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  • 4 days Three die as truck runs over car TheNation
    From Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta   Three passengers were yesterday crushed to death and three others were seriously injured when a truck ran off its lane into an adjoining one, running over the taxi that was conveying the victims and coming in the opposite direction. The accident, which occurred in the afternoon at Obada Oko Mechanic Village corridor of the Lagos – Abeokuta expressway, involved a truck marked AGL 535 XW, a Nissan Taxi with registration number TRE 150 YJ and a Corolla car with number plate ABB 984 TF. Read Also: Two soldiers, tapper, farmer killed in ‘herdsmen’ attacks   Operatives of the Federal ... more
  • 4 days Reps to probe NIMC over NIN TheNation |Biz
    Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja   THE House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Population to investigate the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) over the various challenges being encountered in the registration of Nigerians for the National Identity Number (NIN). This was sequel to a motion of Urgent Public Importance presented by Rep. Ben Igbakpa during plenary yesterday. The motion was titled: “The Need for the PTDF to Suspend the National Identity Number as a Precondition for Scholarships, and Related Matters”. When the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who presided over plenary, called for a voice vote, the motion was passed by majority ... more
  • 4 days Makinde to Southwest NURTW: you’re ignorant of the issue TheNation
    From Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan   Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said yesterday that the Southwest leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) lacked the right information and understanding to comment on events in the state. The government urged the NURTW leadership to as a matter of genuine love for the Oyo State chapter of the union intervene and ensure that all the internal crises that led to the proscription by the government are amicably resolved. Governor Makinde spoke exclusively through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, to The Nation on the heels of a seven-day ultimatum ... more
  • 4 days Amotekun Bill scales first, second readings at Ondo Assembly TheNation
    From Damisi Ojo, Akure and Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti   The Bill for a Law to establish the Ondo State Security Network Agency and ‘Amotekun’ Corps 2020 has been committed to the House Committee on Security. This followed a robust debate on the benefits of the Bill when passed into Law. The Clerk of the House, Bode Adeyelu, had read a letter from the Executive on the need to establish the security agency in order to assist in maintaining law and order. Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun, who hailed other lawmakers for cutting short their recess for the second time to attend to ... more
  • 4 days Lyon absolves running mate of blame over Supreme Court verdict TheNation
    Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   FORMER Bayelsa State governor-elect, Chief David Lyon, on Wednesday absolved his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, of blame for his role in the truncation of his swearing-in as governor. He asked his supporters in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to remain calm and eschew violence. A panel of justices led by Mary Odili on February 13 asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Lyon and to re-issue another to the candidate with the second-highest number of votes. The decision of the apex court was in affirmation of the verdict ... more
  • 4 days Oyetola holds civic engagement in nine constituencies TheNation
    Our Reporter   To give citizens and residents of Osun State the opportunity to interact directly with Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on governance related issues, the government is organising a no-holds barred interactive programme tagged ‘Apero’ in the nine federal constituencies. The first edition of the programme, which is put together by the Ministry of Information and Civic Oritentation, will hold on February 25 at Akinorun High School, Ikirun in Ifelodun Federal Constituency, from 10am. Subsequent editions will take place in other federal constituencies. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said ... more
  • 4 days World Bank approves $250m facility for Ogun TheNation
    From Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta   THE World Bank has approved a $250million fund for developmental projects in Ogun State. Ogun is one of the six states approved by the world financial institution to support development priorities in the country, including 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. “Nigeria is central to the World Bank group’s mission of tackling extreme poverty. The World Bank is carefully targeting its support on high impact projects as the ... more
  • 4 days ‘Investment in water transport will meet mobility needs’ TheNation |Biz
     Kelvin Osa Okunbor   INVESTMENT in water transportation as a component of the multi- modal transport system is key to meeting the mobility needs of Lagos State, its Commissioner of Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, has said. He said meeting the transportation needs of a city like Lagos with an estimated population of over 22 million required solid investments by both the public and private sectors. Speaking in Lagos, during the launch of waterways cleanup campaign by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Oladeinde said investment in Lagos waterways was imperative as part of strategies to unlock traffic gridlock in the ... more
  • 4 days NNRC’s policy dialogue, 2019 Report for launch today TheNation |Biz
     Emeka Ugwuanyi   THE Nigeria Natural Resource Charter, a non-profit policy institute on natural resource governance, will today launch its flagship Benchmark Exercise Report (BER) and hold a policy dialogue in Abuja. The Report presents the biennial findings from an assessment of Nigeria’s petroleum sector from 2017 to 2019. The BER, which identifies petroleum sector progress and areas for improvements, empowers stakeholders to advocate for best practices within their various spheres of work in the sector. It also assesses Nigeria’s petroleum sector against 12 precepts to offer guidance on key decisions faced by the government, beginning with whether to extract ... more
  • 4 days NIPOST passing through difficult times, says Postmaster-General TheNation |Biz
    Blessing Olaifa, Abuja   THE Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday agreed to work out a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on financial inclusion and other areas that would drive the digital economic agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. To achieve this, the two agencies under the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy have set up a committee to work out the details of the MoU. The agencies agreed to partner in other areas such as verifications of addresses of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card owners, Internet access for people in rural areas and provision ... more
  • 4 days ‘ATCON strategic to improved telecoms standard, digital economy’ TheNation |Biz
     Lucas Ajanaku   THE Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) is a strategic partner to achieve improved telecoms standard and digital economy agenda, Pan African Towers Limited (PAT) has said. Its Chief Executive Officer, Wole Abu, who spoke during an interactive session with reporters in Lagos, on Wednesday, said ATCON remained at the forefront of efforts and commitment geared at improving the standard of telecoms industry as it impacts on other sectors. Abu said the trajectory of ATCON, the umbrella body of telecoms operators in the country, shows that the group has always been a critical party to various ... more
  • 4 days Group urges Olanusi to apologise to Akande TheNation |Politics
    From Damisi Ojo, Akure   Reactions have continued to trail the attack on the appointment of the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande as the Chairman of the party’s National Reconciliation Committee by the Ali Olanusi-led Unity Group. A group within the APC, the Continuity for Good Governance (CGG) has described the ‘vote of no confidence passed on the former Osun State governor as unhealthy and offensive. A statement by its spokesman, Prince Kayode Ehinlanwo said Akande’s appointment was a welcome development. The statement reads: “We laud this initiative and urge members of the ... more
  • 4 days Beating friendly fires of trigger happy immune system TheNation |Health
    By FEMI KUSA   I remembered a newspaper photographer killed about 20 years ago by rampaging soldiers when someone spoke with me last week about systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). We were in the newsroom when the news came that some soldiers had been killed in his village in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Almost everyone  old enough to know what may follow the killings asked this gentleman to not go home when he wrote an application for casual leave . But who could stop him? His parents were old, and lived in the village. He left. He found that ... more
  • 4 days Ikeja Electric donates to Ikorodu General Hospital TheNation |Biz
    Our Reporter   Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has donated an ultra-modern phototherapy machine and clinical supplies to General Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos State as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities towards improvement of healthcare. At the presentation at the hospital, IE team comprising staff members from the headquarters in Ikeja and Ikorodu Business Unit presented the items to the management of the Hospital in Ikorodu. The company’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Mrs. Enobong Ezekiel, expressed the DisCo’s commitment to impact on lives and give back to the society. Mrs. Ezekiel said: “Ikeja Electric is a customer-centric organisation. We, the ... more
  • 4 days Shell’s N56m Livewire grant for 140 Niger Delta youths TheNation |Biz
    Our Reporter No fewer than 140 youths from eight states of the Niger Delta have graduated from the special Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria entrepreneurial training, which provides business and financial support to enable them to establish small and medium scale businesses. Drawn from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo, Imo, and Rivers states, the beneficiaries, 20 of whom are under the Oporoma Special LiveWIRE Nigeria category in Bayelsa State, got N56 million grants from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture at the  graduation in Port Harcourt. SPDC’s General Manager External Relations, Igo Weli, said: ... more
  • 4 days NDPHC, Lagos to improve power supply TheNation |Biz
    Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) is partnering the Lagos State Government to improve supply of electricity. The agency will evacuate more than 300 stranded megawatts (Mw) and distribute it to consumers. However, there are concerns among stakeholders about its implementation, writes AKINOLA AJIBADE.   Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) and the Lagos State Government are working to improve power supply in the state. The agency is owned by the Federal Government. It is charged with building 10 medium power plants nationwide to add 5,000 megawatts (Mw) to the national grid as part of the government’s efforts ... more
  • 4 days Supreme Court and Imo verdict TheNation |Politics
    By Chuks Iloegbunam   After forensically dissecting the text of the Supreme Court judgment, Senator Sola Akinyede a constitutional lawyer, published an article entitled Supreme Court and Imo: A Matter of Courage on the back page of ThisDay of January 27. In it, he called for a review of the Supreme Court decision. His argument: “The decision of the Supreme Court in Imo goes beyond Ihedioha. It goes beyond Imo. It goes beyond PDP or APC. It goes to the heart and foundation of the acceptability, credibility not just of the Supreme Court, but of our justice system and our ... more
  • 4 days Amotekun bill scales first, second reading at Ondo Assembly TheNation
    By Damisi Ojo, Akure   The bill for a law to establish the Ondo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun’ Corps 2020 has been committed to the House Committee on Security. This followed a robust debate on the benefits of the bill when passed into law. Clerk of the House, Bode Adeyelu had earlier read a letter from the executive on the need to establish the security agency in order to assist in maintaining law and order across the state. Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun who commended other lawmakers for cutting short their recess for the second time, to ... more
  • 4 days PDP behind protest at Justice Odili’s residence, says APC TheNation
    By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja   The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday accused the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of been responsible for the last Tuesday protest at the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili,  a Justice of the Supreme Court. Exonerating the ruling party from protest, APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on yesterday alleged that the opposition and a governor from the geopolitical zone sponsored the protest, warning that public should not be hoodwinked by the PDP. The APC chieftain while cautioning the general public against what he described ... more
  • 4 days We’re winning war against corruption, says Buhari TheNation
    AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna  and Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has again declared that his administration was winning the war against corruption in the country. He said the successes recorded so far by anti-graft agencies, especially the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had bolstered Nigeria’s international image. Buhari added that his government was poised to use cutting-edge information technology to strengthen the achievements and ensure that no government financial transaction was done in secret. He assured that he would work towards making sure that reforms were deepened in such a way that there would be no hiding place for looters. The President ... more
  • 4 days Actress Patience Oseni dies TheNation
    By Sampson Unamka   Nollywood Actress Patience Oseni has passed on. She died on Monday, February 17, 2020 in Calabar, Cross River State, following a battle with stroke and weight. She was said to have relocated to Calabar with hope that her daughter would take adequate care of her, unfortunately, the latter was also ill at the same time. Chairman Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas confirmed her death on Wednesday in a statement. “With deep sense of sorrow but with total submission to the will of Almighty God, we announce the passing unto eternal glory of Patience Oseni, veteran ... more
  • 4 days Nigerians must unite against enemies – Ortom TheNation
    Musa Odoshimokhe     Benue State governor Samuel Ortom has urged Nigerians to unite against the enemies of the country. He spoke at the book launch titled: Fatal Arrogance, authored by Terrance Kaumum, in Abuja. The book exposes El- Zakzakky, IMN as terrorist groups. He was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Liaison Mr. Baba Acka at the event. Ortom said Nigerians must unite with a view to battle those putting the lives of people at precarious situation, noting that foreign actors were mostly behind the troubles the country was facing. The governor who was the distinguished guest of ... more
  • 4 days Lassa fever: 103 confirmed deaths so far from 16 states, says NCDC TheNation
    Moses Emorinken, Abuja   The latest report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has revealed that till date, 103 people have died since the outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever, in December 30, 2019. These morbid statistics are from 16 states of the country, namely: Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. The report which was released yesterday in Abuja, further revealed that Edo state has the highest burden of confirmed cases of Lassa fever at 35 percent, followed by Ondo at 32 percent, and Ebonyi at 6 ... more
  • 4 days DSS arrest tanker drivers for embarking on strike in Kano TheNation
    By Kolade Adeyemi, Kano   Operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, on Tuesday clamped down on members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers who went around to enforce the shutting down of  filling stations in protest over the arrest of four of their members for alleged attempt to smuggle petroleum products out of the country. However,, reports indicate that several members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers have been arrested in Kano for what the DSS described as an illegal act of closing  filling stations. An Operative of the DSS who pleaded anonymity, said that eight filling stations shut down ... more
  • 4 days Without media there won’t be democracy, says Gbajabiamila TheNation
    By Tony Akowe, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajajiamila said on Wednesday that the current democracy being enjoyed in Nigerian would not have been possible without the sacrifice of media professionals in the country. The Speaker who spoke at the unveiling of the of the Green Chamber Magazine and official lapel pin of the House of Representatives paid glowing tributes to the media for their sacrifice in being the current democracy to bear. The Speaker said “the country has long benefited from the work of dedicated media professionals; men and women possessed of incredible talent and abundant ... more
  • 4 days Lyon breaks silence, says I will never sponsor violence TheNation |Politics
    By Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   Sacked Governor-Elect of Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, has asked his supporters and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to remain calm and eschew violence following the Supreme Court judgement that stopped his inauguration. Lyon said he had been a peacemaker and would not support, sponsor or direct anybody to engage in violent protest and agitation because of the judgement. Lyon,in a statement signed for him by Alphine Ogoh, appealed to all stakeholders to remain calm and allow the legal team of the party explore all legal remedies available in law to restore the ... more
  • 5 days Coronavirus: ‘Nigeria Should go beyond diagnosis to finding curative drugs’ TheNation |Health
    By Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta   A Pharmaceutical Scientist, Prof. Babalola Chinedum Peace, on Wednesday advised the Federal Government to work towards moving from diagnosing coronavirus (Covid – 19) to discovering curative drugs or vaccines for it and other viral diseases. Mrs Babalola  who is the Vice – Chancellor, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun State,  said the country should not wait until emergencies come, on the contrary, there should be the  readiness every time to handle outbreaks of both known and new diseases. The Winner of the 2019 edition of the African Union(AU) Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence Regional Awards for ... more
  • 5 days BREAKING: Abraham Ngobere emerges Bayelsa Speaker TheNation
    The Deputy Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Abraham Ngobere, has been confirmed the new Speaker of the Assembly. This coming after the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Monday Bubou-Obolo, stepped down to pave way for Abraham. This happened because the Governor Douye Diri is from the same Senatorial District (Bayelsa Central Senatorial District) as the former speaker, Bubou-Obolo.   Details shortly… ... more
  • 5 days Nigeria ranks bottom 10 globally for child flourishing – Report TheNation
    Moses Emorinken, Abuja Nigeria has been ranked in the bottom ten for performance on child flourishing, according to a recent report released today by a Commission convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and The Lancet. The report titled – ‘A Future for the World’s Children?’, based its rankings on factors including measures of child survival and well-being such as health, education, nutrition, equity and income gaps. It also includes a new global index of 180 countries, comparing performance on child flourishing. Nigeria ranks 174 out of 180 countries, below Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and ... more
  • 5 days Actors’ Guild sets up fund raising committee for Asuzu TheNation |E
    The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Mr Emeka Rollas, says that the body has set up a committee to raise funds for its ailing member, Ernest Asuzu. Rollas told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that other members of the guild had begun to respond to the directives of the association toward assisting their ailing colleague. NAN reports that the AGN is the umbrella body that regulates the affairs of film actors both in Nigeria and abroad. It also reported that Asuzu had been down with stroke since 2015. Rollas said, “Ernest Asuzu is one ... more
  • 5 days 2023: Bode George lacks moral grounds to discuss Nigeria’s future – Group TheNation
    By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri   A political support group, Tinubu Transformation Agenda 2023(TITAN) has hit back at the former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Bode George for vowing to leave the country and become a Togolese national if the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu becomes the next president of Nigeria in 2023. The group said the PDP chieftain lacked the moral standing to talk about Nigeria’s future having been convicted by the court of competent jurisdiction over corrupt practices while in public office But, speaking to journalists in Owerri, the Imo ... more
  • 5 days Northeast besieged by drug-induced crime – NDLEA TheNation
    Onimisi Alao, Yola NDLEA Commander, Mr Bello Idris, said during a Community Sensitisation lecture against kidnapping organised by the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) in Yola that Adamawa State has been home to so much drugs that even after seizing about 20 tonnes in different operations between 2015 and January 2020, the agency still battles against drug use and crime. The Northeast is under siege by criminal elements who are driven to crime by drugs, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said. The agency said Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, and Shilla Boys menace in Adamawa State in particular ... more
  • 5 days BREAKING: Sagamu agog as Anthony Joshua arrives TheNation
    There was celebration and jubilation in Sagamu, Ogun state on Wednesday when World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, arrived at the palace of Akarigbo of Remo. Joshua whose father is from Sagamu, yielded the call of his fan and supporters who have been wishing he visited his home town.   Details shortly… ... more
  • 5 days UPDATE: Buhari replaces Nunieh with Pondei as NDDC Acting MD TheNation
    By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja   President Muhammadu Buhari has reorganised the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), replacing Barr Joy Nunieh with Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, as Acting Managing Director. The President also increased the number of the committee members from three  to five persons, including Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Ag. Executive Director (Projects); Mr Ibanga Bassey Etang, Ag. Executive Director (Finance and Administration); Mrs Caroline Nagbo (Member); and Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, OON, a former Vice President with African Development Bank, (Member). A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr ... more
  • 5 days President Buhari presides over FEC meeting TheNation
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ministries of Power as well as Trade and Investment are scheduled to make presentations on their activities in the past 100 days. READ ALSO: President Buhari condoles family of NCC board member Others expected to make presentation at the meeting include the Ministry of Aviation and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). Those in attendance of the meeting included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the ... more
  • 5 days Oyo withdraws case against Ex-federal lawmaker TheNation
    Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan A criminal case instituted by Oyo State government against a former member of the Federal House of Representative and current Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA), Mr Kamil Akinlabi has been withdrawn by the State. The suit (Oyo vs Akinlabi) HOY/5c/2016 which was to be revisited after several adjournments, was on Tuesday dismissed by Justice Iyabo Yerima at Court Four of the State High Court in Ibadan. The discontinuation was at the instance of the power of the State’s Attorney General, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, who told the court in a letter to discontinue the case which ... more
  • 5 days Don’t use Amotekun outfit for political Vendetta, Coalition warns TheNation
    By Damisi Ojo, Akure   Eminent indigenes of Ondo state under the aegis of ‘Coalition 2020’ have urged the six governors in the Southwest and other stakeholders not to use the security outfit code named ‘Amotekun’ to settle political scores. The apolitical group said it believed in good governance as an apparatus for development and social advancement of the Sunshine state and its people. While embracing the good initiatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network(Amotekun) the Coalition warned that it should not be a tool for vendetta against perceived political opponents. In a communique signed by its Chairman,Bamiduro Dada,a former ... more
  • 5 days Four die in mid-air plane collision in Australia TheNation
    Four people died after two small planes crashed mid-air at a regional airport in Australia, then Police said. The incident took place near Mangalore Airport, some 120 kilometres north of Melbourne on Wednesday morning. “Emergency services were called to two separate crash scenes. “It is believed that two aircraft collided mid-air before crashing,’’ Victoria Police’s leading Senior Constable, Kendra Jackson, said in a statement. “Two occupants in each aircraft have died at the scenes. “The four persons are yet to be identified.’’ READ ALSO: Australian man to stand trial over alleged murder of wife in 1982 Later, another police officer at ... more
  • 5 days Group threatens showdown with govt over pension funds TheNation |Biz
    By Omobola Tolu-Kusimo The intention of the Federal Government to borrow N 2 trillion from the N10 trillion accumulated pension fund is incorrect as the fund cannot be borrowed by law, a pension expert, Ivor Takor has said. Takor, who is the Director, Centre for Pension Right Advocacy, made this known in a submission by advocacy group on alleging that the Federal Government intend to borrow the huge cash from pension fund to develop infrastructure. He stated that pension fund is about investment and not borrowing, adding that Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) are investing organisations and not borrowing organisations. He ... more
  • 5 days Experts make case for more purposeful budgeting TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor Finance and economic experts have called on the government to improve its budgeting process and lay emphasis on key enablers that could jumpstart the growth and development of the Nigerian economy. This was the highpoint of the seminar on Budget 2020 organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Lagos. Experts, who spoke at the event included Acting Director-General of SEC, Ms Mary Uduk, former Director General and Chairman of SEC, Mallam Suleyman Ndanusa, Emeritus Professor Ademola Oyejide of Economics Department, University of Ibadan; Head, Economic Research and Policy Management of SEC, Dr. ... more
  • 5 days Investors must avoid assets mismatch, says Sanni TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor Investors must avoid undue concentration of their portfolios and improper allocation of capital between short and long-term assets to reap optimally in the new business year. Speaking on the 2020 global economic outlook at a breakfast meeting organised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Africa Group, Mrs Toyin Sanni emphasised the need for efficient asset allocation and selection given the domestic and global economic outlook. She pointed out that economic growth in Sub-Sahara Africa was under pressure and major countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and ... more
  • 5 days Nigerian Breweries to pay N16.1b net profit as dividend TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor The Board of Directors of Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc has decided to pay the entire net profit of N16.01 billion recorded in 2019 to shareholders as cash dividends for the business year. Shareholders will receive a total dividend per share of N2.01. The company had paid interim dividend of 50 kobo. The final dividend per share of N1.51 will be presented to shareholders for approval at the company’s annual general meeting in April 2020. Directors of the company stated that N12.07 billion will be distributed as final cash dividends in addition to N3.9 billion ... more
  • 5 days SEC urges govt to use incentives to stimulate investments in key sectors TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Capital Market Editor THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has canvassed for a strong incentive programme that will help to stimulate much-needed private investments in the key sectors of the Nigerian economy. Its Acting Director-General, Ms Mary Uduk, said while the recent Finance Act made some commendable initiatives supportive of the capital market, government should look at the larger picture of major incentives that can stimulate investments in major sectors of the economy. She noted that the government needs to stimulate inflow of capital into key sectors of the economy to realise its goals of economic growth ... more
  • 5 days FIRS solicits Lagos support for revenue target TheNation |Biz
    By Oziegbe Okoeki THE Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Tuesday solicited the support of Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) to meet   the N8.5trillion target given to it by President Muhammadu Buhari to fund the 2020 budget. It also said some multinational companies refused to declare their profits, thereby defaulting in tax payment since 2011. It called for collaboration with the Lagos State government to tackle the problem. FIRS Executive Chairman, Muhammed Nami, stated these during a visit to  Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. Nami called for strategies on how to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) ... more
  • 5 days Allianz settles claim in 60 minutes TheNation |Biz
    By Omobola Tolu-Kusimo Allianz Nigeria Insurance plc, has launched a new initiative called “The 60-minute Revolution”. This ensures that customers experience faster claims resolution within 60 minutes. Its Executive Director, Owolabi Salami, who spoke with reporters yesterday, said it would no longer be business as usual as customers would have their motor claims settled within 60 minutes so long as they send the required documents. He said the company understand that complete customer satisfaction is not solely about giving competitive rates or swift delivery of policy documents but also how quickly they can have claims resolved and how quickly they ... more
  • 5 days Govt seeks foreign investors TheNation |Biz
    By Charles Okonji The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has urged the international community to  invest in the new Methanol Fuel Production Technology (MFPT) technology. Speaking on Africa’s employment perspective towards 2040 at German Development Institute in Bonn, Germany yesterday, Onu said Nigeria wants local and foreign entrepreneurs as well as investors in the private sector to invest in methanol production in the country. He appealed to investors to invest in Africa, citing the new investment-friendly visa policy and significant improvement in the ease of doing business as incentives. He said: “Nigerian businessmen and women are showing ... more
  • 5 days Protests rock RMAFC TheNation |Biz
    From Nduka Chiejina, (Asst. Editor), Abuja Workers of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) on Tuesday disrupted activities at the Commission when they clashed with the Commissioners. It was gathered that trouble had been brewing in the Commission for some time but it came to a head yesterday afternoon when the workers said they couldn’t take it anymore. It was gathered that around noon, the decision was taken by the angry workers to lock the Commission down. The reason for the lock down was the alleged encroachment into the official duties of the workers who are career civil ... more
  • 5 days PTAD, ICPC partner to fight scammers TheNation |Biz
    By Omobola Tolu-Kusimo The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate’s (PTAD’s) fight against pension fraudsters and scammers has received a boost with collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Offences Commission (ICPC). PTAD Executive Secretary, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme, said the boost was coming following assurances from the ICPC. According to her, the ICPC has promised to strengthen its collaboration with PTAD to stifle the activities of pension scammers. She stated that the Directorate had paid a courtesy visit to the ICPC Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, in his office in Abuja to inform him of the efforts put in place by ... more
  • 5 days Femi Branch launches Playfest TheNation |E
    By Dupe Ayinla-Olasunkanmi As part of activities to mark his 50th birthday, actor, playwright and poet, Chief Femi Branch, has launched an annual play festival. Tagged Femi Branch Playfest, the maiden edition of the festival holds from May 25 to May 31, at the MUSON Center, Onikan, Lagos and will feature five of his plays – Po! , Shalanga, Jungle Justice Ankara Committee and Kunme The Musical – to be performed by selected troupes. Also, from April 3, to June 21, Branch will tour 10 cities with Kunme The Musical and Festival Play’. The cities are Ife, Akure, Ado Ekiti, ... more
  • 5 days Boko Haram hits Chibok as fighter jets pound ISWAP TheNation
    From Okodili Ndidi, Abuja Many killed, houses razed Buhari promises freedom for Leah on second anniversary There appears to be no let up in the insurgency being spearheaded by Boko Haram in Borno State. On Tuesday, the group attacked Chibok, the Southern Borno town, where they abducted 276 school children from their hostel on April 14, 2014. More than five years after, 112 of the girls are still missing. No fewer than 107 girls have been found or released as part of a deal between the Federal Government and the terrorist group. Before last night’s attack, the town had been ... more
  • 5 days Border closure: Customs rakes in N6b daily TheNation
    From Okwy Iroegbu-Chikezie Nigeria rakes in between N5 billion and N6 billion daily from imports since the closure of its land borders with neighbouring countries. Prior to the closure in August 2019, daily duty collections hovered between N4 billion and N5 billon, said the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Lagos on Tuesday. The NCS Comptroller-General Col. Hammed Ali (rtd.) attributed the rise to increased activities at the nation’s seaports. ”The NCS daily collection before the border closure ranged between N4 to N5 billion but now, the NCS collects N5billion to N6 billion daily as a result of the rise in activities at ... more
  • 5 days Lagos records first Lassa fever case TheNation
    By Alao Abiodun Lagos State has recorded a case of the Lassa fever. It should be noted that this Hemorrhagic fever is raging in over 19 states in the country. The Lagos state Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement early Wednesday, confirmed that the patient is currently in isolation at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Abayomi called on residents to be calm and not panic, noting that the situation is under control. He assured the residents that state government, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will do everything ... more
  • 5 days BBnaija housemate Nina marries TheNation |E
    By Sampson Unamka Ex Big Brother Naija house mate Nina Ivy over the weekend got married and has taken positive measures to keep her private life off social media by refusing to post pictures of her husband. Though the reality star and actress tweeted on January 1st, 2020 that one of the best things that happened to her in 2019 was finding love, her fans were not expecting her to get hooked so soon. Nina’s wedding post came to her fans as a bombshell as she posted series of pictures from her wedding on her Instagram, she however tweeted “People ... more
  • 5 days Why Tboss broke down in tears TheNation |E
    By Olaitan Ganiu Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Tokunbo Idowu aka Tboss has been provoked by a troll who posted negative comments on a picture of her baby on the internet. Tboss, after several months of shrouding her baby off social media finally unveiled the baby’s face on Valentine’s Day on her Instagram page, which generated mixed-reactions as many fans shower the baby with admiring comment while some were harsh with their comments. Countering a fan who described her daughter as ‘unspecial and ugly’, the reality TV star turned movie star, on Sunday, took her Instagram live video to place ... more
  • 5 days Insecurity: Katsina communities to form vigilance groups TheNation
    From Augustine Okezie, Katsina The Katsina State government has directed rural communities to liaise with their traditional rulers and form vigilance groups as part of efforts to revitalise traditional community surveillance. Special Adviser on Security Matters to the governor, Ibrahim Katsina, told The Nation that the traditional security surveillance was the best way to augment the efforts of security agencies. Katsina, who lamented the attacks on Tsauwa and Dankar villages in Batsari Local Government Area, urged the people to bear the loss in good faith. He assured them the government will assist them. He said: “Community vigilance and networking is ... more
  • 5 days Lassa fever: ‘70 people still in Kano isolation centre’ TheNation
    From Polycarp Orosevwotu, Ughelli Kano State Health Commissioner Dr Aminu Tsanyawa has said about 70 people who had contact with the victims of Lassa fever were still receiving treatment in an isolation centre. Tsanyawa addressed reporters on Tuesday in Kano while reviewing the progress report on Lassa fever campaign. The commissioner said 70 people were receiving medical attention at a designated isolation centre provided by the state government at Yar-Gayawa in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area. He added: “Out of the 390 people earlier isolated for having contact with victims of Lassa fever, about 70 of them are currently undergoing ... more
  • 5 days Masari to Perm Secs: shun corruption TheNation
    By Augustine Okezie Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has warned Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and civil servants to shun corrupt practices. Masari, at the swearing in of five permanent secretaries, urged the new officials to abide by the oath of allegiance taken to deliver their statutory duties. He stressed that public office is about rendering selfless services to the people, bearing in mind the fear of God which helps to overcome of corruption. Read Also: Education is panacea to banditry, says Masari Members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) have been urged to take the anti- corruption fight to ... more
  • 5 days ‘Skill acquisition solution to unemployment’ TheNation
    By Yusuf Idegu, Jos Director-General and Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Joseph Ari has advocated skill acquisition to combat unemployment and the attendant security challenges. Ari said the National Industrial Skill Development Program (NISDP), initiated by ITF in 2016, was an opportunity for mass skill training of youths so they can have a source of livelihood. The DG spoke at the graduation of 221 youths trained by ITF in various skills in the last six months. He said: “NISDP is one of the numerous skill acquisition intervention programmes introduced and implemented by ITF to facilitate the achievements ... more
  • 5 days Kekemeke: I want to succeed Akeredolu TheNation |Politics
    By Damisi Ojo, Akure The pioneer chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Isaac Kekemeke has joined the October 10 governorship race, saying he has the pedigree, antecedent and experience to transform the state and turn it into an Eldorado for the benefit of the people. Kekemeke, who built the party before it became the ruling party in 2016, has vowed to unseat Governor Akeredolu. He said the incumbent Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has not done his best for the state. Kekemeke who is the pioneer Chairman of National Examination Council (NECO) spoke at a press conference in ... more
  • 5 days ‘Nigeria will overcome its security challenges’ TheNation |Politics
    Dr. Bashiru Dawodu represents Oshodi/Isolo Constituency, Lagos State, in the House of Representatives. He spoke with TONY AKOWE on national security, his plans for his constituency and other partisan issues.   In recent time, there has been an increase in the level of insecurity in the country especially activities of the Boko Haram insurgents leading to a resolution by the House calling for the sack of the service chiefs. Insecurity is a broad word. The most important way to look at it is looking at the common things people are facing. First, there is the long standing issue with the ... more
  • 5 days Adetula: Akeredolu’s kinsman who is after his job TheNation |Politics
    Our Reporter As political activities in Ondo State gather momentum preparatory for the governorship election the political analysts have pontificated that the next few months would be characterised by deft political manouverings and manipulations. It is believed that the contest will be a straight fight between the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition, Peoples Democractic Party (PDP).  Expectedly, both parties are witnessing a surge in political activities and the number of aspirants appear to be on the increase as the state approaches the defining moment. Except for the crisis within the APC, it is believed ... more
  • 5 days Degi-Eremienyo and his multiple identities TheNation |Politics
    The dust over the Supreme Court verdict on the Imo State governorship election has not settled. ONYEDI OJIABOR AND SANNI ONOGU profile the All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-eremienyo, whose multiple identities led to the party misfortune.   Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, for all intents and purposes, is not among the first eleven in the Senate. Although he doubles as vice chairman Senate committee on Gas Resources and Senate special duties committee, Degi-Eremienyo, is not one of the shakers and movers in the red chamber. The Bayelsa East, All Progressives Congress Senator, is also not known to ... more
  • 5 days Akume: I didn’t insult Tor Tiv TheNation
    By Uja, Markurdi Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs George Akume has debunked allegations that he insulted the Tor Tiv, James Ayatse. Akume was responding to allegations that he insulted the monarch by calling him Tor pati (partisan king). He said the allegation was borne out of people’s imagination, especially those who want to create enmity between the monarch and himself. The minister, who spoke at the wedding reception of the Tor Tiv’s son, Dr. Fanen Ortese Ayatse, explained that he did not insult the monarch and would not dare such, considering that his family has produced a traditional ... more
  • 5 days Reps move to stave off Boko Haram attacks TheNation
    From Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to tighten security at the National Assembly. This followed reports that Boko Haram may attack the National Assembly complex. It mandated its House Committee on Internal Security to verify the reports. The lawmakers urged the management of the National Assembly to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and modern scanning systems at the gates and other strategic points of the complex. The House also mandated the National Assembly management to introduce screening and registration and issuance of identity cards to vendors who conduct businesses within the complex. Read Also: Lawan ... more
  • 5 days Lawan orders tight security at National Assembly over threats TheNation
    From Sanni Onogu, Abuja Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday urged the nation’s heads of security agencies to tighten security at the National Assembly to avert any security breach. Lawan, who is also the Chairman of the National Assembly, said he had received a report of security threats to the seat of parliament. A statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, said Lawan spoke at an emergency meeting of the Senate leadership with top security officials at the National Assembly Abuja. “Personally, I have a report from the Department of State Services (DSS) that we had a security threat. ... more
  • 5 days Special Jollof is different, says Isong TheNation |E
    By Adeniyi Adewoyin Award winning film producer, Emem Isong Misodi whose work Special Jollof recently got released into cinemas nationwide, said the movie is different from her other works done in the past. Speaking at the media screening, the producer, Emem Isong said: “This movie is actually different from what I normally do and because it is a well talked about issue worldwide at the moment, causing a concern for world leaders, I just felt I should speak on it. Let’s abolish the hate and have more love. And because I was in the states for a while, I decided ... more
  • 5 days Williams Uchemba excited over first movie TheNation |E
    By Sampson Unamka Nigerian actor Williams Uchemba is set for his first movie production. The actor who after taking a break from the movie world returned some months ago and has been engaged in charity course and featuring in movies announced via his Instagram page that the production of his first international film of 2020 is for Netflix with the title Slay. He posted “On set of #Slay my first International Movie for Netflix. Awesome crew, professionalism is on 100.The director heard I have not slept for four days because I came in from another set in Nigeria and jump ... more
  • 5 days Abdulsalami: let’s intensify battle against insecurity TheNation
    Rosemary Nwisi, Port Harcourt Former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on Monday urged the Federal Government not to relent in its commitment to tackling insecurity. He spoke during the inauguration of a building at the Pamo University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) in Iriebe, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. The former Head of State, who is the institution’s Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Trustees, is concerned about rising killings and other violent crimes. Gen. Abubakar said while Nigerians have been praying for peace, the “fight against insecurity is a collective responsibility”. He said: “It is high time we ... more
  • 5 days Education is panacea to banditry, says Masari TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja  Kastina State Governor Aminu Masari, has prescribed education as the enduring remedy to the problem of banditry ravaging many states in the North. Masari suggested the remedy on Monday when he received the federal government delegation, led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, which paid a condolence visit on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. The President, in his message, delivered by the delegation, assured both the Katsina State Government and Emir of Katsina Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, that his administration would do everything to rid the country of bandits, terrorists and criminals. President ... more
  • 5 days ‘Missing $2.5b’: Magu urges UK to extradite Diezani TheNation
    AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has urged the United Kingdom (UK) to extradite to Nigeria a former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to account for alleged missing $2.5 billion in her ministry during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. Magu addressed reporters yesterday in Kaduna ahead of today’s passing out parade of EFCC trainees at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in the ancient town. The acting chairman said the commission’s personnel were trained to “shoot and kill corruption in Nigeria so we cannot be challenged by any threat”. He said Diezani ... more
  • 5 days Nigerians in Diaspora can’t vote until we amend the Constitution – Gbajabiamila TheNation
    Agency Reporter Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, says that constitutional amendment is needed before Nigerians in diaspora can be allowed to vote. Gbajabiamila said this at the Diaspora Voting Stakeholders Workshop in Abuja. He said that millions of Nigerians, who resided outside the country, had as much a stake in the present and future of Nigeria as those who lived in the country. “Nigerians abroad use their resources to develop businesses and support family members here at home; they invest in their communities and support national development, so it is not strange that they are seeking ... more
  • 5 days Supreme Court adjourns Ihedioha’s appeal until March 2 TheNation
    Agency Reporter The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned until March 2, hearing in an application filed by Chief Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo, seeking a review of the Jan. 14 judgment sacking him from the office. Ihedioha had prayed the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment it delivered on Jan. 14. The apex court nullified his election as Imo governor and declared Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state. Ihedioha made the request in an application he and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) filed ... more
  • 5 days Herdsmen attack: Nine corpses exhumed in Delta community TheNation
    Elo Edremoda, Warri A total of nine corpses have been exhumed across communities in Uwheru kingdom, Ughelli North council area of Delta state, following suspected herdsmen onslaught last Thursday and Friday. The killers had reportedly buried the bodies in shallow graves, three of which were discovered Sunday evening. Security agencies had demanded to see the bodies of those alleged to have been slaughtered in the renewed attacks on the five communities. It was gathered that a team of security operatives and members of the community discovered more shallow graves on Monday while searching for the bodies of victims allegedly killed ... more
  • 5 days UPDATED: Why Buhari will not sack Service Chiefs now, by SGF TheNation
    By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has declared President Muhammadu Buhari will not sack service chiefs now despite clamour to that effect from many quarters. Mustapha, who criticised those calling for the sack of Service Chiefs, said the due process must be followed if at all they would be sacked. Mustapha spoke with reporters in Abuja after a book presentation titled CAN, Religion, politics and power in Nigeria by former General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Engr. Samuel Salifu. His words: “We are in a very difficult time ... more
  • 5 days Spotlight on a golden fish TheNation |Politics
    By Dahiru Mohammmed On Thursday, 16th of January, 2020, THISDAY Newspaper, during the hosting of its Awards Ceremonies, bestowed on Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, THE MINISTER OF THE DECADE AWARD. As I sat in a corner of my bedroom to watch the presentation on that day, the tittle of the Award kept resonating in my head: Minister of the Decade. The word; “decade” resonated more rapidly even as I tried to conceptualize the usage, just so that I could put myself on the same page with the Host of the Award. Decade in its ordinary usage is ... more
  • 5 days Court upholds CBN’s requirements for Bureau de Change registration TheNation |Biz
    By Robert Egbe    A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit challenging the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s June 23, 2014 guidelines for the operation and registration of Bureau de Change in Nigeria. Justice Evelyn Maha dismissed the suit filed by a firm, E E-Flow Bureau de Change Ltd, against the CBN for want of merit. The judge upheld the CBN’s argument canvassed by its counsel Mr Damian Dodo and Professor Fabian Ajogwu, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs). The plaintiff commenced the suit on October 17, 2014 seeking an order mandating the CBN to pay ... more
  • 5 days Don’t sell your votes, Ekiti APC tells members TheNation |Politics
    Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressive Congress(APC) has called on its members not to allow money influence their choices in the primary elections at the detriment of loyalty. The ruling party advised members to always think about loyal and committed members for elective positions rather than those who rely on vote buying to grab the tickets. The party State Chairman, Hon Paul Omotoso, stated at Ward 11 in Ado Ekit, during an empowerment programme organised by a chieftain of the APC, Hon Olakunle Ojo, to mark his 50th birthday . At the event organised by ... more
  • 6 days Ondo guber poll: APC Youth, women declare support for Abraham TheNation |Politics
    Damisi Ojo, Akure Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth and Women Forum for Good Governance has unanimously expressed their support for the 2016 APC primaries runner-up, Olusegun Abraham as candidate of the ruling party for the coming poll. Speaking during their monthly meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday, 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 in 2020. According to him, the endorsement of Abraham ... more
  • 6 days UPDATED: Nigerian freed of drug trafficking charges in Saudi Arabia TheNation
    By Sani Muhammad Sani, Gusau   A criminal Court in Makka, Saudi Arabia has discharged and acquitted a Zamfara death row accused Sheikh Ibrahim Ibrahim. Ibrahim, a renowned Islamic cleric from Zamfara State, was allegedly accused of drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia and was on the death row. Zamfara Commissioner of Special Duties, Alhaji Mohammed Saddiq, told newsmen Tuesday from Makka that the accused Ibrahim Ibrahim is a free man. Governor Bello Mohammed earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter who in turn, instructed the Minister of Justice to proceed. The commissioner explained: “It is evident ... more
  • 6 days Drivers block Onitsha -Enugu expressway TheNation
    Nwanosike Onu, Awka No fewer than 1,000 tipper drivers in Anambra state on Tuesday blocked the Onitsha -Enugu expressway, protesting alleged imposition of taxes, intimidation and violation of Court judgement in the agents of state government. The situation made commuters to suffer hectic time at Onitsha as security agencies battled in vain to appease the protesters . They protested under the aegis of Animo Tipper Drivers’ Association of Nigeria, the God’s own Tipper owners, Drivers’ Association, and the Ihiala LGA Tipper workers Association and drivers. The came with placards bearing different inscriptions like “Governor Obiano rescue us from the hands ... more
  • 6 days We’ll use info-tech to end corruption, espouse fiscal transparency – Buhari TheNation
    By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja   President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration is poised to use cutting-edge information technology to combat administrative corruption and espouse fiscal transparency. The President stated this on Tuesday in Kaduna at the Passing out Parade of Detective Inspector Course Five, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He also assured that, with the various reform agenda implemented by his administration, very soon, all government financial transactions will be done in the open. According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President noted that the ... more
  • 6 days S/South APC group scores Buhari high on anti-terror war TheNation |Politics
    Bassey Anthony, Uyo Despite the resurgence of insurgency in some parts of the country, former aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) from the South South region have scored President Muhammadu Buhari high in tackling insecurity. Under the aegis of the APC Aspirants Forum, the group also said Buhari has performed exceedingly well in fighting corruption, building key infrastructure and restoring the dignity of the country among the comity of nations. In a communique issued weekend at the Zonal meeting of the forum in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital signed by its spokesperson, Samuel Mel Ikpa, the group ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Nigerian freed of drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia TheNation
    By Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja   A Nigerian, Ibrahim Ibrahim, has been freed in Saudi Arabia of drug trafficking after 3 years in detention. Freedom came the way of Ibrahim following the efforts of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Zamfara State Govt. “A delegation from Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Zamfara State Govt arrived in Jeddah with documentary evidence provided by NIDCOM for the trial slated for 18/02/2020,” Chairman, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri- Erewa tweeted on the issue.   Details shortly… ... more
  • 6 days EFCC, NYSC march against corruption TheNation
    Kofoworola Belo-Osagie The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have sent a strong message to Nigerians to say “no to corruption”. EFCC officials led by the Secretary to the Commussion, Olu Olukoyede, NYSC Lagos State Director, Mr. Sunday Aroni and corps members and their officials disrupted early morning traffic on Lagos Island Friday with a walkathon to campaign against corruption. The party moved from EFCC office on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, through Keffi Street, Obalende Road, Moloney Street Catholic Mission Street to Tafawa Balewa Square and back to the EFCC office bearing banners and ... more
  • 6 days UPDATED: Senate confirms Capt Nuhu as DG NCAA TheNation
    By Sanni Onogu, Abuja   The Senate Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu for appointment as the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The approval of the Senate followed the presentation and consideration of the screening report of the Senator Smart Adeyemi-led Senate Committee on Aviation at plenary in Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari had on January 20, 2020 forward a letter nominating Captain Nuhu to the upper chamber for screening and confirmation as the DG of NCAA. Buhari’s nomination letter dated January 7, 2020 and read on the floor by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, ... more
  • 6 days How to get rid of rats TheNation
    RATS!!! How I hate them. I don’t know about you, but I detest every bit of those pesky little chucks of frustration and annoyance. I have once seen a rat bite through a bottle of oil. What manner of sorcery is that? Laugh all you want but I am going on a rat extermination mission. I join the Spanish to say No mas meaning no more. And this is how I am doing it: *Onions: Apparently, those irksome rodents do not like the pungent smell of onions. That is because its smell is odious to them. All that is needed ... more
  • 6 days Five tips for buying original power bank for your smartphone TheNation
    It is very difficult to get original gadgets in Nigeria notwithstanding whether it is registered by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON). A smartphone and power bank are not exempted from the counterfeit problem as both online and offline platforms are replete with them. With Nigerians barely enjoying 24 hours power, the need for power bank to power smartphones is important. Do not make the mistake of buying a fake power bank. These tips will help select an original power bank.   Below are tips for buying original power bank for your smartphone   1. Capacity Power banks with more ... more
  • 6 days Herdsmen attack: Nine corpses exhumed in Delta community TheNation
    Elo Edremoda, Warri A total of nine corpses have been exhumed across communities in Uwheru kingdom, Ughelli North council area of Delta state, following suspected herdsmen onslaught last Thursday and Friday. The killers had reportedly buried the bodies in shallow graves, three of which were discovered Sunday evening. Security agencies had demanded to see the bodies of those alleged to have been slaughtered in the renewed attacks on the five communities. It was gathered that a team of security operatives and members of the community discovered more shallow graves on Monday while searching for the bodies of victims allegedly killed ... more
  • 6 days IPOB: We’ll protect our people against attacks TheNation
    Chris Njoku, Owerri   THE proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has vowed to resist any attempt by bandits and other criminal elements to attack any part of the Southeast and Southsouth. It urged the people of “Biafraland” to prepare to defend themselves against attacks. IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful condemned the January 10 attack on Delta State Police Command personnel, who were on a stop-and-search duty in Asaba. The incident occurred around 9 pm at the popular Abraka Market area of Asaba and left about three policemen with varying degrees of injury. Their rifles were reportedly taken ... more
  • 6 days Coronavirus: We won’t hesitate to evacuate our people if the need arises – FG TheNation |Health
    By Moses Emorinken, Abuja   The Federal Government has assured Nigerians, especially those in Wuhan, that if and when the need arises, it will not hesitate to evacuate them from the provinces of China. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunibe Mamora, who made this known yesterday in Abuja, during a press briefing on resolutions reached by the Ministers of Health of the Economic Community of West African States on regional preparedness and response to the ongoing Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, said that it is monitoring the health of Nigerian citizens in China through the Nigerian Ambassador. According to him, ... more
  • 6 days Illiteracy in North threat to peace, says Emir Sanusi TheNation |Politics
    AbdulGafar Aalabelewe, Kaduna     EMIR of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has challenged leaders in the North to change the education narrative so as to save the region and the country. Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari, whose state is battling bandits, said education is the panacea to criminality and killings. Senate President Ahmad Lawan added his voice to the call for mass education in the North, saying 14 million out-of-school-children in the region is a clear danger. The Emir and the Senate President spoke in Kaduna while Masari spoke when he received a presidential condolence delegation in Katsina on Monday. ... more
  • 6 days Reduced charges: Banks evade social media to grow bottom line TheNation |Biz
    It is over 40 days since the apex financial regulator, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), reduced charges on some financial products and services offered by banks. In addressing the obvious impact of the measure, banks are weighing-in on social media platforms to mitigate the result of this on their bottom line, reports Group Business Editor, SIMEON EBULU   Slashing banks’ charges as was recently done by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been applauded by experts as a good omen and an assurance that the regulator is not only alive to its responsibilities, but also proactive enough to ... more
  • 6 days DPR shortlists 200 firms to capture, commercialise flared gas TheNation |Biz
     Emeka Ugwuanyi   THE Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shortlisted 200 companies out of 800 that applied to take over the flare sites spread across the Niger Delta region to reduce its negative effect on the people and environment. Its Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sarki Ahmed, stated this in Lagos yesterday at a conference organised for Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) bidders. Ahmed said the NGFCP bidders’conference was to enable the Department and the bidding companies interface on how to reduce the 320 billion cubic feet of gas (BCF) being flared as at end of 2019. ... more
  • 6 days IMF urges CBN to end forex intervention TheNation |Biz
     Collins Nweze   THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday lauded the Federal Government on its economic reform policies, especially on the Finance Act and the Deep Offshore Basin Act. The commendation is contained in the IMF Article IV Consultation to Nigeria, released on Monday. According to the Fund, the Federal Government had recognized the vulnerabilities facing the economy and taken the steps to boost revenue and improve budget implementation by signing the 2020 Budget before the end of last year. It advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop defending the naira through dollar interventions and adopt a ... more
  • 6 days ‘Why Nigeria operates below 5,000mw of electricity’ TheNation |Biz
    By Akinola Ajibade   Nigeria would continue to operate below 5,000 megawatts (Mw), as long as the Federal Government fails to explore the opportunities for electricity generation, the Chief Executive Officer, Power Cam Nigeria Limited, Mr Biodun Ogunleye, has said. The country boasts of 7,500Mw, a figure that is far less than the total generation capacity of 13,000Mw. In an interview with The Nation, Ogunleye said the country’s power generation would increase greatly, once stakeholders, including the Federal Government, tap into every opportunity to increase generation. According to him, countries in developed markets, such as United States, United Kingdom, Russia ... more
  • 6 days ‘Over 20m jobs available in raw materials-based cluster’ TheNation |Biz
    Ambrose Nnaji   THE raw materials-based clusters if effectively implemented will generate over 20 million jobs for Nigerians on annual basis, President, Association of Agricultural and Industrial Entrepreneurs of Nigeria AIEN, Chuku Wachuku, has said. Wachuku said the cluster initiative highlighted shared industrial facilities as it will encourage value chain operators to manage limited resources, share expertise as well as operate and address common challenges including market, innovations, product improvement, among others, at a least cost. According to him, it is a strategy intended to foster the development of value-added products from the abundant local resources, as well as encourage ... more
  • 6 days How to avoid coronavirus spread, by flight dispatcher TheNation |Biz
    Our Reporter   A United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) licensed Flight Dispatcher and Ground Instructor, Mrs Victoria Jumoke Adegbe, has advised sick passengers to abstain from traveling to save their lives from the ravaging spread of Corona virus. She said sick passengers manifesting symptoms of other infections were more susceptible to contract Coronavoris through  air travel compared to other modes of transportation because of  cabin pressurisation   associated with air travel. Adegbe said the travel advisory to sick persons became imperative because of the peculiarity of air travel as the fastest mode of ... more
  • 6 days Delta schools where children of the poor learn with tears TheNation
    Delta is one of the richest states in Nigeria, yet well-equipped and functional basic and secondary schools are still a mirage in parts of this state that earned N285billion in 2018, and a steady 11-digit monthly allocation from the Federation Account in 2019. Shola O’Neil, South-south Regional Editor and Elo Edremoda, examine the deplorable state of four schools in Udu and Uvwie Local Governments and the fate of thousands of children who attend them   THE sight of the learning condition in some of Delta State’s rural primary and secondary schools would break the most hardened heart. The resuscitation and ... more
  • 6 days Oluwo explains reasons for frosty relationship with other monarchs TheNation
    From Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, yesterday explained his own side of the matter involving him and the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dhrikulahi Akinropo. The Oluwo also broke his silence over his frosty relationship with some traditional rulers in Iwo, Ola-Oluwa and Ayedire local governments of Osun State comprising Iwoland. In a statement signed by him, he asked his critics to leave him to God and stop judging him on the social media. The Oluwo said Nigerians, outside Iwoland, are ignorant of the true situation of things and the hardship some monarchs in their ... more
  • 6 days Osun govt decries monarchs’ clash TheNation
    From Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo and Toba Adedeji, Osogbo   Osun State Government has described as unfortunate and avoidable, the face-off between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi  and the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo, during a peace meeting at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Bashir Makama, last Friday. The government said it was aware that the State Traditional Council is looking into the matter. It further stated that traditional rulers ought to protect and preserve the sacredness of traditional institutions. In a statement yesterday by the Commissioner for ... more
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