fed Govt: no going back on social media regulation TheNation
    From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Abuja The Federal Government has said there was no going back on its move to   regulate   social media in the country. As a proof to that, it has contacted the two major social media platforms — Facebook and Google — over the issue. The government cited recent instances of fake news that made it resolve to go ahead with the plan to ensure that damages were not done to the country through the social media. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made these known at a news conference in Abuja yesterday. He also ... more
  • 3 days Oral ill-health as a silent epidemic TheNation |Health
    Oral diseases are one of the most prevalent health challenges in the country, with poor awareness about oral wellness, dearth of dentists and absence of sustainable strategies for national preventive and therapeutic oral health services fuelling the crisis, reports MOSES EMORINKEN   Although oral infection is not considered as a life-threatening issue by many people, it has been shown to be strongly associated with high mortality. According to reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO), 3.5 billion people were estimated to have suffered from oral diseases worldwide in 2017, with untreated dental caries (tooth decay) being among the most prevalent ... more
  • 3 days ‘Amnesty’ plan for repentant Boko Haram members risky TheNation
    By Sanni Onogu, Precious Igbonwelundu and Robert Egbe A proposal before the Senate for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram members has been described as “risky”, although not totally out of place. The Senate on Thursday got a Bill seeking “An agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020”. It is sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe East). The agency, according to the Bill, “is to help disintegrate the violent and poisonous ideology that the group spreads as the programme will enable some convicted or suspected terrorists to express remorse over ... more
  • 3 days Ndoma-Egba: we need forensic audit in Niger Delta TheNation |Politics
    The former Chairman, Governing Board, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the forensic auditing of the interventionist agency. Buhari has been applauded by various groups and individuals from within and outside the Niger Delta region for his directive on the forensic audit of the NDDC accounts, to ascertain what was responsible for the inability of the Commission to actualize its mandate two decades after it was set up. Ndoma-Egba said the step taken by the President, by insisting on the conclusion of the forensic audit before a new board is inaugurated, ... more
  • 3 days Obaseki revokes Ibori’s C of O TheNation
    From Osagie Otabor, Benin Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has revoked the right of occupancy granted to a former Delta State Governor James Ibori on a property on Plot 103A, Aiguobasimwin Crescent, Old GRA, Oredo Local Government. Obaseki said he revoked the property in the exercise of the power conferred on him by sections (28) 1 and 38 of the Land Use Decree of 1978 and under all other laws enabling him. Read Also: Obaseki embarks on new city devt in Benin The governor, who signed the revocation order, said the property was on an area of approximately 1985.950 square metres. ... more
  • 3 days ‘Council chairmen should complement Sanwo-Olu’s efforts at grassroots’ TheNation |Politics
    By Emmanuel Oladesu, Deputy Editor Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC)  Chairman Alhaji Tunde Balogun on Thursday urged the 57  council chairmen to complement the efforts of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the grassroots. He also charged the local government  party chairmen to welcome defectors to the platform with enthusiasm and integrate them into the local structures of the ruling party. Balogun spoke at the ‘Unification General Assembly’ of the Lagos East Senatorial District held at the Centre for Management Development (CMD) Field, Magodo. The “unity meeting” were chaired by the senatorial leader, Chief Busura Alebiosu, and the Lagos APC Vice ... more
  • 3 days Igala community backs Akeredolu for second term TheNation |Politics
    Our Reporter Indigenes of Igala in Kogi State resident in Ondo State, under the umbrella of Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA), have pledged their support for the second term ambition of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, (SAN). The ICDA, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Abdul Adamu, said they were happy to identify with the governor and also congratulate him on his meaningful and purposeful programmes. The group described the programmes embarked upon by the Akeredolu administration as people-oriented and geared towards peace,  development and progress of the people of the state. The group spoke during a courtesy visit to the Governor’s Office,  ... more
  • 3 days Youths, women groups back Abraham TheNation |Politics
    By Damisi Ojo, Akure Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, a group the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth and Women Forum for Good Governance, has endorsed Chief Olusegun Abraham for governor. Speaking during their monthly meeting in Akure, the state capital, the group’s chairman, Olotu Oluwatoba, reiterated the need to have a compassionate technocrat who has contributed immensely to economic and infrastructural growth of the state to occupy the Alagbaka Government House. According to him, the endorsement of  Abraham is coming in view of the need for him to expand and improve the people-oriented programmes he ... more
  • 3 days Ensure APC outlive 2023, Daura urges members TheNation |Politics
    By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja Former Minister of Agriculture Alhaji Sani Zango Daura, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged leaders and members of the ruling party to ensure that the party outlive 2023. He gave the advice in Abuja at the opening of the 2020 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of a pressure group within the ruling party, Aspirants Forum. The forum is the gathering of all aspirants that contested for the party’s tickets for various elective offices during the 2019 general elections. Daura who is the patron of the forum, maintained that loyalty of party members  ... more
  • 3 days EU pledges N32m aid to fight Lassa fever TheNation
    From Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja The European Union (EU) has announced the allocation of €80,000 (N32 million) in humanitarian funding to assist in Lassa fever eradication in Nigeria. The fund will be used to assist families affected by the outbreak of the disease. The EU fund is also expected to support the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygienic practices and disease transmission control. The fund will contribute to the identification of suspected cases, support contact tracing and provide psychosocial support. A statement by the Press Officer of Delegation of the EU to Nigeria, Modestus Chukwulaka, said those directly affected by the ... more
  • 3 days ‘Bello has better plans for second term’ TheNation
    In this piece, Kwara State Governor Yahaya Bello’s media aide Isa Onogu explains that the governor is taking steps that will enable him to build on the achievemnets of his first term. From the moment his re-election was confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Yahaya Bello was ready to take on governance head-on, to make it more impactful this time. He had identified the pitfalls of leadership of the Confluence State through painstaking research, analysed available date and proffered short, medium and long term solutions and ready to consolidate with his re-election mantra: “Let’s Do More!” he ... more
  • 3 days Don: our homes no longer give guidance TheNation
    By Tajudeen Adebanjo A lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU), Dr. Khadijah Olaniyan-Shobowale, has urged parents to eliminate bad ideology and indoctrination from their homes. The bad ideology, she said, was having negative effect on the society. She spoke at a seminar organised by Lagos District of The Criterion (an association of Muslim women in business and professions). According to her, diverse ideologies and indoctrination disunite family. “The Muslim home is the unit of the society, whatever happens to the Muslim home will affect the society. The home is no longer there to provide the right guidance and identity ... more
  • 3 days Lyon’s deputy: Supreme Court verdict stain on me TheNation
    From Eric Ikhilae, Sanni Onogu and Jide Orintunsin, Abuja All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate in the Bayelsa State governorship election in Bayelsa State Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on Thursday said the Supreme Court judgment which nullified their victory has damaged his reputation. The party on Thursday filed an application for a reversal of the February 13 verdict. The Supreme Court held that Degi-Eremienyo, who was a running mate to David Lyon, presented forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Degi-Eremienyo, who spoke for the first time to reporters in Abuja, said the allegations were not proven, and ... more
  • 3 days Pre-Hajj team in Saudi to finetune logistics TheNation
    By Tajudeen Adebanjo CHAIRMAN/Chief Executive Officer of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan is to lead the commission’s pre-Hajj team to Saudi Arabia to arrange accommodation and feeding for this year’s Hajj. The pre-Hajj team, inaugurated yesterday, has the three permanent commissioners on the delegation, senior management, workers from relevant departments, and Zainab Ujudud Sheriff, a pharmacist. Sheriff, it was learnt, would inspect likely locations to site Nigerian clinics as well as ascertain that all conditions set by Saudi Arabia for setting up clinics were met. Hassan urged the team to dedicate time and effort, as ... more
  • 3 days African, UK youths seek narratives to foster growth TheNation
    TECHNOLOGY centre in Africa Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), in partnership with British Council and Beatfreeks Collective yesterday announced a programme to remove singular, outdated narratives between Africa and United Kingdom. The partnership will bring 40 digitally savvy young professionals together to generate and disseminate narratives to foster a stronger collaboration towards better Africa/UK understanding. Holding between February and April, 40 young people; 30 Africans and 10 English men will participate in two residential labs in Kigali and Birmingham to develop  ideas to contribute new narratives for Africa and U.K. The pilot is part of a five-year programme to strengthen Africa-UK relationship ... more
  • 3 days New GM ‘will stop’ building collapse TheNation
    By Tajudeen Adebanjo LAGOS State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Tajudeen Abiodun Afolabi as the general manager of Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL). Afolabi succeeds Olalekan Ajani. He is a civil servant with a record of impeccable performance in various positions. Afolabi was director of Farm Services in Ministry of Agriculture; director of Enforcement & Advocacy; and director of Conservation and Ecology Department in Ministry of Environment, among others. Afolabi, at his maiden press briefing, said he would checkmate building collapse. He said there would be zero-tolerance for buildings without adequate pre-test. “The governor is passionate about the ... more
  • 3 days Lekan Babalola, others for 6th Afrocentric Rhythms Concert TheNation |E
    Our Reporter Percussionist and Grammy award winner, Lekan Babalola, will be leading the likes of Charley Boy, The Professor and Elder Maxwell at the sixth edition of Afrocentric Rhythms Concert holding today at Freedom Park, Lagos. The show as stated by the organisers as a post Valentine gig and to be hosted by Raymond Browne will have a twist by bringing a mystery guest artiste who will perform with the Abinibi Groovy band. Lekan Babalola, is an award winning jazz percussionist who began playing the conga drums at a young age. He has released seven albums so far. The 59-year ... more
  • 3 days Yemi Alade supports Hollandia campaign TheNation |E
    Our Reporter Hollandia Yoghurt has unveiled its love-themed social media campaign, tagged #HYLovesYa. This is in furtherance of its quest to reinforce market leadership through quality innovation and consumer engagement,  With Yemi Alade, the campaign would reward consumers of Hollandia Yoghurt as they indulge in their favourite brand in this season of love. Consumers are encouraged to participate by tagging Hollandia Yoghurt’s social media handles on Facebook (@HollandiaYoghurt1), Instagram (@hollandiayoghurt) or Twitter (@HollandiaYogh), and show how they share love with Hollandia Yoghurt, to stand a chance of a surprise meeting with the multiple award-winning artiste or receiving special gifts from ... more
  • 3 days MI delves into film production TheNation |E
    Our Reporter Nigerian rapper and record producer, Jude Abaga, known as MI Abaga, has shown another side to his creativity. The rapper who once revealed that artistes on Chocolate Record Labels are allowed to exploit other dimension to help the company grow shared a movie poster on his Instagram handle of a Bollywood/Nollywood movie production which he co-produced titled Namaste Wahala. This happens to be MI’s first foray into film making as he disclosed that he was one of the associate producers for the forthcoming movie schedule to hit the cinemas on April 24, 2020. He thanked the likes of ... more
  • 3 days Film on Nigerian marital challenges overseas premieres TheNation |E
    By Esther Edukpe A film that reveals  what Nigerians go through overseas was premiered in Lagos. The movie entitled: The Marriage, hosted journalists and guests in Lagos. According to its producer, Jide Bisayo, the movie is basically about Nigeria, their marriages and some of the challenges they face overseas. Bisayo said the movie was recognised as one of the British Film of 2018 by UK government before it was released in 2019. “The film also dealt with the fact that the easiest way for people to regularize their stay when they go abroad is to find an indigene and get ... more
  • 3 days Alex Okosi speaks on humble beginning TheNation |E
    Our Reporter The special episode of MTV Base Behind The Story featured Alex Okosi, who is the driving force behind Viacom CBS Networks Africa, Tuesday, February 18. In the episode, Alex sits with host, Pearl Thusi and opens up on several issues about him, his background, and how he built the Viacom business in Africa. With entertainment experience amassed across three continents over 21 years, Alex Okosi spoke about his humble beginning in Enugu, his family, and how travelling to America at the age of 12 in pursuit of academic excellence changed the course of his life for the better. ... more
  • 3 days Heineken to sponsor James Bond No Time To Die in Nigeria TheNation |E
    By Dupe Ayinla-Olasunkanmi With plans to break a new ground this year, Heineken has announced its activities for 2020. The announcement was made at a media briefing held on Tuesday, February 18, at the Heineken House. The brand also unveiled some of its exciting plans for the year, including the new James Bond No Time To Die movie premiere, in April. No Time to Die is a forthcoming spy film and the 25th installment in the James Bond Series, produced by EON productions, It features Daniel Craig in his fifth and final outing as the fictional M16 agent James Bond ... more
  • 3 days NDLEA destroys 16, 146 kg of illicit drugs in Bauchi TheNation
    Agency Reporter Bauchi State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday destroyed 16, 146 kilogrames of illicit drugs and narcotic substances seized by the command. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, Muhammad Mustapha, stated this at the destruction exercise at Dungal Village in Bauchi Local Government Area of the state. Mustapha, represented by his Chief of Staff, Oluru Femi, said the seized drugs consist of 6, 665. 852 kilogrammes of cannabis; 7,011. 865 kilogrammes of cough syrups and 1, 883. 914 kgs of Tramadol. He decried the prevalence of pharmaceutical drug prescriptions and the ... more
  • 3 days ‘Why Gov. Ishaku is out of Taraba for long’ TheNation
    Agency Reporter The Taraba Government has dismissed calls for the impeachment of Gov. Darius Ishaku, who has stayed out of the state since December. According to a government statement, Ishaku’s continued stay in Abuja did not in any way constitute an impeachable offence. Bala Abu, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity who issued the statement on Thursday night in Abuja, dismissed the call as laughable. According to him,  the governor is staying in Abuja to recuperate from a domestic accident he earlier suffered. “As a result, His Excellency had to stay back in Abuja to receive ... more
  • 3 days Alleged N1.3b fraud: Judge advises EFCC to put house in order TheNation
    Our Reporter Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to put its house in order to tender evidence in the trial of for Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido. The EFCC charged Lamido with 43 counts amended charge bordering on abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N1.35 billion. Lamido was arraigned alongside two of his sons – Aminu and Mustapha – as well as Aminu Abubakar, Bamaina Holdings Limited and Speeds International Limited for allegedly defrauding the state. Justice Ojukwu said there was a ... more
  • 3 days Gbajabiamila lauds media’s role in Nigeria’s democracy TheNation
    From Tony Akowe, Abuja House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajajiamila has said the current democracy in Nigerians was the outcome of the sacrifice and struggle among the nation’s media. He said it would have been impossible to have democracy in the country if the media had not risen to the occasion. Gbajabiamila spoke on Wednesday in Abuja at the unveiling of the Green Chamber magazine and official lapel pin of the House of Representatives. Dignitaries at the unique event include Lai Mohammed, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari; Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, who stood in for Senate President Ahmed Lawan; ... more
  • 3 days NAF destroys ISWAP hideout, neutralises insurgents in Borno TheNation
    Agency Reporter The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) hideout at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin in northern Borno. NAF said it also neutralised some of the insurgents fighters at the same area. Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the operation was conducted on Wednesday. Read Also: Borno’s distress replicates Jonathan era Daramola said the feat was achieved on Feb.19, in air strikes conducted as part of the ongoing ... more
  • 3 days Kwara Govt proposes IDs, uniform for commercial motorcycle operators TheNation
    Agency Reporter The Kwara State Government has initiated issuance of Identification Cards (IDs) and uniforms for commercial motorcycle operators as security measures to curb crimes in the state. The state Commissioner for Works, Mr Suleiman Rotimi, made this known on Thursday in Ilorin during a meeting with commercial motorcycle operators better known as “Okada” riders in the state. Rotimi said that the measure became necessary sequel to the influx of motorcyclists from other states into Ilorin and other towns. He said that part of the security strategies adopted was the introduction of new single uniforms, IDs with bar codes and ... more
  • 3 days We are not recruiting, PSC warns job seekers TheNation
    Nicholas Kalu, Abuja There is no on-going recruitment of cadet assistant superintendents and cadet inspectors, the Police Service Commission (PSC) said on Wednesday in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani. The commission cautioned Nigerians against falling for conmen who may want to extort them by promising to assist in job placements. Ani said: “The Commission notes that it is in possession of messages and requests to notable Nigerians informing them of a phantom recruitment exercise and asking them to send three names for recruitment. The messages were purported to have originated from the Honourable Chairman ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: NUPENG suspends strike in Rivers TheNation
    By Rosemary Nwisi, Port Harcourt Fueling stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers state and its environs which were shut down following a strike action called by members of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers(NUPENG), have resumed operations. The reopening last night was due to the suspension  of NUPENG/ Independent Petroleum Markets Association of Nigeria, (IPMAN)), action yesterday evening, after several hours of meetings and negotiations at the office of the Department of State securities (DSS), between the two Unions, the Rivers state government and the Economic and financial crime commission  on the cause of the strike. ... more
  • 3 days Unknown gunmen kill two police officers in Ondo TheNation
    By Damisi Ojo, Akure The Ondo State Police Command on has confirmed the death of two policemen said to have been allegedly killed by some unknown gunmen in the state. It was gathered that the bandits met the policemen at a checkpoint along Ode Irele -Ajagba Road, in Irele Local Government Area of the state, on Monday morning, and allegedly opened fire on them, killing two and injured one other . The injured cop was said to have been immediately rushed to a hospital in the area where he was receiving treatment. The identity of the deceased had however not ... more
  • 3 days Paracetamol abuse could cause liver, kidney failures – Expert TheNation |Health
    Agency Reporter A medical doctor with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Gbenga Adebusoye, has warned that abuse of paracetamol in general and in tenderising meat in particular, could lead to liver and kidney failure. Dr Adebusoye gave the warning in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday. He said drugs were chemicals and should not be taken lightly and when abused, they could be toxic to the human system and could endanger lives. According to him, the abuse of paracetamol leads to rapid damage of the liver, which can cause acute liver injury that, could ... more
  • 3 days Seven things that can damage kidney TheNation |Health
    By Alao Abiodun Our kidneys are small but powerful bean-shaped organs that perform many important functions in the body system. The kidney is responsible for filtering waste products, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure, balancing fluids in the body, producing urine, and many other essential tasks. According the health practitioners, diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common risk factors for kidney disease. However, obesity, smoking, genetics, gender, and age can also increase the risk. Our diet affects the health of the kidneys. One must therefore avoid these seven items or reduce its intake for optimal kidney health:
  • 3 days Diri appoints SSG, CPS, others TheNation |Politics
    Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa Bayelsa Governor Senator Douye Diri has appointed an acting Chief Press Secretaty, Daniel Alabrah and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kombowei Benson. Alabrah served as Special Adviser on Public Affairs during the administration of former Governor Seriake Dickson while Benson was a former Bayelsa Speaker. READ ALSO: Diri seeks Jonathan’s, Lyon’s support A statement signed by Alabrah said Diri also appointed Chief Benson Agadaga as his Chief of Staff; Peter Akpe as Deputy Chief of Staff and Mr. Irorodamie Komonibo as his Principal Secretary. Alabrah said: “All the appointments are with immediate effect, with the Secretary ... more
  • 4 days Bloomberg philanthropies commits additional $240m to auto crash deaths TheNation |Biz
    Justina Asishana To save 600,000 lives and prevent 22 million injuries in low and middle-income countries, Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced that it is committing another $240 million from 2020 – 2025 to global road safety. In a statement to newsmen in Sweden at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, the group said the reinvestment would be for six years and would double the impact of road safety. Over 312,000 lives have been saved and up to 11.5 million injuries have been prevented since 2007, the NGO stated. “Over the past 12 years, Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested $260 million ... more
  • 4 days CBN returns over N60 billion excess bank charges to customers TheNation |Biz
    By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri   The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday said it has so far recovered over N60 billion from erring banks as excessive charges imposed on customers. The bank also said it has equally returned same amount to the affected customers. This is just as the Apex Bank has announced that it had commenced the processes for creation of 10 million jobs in the next five years through investment support in agriculture, using 10 commodity models. Speaking during a two-day customers sensitisation forum in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Mr. ... more
  • 4 days 14 easily ignored symptoms of cancer TheNation |Health
    Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the world after Ischaemic heart disease and stroke. Most times, people don’t know they have cancer until the final stages of the diseases when little can be done to seek help. This is no fault of theirs because cancer is notorious in showing itself in seemingly harmless symptoms that we dismiss as day to day minor illness. Detecting cancer in its early stages is vital in effectively treating and “curing” it. That is why we need to pay more attention to our body. Here are some symptoms of cancer that ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: UNILAG lecturer bags 21 years for rape TheNation
    By Adebisi Onanuga   An Ikeja  High Court on Thursday sentenced a part-time lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Afeez Baruwa, to 21- year imprisonment for  raping an 18-year-old girl admission seeker. Justice Josephine Oyefeso convicted Baruwa  of a one count charge of rape brought  against him. Justice  Oyefeso said: “the prosecution has proven his case beyond a reasonable doubt. I found him guilty of the charge” . Delivering her judgement ,the judge said: “I cannot begin to imagine the emotional trauma of the girl. The convict offended his family, the victim, the society and God. “Baruwa  I hereby ... more
  • 4 days Reps in rowdy session as lawmaker opposes establishment of FedPoly TheNation
    Tony Akowe Abuja The member representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency of Delta state, Rep Ossai Nicholas Ossai on Thursday opposed the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic in Orogun, Delta state, insisting that doing so will be against the principles of federal character as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as amended. The bill which was passed by the Senate and sent to the House for concorances came up for second reading on the floor of the House, but Ossai said for such a bill to pass through the House, it must be anchored on the provisions of the constitution. He cited several ... more
  • 4 days Northern Govs urged to emulate El-Rufa’i to end region’s challenges TheNation
    By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna   As part of efforts to address myriad of challenges facing Northern Nigeria, Governors of the region have been asked to emulate Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State. Governor El-Rufa’i’s Special Assistance on Youth, Hon. Aliyu AbdulRahaman Haruna made the call in his 60th birthday tribute to the Governor, saying that, El-Rufa’i stands out as a patriotic, astute and visionary leader worthy of emulation. Haruna said, those who are conversant with the good antecedence of Governor El-Rufa’i, right from his days in Bureau for Public Enterprise and later as Minister of the Federal Capital territory, are ... more
  • 4 days B’Haram: CAS seeks citizens’ support to end insurgency TheNation
    By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja   The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has solicited the continued support of the civil populace in the war against insurgency, which he said has defied conventional battle. He said that the anti-terror war cannot be fought in isolation of the civil populace, “hence the need to integrate and win the hearts and minds of the civilian populace towards gaining intelligence to further our missions and operations. The Chief of the Air Staff spoke at the opening ceremony of a two-day retreat for NAF Commanders at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja. According ... more
  • 4 days NDDC: Buhari committed to N’Delta development – Activist TheNation
    By Elo Edremoda, Warri   The reshuffling of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been described as proof of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to developing the oil-rich region. A Niger Delta activist, Mr. George Tamuno, disclosed this Wednesday, in a statement made available to newsmen in Warri. The statement while commending the appointment of Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei as the new Acting Managing Director of the IMC, emphasized that the forensic audit ordered by the president will be actualized by the new team headed by Pondei. Tamuno, while appreciating the President for the appointment, charged Niger ... more
  • 4 days Senate to FG: review ICT, computer education policy TheNation
    Sanni Onogu, Abuja The Senate on Thursday urged the Federal Government to review its policy on computer education and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The upper chamber also called on the Federal Government to ensure the mandatory use ICT for teaching and learning in public schools in the country. This resolutions of the upper chamber followed the presentation of a report titled: “Sorry state of Computer Education” in the country, on the floor of the Senate by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary), Senator Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe East). READ ALSO: Senate to FG: explore dialogue to free Leah ... more
  • 4 days Paracetamol abuse could cause liver, kidney failures – Expert TheNation
    A medical doctor with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Gbenga Adebusoye, has warned that abuse of paracetamol in general and in tenderising meat in particular, could lead to liver and kidney failure. Dr Adebusoye gave the warning in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday. He said drugs were chemicals and should not be taken lightly and when abused, they could be toxic to the human system and could endanger lives. According to him, the abuse of paracetamol leads to rapid damage of the liver, which can cause acute liver injury that, could result in ... more
  • 4 days UNIBEN to proceed on vacation for hostel renovations TheNation
    The University of Benin (UNIBEN) has released its students on vacation following renovations of hostels by the Edo State Government due to the upcoming 2020 National Sports Festival. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that students will vacate on Feb. 20, one month before the 2020 National Sports Festival hosted by Edo State. Dr Benedicta Ehanire, the Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN disclosed this in an interview with NAN on Thursday in Benin. “Before the state government started the renovations, Prof. Lilian Salami, the Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN did some palliative measures. READ ALSO: Sex for Grades: UNIBEN ex-female students ... more
  • 4 days Senate mulls agency for repentant insurgents TheNation
    By Sanni Onogu, Abuja   The Senate on Thursday commenced moves to establish an agency for de-radicalisation of repentant Boko Haram insurgents. The move followed the first reading of a Bill titled: “National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” by the Senate. The Bill was sponsored by former Yobe Governor, Senator Ibrahim Geidam, representing Yobe East Senatorial District. ... more
  • 4 days Ex-Buhari’s ADC wants Munguno, Kyari, Service Chiefs sacked TheNation
    By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna   The former Emir of Gwandu, Major Mustapha Jokolo (rtd), has expressed sadness over the crisis in the Presidency between the National Security Arviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno and the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. Jokolo who was ADC to Major General Muhammadu Buhari when he was military Head of State, however called on the President to sack them. Major Jokolo equally asked President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to voices of Nigerians and sack the Service Chiefs. The monarch, who spoke on a radio programme monitored in Kaduna, noted that, altercations between officers holding sensitive ... more
  • 4 days ‘Fire causing more harms than Boko Haram’ TheNation |Health
    Our Reporter   Fire outbreaks are causing more harms than Boko Haram terrorists, Managing Director of Surveillant Fire Limited, Mr. Jumade Adejola has declared. He said Nigerians should start giving more attention to fire outbreaks as they battle militants. Adejola spoke in a chat with reporters at his head office in Magodo, Lagos recently. He blamed law enforcement agencies for failing to enforce legislations made to curb erecting buildings without installing every necessary fire and security system. He said that there are codes and legislations that fire system should be installed in houses but questioned “why are we not following ... more
  • 4 days I Go Dye set for second edition of project ‘SORT’ TheNation |E
    Multiple award-winning ace comedian, I Go Dye born Francis Agoda has announced the second edition of his Project “Sorting Out Raw Talent” (SORT) under his Francis Agoda Path of Honour (FAPOH)’s initiative which was designed to create social support, advance youths resourcefulness, civic responsibility, promote peace, acknowledge leadership qualities, promote artistic works and curb youths’ restiveness. According to the humour merchant and social crusader if top entertainers can do something to empower youths in their immediate locations, the rate of crime and criminality will reduce drastically. “We can’t be really fulfilled, if our talents, knowledge and positions in life does ... more
  • 4 days Battle for soul of Ekiti PDP   TheNation |Politics
    Ahead of its ward, local government and state congresses in Ekiti State in April, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been thrown into a fresh crisis over the control of the machinery of the party. KUNLE AJAYI looks at the development and how it may affect the future of the chapter in the Fountain of Knowledge state   A FRESH crisis is brewing within the Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of its ward, local government and state congresses scheduled to hold in April across the state. The jostle to produce the next party chairman and other principal officers ... more
  • 4 days World Bank okays $2.185b to fight poverty, corruption in Nigeria TheNation |Biz
     Franca Ochigbo, Abuja   THE World Bank has approved $2.185 billion to support six projects that it says would boost the country’s development. According to a statement, the bank said the projects would include improving immunisation, enabling a stronger business environment for the private sector, expanding the digital economy to promote job creation, and increasing public and private sector capacity on governance and social and environmental safeguards. The global bank also approved Nigeria’s digital identity ecosystem project along with five others, aimed at assisting the country to empower citizens, especially marginalised groups, to access welfare-enhancing services. The national digital identity ... more
  • 4 days Lawan reads riot act to telcos over drop calls TheNation |Biz
     Sanni Onogu, Abuja   SENATE President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday urged telecoms service providers  to improve their services or leave the country. He spoke while declaring open a joint public hearing on the incidence of drop calls. The public hearing, tagged: “The increasing rate of drop calls and other unwholesome practices by Telecommunications Network Operators in Nigeria that have robbed Nigerians of their hard earned billions of Naira” was organised by the Senate Committees on Communication and Trade and Investment, chaired by Senator Oluremi Tinubu. She said the gains of the telecoms industry were being eroded by the worsening quality ... more
  • 4 days Buhari, Lawan decry Nigerians’ perception of lawmakers TheNation
    From Tony Akowe, Abuja   President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigerians perceive Federal lawmakers as collecting a lot of money for which they do little or no work. He said this perception emanated from the lack of understanding of the job the legislators do for the nation. The President spoke yesterday in Abuja at the unveiling the Green Chamber magazine, published by the House of Representatives. Senate President Ahmed Lawan also decried the lack of trust between elected representatives and their electors. Represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, President Buhari said: “Public perception of the ... more
  • 4 days 103 die of Lassa fever in 16 states TheNation
    From Moses Emorinken, Abuja, Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta and Precious Igbonwelundu   The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday said 103 people have died of Lassa fever since its outbreak last December 30. The figure is from 16 states, namely: Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. The number of confirmed cases this year stands at 586, NCDC said. The report, released yesterday in Abuja, says Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo at 32 per cent, and Ebonyi at six per ... more
  • 4 days CAN leaders march for Leah Sharibu TheNation
     Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja and Duku Joel, Damaturu   CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday  held a church service and a  peaceful march to mark the second year of Miss Leah Sharibu in Boko Haram captivity. In Abuja, CAN President Rev. Samson Ayokunle and the Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Center, Dr. Paul Enenche, warned that killings in the country could lead to anarchy Leah along with over 100 girls were forcibly abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from their hostel at   the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State  February 19,2018.  Though her mates were later released, she was  ... more
  • 4 days DisCos’ licences likely for revocation over poor power TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja      THE Power Distribution Companies (DisCos) are to blame for poor electricity supply, Minister of Power Saleh Mamman, said on Wednesday. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) will now decide the fate of the DisCos, after reviewing the memo on their performance. Their licences may be under revocation threat, as indicated by Mamman. Power supply has failed to improve in the country in spite of the promise by successive governments since 1999 and the privatization of the sector in 2013. The minister said DisCos have failed to meet up with their obligations while the government is no ... more
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