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    With three days to the gubernatorial election in Edo state, the main candidates will appear on The Morning Show on ARISE News to discuss their vision for the state. Wednesday, 16 September 2020. Governor Obaseki and Pastor Ize Iyamu will appear on The Morning Show at 8AM today to discuss their vision for the state. Watch here – 416 on DSTV; 44 on GOTV, 519 on Sky UK! #EdoDecides2020 The post EDO GOVERNORSHIP 2020 THE CONVERSATION appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 4 days Offensive Against the Wrong Target ThisDay
    BY KAYODE KOMOLAFE (THE HORIZON) In his closing remarks at the ministerial retreat last week, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered members of his administration to “go on the offensive“ against “irresponsible and politically motivated activists.” Pray, has Buhari lost patience with the critics of his administration? The President proudly listed the “achievements” of his government which he said should be stoutly defended. The tactical (if not strategic) error of this official response to the present condition of Nigeria is that the ordered offensive is wrongly targeted. In a crisis situation, the leader should launch an offensive on the enemies instead ... more
  • 4 days Amuta, Kukah and the ‘Politics of Moral Consequence’ ThisDay
     GUEST COLUMNI:   JIDEOFOR ADIBE Dr Chidi Amuta’s elegantly entitled article ‘2023: Igbos and the Politics of Moral Consequence’ (THISDAY, August 23 2020) and Bishop Kukah’s rejoinder, ‘Of Igbos, 2023 and Politics of Moral Consequence’ (THISDAY, September 2 2020) have perhaps opened up the space for robust, unemotional conversations not just about the current clamour for a President of Igbo extraction in 2023 but also for the whole project of nation-building in the country. Dr Amuta’s basic argument over which geopolitical zone should produce a successor to President Buhari in 2023 is that “national history has a moral arc”, ... more
  • 4 days Dousing Tension, Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, Others Commit to Peaceful Election ThisDay
    •Tinubu urges electorate to reject Edo gov •We will win, Atiku, PDP reply By Chuks Okocha in Abuja, Peter Uzoho in Lagos and Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, all the political parties and their candidates, particularly the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, yesterday signed a peace accord to ensure peaceful conduct before, during and after the election. The peace deal signed in Benin City, Edo State capital, which seeks to douse the rising pre-election ... more
  • 4 days Buhari: I Borrow to Fix Infrastructure, Attract Investments ThisDay
    •Advisory council lists measures to lift 100m from poverty By Omololu Ogunmade For the first time yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari defended borrowing by his administration, saying he borrows to fix roads, rail and attract investments. Speaking at a virtual meeting with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), Buhari said his government was borrowing money in the interest of the country to address the infrastructure deficit. After the meeting, the council listed steps the government needs to take in its vision to lift 100 million Nigerians from poverty. The council Chairman, Professor Doyin Salami, while speaking on behalf ... more
  • 4 days FG, Labour Talks on Petrol Price Rise End in Stalemate ThisDay
    By Onyebuchi Ezigbo The talks between the federal government and the organised labour on the removal of petrol subsidy and the increase in electricity tariffs ended in a stalemate yesterday without the parties fixing any date to continue the negotiations. While welcoming the labour leaders to the meeting held at the Bouquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said that there was an urgent need for all stakeholders in the country to join hands to fashion out how the country can survive the economic challenges imposed by the COVID-19 ... more
  • 4 days Emefiele Urges Banks to Raise Agric Lending to 10% ThisDay
    •FG promises strong economic recovery amidst COVID-19 By James Emejo, Folalumi Alaran in Abuja and Nume Ekeghe in Lagos The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday tasked the banking sector to consider an increase in the percentage of loans to the agriculture sector from the current four per cent to 10 per cent by 2024. This is coming as the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, yesterday expressed confidence that the Nigerian economy “will bounce back strongly within the near term with the right policy responses to the multidimensional ... more
  • 4 days Soyinka Backs Obasanjo, Says Nigeria Divided under Buhari ThisDay
    By Ejiofor Alike Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has thrown his weight behind President Olusegun Obasanjo’s criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as heading Nigeria towards state failure, insisting that the country is more divided as never before. Soyinka in a statement issued yesterday from his Autonomous Residence of Ijegba, Idi-Aba Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State, said though he is not a fan of Obasanjo, he embraced any accurate reading of the country as a contraption teetering on the edge of total collapse. Soyinka’s statement was titled, “Between ‘Dividers-in-chief’ and Dividers-in-law.” Obasanjo had said the country was slowly becoming a ... more
  • 4 days FG, LASG Stop Barge Operations along Marina Coastline ThisDay
    By Segun James The Lagos Marina is set to regain its beauty and serenity, with the planned stoppage of barge operations along the coastline, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso. The federal government, in conjunction with Lagos State Government (LASG), yesterday ordered the stoppage of all such operations, which have desecrated the once beautiful and peaceful Marina coastline. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is to revoke barge approvals granted some companies operating in Lagos. The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. ... more
  • 4 days Analysts Seek Subsidy on Food Production, FX Liquidity ThisDay
    •Inflation rises to 13.22% By James Emejo in Abuja and Nume Ekeghe Analysts yesterday advised the federal government to subsidise food production in the short term and ameliorate the pressure on the foreign exchange (FX) as inflation sustained its upward trajectory to 13.22 per cent in August from 12.82 per cent in the preceding month. The analysts noted that the current inflationary pressures were mainly cost-push due to scarcity of FX, increases in food, petrol and electricity prices as well as the general effects of the lockdown of the economy to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. They ... more
  • 2 weeks True Position on Investment in Nigeria and challenges faced from LADOL. ThisDay
    Sponsored Post Our Company, Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited (“SHIN”) a Nigerian subsidiary of the Korean Ship Building Company – Samsung Heavy Industries Inc. Korea (“SHI”), on behalf of ourselves, SHI and our joint venture subsidiary, SHI-MCI FZE (“SHI-MCI”), collectively “SAMSUNG”, express our immeasurable gratitude to the Government and the People of Nigeria for the opportunity to operate in the country to date. Our attention has been drawn to the press release by LADOL Group on 17 August, 2020 followed by the publication sponsored by LADOL Group in some daily papers and online media titled – “LADOL Response to ... more
  • 2 weeks Adoption of Single Currency Premature, Buhari Tells ECOWAS Leaders ThisDay
    *Says Nigeria committed to implementation plan *Tasks counterparts not to elongate tenures Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Monday criticised the decision of the Francophone West African bloc of ECOWAS to unilaterally adopt proposed ECO currency, describing it as premature. Buhari who made the remarks in Niamey, the Niger Republic capital, at the 57th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, said Nigeria remained committed to the implementation of a single currency plan. He said the decision of the French speaking West African countries to ambush their Anglophone counterparts on the proposed ... more
  • 2 weeks Ethiopian Plane Lands in Abuja Airport with 118 Passengers Onboard ThisDay
    *Passengers lament payment of N42,500 for Covid-19 test By Kasim Sumaina Ethiopian Airline, ET911, conveying 118 passengers on Monday touched down at the runway of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 1:35pm local time following the resumption of international commercial flights, five months after Covid-19 lockdown. The flight from Addis Ababa received a ceremonial welcome by fire service and the Civil defence corps. However, passengers lamented the high cost of COVID-19 test which delayed the initial arrival time of the aircraft. Passengers were expected to pay N42, 500 for Covid-19 test which they must conduct seven days after returning ... more
  • 2 weeks FG Sympathises With Bauchi over Flood Disaster, Donates Relief Materials to Victims ThisDay
    By Segun Awofadeji Apparently disturbed by the recent flood that devastated many communities in some local government areas across Bauchi State, the Federal Government has directed the National Emergency Management Agency to assess the situation and provide necessary support to the affected persons. Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari has presented to the state, assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved as palliatives for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the recent restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Minister of humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social development; Sadiya Umar Farouq, who led the federal government delegation ... more
  • 2 weeks Edo 2020: Ize-Iyamu, Oshiomhole Fighting a Lost Battle, Says Imasuangbon ThisDay
    A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governorship aspirant in Edo State, Ken Imasuangbon, has said former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the party’s Edo governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, are fighting a lost battle because the governorship election has already been won and lost as the PDP and its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, are enjoying massive support from the electorate and the people of the state. Imasuangbon, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, noted that the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State will be a referendum ... more
  • 2 weeks Afenifere Canvasses Legal Action against Fuel Price, Electricity Tariff Hike ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye The pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Monday canvassed legal action by the citizenry against the recent increases in fuel price and electricity tariff by the federal government. The group, in an on-line meeting of its national caucus presided over by its Leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, while condemning the reintroduction of the rejected National Waterway Bill in the House of Representatives also reiterated its stand on the proper restructuring of the Nigerian nation. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere described the recent increases in ... more
  • 2 weeks Overhaul, Restructure HYPREP for Cleanup, Ogoni Leaders, Elders Urge FG ThisDay
    By Ernest Chinwo As concerns mount on the cleanup of Ogoniland in Rivers State, devastated by environmental pollution due to oil exploration and exploitation, opinion leaders and elders of the Ogoni ethnic nationality have called on the federal government to comprehensively overhaul and restructure the Hydrocarbon Remediation Project (HYPREP) in order to get the exercise on track. Addressing a press conference in Port Harcourt Monday, the elders and opinion leaders, under the auspices of Gbo Kabaari Ogoni, asserted that the cleanup exercise has failed and called on the federal government to put an end to the current sophistry being ... more
  • 2 weeks 774,000 Jobs: Beware of Scammers, Ekiti Tells Applicants ThisDay
    By Victor Ogunje As the registration for the Special Public Works Programme whereby 774,000 persons will be recruited at 1,000 each in the country’s 774 local government areas began in Ekiti State on Monday, the government has told interested citizens to be wary of scammers. The Chairman, Ekiti State Committee on Special Public Works Committee Programme, Biodun Omoleye, while speaking in Ado Ekiti Monday, clarified that no payment is required for the prospective public workers to get registered against what was being bandied around. However, Omoleye said applicants in the state had been turning up in their numbers for ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari Defends Subsidy Removal, Says Delaying Deregulation Detrimental to Economy ThisDay
    *Declares ministerial retreat open, pledges to provide stable power By Omololu Ogunmade President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in the State House declared “First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat,” open and expressed the willingness and determination of his administration to provide stable electricity to every home and industry, while considering the economic challenges before individuals, families and businesses. The president who was represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the target of providing 11,000 megawatts by 2023 was realistic and realizable, and would provide a lifeline for many businesses and improve the living conditions of many Nigerians. A statement by the president’s ... more
  • 2 weeks Witness Insists Adoke’s $2.2m Loan Repayment Transaction Transparent ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Rislanudeen Mohammed, on Monday insisted that the $2.2 million transaction in respect of the liquidation of a loan former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Bello Adoke SAN, obtained from the bank was transparent. Mohammed, who is a former Acting Managing Director of Unity Bank PLC, stated this at the resumption of cross examination by Adoke’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN. The court had last month adjourned to Monday for the continuation of cross examination of Mohammed who is the ... more
  • 3 weeks FG Earmarks N600bn to Boost Food Security ThisDay
    James Emejo in Abuja The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, has said the federal government has resolved to inject over N600 billion as stimulus response into the agriculture sector. The intervention, which targets small scale farmers, seeks to ensure food security and sustainability. Speaking during a tour of Dangote Fertilizer Plant over the weekend, he said 2.4 million farmers will benefit from the stimulus package in the first instance. The minister pointed out that to avoid the abuse of government funds as well as its good intentions, the support will be in kind in form of ... more
  • 3 weeks Violence: Idanre PDP Petitions IGP, Urges Arrest of Hoodlums ThisDay
    Appalled by what it called harassment and brutalization of its members by hoodlums allegedly affiliated with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State have forwarded a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, calling for the investigation, arrest and prosecution of the culprits. In the petition dated August 26, the petitioners, through their counsel, Legal Komfort Associates, detailed series of grievous assaults occasioning grievous bodily harm on their members by the said hoodlums, with gory pictures affixed as evidence. According to them, few ... more
  • 3 weeks Leadership Tussle Rocks NULGE as S’West Leaders Disown Deputy National Secretary ThisDay
    By James Sowole Leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in the six South West states, at the weekend cautioned their governors and members, not to relate with the former Deputy National Secretary of the union, Mr Razak Lawal, who they said had ceased to be employee of the union after retirement on attainment of 60 years of age. The call of the NULGE leaders, was the highpoint of the communiqué issued by the union officers at the end of their meeting, held in Akure, Ondo State. The communiqué, read by the National Trustee of the union, ... more
  • 3 weeks Armed Forces Support Fund Bill will Strengthen Fight against Insecurity, Says House Spokesperson ThisDay
    By Udora Orizu The spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has said that the passage of the Nigerian Armed Forces Support Fund Bill will go a long way to strengthen the fight against insecurity in Nigeria. Kalu, in an interview with journalists in Abuja over the weekend, said the Bill intends to fix the funding gap for the Nigerian Armed Forces in order to provide a lasting solution to the problems facing the security forces. The Bill, which has been passed for second reading at the House, was sponsored by the Chairman, House Committee on Defence, Hon. ... more
  • 3 weeks PDP Wins All Ebonyi LG seats ThisDay
    By Benjamin Nworie The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the 13 chairmanship and 171 councillorship seats in the just concluded local government polls in Ebonyi State. The election, which was conducted on Saturday, August 29, was adjudged free and fair with massive turnout of voters in the state. The election was initially scheduled for March 2013 but was abruptly postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Announcing the results in Abakaliki Sunday, the Chairman of Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), Mr Jossy Eze, said that a total of 13 political parties participated in the election. The 13 ... more
  • 3 weeks Bagudu Visits Flood-ravaged Communities, Pledges Govt’s Assistance ThisDay
    By Onuminya Innocent The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Sunday paid an assessment visit to the flood ravaged areas in the state. The governor, who was accompanied by officials of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), led by its Chairman, Alhaji Sani Dododo, visited Augie, Argungu and Arewa Local Government Areas to assess rice farmlands, roads and bridges affected by the flood. Bagudu, who defied the difficult terrains of the hinterlands, took time to personally interact with the victims, commiserated with them and promised to assist them. Speaking with journalists at Bakin Gada in Argungu Local Government ... more
  • 3 weeks Fixing FFK’s Short Fuse ThisDay
    Former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, last week, bit more than he could chew, when he called a journalist stupid for daring to ask how his current tour of some PDP states in the South-south for peer review was being financed. For over two minutes, FFK as he is otherwise called, took the reporter to the cleaners, because according to him, he was short-fused. Thankfully, Fani-Kayode got back in multiple folds and from various quarters, what he dished out to the reporter. Everyone agreed he went overboard even if he found the question offensive and said too much to ... more
  • 3 weeks Glo Celebrates Yemi Alade, Other Music Stars ThisDay
    African Voices, the Globacom-sponsored magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN), this week celebrates the achievements of Nigeria’s energetic female music star, Yemi Alade, and two other highly talented youths who are spreading joy across the continent. This was revealed in a statement Glo Corporate Communications Office issued yesterday, justifying the decision of the telecom giant to celebrate the music stars. The statement said the two talents, who will join Yemi on the programme, “are Amanda Black, a South African pop star, and Ben Pol, a notable recording artist from Tanzania. “Yemi, 31, began her music career after she ... more
  • 3 weeks How Billionaire Businessman, Harry Akande, Battled Shoprite to Standstill ThisDay
    Billionaire Harry Ayoade Akande towers above many of his contemporaries, particularly because he has been in a warm embrace of fame for many decades. Beyond his famed status as a successful businessman, he has also remained very relevant owing to his uncommon brilliance, a quality that has endeared him to many across the globe. The Agbaoye of Ibadan, who set out to pursue his dreams quite early in life, had served as a business advisor and consultant to many other businessmen, including governments of several nations. The world-class businessman in the past has scored many firsts in the nation’s business ... more
  • 3 weeks Report: Despite Gulping N243bn in Four Years, Amnesty Yet to Achieve Mandate ThisDay
    Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja Even though the federal government spent a whopping N243 billion on the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) in the Niger Delta from 2010 to 2014, the programme has yet to achieve its objectives, a report by an international development firm has said. The report by Nextier Security, Peace and Development (SPD) described the programme as too expensive to maintain and marred by corruption and patrimonial sentiment. The report, which was unveiled in Abuja yesterday, noted that the amnesty programme had failed to achieve its mandate despite gulping a whopping sum of N243 billion between 2010 and ... more
  • 4 weeks For BBNaija Housemates, No Means No ThisDay
    By Vanessa Obioha In recent times, there’s been an alarming number of rape cases in Nigeria — from the brutal rape and murder of the University of Benin undergraduate Uwavera Omozuwa in Edo State to the shocking case of Barakat Bello, who was raped and left in a pool of blood at her home in Oyo State. The Nigerian police reported that 717 rape cases between January and May were recorded. In response to the growing concerns on the issue, Nigerian state governors declared a state of emergency on rape in June 2020. The scary incidents spark protests and discussions ... more
  • 4 weeks Nigerians Need Right to Bear Arms, Ortom Insists ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye Benue state governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, has justified his recent call on federal government to allow Nigerians to carry arms saying this will serve as defence in the wake of the growing insecurity in the country. The governor, who spoke in Abuja at the weekend, therefore, asked the federal government to seriously consider his earlier call that Nigerians should be allowed to carry arms as a way to arrest the rising level of insecurity in the country. Ortom said notwithstanding criticism that trailed his recent call on government to license Nigerians to carry arms as a form ... more
  • 4 weeks APC Inaugurates Reconciliation Committee for Ogun, Imo ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated the reconciliation committee for both Ogun and Imo states to reconcile aggrieved members. The Chairman, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, while inaugurating the committee yesterday in Abuja, said the on-going reconciliatory initiatives of APC would “soon shock Nigeria’s political space with massive return of former members” who felt aggrieved and unwillingly, went to other political parties. He recalled that the unfortunate incidences that bedeviled the party in the recent past threatened its existence and the subsequently led to the constitution ... more
  • 4 weeks COVID-19: Delta Establishes Free Testing Centres ThisDay
    By Omon-Julius Onabu In a bid to ensure that the Coronavirus pandemic is brought under control and halted through increased testing of citizens and residents, the Delta State Government has established sample collection centres in government hospitals across the state, which can be easily accessed by those desirous to know their COVID-19 status. This is contained in a statement on Friday and signed by the state Director of Information, Mr. Dona Obuseh. It said that “sample collection and testing are free and issuance of certificate of result after testing is also free,” adding that “on no account should any resident ... more
  • 4 weeks In Fresh Bid for Deal, Jonathan Leads West African Leaders to Mali ThisDay
    •ECOWAS insists on release of President Keita, restoration of constitutional government •UN gains access to deposed president; junta denies him TV, radio, phone By Ahamefula Ogbu Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, will lead other West African leaders to coup-torn Mali today in fresh attempt for solution to the political crisis in the West African country. Mali’s elected President, Ibrahim Keita, was overthrown on Tuesday by mutinying soldiers, who took him, and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, as well as other senior officials into custody. In a related development, the United Nations said yesterday that it had gained access to ousted President Keita ... more
  • 4 weeks UNILAG: FG Suspends Babalakin, Ogundipe, Sets up Special Visitation Panel ThisDay
    By Bennett Oghifo in Lagos and Kuni Tyessi in Abuja The federal government yesterday directed the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Council, University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin and the sacked Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe to step aside from their official duties pending the outcome of a Special Visitation Panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the crisis rocking the institution. The President, as visitor to the University also removed Prof. Theophilus Soyombo, the Acting Vice Chancellor appointed by Babalakin and tasked the panel to come up with workable solutions and peaceful resolutions. The spokesman of the Federal Ministry of ... more
  • 4 weeks NBA to El-Rufai: Withdrawal of Invite Has No Religious, Ethnic Colouration ThisDay
    Tobi Soniyi in Lagos, Alex Enumah in Abuja and John Shiklam in Kaduna President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Paul Usoro yesterday stated that the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NBA to withdraw its invite to Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai was not based on ethnic or religious considerations. Governor el-Rufai was billed as a guest speaker in the first-ever virtual Annual General Conference of the NBA slated for August 26 to 29, 2020. The inclusion of el-Rufai among other speakers at the event drew the ire of some members of the association, ... more
  • 4 weeks Mamman Daura is Hale and Hearty, Says Son ThisDay
    •He neither has a history of renal problems nor does he have any breathing difficulties By Bennett Oghifo Mohammed, son of elder statesman, Mamman Daura, has said his father is hale and hearty, contrary to stories about his demise, describing it as wicked and reminded those behind the story of their own mortality. There were reports early in the week that, Daura, a nephew and confidant of President Muhammadu Buhari was allegedly flown abroad for urgent medical treatment. But his son, in an exclusive engagement with THISDAY yesterday, dismissed this, saying the stories were fabricated. In a statement sent to ... more
  • 4 weeks NDDC Contractors Support Forensic Audit ThisDay
    By Bennett Oghifo The Contractors Association of Niger Delta Development Commission (CA-NDDC) has endorsed the forensic auditing of the NDDC by the Interim Management Committee (IMC), ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. This is as a group, Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve the board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and also suspend the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, over alleged corruption and mismanagement rocking the commission. The association stated this in a communique issued after an extraordinary meeting of the president and the executive members in Port Harcourt, yesterday. The ... more
  • 4 weeks Catholic Bishops: Southern Kaduna Feel Abandoned by EL Rufai ThisDay
    By John Shiklam The Catholic Bishops of Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province, have said that “the people of Southern Kaduna feel abandoned by their governor in their grief”. The province is made up of Kaduna, Kano, Kontagora Minna, Sokoto and Zaria dioceses of the Catholic Church. The bishops also lamented the general insecurity across the country, saying Nigeria “is in the firm grip of the grim reaper.” In a statement issued at the end of their meeting on Tuesday in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, the bishops urged the Governor Nasir El-Rufai to show more empathy to the victims of the crisis. The statement ... more
  • 1 month Mikel Admits He’s Open to a Return to England ThisDay
    Former Super Eagles Captain, John Obi Mikel has left the door open to a return to English football. The 33-year-old, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, is currently without a club having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March. “Yes, there are interested clubs and England is a strong possibility and why not,” Mikel told BBC Sport Africa yesterday. “We are currently in talks with clubs and there is absolutely no hurry. I can only wait to see what happens.” He refused to confirm or deny media reports in England linking him with newly-promoted West ... more
  • 1 month Pulev Accuses Joshua of Been Scared to Fight Outside London ThisDay
    Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev has reignited the war of words with Anthony Joshuaahead of their heavyweight title showdown in December by claiming the Sagamu-born, British heavyweight champion is ‘scared’ to fight outside of London. Pulev is desperate to dethrone the unified world champion who he claims is struggling psychologically since he was handed his first defeat by Andy Ruiz last year. According to UK’s DailyMailonline, Pulev has insisted that he has no problem with where he fights Joshua and is confident of handing him a second knockout defeat of his career, once they finally go toe-to-toe inside the squared-circle. In an ... more
  • 1 month Kano Court Sentences Another Man to Death by Stoning ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu Two days after a Kano Sharia court sentenced a man to death by hanging for committing blasphemy, another Shariah Court has sentenced one Mati Abdu, 60 years old, to death by stoning for raping a minor. The Upper Sharia Court is situated at Kofar Kudu near the Emir of Kano’s palace. Mati was arrested by the Police in 2019 after an alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl during at Farsa Village in Tsanyawa local government area of the state. The Presiding Judge, Justice Ibrahim Sarki Yola, after hearing from witnesses and the suspect, sentenced him to death ... more
  • 1 month Life and Times of Walter Carrington in Photographs ThisDay
    Former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Walter Carrington, died on Tuesday at 90. The late diplomat, who was married to a Nigerian-born medical doctor, Arese, was appointed US ambassador to Nigeria by President Bill Clinton during the military era. He supported the struggle for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria. Here are some images of his life and times.   The post Life and Times of Walter Carrington in Photographs appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 1 month 9mobile Crashes Call Rates ThisDay
    9mobile, through the re-launch of its Morelife Complete package, has crashed both local and international call rates. Morelife is a voice-based prepaid package that allows customers to make calls at 11k/s to all networks in Nigeria and to top international destinations including UK, USA, Canada, China, Norway, Puerto Rico and Bangladesh with a daily access fee of only N5 billed along with the first call of the day. Subscribers on the package, according to the Acting Director, Marketing at 9mobile, Layi Onafowokan, would further enjoy an exclusive data offer of a whopping 11GB for just N3000 and other exciting benefits. ... more
  • 1 month Ex-US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter ‘Omowale’ Carrington, Dies at 90 ThisDay
    Former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Walter Carrington, is dead. He died on Tuesday in the United States. He was aged 90. His death was confirmed by his wife, Dr. Arese, in a short statement on Wednesday night. She wrote: “It is with a heavy and broken heart but with gratitude to God for his life of selfless humanity that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Walter “Carrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal. He passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90yrs old on Tuesday August 11th, 2020. Further announcements will ... more
  • 1 month Obaseki Promises Agbede Community Trailer Park, New Roads ThisDay
    Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called on leaders and residents of Agbede in Etsako West Local Government Area (LGA) to provide his administration with 10 hectares of land where a trailer park will be constructed to improve economic activities in the area. The governor also promised to construct more roads and other infrastructural facilities to better the welfare and livelihood of the people. Obaseki, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State, gave the assurance during his reelection campaign rally in the region. Addressing party faithful ... more
  • 1 month NAS Decries Southern Kaduna Killings, Seeks FG’s Action ThisDay
    By Chuks Onwudinjo The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has expressed concern over the resurgence of killings in Kaura, Zango-Kataf, Kajuru and Jema’a local government areas in southern Kaduna, that have left other innocent citizens brutalized, maimed and traumatized. In a press statement made available to THISDAY, titled ‘Stop the Killings in Southern Kaduna” and signed by the worldwide leader of the organisation, Mr Abiola Owoaje, the association stated that it was worrisome that despite the imposition of a 24-hour curfew by the state government and deployment of security agencies by the federal government in the troubled areas, violence ... more
  • 1 month FG: 429 Evacuated Nigerians to Arrive Wednesday, Thursday ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale The federal government has revealed that 429 stranded Nigerians are expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday and Thursday. The spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement issued Wednesday, said the stranded Nigerians would be evacuated from Ukraine, India and Ethiopia. He said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that in continuation of the evacuation of Nigerian nationals from different parts of the world, three evacuation flights are expected in the country on Thursday 13, August 2020. “Ukraine Klasjet Airlines is expected to convey 100 Nigerians from Kiev, Ukraine ... more
  • 1 month UNILAG Crisis Deepens as Governing Council Sacks VC ThisDay
    *Disregard council’s statement, Ogundipe tells public *Council lacks power to remove VC, says ASUU By Sunday Ehigiator The Governing Council of the University of Lagos has announced the removal of Professor Toyin Ogundipe, as the Vice-Chancellor of the University. This was revealed on Wednesday in a statement by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Oladele Azeez. The statement reads: “The General Public is hereby notified that at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, August 12, and In accordance with the statutory powers vested in it by Law, the Governing Council at the University of Lagos removed Professor Oluwatoyin T. ... more
  • 2 months Ensure Speedy Execution of Ongoing Projects, Masari Urges Committee ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has ordered the newly inaugurated Projects Completion Committee to ensure the speedy execution of ongoing projects awarded by his administration before 2022. The governor, who gave the directive while inaugurating the committee at the Government House Tuesday, charged its members to ensure the timely completion of all projects in critical sectors of health, education, water supply, works and agriculture. He explained that the committee would monitor the implementation of government directives on the completion of the awarded and taken over projects and provide periodic reports. He said: “The term of ... more
  • 2 months Senate Stands by Call for Sack of Service Chiefs, Says Senator ThisDay
    The Chairman, Senate Committee on Intelligence and senator representing Sokoto East senatorial district, Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir, has said that the Senate stands by its earlier call for the sack of the service chiefs. Gobir, who stated this Tuesday in Sokoto during an interaction with journalists, added that: “I’m a member of the ninth Senate and I cannot back out from our collective decision earlier taken. “If the service chiefs are doing well, no need for the call for their sack. Look at what happened to the Governor of Borno State on his way to Baga, it is shameful on ... more
  • 2 months Alleged Money Laundering: FG Rearraigns Ex-AGF Adoke ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah The federal government on Tuesday re-arraigned a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke, over alleged corruption and fraud charges. Adoke alongside an oil magnet, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, were re-arraigned on a 14-count amended criminal charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of over N2 billion. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on two previous occasions arraigned the defendants before the Federal High Court, Abuja on similar charges. They were first arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako in February 2020 and then Justice Inyang Ekwo on June 17, 2020 on ... more
  • 2 months Labour Protests against BEDC’s Outrageous Billing, Epileptic Power Supply ThisDay
    By Victor Ogunje The organised labour Tuesday staged a protest at the office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), Ado Ekiti, ordering it to stop cases of outrageous billing and incessant epileptic power supply. The visibly angry labour leaders comprising the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), lamented that BEDC’s poor electricity supply to Ekiti has crippled the economy and brought alleged extortion of the consumers. The protest was led by the Chairmen of TUC, Sola Adigun; NLC, Kolapo Olatunde; JNC Secretary, Gbenga Olowoyo, to the BEDC’s office located at Ajilosun area ... more
  • 2 months Buhari, Osinbajo, Security Chiefs Meet in State House ThisDay
    By Omololu Ogunmade President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a security council meeting in the State House. Since June 18, this year, when the president told security chiefs that their best was not enough, security situation in the country has not improved. Instead, insecurity has escalated particularly in Southern Kaduna and the North-east. It is expected that the meeting will review security situation since then. Present at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the National Security ... more
  • 2 months Nigerian Artiste Laments Plight of Less Privileged Nigerians ThisDay
    By Vanessa Obioha Nigerian singer, Didi Sweet Muzik, has joined a host of other well-meaning Nigerians to lend his voice to the plight of less privileged Nigerians who are deeply affected by the raging coronavirus pandemic. According to the singer born Oladapo Dada, the economic impact of the pandemic on the less privileged cannot be imagined. Having grown up in Ebute-Metta, one of the Mainland areas in Lagos State, Didi knows first-hand that a good percentage of Nigerians are living below the poverty line without basic amenities despite Nigeria having the biggest economy in Africa. While acknowledging the federal and ... more
  • 2 months Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ is a Uniting Force ThisDay
    Over the weekend, American singer Beyoncé released the stunning visual album ‘Black Is King’, Vanessa Obioha and Iyke Bede look at the film’s overwhelming art and message It was the album her fans were waiting for. On Friday, July 31, when American singer Beyoncé released the ‘Black Is King’ visual album, a follow-up to her 2019, ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, it was to a loud acclaim to her superstardom, but more importantly to her black identity. In her over two decades career, starting out as the lead singer of the defunct girl group Destiny’s Child to her sterling status ... more
  • 2 months Police Bodycam Footage Shows New Details of George Floyd’s Fatal Arrest ThisDay
    Bodycam footage from two cops accused in the murder of George Floyd has revealed the moment-by-moment fatal arrest of the Black American whose death triggered global outrage and reinforced the Black Lives Matter movement. According to a report in, exclusive police body camera footage obtained by the paper showed a rookie officer terrifying Floyd by pointing a handgun at his head and another callously picking a pebble from the squad car tire just inches from the dying man and seconds before he drew his last breath. The tapes showed in minute detail how a very distressed Floyd begged ‘Mr. ... more
  • 2 months Ecobank Offers Zero Fees on Rapidtransfer ThisDay
    In commemoration of the National Diaspora Day, Ecobank Nigeria has stated that it is offering zero fees for money transfers on the Rapidtransfer App. The offer would last till 31st October, 2020. The federal government had set aside July 25 of every year as the National Diaspora Day in recognition of the contributions of Nigerians living outside the country towards the development of their homeland. Rapidtransfer is Ecobank’s proprietary money transfer service which enables users send funds across borders, affordably and instantly. The Rapidtransfer app is available for use by Ecobank and non-Ecobank customers. Cash can be received directly into ... more
  • 2 months EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of N827.6m from NDDC Contractors ThisDay
    Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the final forfeiture of N827, 679,098.32 from Flank Power Resources Limited and GMFD Ventures Limited, both of whom were linked to contractors with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Matthew Edevbie is the Chief Executive Officer of Flank Power Resources Limited. The forfeiture followed the order of Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, sequel to an affidavit deposed to by an EFCC investigator, in which the commission prayed the court for the forfeiture of the sum to the federal government of Nigeria, being ... more
  • 2 months AGF AbdulRazaq: Glorious Exit of the Last of the Titans ThisDay
    By Abubakar Imam Saturday,July 25,2020 was a unique date in the annals of Ilorin Emirate. It was not like any other day. It was a memorable date that would remain permanently secured in the warehouses of chroniclers of history. It was a day the people of Ilorin Emirate, and indeed, humanity “conspired to do away with the physical essence” of a monumental pioneer in so many facets of development of Ilorin Emirate and, indeed, Nigeria. It was the day the remains of an evergreen patriot, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Folorunsho AbdulRazaq, SAN, OFR, was committed to mother earth. The epoch-making event, which ... more
  • 2 months Prioritise Reopening of Private Varsities, Afe Babalola Tells FG ThisDay
    The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola, has expressed disappointment with the federal government for not giving consideration to private universities in the plan to reopen schools that were shut in March due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Babalola, who said both private and public universities had been left out by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in its daily briefings, made the assertion in a goodwill message at a Zoom Meeting of the Pro Chancellors of Private Universities in Nigeria on Saturday. In the message made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the ... more
  • 2 months Gunmen Kill Illegal Miner, Injure Five Others in Niger ThisDay
    By Laleye Dipo Unknown gunmen yesterday morning killed one illegal miner and injured five others in the Tunga area of Minna the Niger State capital. The incident was said to have occurred at about 4.00a.m. when the miners numbering over 50 embarked on their usual illegal mining business. An eyewitness gave the name of the deceased as Ayuba, and was said to be 14 years old. Those injured, according to the eyewitness, have been taken to the Minna General Hospital for treatment. Villagers say the identities of the gunmen were not known, but explained that the miners have been warned ... more
  • 2 months Sanwo-Olu Promises Improved Traffic in Lagos ThisDay
    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, spent an ample time, weekend, at the popular Allen Junction on Obafemi Awolowo Way in Ikeja, monitoring flow of vehicular traffic at the newly re-designed junction. The governor expressed satisfaction with the new layout of the ever-busy junction, following the removal of a broad roundabout to create seamless flow of traffic. The Allen Junction is one of the vulnerable spots across the metropolis notorious for vehicular logjam due to the roundabout, which was identified as an impediment to free flow of traffic. In line with his administration’s traffic management agenda, Sanwo-Olu awarded contracts ... more
  • 2 months Akpabio Fires Back, Lists Senators, House Members Awarded NDDC Contracts ThisDay
    •He is confused, says Nwaoboshi •Tunji-Ojo: Allegation spurious By Deji Elumoye and Adedayo Akinwale  Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has finally picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the National Assembly to name lawmakers who got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The minister, in a document attached to his response to the threat by the House of Representatives to sue him over the allegations that federal lawmakers were the major contractors of NDDC, listed four senators as receiving 74 contracts from the commission between 2017 to date. He also accused the Chairman of the ... more
  • 2 months South-east Govs Set to Unveil Regional Security Outfit ThisDay
    •Urge Anyim, Eze to sheathe sword By Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki The governors of South-east geo-political zone yesterday expressed their readiness to unveil a security outfit for the region. They said the name of the security outfit would be made known to the public during the South-east Governors’ Forum next meeting, adding that all the necessary arrangements for the take-off of the outfit are on course. Briefing journalists yesterday after a virtual meeting of the forum alongside other Igbo leaders in Abakaliki, the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, said after unveiling the outfit, ... more
  • 2 months Magu Denies Misappropriating N332bn Recovered Funds ThisDay
    •Dismisses alleged false asset declaration as untrue By Kingsley Nwezeh Suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, yesterday denied alleged misappropriation of N329 billion recovered for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and another N3 billion recovered for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Magu spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, and said he remitted N329 billion recovered from fuel marketers direct to the NNPC. He also dismissed an allegation that he falsely declared his assets, saying the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel, probing allegations of malfeasance against him has never confronted ... more
  • 2 months APC, PDP Intensify Battle for Edo, Trade Words over Violence ThisDay
    •Ruling party accuses opposition of plotting to eliminate its govs, leaders By Chuks Okocha in Abuja Adibe Emenyonu  The battle for the soul of Edo State became intensified yesterday as the two leading parties in the September 19 governorship poll, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), traded accusations over Saturday’s clash between their supporters near the palace of the Oba of Benin. The PDP, the ruling party in the state, accused APC of plotting to eliminate its governors and leaders by attacking them when they were on their way to pay homage to the Benin monarch, ... more
  • 2 months 14 Airports Now Open for Domestic Operations, Says Sirika ThisDay
    By Kasim Sumaina The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said 14 airports nationwide are now open for full domestic operations. Sirika, in a tweet on his Twitter handle, @hadisirika, said ministerial approvals in and out of those airports were not required. He tweeted: “Glad to announce that the following airports are open for full domestic operations, hence ministerial approval in and out of them is not required. This includes private and charter operations. We will keep you informed on the remainder airports in due course.” Sirika added that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International ... more
  • 2 months Report: Lagos’ IGR Surpassed 20 States Combined in 2019 ThisDay
    •Katsina, Borno, Bayelsa, four others on bottom ranking By Peter Uzoho A new report by the Economic Confidential, an intelligence magazine, has indicated that the N398 billion generated as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by Lagos State in 2019 is higher than those of 20 other states put together. The report, which was released yesterday, showed that in 2019, the IGR generated by Katsina, Borno, Bayelsa and four other states were far below 10 per cent of their receipts from the Federation Account Allocations Committee (FAAC) in the same year. The Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) released by the Economic Confidential ... more
  • 2 months FG Unveils N21bn Medical Facility for South-south ThisDay
    Okon Bassey in Uyo The federal government has unveiled the plan to build N21 billion medical infrastructure in the South-south geo-political zone as an intervention to promote public healthcare in the zone. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed the plan at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Oil and Gas Industry COVID-19 Medical Infrastructure for South-south geo-political zone in Akwa Ibom State. The medical infrastructure will involve the construction of an Intensive Care Unit at Immanuel General Hospital, Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. The medical infrastructure was sponsored by the NNPC/MPN JV as ... more
  • 2 months PROF. MATTHEW MEVAYERHO UMUKORO: A Shining Scholar in Nigeria’s Ivory Tower ThisDay
    He’s not a model but his cream suit, shirt, and red bow-tie catch the eye. His modest countenance belies brilliance. His gait isn’t extravagant but he glistens with grace. Golden gray hairs adorn his head. He looks up slightly with a time-worn smile. The stillness in his eyes makes them sparkle in their sockets. Gentle, polite, and unassuming, he lives a remarkable life, simple and sometimes surreal. Please, meet Prof. Matthew Umukoro, a professor of Theatre Arts, as unveiled by Funke Olaode That night, he looked into the western skies, far away from his oil-rich Niger Delta region. The glistening ... more
  • 2 months The Rags-to-Riches Story of Sijibomi Ogundele ThisDay
    No doubt, the story of Sijibomi Ogundele, Nigeria’s youngest billionaire and luxury real estate Czar, is inspiring.His rise from obscurity to fame is a story that would make a good motivational compilation. Ogundele was not only born poor, he was born without any hope of survival. But while growing up, his determination to survive stood him out of his mates. While many of his peers had no ideas of what the future held for them, he had already perfected ways to literally re-write his story. Earlier in life, he had helped his petty trader mother in Africa’s most populous market, ... more
  • 2 months Iyalaje Toyin Kolade’s Birthday Devoid of Fanfare ThisDay
    Dr. (Mrs.) Toyin Kolade, by all standards, is a successful businesswoman and socialite of note. The beautiful woman has her hands in many pies, including oil and gas, furniture, real estate, maritime, hospitality and many others. She commands deep respect from young and old, especially in the political, social and business circles. She is also in tune with the modern trends in the fashion world. Call her a showstopper, and you will only be stating the obvious. Last Monday, the Managing Director of Fisolak Global Resources, Fisolak Royal Furniture and Arikay Oil and Gas celebrated her birthday. The low-key event ... more
  • 2 months Oke Bayode-Thomas Makes Nigeria Proud ThisDay
    While some Nigerian youths abroad are reportedly engaging in illicit businesses, 24-years-old Oke Bayode-Thomas is busy making his fatherland proud. He has been recognised with the highest award a young person can receive for social action and humanitarian efforts – he was honoured with The Diana Award for young heroes who go above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change to their environments and society at large. The Diana Award was established in memory of the late Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, and it is given out by the charity of the same name, ... more
  • 2 months Flying Officer Tolulope Oluwatoyin Sarah Arotile (1995-2020) ThisDay
    As I struggle with the morbidity that seems to have enveloped the country, I refused to engage myself on this sad news. I simply refused to read the news, analyze, engage or discuss the matter as if it would go away. My Command Secondary School Alumni WhatsApp group was crazy with all speculations. You know how Nigerians like to weave conspiracy theories over every little thing. The argument even brought out an air force general who normally does not engage to proffer a credible explanation on the matter. I still refused to engage because the pain would have been ... more
  • 2 months Magu – Hope Not a Media Circus ThisDay
    As I wrote this I had mixed feelings. I am hearing that Humpty Dumpty has just been released on bail. That is his constitutional right and I am happy. But then again, the man ran his show without any regard as I hear of little things like processes including bail and that kind thing. Now my fear is that with all that gra-gra from suspension to detention, to the media circus, we would now not be left with a basket to fetch water. His release is doing me one kind in my body. For the first time in my life, ... more
  • 2 months That Uncommon Slap ThisDay
    Did she just say she slapped my minister and former governor? My emperor and lord? I have watched that clip so many times hoping that it was a glitch or some form of editing error by purveyors of fake news. But be like say the woman talk am true-true o. That my lord had a ‘plan B’ and she gave him the slap of his life. The worst kind of fight you ever want to get into is the one that bro is in right now. These people – before they attack me for discrimination- are experts in this ancient ... more
  • 2 months Rotary Club of Ikate plants tree, Gifts children of Hearts of Gold Hospice ThisDay
    Members of the Rotary Club of Ikate led by its New President, Rotarian Kolawole Awotoye and her Ambassador, Maurice Ejike visited the Hearts of Gold Children Hospice to celebrate the World Planting Day by helping to plant trees around the host vicinity and also gave out provisions and essentials to the children as well. It was a warm welcome the visitors got as they arrived at the hospice with the kids sending warmth and greetings. Speaking on why they came to the hospice, The President shared, ‘As members of the Rotary Club International we have decided to key into ... more
  • 2 months Olanipekun, Four SANs Lead Cases Seeking to Disqualify Obaseki, Shaibu ThisDay
    APC accuses duo of committing perjury, forgery Party’s campaign council, state govt disagree over destruction of Ize-Iyamu’s billboards INEC releases final list of candidates Iyobosa Uwugiaren, Chuks Okocha, Alex Enumah in Abuja and Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City Foremost lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun, is leading four other SANs in cases of certificate forgery and perjury instituted against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, at a Federal High Court in Benin City. The All Progressives Congress (APC) and a member of the party, Mr. Edobor Williams, instituted the ... more
  • 2 months Nigerian Power Sector Reform: Where Lies the Missing Link? ThisDay
    By Ayo Abelegbe The Power Sector reform was an integral part of the ambitious economic reform programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) that was unveiled in the year 2000.Prior to that time epileptic power supply from the state-run monopoly – the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) had been a major challenge the government was grappling with. NEPA was singularly responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to consumers across the country. Something had to be done urgently to secure stable power supply with a resultant effect of reducing the cost of doing business in Nigeria. Borrowing ... more
  • 2 months Enugu 2023: Youths Urge Politicians to Leave Ekweremadu Alone ThisDay
    By Benneth Oghifo A coalition of Enugu West Youth Organisations has warned people they described as “desperate political jobbers” against continued attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, and some other political leaders over the contentious issue of zoning of governorship position in Enugu State. There has been war of words on the issue of governorship zoning, with some insisting that it was the turn of Enugu East Senatorial District come 2023, having produced Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, who ruled the state at the inception of the current democratic dispensation in 1999 to 1997. Others, however others say ... more
  • 2 months Ugwuanyi: Recreating Education Standard in Enugu ThisDay
    By Joseph Aneke Like many have said, before Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi became the governor of Enugu State, he had his mission and vision well defined and cut out. From the health sector, to security, road infrastructure and education among others, the former ranking member of the House of the House of Representatives already had well designed plans of what he wanted to do to positively impact his people and unlock uncommon developments in the state. The governor, Gburugburu as he is fondly called, very well understands the place of education in any human setting. He understands that education is the life ... more
  • 2 months Storm at Anu Adepoju’s Contour Cosmetic Clinic ThisDay
    While her reign lasted, Dr. Anu Adepoju’s clinic in Lagos was the place to be for cosmetic surgery. Ladies stormed the place for liposuction, hips, butt and breast enlargement. Suddenly, stories of badly done surgeries started emerging. At a point, a lady allegedly died after a cosmetic surgery in the clinic. Thereafter, the clinic was shut and Anu arraigned in court. Is she guilty as charged? Ferdinand Ekechukwu digs in “I am Dr. Adepoju Anuoluwapo, a graduate of University of Lagos College of Medicine Class of 2015. I am a fully registered member of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria ... more
    Last week, I wrote a piece titled,” My worry on interstate movement”. In that piece, I expressed my worry and fear over the interstate movement announced by the Presidential Task Force last week. To sum up the piece, I expressed concern over how little value the average Nigerian traveler and transporter places on life. As I said in that piece, ”I must confess that I daily marvel at why a man would choose to kill himself and kill others even when you do all through persuasion and most times even lifting God’s words in both the Holy Bible and Koran ... more
  • 2 months All-new Mercedes-Benz GLS, The S-Class of SUVs is now in Nigeria ThisDay
    The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS is Mercedes-Benz’s largest and most luxurious SUV. It offers more of everything: more space, more comfort and indeed more luxury. Since it was first introduced in 2006 as the GL, the Mercedes-Benz GLS has dominated markets for large sized luxury SUVs all over the world. This new generation of the GLS pushes the bar even higher, living to its title as the S-Class of SUVs. The all-new GLS makes its debut in showrooms in Nigeria, courtesy of Weststar Associates Limited, Authorized General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria. A statement by Weststar said the all-new GLS stands ... more
  • 2 months First Bank Upgrades Mobile Banking App ThisDay
    Foremost financial institution, First Bank of Nigeria has announced an upgrade of its mobile banking application, FirstMobile, with new and improved features to enhance mobile banking experience for customers. The bank in a statement explained that the mobile banking app has been redesigned with improved security and self-service features to ease navigation capability and proficiency of customers. “Its unique cool blue colour background gives it a more appealing interface for customers to enjoy a unified and streamlined banking experience whilst going about their day to day activities. “FirstMobile is now embedded with a card protection service for customers to enable ... more
  • 2 months Platoon Signs DJ Cuppy ThisDay
    By Ferdinand Ekechukwu DJ Cuppy’s debut EP, ‘Original Copy’, is ready and primed for release through Platoon, a UK-based music company. The 27-year-old DJ and artiste announced the deal in a post on her social media handles last Tuesday. Original Copy is expected to break down all preconceived notions and prove to critics that Cuppy is passionate about her art and raising the standard. In her twitter post, Cuppy wrote: “Contract signed & sealed! Proud to join the @WeArePlatoon family as an artiste …My debut Album delivered!?? #OriginalCopy coming soon!” Cuppy is the latest artiste to join the London-based record ... more
  • 2 months Promasidor Donates SunVita Cereal to Lagos Food Bank Initiative ThisDay
    Promasidor Nigeria Limited has donated SunVita cereal to Lagos Food Bank Initiative in support of the government’s effort to providing palliatives to the vulnerable during the Covid -19 Pandemic. The three truckloads of SunVita cereal was handed over to the office of Lagos Food Bank Initiative as part of the company’s gesture to the fight against COVID-19. Making the presentation to the organisation, Category Manager, Dairy and Cereal Promasidor Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Olayinka Vincent, who handed over the donation to the president of the organization Mr. Michael Sunbola reiterated the commitment of Promasidor Nigeria Limited to the provision of ... more
  • 2 months Guiness Optimistic Amid Weak Growth ThisDay
    Guinness Nigeria Plc., has shown optimism about delivering value to its customers in spite of slow growth that is mostly occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), informed that its production and revenues had been negatively affected. The statement shows that Guinness’ financing cost rose by 97 % to N3.582 billion compared to N1.817 billion recorded in 2019. The company noted further that its activities were strongly affected by the sharp contraction in economic activities, as well as lockdown measures. The statement reads: “Due to a combination of the impact of ... more
  • 3 months In Peace Drive, APC Caretakers Meet Tinubu, Akande, Others ThisDay
    PDP screens Ondo deputy gov, eight others Chuks Okocha in Abuja The Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) thursday reached out to two leaders of the party in the South-west, Senator Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, as part of efforts to resolve the crises in the party. The committee, chaired by Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, first met with Akande at his country home in Ila-Orangun, Osun State, and few hours later, the delegation was in Lagos to see Tinubu at his Ikoyi home. The meeting came just as the party raised a ... more
  • 3 months Military Targets Boko Haram Sponsors ThisDay
    Nwezeh Kingsley in Abuja The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) thursday said intelligence agencies, including the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have launched a manhunt for the sponsors of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terror groups to speed up end to the insurgency. It, however, noted that it is not part of the responsibilities of the military to uncover the sponsors of terrorist groups but to fight and defeat them. The 10-year-long insurgency is believed to have lasted this long due to financial and logistical supports offered to Boko Haram and ... more
  • 3 months Buhari Drops Oguntade, Nsofor, Renews 12 Non-career Ambassadors ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari thursday dropped Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Justice George Oguntade, and the Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor. He, however, renewed the appointments of 12 other non-career ambassadors, promising to uphold the principle of fair representation and inclusiveness in all governance affairs. A statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this, explaining that the president felt compelled to give the assurance following recent complaints, which trailed the appointments of 41 non-career ambassadors that some states were left out. According to the statement, the appointments were renewed following a ... more
  • 3 months FG Laments Astronomical Rise in COVID-19 Cases ThisDay
    Says Madagascar herb majorly anti-malaria Olawale Ajimotokan and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The federal government has raised the alarm over the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, charging Nigerians to brace up for higher numbers. The country thursday recorded 626 new cases of COVID-19, bringing to 27,110 the number of confirmed cases in the country. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Lagos recorded 193 new cases; Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 85; Oyo, 41; Edo, 38; Kwara, 34; Abia, 31; Ogun, 29; Ondo, 28; Rivers, 26; Osun, 21; Akwa Ibom and Delta, 18 each; Enugu, 15; ... more
  • 3 months Church: We Lost 8,370 Members to Boko Haram in North-east ThisDay
    Daji Sani in Yola The largest indigenous Christian denomination in the North-east, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, known in Hausa as Ekklesiyya Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), has said that it lost over 8,370 members to Boko Haram attacks in the North-east. The EYN, an Adamawa-based denomination with headquarters in Kwarhi, Hong Local Government Area of the state has 1.5 million members in branches mostly across the North-east. President of the EYN, Rev. Joel Billi, told reporters at a press conference in Yola yesterday that the EYN is the worst-hit Christian denomination. He said apart from more than 8,370 members ... more
  • 3 months FG: Plea Bargain Enhances Quick Return of Stolen Assets ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The federal government Thursday said that the mechanism of a plea bargain if well deployed is capable of fast-tracking the return of stolen assets to the nation. Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), who described plea bargaining as an important component of the administration of criminal justice was also of the opinion that the concept when fully accepted is capable of reducing litigation costs and time. Apata spoke in Abuja, while receiving a plea bargaining manual on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister ... more
  • 3 months NLC, PDP Reject Petrol Price Hike, Demand Reversal ThisDay
    Chuks Okocha in Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday kicked against the new fuel price of N143.80k announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA). They described the fuel price hike, which PPPRA announced on Wednesday, as inhumane and unjustifiable. NLC, in a statement yesterday, said: “This might just be the last straw that would break the camel’s back.” The congress demanded a reversal of the pump price to the old price, saying that the prices of crude oil in the international market had only slightly increased from the previous price before ... more
  • 3 months AMCON Takes over Pan Ocean’s Assets over N240bn Debt ThisDay
    Dike Onwuamaeze The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over all assets belonging to Pan Ocean Group and its subsidiaries. A statement Thursday from AMCON said the takeover followed the order of Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court. Pan Ocean Group is promoted by Dr. Festus Fadeyi, a Lagos-based oil and gas businessman whose total indebtedness to AMCON, according to the statement, was over N240 billion. The statement explained that the court had also granted an order appointing AMCON as a receiver manager (in accordance with its 2019 Act as amended) and its designated human nominees ... more
  • 3 months Fitch: Nigeria’s Insurance Sector Growth Constrained by Widespread Poverty ThisDay
    Obinna Chima Fitch Ratings, one of the global rating agencies, has identified the “low average earnings and widespread poverty” in Nigeria as some factors weighing on insurance affordability and the growth of the sector. The rating agency stated this in its latest Nigeria Banking and Financial Services Report for the third quarter of 2020, which THISDAY obtained Thursday. According to the agency, these factors have continued to limit the outlook for premium and even the more affluent middle-class consumers tend to avoid purchasing insurance, which also hampers the growth of compulsory basic insurance lines such as motor vehicle insurance. “Nigeria’s ... more
  • 3 months Buhari Inaugurates FCC, FCSC, RMAFC Boards’ Members ThisDay
    FG charges agency to shore up non-oil revenues Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday swore in members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). The ceremony, at the State House in Abuja, was graced by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman. Speaking at the event, the SGF said the federal government expected the appointees to live up to their constitutional responsibilities, ... more
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