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  • 1 day Nigeria at 60 : Why celebration’ll be low-key –FG Sun
     Adetutu Folasade-Koyi, Abuja Celebrations for Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary would be low-key due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said. The minister stated this at a press conference, with his counterparts in Communications and Digital Economy and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social  Development ministries, Isa Pantami and Sadia Umar Farouq, in Abuja, yesterday. “The 60th independence anniversary celebration will be low-key, as Mr. President has already announced. Of course, this is not unconnected with the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has forced some safety protocols on nations around the world. Therefore, the pomp ... more
  • 1 day Ikale group mobilises support for Akeredolu Sun |Politics
    A group of Ikale in Lagos, under the aegis of Ikale Heritage Development Association, has thrown its weight behind Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s second term bid in Ondo State. Chairman of the group, Sola Olatunji, unfolded the agenda of the association to make the dream a reality during a press conference in Lagos, yesterday. He said members have resolved to storm Ondo State for a mega rally in support of Akeredolu and also embark on a house-to-house campaign to sensitise the people. Olatunji said the political calculation makes it imperative for the Southern senatorial to support the incumbent governor for ... more
  • 1 day Winners emerge at Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon Sun
    Winners have emerged from the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in collaboration with Eko Innovation Centre.  The winners, Team Power Bit Crunchers from the hardware category and Team Zeena Platform from the Software category, have earned themselves the combined prize money of N10 million.  The winners and runners-up will also get working space at Eko Innovation Centre, while 10 finalists will get mentorship opportunities, among other consolation prizes. Olonma Ibrahim and Peter Okonma represented the hardware team while Oluwasemi Oreoluwa and Adenitire Ayonikun represented the Software Team at the ... more
  • 1 day …NYCN accuses Atiku, PDP govs of instigating protest Sun |Politics
    •You’re insensitive to plight of Nigerians, ex-VP’s group replies Romanus Ugwu, Abuja  The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has accused former vice president, Atiku Abubakar and some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of instigating labour to frustrate the efforts of government at pushing on with reforms in the petroleum industry.  Addressing a press conference in Abuja, NYCN  President, Solomon Adodo, described the mode of agitation and tactics deployed by labour as antiquated and sad.  However, dismissing the allegations by the NYCN as baseless, the All Atiku Support Groups (AASG), described the youth council as insensitive to ... more
  • 1 day Foundation launches prison, hospital outreach Sun
    An non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mercy Wave Foundation, yesterday, said it will soon start hospitals and correctional facilities outreach as part of its contribution to alleviate the plight of the sick and inmates who have been unjustly incarcerated. Its founder, Mercy Seaphora Uwakwe, said during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NGO had given palliatives to indigent people of Igbere and several communities in Bende Local Government Area in Abia State and other Nigerians. “The foundation is embarking in another outreach in Aba correctional centre where preparations have been made to set some inmates free who are still in ... more
  • 1 day Ojukwu Varsity security men lock out ASUU members Sun
    Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Gun-wielding security men of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, yesterday, chased away some lecturers, under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), preventing them from holding a scheduled meeting at the institution’s Igbariam campus. The institution’s ASUU, led by Alphonsus Aniebo, and the group Zonal Coordinator in Owerri, Uzo Onyebinama, had set to commence the meeting at the congress hall of the university, when the security men stormed the venue, dispersing the gathering. But the group remained adamant and converged under a mango tree within the social science faculty where they sang solidarity songs and ... more
  • 1 day PBGSE alumni partner Edo to rebuild school Sun
    NEWLY elected 14-man executive committee alumni association, with Augustine Okolo as its president, has partnered Edo Government to rebuild Pilgrim Baptist Grammar School. The executive committee members include Dennis Iweka (vice president), Alex Aidaghese (secretary), Joe Okhaifo (assistant secretary), Tony Obeahon (treasurer), Felix Osahon (assistant treasurer), Roland Imanrenezor (financial secretary) and Vincent Ugbodu (assistant financial secretary). Others are Patrick Omorodion (PRO, Paul Okhuebor (assistant PRO). Aigbogun (liaison officer) will be assisted by Julius Iyasele and Emmanuel Alegbe while Vincent Ebhojiaye will serve as auditor. The alumni also appointed a nine-man board of trustees with Aigbe John as chairman. Meanwhile, ... more
  • 1 day No evidence Kwara LG funds were diverted -Judicial panel Sun
    Allegations that the Kwara Government diverted or deducted N300m monthly from local government funds since May 2019 to date are false and baseless, panel of inquiry on the finance of the 16 local government areas has said. The panel also said it found no evidence that the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration has borrowed to pay salary or pension since it was inaugurated on May 29, 2019. “We want to state categorically that there is no evidence either oral or documentary to support the allegation of N300m monthly deduction from the local government funds by the state government. The allegation of ... more
  • 1 day Itsekiri must produce next NDDC MD for fairness, equity –Rita Lori Sun
    Chinelo Obogo Human rights activist, Rita Lori-Ogbebor, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a competent indigene from the Itsekiri community in Delta State as the next managing director (MD) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Speaking with journalists in Lagos, she said the Itsekiri community produces 50 percent of the oil in Delta State and 17 percent at the national level, and, therefore, qualified to produce the next MD. She said there are already plans to appoint a new NDDC board and it is important that they make their stand known on the matter to ensure someone ... more
  • 1 day Flooding: Delta approves connection of surface, underground drains Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba Delta Government has approved the connection of surface drains into underground drainage as part of measures to strengthen the control of flood in Asaba, the state capital. Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, who disclosed this in Asaba, said the approval was one of the decisions taken at the virtual state executive council meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Aniagwu told journalists that the connection of drains would take care of flood experienced on Jesus Saves Road, NTA Asaba area, Government House axis, DBS Road and Summit Road as well as Gagas Road areas of Asaba. ... more
  • 1 day Kalu empowers constituents with extra 350 motorcycles, 200 sewing machines, others Sun
     Okey Sampson, Umuahia Senator representing Abia North and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday, distributed another set of 350 motorcycles, 200 sewing machines and other empowerment kits to Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia North senatorial district. Kalu had, about a month ago, distributed 400 motorcycles and 150 generators to his constituents in Umunneochi Local Government Area.  The senator had, apart from giving out the items, doled out huge capital resources to some of his constituents to help them in their businesses. Speaking while distributing the items to the beneficiaries in Isuikwuato, the former Abia governor said ... more
  • 1 day N12bn Ohafia–Arochukwu road: Kalu lauds Buhari, Fashola, Lawan, Abia leaders Sun
    Kenneth Chiedozie, Abuja Former Abia Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the reconstruction of section two of Ohafia to Arochukwu road in Abia North Senatorial district. Kalu, who also represents Abia North Senatorial zone, made the commendation in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N12 billion for the road reconstruction project. Kalu expressed his appreciation to President Buhari for what he referred to as a great favour to the people of Abia North. The Chief Whip of the Senate said getting the road approved had increased ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria not building rail line to Niger Republic –Presidency Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja  The Presidency, yesterday, countered the announcement by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved $1.96 billion for the construction of a rail line to link Kano, Dutse, Katsina and Maradi in Niger Republic. It explained that the construction would only get to a designated point at the border.  Amaechi had on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents at the 16th FEC meeting, told newsmen that FEC approved the project.  He had said: “The second one (approval) is the award of contract for the development of the proposed Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Matadi ... more
  • 1 day Edo victory good omen for 2023 -PDP BoT Sun |Politics
    Noah Ebije, Kaduna Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator  Walid Jibrin, has said the recent victory recorded by the party in Edo State governorship election was a good omen for the major opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections. Jibrin, second republic lawmaker, also said with the Edo victory, PDP was on its way to controlling good percentage of states in the country. This was contained in a statement in Kaduna, yesterday, by Jibril. “After our victory in Edo State, PDP now controls 16 states while APC controls 19. This is, therefore, a good ... more
  • 1 day MASSOB, S’East youths back out of IPOB sit-at-home directive Sun
    Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has opted out of the sit-at-home order handed down by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on October 1 to protest various killings and injustice done to the people of South East. The group Leader, Uchenna Madu, yesterday, in a statement, declared Nigeria as a failed state at 60, after independence and does not worth celebrating. “We declare Nigeria as a dead state which has nothing to celebrate. At 60 years of independence, Nigeria is still struggling to stand up. Other nations, that got political ... more
  • 2 days Calis Bless drops “YOU” Sun |10ment
    Rita Okoye Fast rising female artiste Akhigbe Omoye Blessing, popularly known as “Calis Bless” has released an Afro-pop single titled “YOU”. In what she describes as a determined comeback to the Nigerian Music Industry after a previous unsuccessful attempt 2 years earlier, Calis Bless graciously vibe to a rich Afro-fusion sound adorned with great lyrical dexterity in the tune produced by Bayological Beatz. Speaking on her music career, the musician said, she started music four years ago, but went professional two years ago. Setting out on her professional career in 2018, she recorded and released singles titled, “Without the ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria @60: DJ SEXYJ to release ‘Dance’ Ft. Pepenazi Sun |10ment
    Rita Okoye Ahead of Nigeria’s 60th independence celebration, Multi-talented female Disc jockey, Odiase Selimot Adejoke better known as DJ SEXYJ is set to release yet another dancehall party jam titled ‘ DANCE featuring illegal crooner Pepenazi. The much anticipated song is expected to be released on all musical platforms come Thursday October 1st 2020. Produced by Dawie and Mix and Mastered by Menace; Dance according to DJ SEXYJ is a Pan African song that cut across all levels and as such with little content and changing the orientation of people on how to vibe to a song in a ... more
  • 2 days What Nigerians must do to live peacefully in South Africa – Laura Barbie IV, Filmmaker Sun |10ment
    Rita Okoye Laura Barbie IV, Nigeria’s multifaceted filmmaker currently making wave in South Africa has enlisted what she believes Nigerians should do to live peacefully in other African countries due to xenophobic attacks. According to the model and seasoned entertainer, each and every country has rules and those rules are expected to be obeyed. “I think most Nigerians need to learn and respect other people’s countries and cultures. You can never go to any foreign country and start doing crime, they will arrest you, Nigeria included. So, Nigerians who are living in other African countries must respect other countries ... more
  • 2 days Petrol Price /Electricity Tariff Hike: Court Stops NLC, TUC’s Planned Strike Sun
    Godwin Tsa, Abuja The National Industrial Court on Thursday granted an interim order restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) their officers, affiliates and privies from embarking on any strike or stoppage of work from Monday September, 28 2020. Justice Ibrahim Galadima issued the preservative order upon an exparte motion by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Ambassadors Association, said the order was pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on notice. After listening to the motion which was moved by counsel to the applicant, Sanusi Musa, Justice Galadima further granted an order of ... more
  • 2 days MAGU: Why I will not appear before probe panel — Malami Sun
    Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Thursday, said his refusal to appear as a witness before the Justice Ayo Salami led Presidential Committee probing the suspended the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has constitutional backings. This was contained in a statement that was signed by his media aide, Dr. Jibrilu Gwandu. In the said statement, the AGF, maintained that his refusal to testify before the panel was “purely constitutional and not based on any ulterior motive”. Malami argued that as an ... more
  • 2 days Ijaw youths threaten showdown with firms neglecting host communities Sun
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Ijaw youths in six states of the Niger Delta region have threatened mass action against multinational and indigenous oil companies neglecting their host communities in the Niger Delta especially Ijaw oil-producing areas. The youths drawn from Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom states under the auspices of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide pointed out that untold hardship and endemic poverty have been the lot of such communities despite living amidst crude oil installations, oil wells and pipelines. The IYC threat which was contained in its new position paper entitled, “Our rules of engagement with ... more
  • 2 days Reps caucus congratulates Elumelu over Time recognition Sun
    Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The Minority caucus in the House of Representatives has congratulated the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) group, Tony Elumelu, for making the list of top 100 most influential people in the 2020 Time magazine award. The caucus in a statement by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, on Thursday. said the recognition of the UBA chairman is well deserved , owing to his contribution towards human capital development, wealth creation, among others in the African continent. The opposition lawmakers noted that Eumelu’s entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and innovativeness have again brought respect and honour ... more
  • 2 days Ondo guber: INEC facing challenges of raised bar –Yakubu Sun
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has admitted that one of the challenges before the Commission is the ability and possibilities of meeting up the standard set during the recently concluded Edo state governorship election. Speaking in Akure, the Ondo state capital, the INEC boss challenged both the security agents and staff to ensure that Ondo State governorship election is better than Edo state. While insisting that INEC had raised the bar of professionalism for peaceful election in Edo and should not lower it in Ondo state, he said: “Edo ... more
  • 2 days House of Reps C’ttee calls for upgrade of Calabar depot facilities Sun
    The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Tank Farms has called for overhaul of facilities at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot in Calabar. Chairman of the Committee, Mr Sergius Ogun, said this on Thursday in Calabar during a stakeholders meeting with tank farm operators. Ogun lamented that the facilities were no longer functional in an operational environment of a tank farm. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Committee, accompanied by officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had earlier visited some of the tank farms to check their operational status and ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: Gombe govt approves reopening of schools Sun
    Gombe state government has approved the reopening of schools across the state, after six months of COVID-19 break. Dr Habu Dahiru, Commissioner of Education disclosed this in a press briefing in Gombe on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that schools in the state were closed in March to curtail the spread of COVID-19 infection in the state. He said boarding schools across the state would resume on Oct. 4, while day schools,including primary,Islamiya and Tsangaya Islamic schools, would commence classes Oct. 5. The commissioner urged school administrators to continue observing all the COVID-19 protocols through the ... more
  • 2 days Ogun: Stray bullets kill two as land grabbers invade community Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Hell was let loose on Wednesday, in Ikogbo Community in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun state, when stray bullets killed two persons as suspected land grabbers struggled over gun with a policeman. Two others who were hit by the stray bullets were also hospitalised after the incident . Account to an eye witness, there was a dispute over land between two Ikogbo and Imose communities which led to litigation. And in an attempt to enforce a court judgement on the disputed land between the two communities in favour of Ikogbo led to the bloody ... more
  • 2 days Auto crash claims 11 in C/River Sun
     The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of 11 person in an auto crash on Thursday in Calabar, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.Sector Head of Operations, Deputy Corps Commander Matthew Egbe, told NAN in a telephone interview that the sad incident occurred along the Calabar-Mbarakom-Awi highway.He said that the crash was fatal because the driver was speeding.“The accident occurred along the Calabar-Mbarakom-Awi highway. The Hiace bus was conveying 13 passengers, 11 died while two sustained injuries,” he said.An eyewitness, Mr James Ebri, who said he helped in the rescue operation, told NAN that the accident ... more
  • 2 days Tallen hails Bauchi govt over passage of VAPP law Sun
    Paul Orude, Bauchi The Minister of Women Affairs and Child Development, Mrs Dame Pauline Tallen on Thursday applauded Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State for the prompt assent of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition law in the state. Tallen gave the commendation when she paid a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi. She said Governor Mohammed is the first Governor in the states of the North East to assent the law that will among thing, tackle gender based violence in the country. “Your Excellency, I am here to appreciate you and the House ... more
  • 2 days Court faults Buhari on appointment of FCT Judges Sun
    Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of 11 Judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Justice Inyang Ekwo in his judgment specifically held that the president was wrong for sending their names to the Senate for screening as judges of the FCT High Court. The judgment was inrespect of a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/733/2020 filed by Oladimeji Ekengba against Buhari, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Senate, the President of the Senate, the Clerk of the Senate, the Chief Justice of Nigeria ... more
  • 2 days ‌CAMA law will ensure transparency – Buhari Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The despite the criticism that has trailed the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 recently signed into law, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, said it would enhance transparency and corporate accountability and help the fight against corruption. This is even as he encouraged Nigerians to get involved in the OGP and help shape and sustain the country’s democracy now and in the future. Buhari said this in a video message presented at the Open Government Partnership 2020 Virtual Leaders’ Summit on the sidelines of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, ... more
  • 2 days 2 killed, others injured in Rivers cult war Sun
    TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt Two persons including one in his early 20s identified as Michael, have lost their lives as two cult groups clashed in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Also, two others, whose identities could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report, were battle to survive after they received several matchet cuts during the cult clash. Sources said they were killed at different locations in Port Harcourt. Daily Sun gathered that Michael died instantly at the scene of incident at Railway market, Mile 1 Diobu area of Port Harcourt; while two others, who sustained life-threatening injuries ... more
  • 2 days 1 dies, many injured as gas explosion rocks filling Station in Lagos Sun
    Christopher Oji One person has died while several others were injured when gas exploded at a filling station at Cele Bus Stop , Iju area of Lagos . A witness John Udoh ,said the fire started when a tanker was trying to offload gasoline in the filling station when the gas station attached to the filling station exploded. Udo said one person was burnt beyond recognition, many people injured while many vehicles were destroyed by the raging fire, “as I am taking to you, the police, fire service and emergency agencies are putting out the fire and are bringing ... more
  • 2 days IGP flags off community Police training for officers in Abuja Sun
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, Thursday flagged off a one-day sensitization training on community policing for Community Policing Officers (CPOs) across the country. The training according to the IGP is part of activities to ensure the full implementation of the community policing initiative. Declaring the workshop open, the IGP, while noting that Community Policing strategy approved by the Federal Government was gradually taking root in Nigeria, said it is being embraced by the the Nigerian people, who he described as the most strategic partners. According to him,the training, will enable police personnel to ... more
  • 2 days Anambra NDLEA arrests 14 suspects moving hard drugs to Yobe Sun
    Obinna Odogwu, Awka Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency [NDLEA], Anambra State Command, have arrested 14 suspected drug peddlers moving hard drugs to Yobe State. The suspects who hid the drugs in-between goods loaded in a trailer which was heading to Yobe were intercepted by the NDLEA operatives at Amawbia Junction along the Enugu – Onitsha Expressway. Commander of the agency in the state, Mr. Mohammed Idris, while briefing newsmen at the agency’s office in Awka, said that the illicit drugs weighing about 2,000 kilograms were intercepted following intelligence reports. He listed marijuana, tramadol, diazepam, cocaine and ... more
  • 2 days FG gives reasons for frequent sacking of IST boards Sun
    Uche Usim, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed on Thursday gave reasons for the incessant sacking of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) panel members, saying that the principal reason was because they have been sources of embarrassment to the country. Speaking at the inauguration of the latest IST board, she further listed infighting among members, lack of industrial harmony and series of complaints bordering maladministration as other challenges plaguing the tribunal that necessitate government’s intervention. She lamented that “this has been the bane of the tribunal and a source of embarrassment not ... more
  • 2 days Explosions: MOMAN, NARTO push for new tankers Sun
    Benjamin Babine, Abuja To curb the incessant incidents of oil tanker explosions leading to loss of lives and property, the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) on Thursday met with the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to discuss truck renewal project. Speaking at the conference, the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, noted that tanker accidents caused more deaths in Nigeria than most deadly diseases and stressed that the meeting was timely to address the tanker explosion situation. The Minister, who was represented by Mrs Angela Keyede, the Assistant Director of Mass Transit Administration, ... more
  • 2 days Adamawa Poly fabricates 20 handwashing machines, 30 washing points, procures over 3,000 hand sanitisers Sun
    Billy Graham Abel, Yola The Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, has fabricated about 20 water dispensing machines, three thousand hand sanitizers, one hundred liquid soaps, among other items, provided by the school management ahead of school reopening in the State. The Director, Academic Planning of the Polytechnic, Gabriel Gladstone Teneke, while giving details of the polytechnic’s readiness for resumption said: ‘We are fully ready for school resumption and the school management led by the Rector, Professor Ibrahim Umar, has set machinery in place to ensure that every protocol for the prevention of coronavirus pandemic is observed and respected.’ ... more
  • 2 days Corporate leaders chart new path to reinvigorate ailing economy Sun |Biz
    Henry Uche, Lagos Administrative and management professionals are set to reinvigorate Nigeria’s ailing economy at the 36th Omolayole Management Lecture (OML) holding on Thursday, with the theme: “Leading at the Speed of Technology: Implications for the Corporate World”. Briefing newsmen, the President, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), Wale Adediran, said the lecture is a renewed hope for Nigeria economy. Adediran said the theme is apt following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which brought about technological disruption in every sector. OML is an annual lecture organised by AIESEC Alumni Nigeria to address contemporary socio-economic issues of national and international ... more
  • 2 days Kebbi flood: 52,911 IDPs in 18 affected councils – SEMA Sun
    Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi The Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has disclosed that 52,911 Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in the State in camps accommodating victims displaced by the flood disaster in 18 Local Government Areas. The Chairman of the agency in the State, Alhaji Sanni Dododo, disclosed this on Thursday in Birnin Kebbi during a visit to the State Government by representatives of the Jack Rich Aid Foundation. Dododo, who expressed concern over the continuous release of water from the Shiroro and Bakolori dams to the Niger River along Bagudo to Ngaski, said out of 21 LGAs ... more
  • 2 days Declare state of emergency on refineries, oil & gas suppliers urge FG, lamenting N320 billion loss Sun |Biz
    Uche Usim, Abuja The Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA) on Thursday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency on Nigeria’s ailing refineries with a view to bringing them back to life as quickly as possible. The Association lamented the disastrous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and investors in the downstream sector leading to a loss of over N320 billion. NOGASA spokesman Mr Ukadike Chinedu said in a statement that the loss sprang from products purchased at government-specified prices and were compelled to sell at reduced prices, which could cover ... more
  • 2 days FG inaugurates board of Investments Securities Tribunal Sun |Biz
    Uche Usim, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, inaugurated on Thursday the fully constituted board of the Investments and Securities Tribunal (IST). The Minister swore-in lawyers Mr Azi Amos Isaac, appointed for the first term of five years, and Mr Nosa Smart Osemwengie, who has been re-appointed for the second term of four years, as Chairman and Member of the IST, respectively. Speaking at the event, the Minister charged the Chairman to provide good leadership that would galvanise the human and material resources at the Tribunal’s disposal on the path of stability towards ... more
  • 2 days Imo puts school resumption on hold as 24 test positive for COVID-19 Sun
    Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri The Imo State Government has set aside any plans for the resumption of schools in the State until the ongoing COVID-19 testing programme in all its 27 Local Government Areas is concluded. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who briefed journalists alongside some of his other colleagues after an Executive Council meeting presided by Governor Hope Uzodinma at the Government House on Wednesday, informed that the Executive Council received a report on the community testing for COVID-19 in six Local Government Areas of the State. He revealed that out of 1,000 people tested in ... more
  • 2 days NDDC: Buhari should take action on IMC Sun
    The Transparency and Accountability Advancement Group has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to look into a petition written by a traditional monarch in Ondo State alleging questionable payment by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for contracts in his community. According to the group, in a statement by Comrade Damian Nwikinaka, National Coordinator, the Olu of Igbokoda in Ondo State disputed the contracts for desilting and re-channelling of river projects in Igbokoda for which the NDDC allegedly processed payments. The group said the monarch alleged that no such contracts were executed in his community. Transparency and Accountability Advancement Group said ... more
  • 2 days Kogi tanker explosion; North Central Governors’ Forum condoles with people and government of Kogi Sun
    John Adams, Minna The North Central Governors’ Forum (NCGF) has joined millions of Nigerians to condole with the Government and people of Kogi State over the loss of lives in the unfortunate accident involving petroleum tankers in Felele, Lokoja in Kogi State, on Wednesday. The Forum said the accident which claimed the lives of primary school children was very shocking. The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the accident as unfortunate and heartbreaking, especially when lives of innocent children were ... more
  • 2 days NDDC: BUHARI SHOULD TAKE ACTION ON IMC Sun
    The Transparency and Accountability Advancement Group has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to look into a petition written by a traditional monarch in Ondo State alleging questionable payment by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for contracts in his community.  According to the group, in a statement by Comrade Damian Nwikinaka, National Coordinator, the Olu of Igbokoda in Ondo State, disputed  the contracts for desilting and re-channelling of river projects in Igbokoda for which the NDDC allegedly processed payments. The group said the monarch alleged that no such contracts were executed in his community.  Transparency and Accountability Advancement Group said from the traditional ... more
  • 2 days US visa ban: APC chieftain back US govt on sanction Sun
    Femi Folaranmi A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Mr Sunday Frank-Oputu, has backed the United States Government over the decision to impose visa restrictions on some Nigerian politicians involved in undermining democracy in the country. According to him, the action of the US Government should be emulated by other countries of the world to put an end to acts of electoral fraud, the imposition of candidates, rigging, and violence in the country’s electoral processes. Frank-Oputu also called on traditional rulers in Nigeria to take the bold step of withdrawing the chieftaincy honours bestowed on ... more
  • 2 days Soldiers kill, arrest 51, terrorists, bandits, gunrunner, others in one week-DHQ Sun
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Defence Headquarters(DHQ), said military operations  conducted across the country in the last one week has led to the killings and arrest of over 51, terrorists, bandits, gunrunners, crude oil thieves and other criminals terrorizing the peace of the country. Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, who made this known at a briefing, said a suspected drug dealer who specializes in supplying criminals with hard drug and a suspected gun runners were arrested in the last one week by soldiers and other security agencies. Enenche at the briefing held at the Defence headquarters Abuja, said about ... more
  • 2 days FCT Police command gets new PPRO Sun
    Molly Kilete, AbujaThe Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Police command has announced the appointment of a new public relations officer. She is ASP. Yusuf Mariam.She takes from the former PRO DSP Manazah Anjuguri  who has  been redeployed. Until her appointment, Yusuf, was  the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer for the FCT police Command. The post FCT Police command gets new PPRO appeared first on The Sun Nigeria. ... more
  • 2 days FRSC, LGAs to collaborate to curb road accidents in Adamawa Sun
     The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adamawa command says it will collaborate with Chairmen of the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state in order to curb road accidents. Mr Ocheja Ameh, the state sector Commander disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Yola. He said that the collaboration was aimed at curbing road traffic accidents during the ’ember months’ and beyond. The sector commander stressed that the corp is currently present in only six LGAs in the State. “The command wants the expansion of FRSC presence with the deployment of personnel known as station officers in ... more
  • 2 days CP directs ”orderly-room trial” of Inspector over alleged extortion Sun
    The Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos State, Mr  Hakeem Odumosu has directed  an ”orderlyroom trial” for Insp. Joseph Dike over alleged extortion. Orderly-room, is a room in the barracks of a battalion or company used for general administrative purposes  and to try erring officers. Dike is attached to the Aguda Police Division. Odumosu in a statement by SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the spokesman for the Police Command in the state on Thursday, reiterated his zero tolerance for corruption. “I am piqued by the manner in which the Inspector was caught in a widely circulated picture extorting a motorcyclist at ... more
  • 2 days Lagos Govt halts illegal constructions in Ikoyi old Secretariat premises Sun
    The Lagos State Government ordered the stoppage of construction of illegal buildings within the old Federal Secretariat premises in Ikoyi. In a statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, on Thursday, the Commissioner, Dr Idris Salako, who gave the order, also sealed off the premises, where unapproved constructions were ongoing. Salako said the ministry moved into action to correct the infractions based on a report of the ministry’s monitoring team. He also directed the sealing of seven other buildings in different parts of Ikoyi, including illegal construction at the Obed’s ... more
  • 2 days Why I didn’t pick Ajayi as my running mate- Jegede Sun |Politics
    Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede has said his decision not to pick the state deputy governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi as his running mate was because his (Ajayi) decision was to serve as Governor.He also explained that Ajayi was part of the “failure” of the Akeredolu’s administration that PDP is campaigning against.Jegede who spoke on a television programme monitored in Akure, said his resolve to contest the governorship election was born out of his desire to serve his people.According to him,  “Ajayi ... more
  • 2 days Ondo 2020: We have no reason to support violence, Ondo APC tells PDP Sun |Politics
    Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo State has denied allegations linking it to any form of violence in the state ahead of the October 10 governorship election.The party said it has no reason to support violence or involve in any violent act ahead of the governorship polls.The state publicity secretary of the party, Mr Alex Kalejaiye said the opposition parties are attempting to drag the APC to needless issue through the allegations, stressing that the party will not lose focus.He said “the Governor of the State and APC flag bearer, Mr Rotimi Akeredol will ... more
  • 2 days Commissioner, ex-council chairmen dump APC, PDP for ZLP Sun |Politics
    Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure A Commissioner with the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC), Chief Bisi Ilawole has resigned his appointment with Commission and joined the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).Ilawole who hails from Ilaje Local Government Area of the state also led hundreds of his supporters to the ZLP.In his letter addressed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Ilawole thanked the governor for giving him the previledge to serve the state in the capacity of a Commissioner in the intervention agency.The letter reads “I Chief Ilawole Adeleke Adebisi, hereby tender my resignation as a member of Ondo State Oil ... more
  • 2 days Soldiers kill top ISWAP, Boko Haram commanders in Borno Sun
    Molly Kilete, AbujaThe Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said soldiers on counter-insurgency operations in the northeast have killed some top commanders of the Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African(ISWAP), terrorist group. The commanders were said to have been killed during an operation conducted to locate terrorists’ camps and hideouts at Tunbun Gini, Tunbun N Kayoma, Tunbun Kaza, Tunbun Fulani on the fringes of Lake Chad in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State. CoordinatorDefence Media Operations Major General John Enenche who made this known in a statement gave the names of the top commanders killed during the operation to ... more
  • 2 days DPR outlines 4 cardinal focus for downstream operations Sun
     The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has outlined four cardinal focus for downstream operations in its bid to continue to enable business and create opportunities in the oil and gas sector.A statement signed by Mr Paul Osu, Head, Public Affairs, DPR  on Thursday said the agency’s Director, Mr Sarki Auwalu, made this known during a visit of members of the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) to DPR in Lagos on Wednesday. Auwalu listed the four focus areas as quality for product assurance and customer satisfaction; quantity for transparency, value for money and consumer protection; safety for ... more
  • 2 days Involvement of youths in farming will lead to food security, says Minister Sun
    Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja  The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the Federal Government is set to mechanise agricultural production so as to make it attractive to Nigerian youths. Onu stated involvement of youths in Agriculture will ensure food security, create jobs and increase foreign exchange earnings for the country considering their population. The Minister made this disclosure while receiving  the Director General and National Coordinator of Nigerian Young Farmers Network in his office in Anuja, yesterday.  He reiterated that the present administration placed high premium on agriculture, adding that this was demonstrated by the massive ... more
  • 2 days We are determined to make mining attractive for youths, says FG Sun
    Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja Federal Government, on Wednesday, renews its commitment to any cause that would make mining attractive and profitable for Nigerian youths through the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, who spoke at a photo exhibition to mark his one year in office, in Abuja, disclosed that mining industry has huge potentials, thus inviting more younger Nigerians to join the sector. Adegbite said that the ministry is determined to make the mining sector attractive for youths so as to curb the high level of unemployment in ... more
  • 2 days Koloflow illuminates music scene with Sleeper mixtape Sun |10ment
    Nigerian hip hop act, Aroloye Samuel Ayomide aka Koloflow has released his much anticipated mixtape entitled Sleeper. According to a statement from his management, the mixtape is soul lifting and will leave a lasting impression on the entertainment industry for a long time to come. The statement also described the fast rising act that is currently topping music charts as a breath of fresh air in an over saturated music industry and assured fans of new tunes and visuals for the mixtape before the end of the year. Speaking, the 400 Level student of Computer Science, Adekunle Ajasin ... more
  • 2 days Benue govt condemns killing by suspected herdsmen Sun
    Rose Ejembi, Makurdi The Benue State government has condemned the killing of five persons by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen during an attack on Tse-Apera Village, Nzorov district of Guma local government. Senior Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on Animal Husbandry, Alhaji Shehu Tambaya, in a chat with newsmen on Thursday described the attack as grievous and unacceptable. He lamented that despite the implementation of the anti open grazing law in the state, herdsmen would still invade communities in the state and kill innocent farmers in their ancestral homes. Tambaya who noted that the attack was unprovoked wondered ... more
  • 2 days Kogi govt declares two day mourning in honour of victims of tanker inferno Sun
    Emmanuel Adeyemi Lokoja The Government of Kogi State has declared a two-day state mourning in honour of the victims of the Felele tanker explosion that claimed over 40 lives on Wednesday In a press statement signed by the commissioner of information, Kingsley Fanwo and made available to newsmen in lokoja, it said the Governor and the Government of Kogi State are saddened by the unfortunate incident that claimed many lives in the early hours of Wednesday The statement reads in part: “the people are the State. Therefore, the primary responsibility of Government is to ensure the safety ... more
  • 2 days Coming to a cinema near you: the life of UK’s Captain Tom Sun
     British centenarian and charity star Captain Tom Moore, who raised millions of pounds for the health service by walking laps of his garden during lockdown, has signed a deal to film a biopic of his life, he and the producers said on Wednesday. The film, to be shot next year, will be made by Britain’s Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures, whose credits include “Fisherman’s Friends”, about a group of Cornish fishermen who signed a record deal, they said in a joint statement.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html “This is a story about the power of the human spirit and Captain Sir Tom personifies ... more
  • 2 days NCDC reports 111 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,724 Sun
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 in the country. NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday. According to the agency, with the new infections, the total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 57, 724. It disclosed that 149 persons were discharged after being successfully treated and had recovered from the coronavirus. The public health agency said two deaths were recorded in the country in the last 24 hours from the deadly virus. NCDC said that the 111 new cases were reported from 12 states ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria@60: N-Power, them and us Sun |Columns
    Next week, we shall roll out the drums to celebrate our togetherness as a people and nation in the past 60 years. Great experience and reality indeed, and to God be the glory. To us in the emerging tourism industry, it is not Uhuru yet but certainly we have held our head above water. It was tough from the beginning; from Nigerian Tourism Authority (NTA) to Nigeria Tourism Board (NTB) to Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), all in an attempt to draw focal attention to tourism as a key driver of our economy, the problem, however, lies in government ... more
  • 2 days Ndidi out of CIV, Tunisia friendlies Sun |Sports
    Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi has been ruled out of Nigeria’s friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia after suffering a groin injury in the Foxes’ 4-2 victory over Burnley. Ndidi was among the 25-man squad to prepare Nigeria for their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in November. The 23-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Sunday evening as Brendan Rodgers’ men silenced the Clarets at the King Power Stadium, but he will not be part of the international game billed to take place in Austria. Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed the development. “Of ... more
  • 2 days Tokyo 2020: Athletes to undergo COVID-19 tests on arrival Sun |Sports
    Joe Apu with agency report Ahead of the now postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, organisers have ruled that all foreign athletes will require coronavirus tests upon their arrival in Japan, but may not mandate a two-week quarantine period, according to draft measures released yesterday. According to reuters.com, the decision was reached after a meeting between the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, the Japanese government and the Tokyo metropolitan authorities. Similarly, Japanese athletes and other participants living in Japan would face similar requirements when travelling to training camps and competition venues under the planned measures which were released yesterday. The pandemic, ... more
  • 2 days Catch EPL, La Liga, Serie A matches on DStv, GOtv Sun |Sports
    This weekend, subscribers of DStv and GOtv will have the best football action from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A on SuperSport, scheduled for September 25 to 28. In the Premier League this weekend, Liverpool and Arsenal are scheduled to meet at Anfield on the evening of Monday, September 28, at 8:15pm on SS Premier League. The Reds and the Gunners are set for an explosive encounter which will feature prolific African goal scorers such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Liverpool will be looking for revenge against Arsenal, given that the teams’ last two ... more
  • 2 days Messi, Ronaldo out of final shortlist for UEFA award Sun |Sports
    Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been left off the final shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for first time in 10 years, with Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski set to battle it out for the individual prize, Goal reports. Ronaldo has picked up the accolade on three occasions and also has a total of nine nominations to his name, while Barcelona superstar, Messi, has won it two times and made the final shortlist in six of the last 10 seasons. Bayern striker, Lewandowski, is in line to win the coveted Player of the ... more
  • 2 days Real Madrid Academy’ll produce future stars –Iyaye Sun |Sports
    Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye says the State-owned Real Madrid Football Academy in Port-Harcourt will produce a future generation of football superstars comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Iyaye stated this when he visited the Academy ahead of official resumption on his way to the Rivers United Football Club Camp, shortly after inspecting the progress of work on the football pitches of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in the company of his Permanent Secretary, Honour Sirawoo, and members of SWAN in Rivers State. According to the Commissioner, the academy is comparable to any in the world in terms ... more
  • 2 days Kanu signs up for Simba TVS Sun |Sports
    Nigerian soccer legend, Kanu Nwankwo, was yesterday, unveiled as an ambassador for Simba TVS, distributors of Nigeria’s leading brands in the tricycle, motorcycle and power bike sector. At a well attended signing ceremony held at the Simba TVS motorcycle and tricycle plant at Ogba, Ikeja, Kanu  commended the company’s role in the development of the country’s economy. The Olympic gold medal-winning Nigerian Dream Team captain said: “I am extremely happy to be associated with Simba TVS. I know the company and have seen their contributions to both the development of the motorcycle and tricycle sector and, especially, their empowerment ... more
  • 2 days 50 years of friendship and birth of Ado Bayero Foundation Sun |Columns
    “Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” – Northrup Christiane    It was in the late 1960s and early 1970s that the friendship started between the then Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, and my humble self. You cannot begin to imagine how ecstatic I felt when a close contact to the Palace, Mr. Michael Agbamuche, who was well known in Kano as Baba Lawyer, informed me that the Emir of Kano read an interview I granted a newspaper about my exploration across ... more
  • 2 days Gana: Stop the extrajudicial killings Sun |Columns
    In not too distant a time, I wrote in my column about the story of a young suspect arrested by the police, who opted for the termination of his life rather than being sent to prison. In that story, the young man told the public the story of how he was sent to the Nigerian prison (Correctional home) for stealing a phone handset, from where he graduated upon release to a hardened criminal involved in armed robbery and rape. Upon his re-arrest, he had pleaded that his life be terminated instead of imprisoning him again, which he believed would ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria, other maritime nations lose $9tr to COVID-19 pandemic Sun |Biz
    •FG deploys revenue directors to NPA, Customs, others to boost remittances Uche Usim (Abuja) and Steve Agbota Nigeria and other maritime nations around the world have lost about $9 trillion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to COVID-19 pandemic that grounded almost all sectors of the global economy. At the peak of the pandemic between March and May, so many shipping lines, manufacturers, factories and other businesses were shutdown in order to curb the spread of the infestious disease around the world. At a recent sensitisation workshop for stakeholders on COVID-19 in Lagos, whose theme is Maritime Industry and Emerging ... more
  • 2 days CBN bans customer-to-customer forex transfer Sun |Biz
     Omodele Adigun and Uche Usim (Abuja) The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has banned transfer of foreign exchange (forex) from one customer to another.  According to the apex bank, forex cash lodgements into domiciliary accounts can only be done by the account owners henceforth. An internal memo available in the media space explains that the new guidelines are necessary to review the utilisation of inflows into customers domiciliary accounts. The circular states: “Forex inflows cannot be credited to customers until the legitimacy of funds is established. “They can have unfettered access by telegraphic transfers up to a limit of $40,000 monthly ... more
  • 2 days Cashflow, customer loyalty key to SMEs’ growth –Asaria, Range Developments boss Sun |Biz
    Ayo Alonge, ayhalliday@gmail.com Mohammed Asaria is the Managing Director and Board Member of Range Developments, an international luxury hospitality development company that develops luxury resorts in the Eastern Caribbean under the Citizenship-by-Investment programmes. In this interview, Asaria discusses his interest in structured finance and investment banking which necessitated founding Range Developments. He also fields questions bordering on the hospitality sector, challenges, competition and government’s support for SMEs. Background I think I had always had it in my mind that I would like to run my own business.  I come from an East African Indian family and entrepreneurship is in ... more
  • 2 days FG to assist small scale industries with technology Sun |Biz
    Charles Nwaoguji The Federal Government is to assist small-scale industries and agro-food processors with the provision of up-to-date technologies to scale up their production and reduce poverty. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this when he received members of the Association of Food and Agro Processors, who paid him a courtesy call in his Abuja office recently. According to Onu, the provision of requisite technology to micro industries will ensure safe industrial operation and increase productivity, thereby creating more jobs for the youth. Onu also said the Federal Government would create a large army of ... more
  • 2 days Forex: PSN seeks CBN’s prioritisation of healthcare industry Sun |Biz
    Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to prioritise allocation of foreign exchange (forex) to beneficiaries of the N100billion intervention fund to procure machinery and raw materials on time. The society noted that the industry, which depends largely on sourcing raw materials/equipment abroad, is now faced with the challenge of accessing forex, adding that with the reduction in forex complicated by the depreciation of the naira, it would be a more difficult task achieving the set goals in terms of executing the project for which the loan was collected. President of PSN, Sam ... more
  • 2 days AfCFTA: MAN, LCCI call for re-opening of Nigeria’s borders Sun |Biz
     Merit Ibe The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has urged the Federal Government to immediately re-open the country’s land borders to boost the economy and attract the much-needed investments following the official flag-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) slated for January 1, 2021. MAN’s President, Mr. Mansur Ahmed, who spoke during a virtual meeting in Lagos, said the timing was right for the suspension of the border closure in quest for AfCFTA’s success. He said the association understood government’s stance on the border closure following the massive smuggling and importation of counterfeit goods and other agriculture ... more
  • 2 days Recapitalisation: Law Union and Rock shareholders endorse new offer Sun |Biz
    Chiamaka Ajeamo, thesuninsurancenews@gmail.com With three months left to complete the first phase of the insurance industry recapitalisation exercise slated for December 31 2020, operators are leaving no stones unturned to ensure they meet at least half of the capital requirements stipulated by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). The final deadline for insurance companies to fully recapitalise is September 2021, according to the NAICOM. However, it seems some insurers may not wait till next year to complete their recapitalisation plan, judging from the swift response they have gotten from their investors and shareholders. One of such companies is Law ... more
  • 2 days CIS underwrites members’ Group Life Assurance scheme Sun |Biz
    The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) has made history by addressing the physical, mental and financial health of its members through the purchase of group life assurance scheme and personal accident insurance cover for them. Under the combined group life assurance scheme and group personal accident insurance cover, every member is immediately entitled to a sum of N1,000,000 compensation in the event of death or permanent injury while there is a specified amount for medical bills for injury sustained. Already, the policy, hailed by market watchers as a great succour to Stockbrokers with the rising death of its members, ... more
  • 2 days AXA Mansard advocates human capital devt in insurance industry Sun |Biz
    For proper transformation to continue in a business environment, one must possess capacity in emotional intelligence with the right mental balance, this was the conclusion of speakers who spoke on a webinar themed ‘Transformational leadership in the evolving business environment’ hosted by AXA Mansard Insurance Plc. The webinar which was hosted to support human capital development among brokers focused on salient topics such as transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, mental health awareness and its impact in the industry presently.  Speaking at the forum, the Head of Energy and Emerging Corporates, Akinlolu Akinyele, explained that the event was geared towards improving ... more
  • 2 days Akwa Ibom: 33 years of economic growth Sun |Opinion
    David Augustine In the 33 years of the existence of Akwa Ibom State, she has been blessed with very patriotic leadership; leaders who have given their all for the good and growth of the state. The patriotism of her leadership has always been complimented by a citizenry that is aware and alert to the responsibility of demanding for accountability from their leaders. The state is equally blessed by a people that have held their own wherever they are found; a people energetic and eager to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of their state. Beginning with the first set ... more
  • 2 days The Anambra spirit Sun |Opinion
    Ejike Anyaduba It is a good thing to be proud of one’s state, and I am. Anambra is perhaps one of the few states in Nigeria that have chalked up some good mention. Her respect comes not from her size, but her worth. She has limited land space – the next smallest state after Lagos and currently battles soil erosion in over a thousand sites that further shrinks her size. The worth of Anambra in the words of the British philosopher, John Stuart Mill, “is the worth of the individuals composing it”. Anambra stakes good claim to producing people ... more
  • 2 days Dr. Stella’s conclusions on COVID-19 and mine Sun |Columns
    i. Dr Stella Emmanuel, Nigerian-trained medical doctor and practicing Family Medicine specialist working in Texas, USA, spoke to the world on Monday, July 27, at the front of the Supreme Court in Washington DC. If you missed her address, google it and savour it. It went viral.  It is vintage stuff; collector’s material. ii. She had seen, in the 3 months before that address, 350 COVID-19 patients of all descriptions – the elderly at 92 and younger, the asthmatic, the diabetic and patients suffering with all kinds of other challenges along with their diagnoses of COVID-19. She had also ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria: 60 years of insecurity Sun |Columns
    On the lips of many Nigerians is the expression of two major issues very important and necessary to their wellbeing. These are hunger and insecurity. Everywhere, these top the agenda for discussion and they are unrelenting because they can feel it and see it happen in every part of the country. Their summation is that the government is not doing enough to provide them with the needed security that would help enhance their productivity. The people believe they are not secure, despite the fact that the Constitution empowers the government to protect the people of Nigeria wherever they reside. ... more
  • 2 days Between ‘political lizard’ and ‘political lion’ Sun |Columns
    “A political lizard is saying he is going to end the political relevance of a political lion and you want me to debate? …He can claim that he is going to teach me a lesson but examination day is on Saturday; we will find out who is the teacher.” – Mr. Adams Oshiomhole (in an interview with Seun Okinbaloye on Channels TV) And the examination eventually held. The result, which came out on Sunday, silenced the political lion. In all the time I spend learning from the NatGeo channel on satellite television, I never saw a video clip of ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria, other maritime nations lose $9tr to COVID-19 pandemic Sun |Biz
    •FG deploys revenue directors to NPA, Customs, others to boost remittances  Uche Usim (Abuja) and Steve Agbota Nigeria and other maritime nations around the world have lost about $9 trillion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to COVID-19 pandemic that grounded almost all sectors of the global economy. At the peak of the pandemic between March and May, so many shipping lines, manufacturers, factories and other businesses were shutdown in order to curb the spread of the infestious disease around the world. At a recent sensitisation workshop for stakeholders on COVID-19 in Lagos, whose theme is Maritime Industry and Emerging ... more
  • 2 days Why Akeredolu ‘ll win Ondo election –Okechukwu, VON DG Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has expressed confidence that APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu will win the October 10, Ondo State governorship election. Okechukwu, who is a member of the APC’s Ondo State governorship elections campaign Council, told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, that Akeredolu will win comfortably because he devoted much more resources in the past four years on physical infrastructural development than stomach infrastructure. “I don’t harbour any fear of APC winning Ondo State. Akeredolu and Obaseki share a lot in common. One, ... more
  • 2 days INEC assures of free, fair election Sun |Politics
    …Says provision made for burnt card readers The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared its readiness for the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for October 10. INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurance when he arrived the state for a three-day working visit ahead of the poll. He assured that the poll will be free and fair and that the recent fire that razed the INEC office in Akure will not affect the election as the commission has made provisions for the replacement of card readers burnt during the inferno. The post INEC assures of free, fair ... more
  • 2 days Artisans, traders pledge support for Ajayi Sun |Politics
    Members of the Ondo State Artisans Group (OSAG) have pledged their support for the candidate of the  Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr Agboola Ajayi. The group declared their support during an interactive session with former governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko. It lamented that its members have been neglected since former Governor Olusegun Mimiko, left office in 2017. President General of the group, Mr Daisi Akomolafe, urged Ajayi, who is the deputy governor to save their means of livelihood, which they said has suffered economic downturn under the Gov Rotimi Akeredolu-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the state. ... more
  • 2 days Police warn trouble makers, thugs to stay away Sun |Politics
    Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The Ondo State Police Command has warned political thugs and would-be trouble makers to steer clear of the state during the election. Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Salami Bolaji, warned political thugs that “no political thug can escape arrest in the state”, and cautioned that anyone who thinks he could add violence to the beauty of politics in Ondo State would regret his involvement. He advised party leaders and politicians to discourage their followers from acts capable of causing violence, but rather embrace decent electioneering campaigns in order to win votes for the ... more
  • 2 days Suspected thugs attack deputy governor’s campaign office Sun |Politics
    Suspected thugs, Tuesday night attacked the campaign office of the Ondo State deputy governor and governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr Agboola Ajayi. Director-General of Ajayi’s campaign organisation, Dr Kola Ademujimi, who confirmed the attack, lamented that attacks on their campaign offices of the candidate have become worrisome in recent time. He said suspected thugs have been threatening the lives and properties of members of the ZLP and other parties in various parts of the state. “They destroyed chairs, tables and inflicted injuries on our supporters at their ward meeting in Ile-Oluji . They also destroyed ... more
  • 2 days PDP writes Buhari, alleges plot by APC to cause mayhem Sun |Politics
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ondo State chapter has alleged a ploy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cause mayhem during the election. It accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his Ekiti counterpart, Kayode Fayemi of working in collusion with the security agencies to cause mayhem during the polls. The party made the allegation in a ‘Save our Soul’ (SoS) letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Kennedy Peretei in which it asked the President to use his office as the chief security officer of the country, to call the governors and security agencies involved ... more
  • 2 days Enugu reopens schools Sept 28 Sun
    Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu Primary and secondary schools in Enugu State will reopen for 3rd term academic activities on Monday, September 28. The state government, which announced the reopening date, yesterday, through the Commissioner for Education, Uche Eze, charged teachers, students and pupils to abide by approved COVID-19 guidelines. Eze, in a statement, said the decision for the phased reopening of schools was taken following the consensus reached by Enugu State education sector stakeholders and the gracious approval giving by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The commissioner said government had made provisions for safety in the schools and stressed the need for ... more
  • 2 days Anambra APC reports Ngige to Buhari Sun |Politics
    Members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State chapter have express misgiving about Minister of Labour and Employment in the affairs of the party in the state. In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, signed by Jideofor Ejimofor, Emeka Kammelu, Gody Offor, Henry Obiokpala, Ugochukwu Egbobe  Joseph Molokwu, Ayamelum and Paul Chuks Umenduka, the party alleged that Ngige has not helped the party in Anambra State. They said with the minister as the leader of APC in Anambra, the party has not won any election. “With Ngige as leader in Anambra, APC has never won any election anywhere ... more
  • 2 days APGA died in Abia day Otti left for APC –Party official Sun |Politics
    Okey Sampson, Umuahia All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chairman for Umuahia Urban Ward II, Obinna Ibekwem, has said the party died in Abia State the day its leader, Alex Otti, left for the All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking while leading the party executive and other members in the area to join APC, Ibekwem said he and over 2,000 other APGA members could not afford to remain in a dead party hence, they decided to pitch their tent with the APC, which he described as the only hope for Abia’s restoration. “About 2,000 APGA members in the area have dumped ... more
  • 2 days I’ll learn from past lessons, says new PAP boss, Dixon Sun
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja  Newly appointed Interim Administrator for the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Milland Dixon, has taken over from the caretaker committee, with a pledge not to dwell in the past, but pick out relevant lessons from events of the past to enable him forge ahead with PAP’s mandate.  A statement in Abuja, yesterday by PAP Director of Information, Florence Dibiaezue-Eke, indicated that Dixon made the pledge at his maiden meeting with the management and staff of PAP shortly after taking over from the caretaker committee, led by Aminu Lawal.  Dixon assured the staff, delegates, stakeholders and the public ... more
  • 2 days Wike releases N50m for Karibi-Whyte’s burial Sun
    Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has released N50 million for the burial ceremony of state-born legal icon, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte. Governor Wike made the announcement yesterday, through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tammy Danagogo, as preparations for the burial of the retired Supreme Court judge gained momentum. Wike, who commiserated with the family of  the late eminent jurist, described Karibi-Whyte as a foremost legal icon at the national and international levels, saying he deserved nothing less than a befitting state burial. The governor expressed this when he briefed members of the family, who ... more
  • 2 days Ondo guber: APC chieftain predicts victory for APC Sun |Politics
    Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu A member of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Committee on Ondo State governorship election, Osita Okechukwu, has dismissed fears that the APC might lose the election. He said like Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, would win the governorship election as both share a lot in common. Okechukwu noted that Akeredolu like Obaseki had in the last four years invested in physical infrastructure development and also reconciled with fellow aspirants thereby going into the poll with peace having advantage of internal democracy. He said: “I don’t harbour ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria, where rivers flow from the desert Sun |Columns
    They knew they had no time to waste. Wisely enough, they did not waste any. They were desperately eager to put the Edo State gubernatorial election experience behind us. That is their wishful thinking.  We won’t succumb to that. It will forever be their nightmare. They attempted it all the same. So soon? Yes! Attention needed to be shifted urgently far away from that misery called Edo. No better time than now. And they substantially achieved that, at least to a reasonable extent. Now, the vexed Water Resources Bill, aka ruga, is back on the front burner. Since Tuesday, ... more
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