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  • 2 hours Nigeria Launched ‘Not for Sale’ Campaign to Address Menace of Human Smugglers, Says Buhari ThisDay
    President Muhammadu Buhari says the nation’s anti-trafficking agency has rolled out the “Not for Sale” campaign to protect against the deceptions of human smugglers across the country. The president stated this in an opinion article he published in the Washington Post newspaper to mark the UN declared International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the UN declared Aug. 23 as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. President Buhari maintained that the ”Not for Sale” was also aimed at helping those who ”might ... more
  • 2 hours Jos Muslim, Christian Youths Meet to Find Sustainable Peace ThisDay
    Some Muslim and Christian youths from various communities in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau met over lunch on Saturday to discuss ways of promoting peaceful coexistence in the area. The lunch was at the instance of a group, Jos Stakeholders Centre for Peace (JSCP), a group, aimed at curbing violence extremism among young people in the communities. Declaring the event open, the Chairman of the group, Mr Ghondi Steven, said that the initiative was aimed at bridging the existing issues of discord that had often degenerated into chaos in the area. Ghondi expressed the group’s determination to work ... more
  • 6 hours Slavery Still Exists, We Must Take Action ThisDay
    Washington Post By Muhammadu Buhari Four centuries ago, the first 20 documented African slaves arrived on the shores of Virginia. In the years that followed, millions more were shipped in dehumanizing conditions across the ocean and enslaved. Slavery had, of course, existed before. But this indicated the beginning of a mechanized trade that saw human beings reduced to property on an unprecedented scale. Despite the fact that descendants of African slaves have made valuable contributions across society, they are still dealing with the effects of this poisonous legacy. They still have to navigate its everyday manifestations, such as ... more
  • 7 hours Melaye: Tribunal Judgment, a Travesty of Justice, Will Collapse at Appeal Court ThisDay
    By Eromosele Abiodun Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate, Senator Dino Melaye has described the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal in Kogi State nullifying his election as travesty of justice, which will collapse at the Court of Appeal. The Senator who stated this when he appeared on ARISE News Channel, a THISDAY Newspaper sister broadcast company in Abuja, said the judgment is a deliberate plan to distract him from his governorship ambition. According to him, “The judgment yesterday is a travesty and miscarriage of justice and like I said there were importation of alien and ... more
  • 8 hours LPSS Records Outstanding Results in First Examinations ThisDay
    Benneth Oghifo Lagos Preparatory and Secondary School (LPSS) received her first Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination results and recorded outstanding results with all students attaining A*, A and B grades.  LPSS, formerly known as Lagos Preparatory School (LPS) changed her name last year to reflect the expansion of the school into a full secondary school. Hitherto, she had admitted children from 18months to 14 years (Year 9-the equivalent of Junior Secondary School) but extended last year to include Years 10 and 11 and now prepares her students for the IGCSE Examinations, according to a statement by ... more
  • 9 hours Rape Scandal: Why I Boycotted PFN’s Panel, Says Fatoyinbo ThisDay
    Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Executive Senior Assistant to Senior Pastor, Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Mr. Ademola Adetuberu has said that his principal, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo did not  honour the invitation of the probe panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) due to the ongoing Police investigation into the rape allegation against him. In a statement issued by Adetuberu yesterday, the pastor said he was advised by his lawyers not to honour such invitation until the legal proceedings are over. The statement reads:  “We recall that when Pastor Fatoyinbo was invited by a phone call ... more
  • 10 hours FG to Inaugurate Transportation University in Daura  ThisDay
    To establish rail facilities factory at Kajola Kasim Sumaina and Oluchi Chibuzor The federal government yesterday hinted that it had set a September 2019 date for the groundbreaking ceremony of the University of Transportation Daura, Katsina State even as it noted that it would be closely followed by the establishment of a factory in Kajola, Ogun State, for the manufacturing of some of the materials for the construction work of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan rail project.  Disclosing this shortly after inspecting the pace of work of the rail project along Ibadan corridor, Oyo State, the  Minister of Transportation, Rotimi ... more
  • 11 hours Vandalism Greatest Threat to Telecom Growth in Nigeria, Says NCC ThisDay
    Oghenevwede Ohwovoriole in Abuja The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has identified vandalism of telecom infrastructure as the greatest threat to the growth of the telecommunication industry in the country.   The Director of Zonal Operations, Amina Shehu, made this disclosure yesterday in Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Area of Nassarawa State at a Sensitisation Workshop on the Protection of Telecom Infrastructure organised by the NCC to enlighten the public and other stakeholders on the need to protect telecom  infrastructure within their communities.   Mr. Abubakar Usman, the Principal Manager, Zonal Operations, NCC, who represented the Director, Zonal Operations, Mrs. Shehu, said it ... more
  • 11 hours Flood Submerges Yola Metropolis  ThisDay
    Daji Sani in Yola The Adamawa State capital,  Yola, was completely submerged as cars were seen floating and thousands of houses and properties destroyed and submerged by the flood which was caused by a heavy down pour which lasted for six hours.  Reacting on the incident, the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has described the flood as a mini-tsunami which was unfortunate at this time when state was still battling with humanitarian crises caused by Boko Haram insurgency.  Governor Fintiri spoke through his Director General, Media and Communications, Mr. Solomon Kumangar, shortly after visiting the aftected areas. ... more
  • 11 hours Atiku Honours Pledge, Awards Full Scholarship to Late Onukaba Ojo’s Son ThisDay
    The administrators of the Adinoyi Onukaba-Ojo Endowment Fund have expressed appreciation to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for honouring his pledge to support the education of members of the young family left behind by his former aide, Dr. Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo. Chairman of the Endowment Fund and former Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Tunde Olusunle, who conveyed the appreciation on behalf of friends and family of the late journalist and public administration yesterday, revealed that the late Ojo’s eldest son, Asuku Oshione, had been awarded scholarship by Atiku Abubakar, in fulfillment of his promise not to abandon the family of ... more
  • 12 hours EFCC Begins Manhunt for Yahoo Boys Indicted By FBI ThisDay
    Magu: We are collaborating with FBI, suspects to face full force of the law  Turn yourself in, FG tells accused persons Alex Enumah, Adedayo Akinwale and Kingsley Nweze in Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to commence manhunt for the home-based Nigerians indicted by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday for a variety of scams and online fraud cases in the US. The fraudsters, majority based in Nigeria, were involved in a series of coordinated internet scam running into billions of dollars fraudulently obtained from victims in the United States ... more
  • 12 hours WebTv Stations Now Require License to Broadcast in Nigeria ThisDay
    VOA, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, others also affected as FG amends broadcasting code Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja  Online radio and television stations are now required to obtain licenses to broadcast in Nigeria, following the federal government’s approval of this new requirement. A source at the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), who cited amendments to the Broadcast Code, also said foreign radio and television stations beaming signals into Nigeria such as the Voice of America (VOA), BBC, and Radio Deutsche Welle, CNN, Al Jazeera would also be required to obtain broadcasting licenses. The approval of a wide ranging reforms in ... more
  • 12 hours Delta Govt to Rid Communities of Criminal Herdsmen ThisDay
    Sylvester Idowu in Warri Hard time awaits criminal herdsmen as Delta State Government is putting in place community vigilance teams to protect farmers, particularly women going to farms from attacks. Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Security, Mr. Daniel Ezekiel, disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Warri in reaction to efforts of the state government to tackle incessant attacks of farmers and rape of women in their farms. He warned Fulani herdsmen in the state with a mind for criminal activities, such as kidnapping, to leave the state noting that the long arms of the ... more
  • 12 hours Borno Governor Meets with Buhari over Upsurge in Boko Haram Attacks ThisDay
    Demands tougher military action   Army develops mobile fighting units Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja over the spate of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the state. Three local governments in the state – Konduga, Gubio and Magumeri – were in the last one week, attacked by the insurgents who killed some of the villagers and destroyed their properties. The governor, in a press release by his spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, was said to have had one-on-one meeting with Mr. President at the Aso Villa in ... more
  • 12 hours Oshiomhole: APC Will Rule Nigeria Beyond 2023 ThisDay
    We have demonstrated purposeful leadership Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the ruling party, having demonstrated purposeful leadership to win the heart of Nigerians will rule the country beyond 2023. Oshiomhole stated this yesterday in Abuja during the National Working Committee (NWC)  meeting with the governors elected on the platform of the party, where he stressed the importance of synergy between the NWC and the governors. According to him, “We believe our party has made a lot of progress in the three key areas that were reflected ... more
  • 12 hours Kicking Out Polio in Nigeria ThisDay
    Saturday letter2   Nigeria on Wednesday, 21st August 2019, marked a great milestone by reaching the three-year mark without any case of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) anywhere in the country. This could result in the whole of Africa being declared polio-free early next year. The last case of WPV was detected on 21st August in 2016 in Borno State.    Poliomyelitis is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by polio virus. When used to describe outbreaks of infectious diseases, the word “exponential” strikes fear into the hearts ... more
  • 12 hours Abuse, Misuse of Words ThisDay
    MEDIAGAFFES With Ebere Wabara THE PUNCH of March 10 disseminated two infantile goofs: “Unknown gunmen kidnap varsity VC in A’Ibom” When will Nigerian journalists desist from using this cliché: “unknown gunmen”? Just say, ‘gunmen’! And this: “varsity VC”! My dear reader, how does it sound to your ears? A rewrite: Gunmen kidnap VC in Akwa Ibom For the first time, let us welcome DStv, which offered two hollow blunders via its message scroll on Thursday, August 22, to this column: “Dear subscribers, we are please to inform you that….” Enjoy this: I am pleased (take note) to inform you ... more
  • 12 hours UN Pleads for Immediate Release of Aid Workers Held by Boko Haram ThisDay
    Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The United Nations has asked for the immediate release and return to safety of all aid workers held captive by insurgents in the Nigeria Northeast. The appeal was made in Maiduguri by the  Deputy Head of Office of the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UN-OCHA), Mr. Peter Ekayu. Ekayu, who addressed a gathering of aid workers and students at the El-Kanemi Hall of the University of Maiduguri, as one of the activities marking the 10 years anniversary of World Humanitarian Day, lamented that though state emergency institutions, local and international NGOs as ... more
  • 12 hours Nigeria Has Installed Capacity to Print Bank Notes, Says Oshatola ThisDay
    Ahamefula Ogbu Former Deputy Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Minting and Printing Company (NSMPC), Mr. Segun Oshatola, has said that Nigeria had no business printing bank notes abroad as his team had readied NSMPC to print even the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) common currency before he left the organisation. Oshatola who was on Arise Television interview said though they met a rundown organisation, they moved quickly in putting men, material and machinery in place to ensure that bank notes and security printing were done in the country. Even as he admitted no longer being ... more
  • 12 hours Ohanaeze Denies Collecting Money Budgeted for Ruga Settlement ThisDay
    Gideon Arinze in Enugu Apex Igbo Social Cultural Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has denied allegations that its President General, John Nnia Nwodo, alongside former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu collected N6.2 billion from President Buhari out of N22.2 billion budgeted to plant RUGA in the country. In a statement made available to newsmen by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Nwodo, Emeka Attamah in Enugu, yesterday, the organisation described the allegations which had been making the rounds on social media as insidious. Ohanaeze said that Nwodo and Ekweremadu were not traditional rulers and therefore didn’t have custody over ... more
  • 13 hours Falana: Granting Ex Parte Order in Corruption Case Unconstitutional ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has described the granting of ex parte order by Federal High Courts while a corruption case was being prosecuted  as unconstitutional. Falana disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the 13th anti-corruption situation room with the theme, ‘Setting Anti-corruption Agenda for the 9th National Assembly’, organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA). He said that there was need to also focus more on state governments and local government if the anti-corruption war is be effective. Falana stated: “I think there is so much attention on the National Assembly to ... more
  • 13 hours  Abiola’s Novel Waste-to-Wealth Narrative on African Voices ThisDay
    Home-grown innovations on waste disposal and recycling is the focus on this week’s African Voices Game Changers, a documentary programme broadcast on the Cable News Network (CNN) and sponsored by Globacom. The purveyors of the ideas to be featured on the latest episode of the programme are Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, 36, a Nigerian running a recycling company, and two Liberians: Abraham Freeman and Baccus Roberts, co-founders of Monrovia-based Environmental Rescue Initiative (ERI).  According to a vignette of the show released to Globacom, Abiola moved to the Fisk University in the United States of America after her first year in the University ... more
  • 17 hours Communities Support Illegal Bunkering in Delta, Alleges NPDC ThisDay
    Sylvester Idowu in Warri The Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/ ND Western OML 34 AMT (Asset Management Team) JV has traced the cause of vandalism of its oil facilities and illegal oil bunkering within its operational area in Delta State to locals, surveillance guards and contractors.  The Chief Operating Officer of NPDC/NDW OML 34 AMT, Chief Edirin Abamwa made the assertion yesterday during an interactive session with journalists in Warri, Delta State.  The COO, who was represented at the session by Manager, Government, Community Relations and Security, Mr. Aiguedo Sheidu maintained that the collusion of the people and workers ... more
  • 17 hours EFCC Arrests General Manager Kwara TV, 3 Others ThisDay
    Hammed Shittu in Ilorin The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin zonal office has arrested General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adebowale  over allegations of land fraud.   Adebowale is being interrogated alongside a senior official of the Kwara State Bureau of Land and two staff of the  Kwara State Television Authority located at Apata Yakuba area of Ilorin, the state capital.   The immediate past Governor of Kwara State,  Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed had sometime in 2014 allocated 10 plots of land in the premises of the media  outfit to some staff of Kwara Television.   Thirteen staff ... more
  • 17 hours Bobi Grazing Reserve to Provide Jobs for Youths, Says Niger Gov ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo in Minna Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that the government was investing heavily in the development of the Bobi grazing reserve because it had the potential to provide jobs for unemployed youths in the state.  Governor Bello also said that the reserve when fully operational would have the first indigenous milk factory in Nigeria.  The governor made this known in Bobi in the Mariga local government area of the state when he led technical officials from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on an inspection of the facilities already provided at the grazing ... more
  • 17 hours Ministry Dismisses Alleged Video  of Onyeama’s Attack in Vienna ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed a video circulating on the social media showing its minister, Geoffrey Onyeama,  being chased out of a meeting he held with some members of the Nigerian Community in the Embassy of Nigeria in Vienna, Austria. The Spokesperson of the ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement issued on Friday, explained that the  incident captured in the video took place three years ago.  The ministry therefore condemned the circulation of the old video by ‘mischief makers’, while also calling on the public to disregard the video in its entirety.  Nwonye ... more
  • 19 hours FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST 2019 ThisDay
    The post FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST 2019 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 21 hours Rape Scandal: COZA Pastor, Fatoyinbo, Explains Why He Boycotted PFN Panel ThisDay
    By Onyebuc Ezigbo in Abuja
    Senior Pastor,Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA),  Biodun Fatoyinbo, has explained why he did not honour the invitation of the probe panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) hinging his refusal to appear before the panel on the ongoing Police investigation into the rape allegation against him. In a statement issued on Friday by the Executive Senior Assistant to the COZA Pastor, Mr. Ademola Adetuberu, Fatoyinbo said he was advised by his lawyers not to honour such ... more
  • 22 hours Buhari Leaves for Japan Sunday to Attend TICAD7 ThisDay
    President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama from Aug. 28 to  Aug. 30. A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Friday, said President Buhari’s participation would be his second, having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in Aug. 2016. “With the theme, “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” the Opening Session of TICAD7 will be performed by the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe,’’ Adesina ... more
  • 23 hours NSE: Market Indices Upbeat, Up by 0.62% ThisDay
    Trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), for the third consecutive day, maintained a bullish trend to close the week upbeat. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the crucial market indices on Friday appreciated further with a growth of 0.62 per cent. Specifically, the market capitalisation of listed equities inched N33 billion or 0.62 per cent to N13.524 trillion from N13.441 trillion achieved on Thursday. Also, the All-Share Index rose by 170.51 points or 0.62 per cent to close at 27, 800.17 points against 27,629.66 posted on Thursday. An analysis of the price movement table shows that Nestle ... more
  • 23 hours OML 11: Court Orders FG to Renew Shell Licence ThisDay
    The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the Federal Government to renew the operating licence of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who delivered the judgment, said that though the company had applied for a term of 30-year period for the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11, he could only grant a 20-year period in accordance with the Petroleum Act. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shell, which is the plaintiff in the case, had approached the court in a suit number:CS/524/19 to seek its intervention over the controversy surrounding the OML 11. The Minister ... more
  • 23 hours Impeachment: Kogi CJ Constitutes Panel to Investigate Dep Gov ThisDay
     The Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Nasir Ajanah has constituted a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Deputy – Governor Simon Achuba by the state House of Assembly. Ajanah disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Lokoja. He said the constitution of the panel was in line with the provisions of section 188 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria , 1999 (as amended). “By virtue of section 188 (7) (b) of the 1999 constitution, the panel has three (3) months within which to submit its report to the assembly,” he said. The ... more
  • 23 hours Army Hands over Suspected Kidnappers to Police in Taraba ThisDay
    By Wole Ayodele in Jalingo The Nigerian Army has handed over three suspected kidnappers arrested at an army checkpoint in Taraba state to the State Police Command. The suspects, a 37 year old woman identified as Ruth Okoronkwo and her brother as well as one Emmanuel Kelechi, a taxi driver, were nabbed by soldiers of the 20 Model Battalion, Serti manning a check point at Sabin Gida along Jalingo-Wukari road.  Parading the suspects before newsmen at the Police Headquarters in Jalingo before handing them over to the police, the Commanding Officer, ... more
  • 23 hours UN Seeks Release of Aid Workers Held by Boko Haram ThisDay
    *Says 37 aid workers have been killed by insurgents Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The United Nations have asked for the immediate release and return to safety of all aid workers held captive by insurgents in the Nigeria’s Northeast. The appeal was made in Maiduguri on Thursday by the Deputy Head of Office of the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UN-OCHA), Mr. Peter Ekayu. Ekayu, who addressed a gathering of aid workers and students at the El-Kanemi Hall of the University of Maiduguri, as part of activities marking the 10th year anniversary of World Humanitarian Day, lamented ... more
  • 23 hours Day SNA Lagos Turns Street into Studio ThisDay
    Yinka Olatunbosun reports on the Lagos Chapter of the Society of Nigerian Artists’ transformation of Stadium Under bridge, Surulere to a soapbox of artistic expressions. Overhead was a bridge with a long queue of trucks. Underneath the bridge was a DJ stand with blaring music to accompany artists who trickled in, bearing their easels, canvas and other materials needed for drawing, painting and sculpture. It was the final day of the awareness week for the arts community in Lagos last Saturday as the members of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) Lagos Chapter, embarked on this live art demonstration away ... more
  • 24 hours Kent Onah Celebrates Birthday with Book Launch, Exhibition ThisDay
    Yinka Olatunbosun On September 15, the multimedia artist and art scholar, Kent Onah will mark his birthday at the Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi with a book launch and exhibition which share the same subject matter of art as therapy. Onah, who hails from Delta State is a senior lecturer and immediate past Head of the Department of Painting, School of Art and Industrial Design, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi where he has taught since 1991. His expedition into art education has led to several research-based projects such as one that led to his writing a book, titled, “Art as Medicine for Children with ... more
  • 24 hours With ‘Phenomenal English’, Akeem Lasisi Tackles Use of English ThisDay
    Yinka Olatunbosun The seasoned journalist, teacher and poet, Akeem Lasisi has launched a new platform called ‘Phenomenal English’ to teach English Language using instructional videos. The platform which can be streamed on Youtube targets all categories of English language users in Nigeria and beyond. Lasisi, who was a former Editorial staff at Punch Newspapers has written several books on English Language and other areas with a knack for addressing the challenges that mitigate proficiency in English language especially by non-native users of the language. The multi-disciplinary artist who liberalized the teaching of English through his English class column in ‘The ... more
  • 1 day Oshiomhole: APC Will be in Power Beyond 2023  ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the ruling party, having demonstrated purposeful leadership to win the heart of Nigerians will rule the country beyond 2023. Oshiomhole stated this Friday during the National Working Committee (NWC)  meeting with the governors elected on the platform of the party, where he stressed the importance of synergy between the NWC and the governors. According to him, We believe our party has made a lot of progress in the three key areas that were reflected in our manifesto but ... more
  • 1 day FG Appoints Perm Secretaries for Newly Created Ministries ThisDay
    By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The federal government has appointed nine new permanent secretaries and two Directors to supervise the 11 newly created and restructured ministries by President Muhammadu Buhari. A circular signed Friday by the Head of Service of the Federation,(HoS) Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo- Ita, said the arrangement which takes immediate effect, will remain in force until further notice. A statement signed by Director Communications, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, listed the new permanent secretaries and Directors and their portfolios. They are Daudu F.Y. Narai, Ministry of Special Duties; Mr Louis ... more
  • 1 day FG Approves Reforms in Broadcasting Industry, to License Online Radio, TV Stations ThisDay
    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the broadcasting industry, including the licensing of online radio and television stations. This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit. A statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, said Mohammed disclosed this while responding to a request made by BON for the review of the Broadcasting Code. “I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr. President ... more
  • 1 day KolaKola Olugbodi: How Life Challenges Motivated “Through It All” ThisDay
    Mr. Kola Olugbodi, Managing Director of Background Check International, is a pioneer in his industry. The graduate of  Demography and Statistics from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, recently wrote an inspiring book titled, “Through it All”, a 19-chapter book, which chronicles his life story of challenges and severe hardship, to encourage people to confront their challenges and triumph over them. In his interview with MARY NNAH, he also delved into how he founded Background Check International despite all odds What motivated you to write the book, “Through It All”? What motivated me is that I had gone through a lot of ... more
  • 1 day Nigerian Women Urged to Become Entrepreneurs ThisDay
    Mary Nnah As part of efforts to correct the unemployment and underemployment rate currently at 43.3 per cent in Nigeria, young women in the country have been advised to hone their entrepreneurial skills to contribute to poverty alleviation in the nation and also to build a new prosperous Nigeria. This was the crux of the two-day Women In Leadership and Career Empowerment Programme (WILCEP) Africa, organised by MMS WoFHoF Initiative last week. Speaking at the third WILCEP Africa event, the Managing Director of Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), Mr. Tony Okpanachi lamented that Nigeria’s population has been increasing at an ... more
  • 1 day Expert Counsels on Pregnancy Induced Hair Loss ThisDay
    Mary Nnah Many women often experience loss of hair weeks or months after moving past a pregnancy as the process does not only change a woman’s body but also causes some unexpected strange changes in their hair. These changes lead to the shedding of hair a few months after delivery, and this condition is known as Postpartum Alopecia. However, it’s not permanent. According to Chijioke Anaele, General Manager, Recare Cosmetics, makers of Natures Gentle Touch haircare range, hairs on our bodies grow in a cycle that lasts between two to seven years. The growing phase of hair is called ... more
  • 1 day Aity Gets Music Mentors Award in Texas ThisDay
    Nigeria’s Gospel music diva, Aity Dennis, has been honoured with a Music Mentors Award in Houston, Texas. The concert /award event hosted by Jude Levi Ministries in Houston, penultimate Saturday, played host to several guests and awardees in recognition of their contribution to the growth of Gospel music globally. The President of Jude Levi Ministries, Jane Amzat, commended Aity for the imprint she has left on the lives of several artistes she has mentored through the years. Reacting to the award, Aity Dennis said, “I was invited to the concert /award event and believe me, I didn’t know I ... more
  • 1 day ERA/FoEN Reacts on Rosatom/Nigeria Nuclear Deal ThisDay
    Chiemelie Ezeobi The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) Nigeria has warned against Nigeria’s decision to build nuclear power plants to augment the poor power situation in the country. According to Head, Media & Campaigns, Philip Jakpor, the decision will result in mishaps similar to the Arkhangelsk region explosion in Russia last week which led to a spike in radiation levels and mass evacuation of communities near the facility. He said: “On August 8, Russian scientists were working on miniaturised sources of nuclear energy when a rocket engine exploded. The explosion killed five people and caused radiation readings in ... more
  • 1 day Royal IVY Franchise for launch in Nigeria ThisDay
    Royal IVY is set to become a leading premier lifestyle brand in Nigeria focusing on everything beauty with authentic human hair retailers being its primary focus. The brand was recently launched by UMEH Lifestyle, a subsidiary of UMEH Group – a multinational conglomerate based in South Africa that has business interests in logistics, equity management, and real estate, among others. UMEH Group, a multinational conglomerate based in South Africa, is involved in industries including, publishing, tech, logistics, media, blockchain, real estate and finance. The flagship company of the group is UMEH Group Limited headquartered in Johannesburg. Founded by Xolane ... more
  • 1 day Book Review: A Manual for Conquering the World ThisDay
    Solomon Elusoji Book Title: The Seven Secrets in the Conqueror’s Mind Author: Tony Agbamu Publisher: Blue Partners Year of Publication: 2019 Everyone wants to succeed at something. Whether it’s at getting a good job, making money, keeping fit, attracting a love interest or becoming an expert at a skill. But how does one go from prospecting to actualising, from deciding to pursue something to eventually being in possession? A lot has been written already to answer this set of questions. In Think and Grow Rich, a classic of the genre, Napoleon Hill lays down the rules of success, focusing on ... more
  • 1 day Baptist’s Kingdom Life Assembly Kicks off August 24 ThisDay
    Mary Nnah All is set for the 2019 Kingdom Life Assembly conference of the Baptist church. Billed to kick off from Saturday, August 24, till Thursday, August 29 at First Baptist Church, Agbowa, Ikorodu, Lagos, the conference is an annual gathering of all Baptists, young and old, men and women. This period is when they share the in-depth word of God through Bible studies and expository messages as well as give reports of past efforts in spreading the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ. Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday to intimate journalists with plans for the forthcoming event, the ... more
  • 1 day Kuwait Celebrates Eid Al Adha with Nigeria’ ThisDay
    The Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Nigeria, His Excellency Abdulaziz Albisher and the Embassy Staff, supervised and implemented ‘Eid Al-Adha Project’ in Nigeria. The project was financed by Zakat House of Kuwait(Year 2019) and in collaboration with Darul-Kitab Wal Sunnah Society with distribution of Adahi in 14 Nigerian States and refugees camp in Katsina State with 1960 families benefiting at Al Noor central mosque hall, Abuja. The post Kuwait Celebrates Eid Al Adha with Nigeria’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 1 day Lagbaja, Adekunle Gold, Wande Coal Billed for JJW This Weekend ThisDay
    Vanessa Obioha The ‘Konko Below’ crooner Lagbaja is set to perform at the Johnnie Walker Jazz and Whisky (JJW) music event this weekend in Lagos. The event returns to Lagos after its exciting trips to other parts of the country. Known for his enigmatic sounds, Lagbaja will be joined by Adekunle Gold and Wande Coal. The trio will be bringing different flavours of jazz music to the stage while the iconic Scotch whisky, will present ‘The Johnnie Walker Highball Cocktail Serve’, a new, vibrant and inspiring way to savour the smooth flavours of Johnnie Walker Black Label. Since its debut ... more
  • 1 day FIFA Puts Adebimpe, Others on World Cup Qualifying Duty ThisDay
    World football-ruling body, FIFA has appointed Nigerian officials led by Quadri Adebimpe to superintend over the 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifying match between Gambia and Angola scheduled for Bakau on Friday, 6th September 2019. The match, scheduled for the Independence Stadium in the city of Bakau, will also see Nigerians Celestine Igudia (assistant referee 1), Samuel Pwadutakam (assistant referee 2) and Abdullahi Shuaibu (fourth official) in action. Rashid Sanusie from Sierra Leone will serve as the referee assessor while Liberian Andy Quamie will be match commissioner. The post FIFA Puts Adebimpe, Others on World Cup Qualifying Duty appeared first ... more
  • 1 day Bayelsa PDP at War With Itself ThisDay
    By Alaye Elake War! That word alone summarises the situation in Bayelsa State as the governorship election approaches. Bayelsa is at war with itself. To put it more appropriately, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State is on the path of self-destruction. Both the party leadership and the government seem to have found a common enemy within, and they are tackling him with all the arsenals at their disposal. One question bothers me. There are 21 PDP aspirants currently campaigning for the office of the governor. But only one person, Timi Alaibe, has come under consistent attacks either directly ... more
  • 1 day Tribunal Reserves Judgment in Plateau Governorship Election Suit ThisDay
    Seriki Adinoyi in Jos Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on yesterday reserved judgment in the election petition by Senator Jeremiah Useni against Governor Simon Lalong to a date to be communicated to the counsel in the matter after the parties adopted all the final written addresses. The lead counsel to Lalong, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), told the tribunal in his adoption of his written address that although he relied on his address, very cogent reasons were required to upturn the verdict of an election, adding that unfortunately the petitioners had failed to provide any entitlement to any of ... more
  • 1 day SWAN Congratulates New Sports Minister, Reels out Expectations ThisDay
    The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, describing his appointment as well-deserved. “His appointment as Minister of Youth and Sports represents a new frontier in the administration of sports in Nigeria and one that is expected to usher in dynamism, resourcefulness and focused leadership. “As the umbrella body of all sports journalists in Nigeria, affiliated to the Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), SWAN calls on the new minister to give every sport adequate attention, unlike some of his ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria’s Quest for IMO Council Seat Boosted as Stakeholders Join Committee ThisDay
    Eromosele Abiodun The quest by Nigeria to clinch the coveted Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council seat may finally materialise as world known classification society; including Lloyd’s Register, DNV GL, Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have accepted to join the Nigeria ship registry implementation committee. Nigeria had contested and previously lost the same election twice – in 2011, and 2018, and is currently preparing to go to the stage again by November this year, when IMO will be having its council meeting. Category C comprises countries, which have special interest in maritime transportation or ... more
  • 1 day US Indicts 80 People, Mostly Nigerians, in Massive International Fraud, Money Laundering Conspiracy ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah in Abuja About 80 Nigerians have been indicted by the United States government in series of coordinated internet scam running into billions of dollars fraudulently obtained from victims in the United States and other parts of the world. The indictment was sequel to the investigation and subsequent arrest of some of the mastermind of the criminal network in the USA. Among those indicted and already being prosecuted are Valentine Iro, 31, of Carson, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, of Gardena, both Nigerian citizens. They are being accused of operating various bank and ... more
  • 1 day Crisis: Edo Speaker Withdraws Suit against N’Assembly ThisDay
    The Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Hon. Francis Okiye, yesterday withdrew the suit he instituted, seeking to stop the National Assembly from taking over the state assembly functions. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the assembly and Okiye, had on July 23, asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to restrain the Senate and the House of Representatives from going ahead with their plans pending the determination of the matter. The plaintiffs had approached the court in an originating summons and a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/815/2019. The respondents in the ... more
  • 1 day NNPC: Ninth N’Assembly to Conclude PIB ThisDay
    Gencos fault Siemens power intervention Peter Uzoho Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which has been with the National Assembly for years would complete its enactment process in the present Ninth Assembly. This is even as the power generation companies (GenCos) faulted the plan by the federal government and Siemens AG to raise the country’s power supply to 25,000 megawatts by 2025 NNPC Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari, stated this yesterday in Lagos while delivering his keynote address at the 2019 Conference and Awards ceremony of the Nigerian Association of Energy Correspondents ... more
  • 1 day FRC Unveils Individual Registration Portal ThisDay
    Obinna Chima The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) yesterday unveiled its individual registration portal. The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, FRC, Mr. Daniel Asapokhai, in his welcome address at a ceremony held in Lagos, explained that the new portal was in continuation of the Council’s effort to achieve its mandates through a friendlier, responsive and cost-saving process. The move, according to him, would make it easier to do business with government. The FRC is the regulatory agency of the federal government that promotes trade and investment in Nigeria by ensuring high standards of financial reporting and corporate governance. The ... more
  • 1 day NSE All-Share Index Rises Marginally as Market Extends Positive Performance ThisDay
    Goddy Egene More bargain hunting by investors stocks further lifted the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index by 1.01 per cent yesterday, to close at 27,629.66. The market had appreciated by 1.09 per cent the previous day before consolidating further gains. Buying interest in MTN Nigeria Plc, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Dangote Cement Plc among others contributed to the performance, which saw the market capitalisation adding N134 billion to close at N13.4 trillion. In all, 22 stocks appreciated wile 13 depreciated. Eterna Plc led the price gainers with 10 per cent, while Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc trailed with 9.4 per ... more
  • 2 days ‘Fishery Resources Underestimated in Nigeria’ ThisDay
    Oluchi Chibuzor A Research Associate Professor/Director Aqua Centre at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIIT), Bangkok, Thailand, Dr. Ram Bhujel, has stated that fishery resources in Nigeria are underestimated considering the enormous investment opportunities in the sector. He pointed out that in other parts of the world, the sector contributes significantly to their revenue. According to him, investments in aquaculture around the world, due to the rising demand for seafood globally. Bhujel, disclosed this at the Goldfisher Tilapia conference 2019 in Lagos, organised by Goldfisher Innovations and Logistics Limited, in partnership with Panyam Fish Farm. The theme of the ... more
  • 2 days Tax Appeal Tribunal Resolves Disputes Worth N10bn ThisDay
    The Tax Appeal Tribunal sitting in Kaduna has in the last eight months since the commencement of sitting resolved tax disputes amounting to over N10 billion. According to a statement, the tribunal which has jurisdiction over the North-west Zone, comprising the seven states of Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Jigawa, has Umar Mohammed Adamu as Chairman; Professor Kabir Isa Dandago, Professor Bayero Sabir Mohammed, Dr Ahmed Kumshe and Sameerah Abubakar Gwandu. With the payment of N129,335,033.02, made by Hadejia Jamaare River Basin Development Authority, to Kano State Internal Revenue Service, on July 17, 2019, that brought the figure ... more
  • 2 days Malami Vows to Prosecute Officials involved in Failed P&ID Contract ThisDay
    •Says AGF to vet MDAs’ contracts, MoUs, agreements Alex Enumah in Abuja The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN, yesterday vowed to prosecute all government officials involved in the failed Process an Industrial Development (P&ID) gas to power project that has plunged the country into a $9.9 billion judgment debt. He told journalists at his first post inauguration press conference in Abuja that drawing a lesson from the development, the federal government had taken steps to protect Nigeria from losing monies as a result of legal battles arising from breakdown in contractual obligations. ... more
  • 2 days Military Foils Boko Haram’s Plot to Capture Borno LGs ThisDay
    •Aregbesola prioritises intelligence sharing to enhance internal security Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Nigerian Army yesterday said it aborted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to take over Gubio and Magumeri communities, headquarters of Gubio and Magumeri Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Borno State after Wednesday’s night attack by the insurgents. The army said in a statement signed yesterday by Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. Ado Isa, that a member of the vigilante group was killed when terrorists attacked the areas. It said insurgents targeted troops deployed in those areas contrary ... more
  • 2 days Banks Jostle to Unlock N1.5tn for Real Sector Lending ThisDay
    Obinna Chima Commercial banks are positioning themselves to attract more customers in the small business segment of the market as the deadline given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the financial institutions to maintain a minimum Loan to Deposit Ratio (LDR) of 60 per cent effective from September 30, 2019, draws closer. The new LDR is lower than the 80 per cent it was previously. To the Head of Research and Strategy at FSDH Merchant Bank, Mr. Ayodele Akinwunmi, the policy would make more money from banks’ customer deposit to be channeled as lending to the real sector ... more
  • 2 days FG Set to Recover N614bn Bailout Funds from 35 States ThisDay
    •To roll over 60% 2019 budget to next year, says Ngige Omololu Ogunmade and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The federal government yesterday indicated its readiness to recover N614 billion budget support facility it lent to 35 states of the federation during the first term of the Buhari administration when the federation was hit by a fiscal crisis arising from the volatility of oil price in the global market. It has, therefore, set up a committee to work out the modality on how to recover the money from the states. The federal government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. ... more
  • 2 days No Longer Business as Usual in Sports, Dare Warns ThisDay
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  • 2 days MAN, LCCI Doubt New Tariff Will Improve Power Supply ThisDay
    •NERC says no resistance expected from consumers •TCN wants Disco liquidated for market infractions Chineme Okafor in Abuja and Chris Uba in Lagos Private sector operators yesterday expressed doubt that the new electricity tariff regime would translate to more and steady electricity supply. “For the average manufacturer, the development would be bad news, not so much in the sense of the increase, but because we are not certain that the increase will result in improved supply,” Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadiri, Director General, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) told THISDAY yesterday. They, however, expressed hope that if the tariff increment would ... more
  • 2 days With New Ministers, Buhari Confronts Nigeria’s Challenges, Offers Fresh Hope (II) ThisDay
    As ministers took their oath of office on Wednesday and were allocated their portfolios, THISDAY correspondents, in continuation of the Special Report, which began yesterday, dwell on the challenges and opportunities each of them would encounter in their new assignment and what their stewardship portends for the nation Police Affairs: Promoting Efficiency in Crime Fighting The new minister has his job neatly cut out for him as he takes office against the mounting insecurity in the country exacerbated by kidnapping for ransom, banditry and insurgency. That the police are overwhelmed in tackling these challenges is obvious. Many analysts say the ... more
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  • 2 days 21 Oyo Kings: Appeal Court Refers Parties Back to Lower Court ThisDay
    Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan A Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan yesterday referred parties in the controversial coronation of 21 kings by a former Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to the lower court. Governor Seyi Makinde, who inherited the controversial matter, had opted for an out-of-court settlement to restore peace, unity and good relationships between the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and his estranged High Chiefs. The appellate court ordered that the case should be returned to the lower court for trial before another judge of the state High Court. The appeal was filed by Ajimobi against the Osi Olubadan ... more
  • 2 days Criminals in Uniform ThisDay
    BACK PAGE BY SHAKA MOMODU  Have you watched the video of the killing of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers of the Nigerian Army? If you haven’t, please go and watch it. Have you read the statement issued after the fact by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa in response to the first police statement notifying the public of what had happened? If you haven’t, please search for it and read it. Also read the second statement by the police that picked apart the army’s explanation of what transpired. You will immediately know who is ... more
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  • 2 days FG to Recover N614bn Debt from 35 States ThisDay
    The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, says the Federal Government has resolved to recover N614 billion loan facility from 35 states of the federation. The minister revealed this when she briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC), presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the State House, Abuja. Ahmed said each of the affected 35 states received N17.5billion as bailout from the Federal Government. She said that already the Council had agreed to constitute a team to finalise modalities for commencement of repayment of ... more
  • 2 days FAAC: FG, States, LGs Share N769.52bn July Allocation ThisDay
    The Federal Government, States and Local Government Areas (LGAs) shared N769.52 billion as federal allocation for the month of July. Mr Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), said this on Thursday in Abuja, while addressing newsmen at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting. Represented by Mr Mohammed Usman, Director, Funds, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF), Idris said the shared amount comprised revenue from Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange Gain and Gross Statutory Revenue. He said that the gross statutory revenue for the month was N674.36 billion, higher than the N652.9 ... more
  • 2 days Hon. Bello Speaks On Victory At Tribunal ThisDay
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  • 2 days Heads Will Roll over Judgment Permitting Seizure of Nigeria’s Foreign Assets, Says AGF Malami ThisDay
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  • 2 days Tribunal Dismisses HDP’s Petition Challenging Buhari’s Election  ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday dismissed the petition of the Hope Democratic Party challenging the conduct of the February 23rd  presidential election which returned President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office. The presidential candidate of the HDP, Chief Ambrose Owuru, and his party, HDP,  had on March 7 filed their petition seeking the nullification of President Buhari’s election on grounds that the conduct of the election on February 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was illegal, null and void. They also asked the five man ... more
  • 2 days NFIU Directive: 12 Niger LGs Can’t Pay Salaries as State Govt Fails to Remit 10% Contribution ThisDay
    By Laleye Dipo in Minna At least 12 out of the 25 local governments in Niger state cannot pay their staff salaries even with the the direct allocation policy by the federal government. This is also as the Niger state government has been accused of not remitting 10 percent of its Internally Generated Revenue IGR to the state joint local government accounts for upwards of ten years as provided for by law. Some of the local governments that cannot pay workers’ salaries include Chanchaga, Bida, Suleja Kontagora, Mokwa, Paikoro, Shiroro Lavun Lapai Agaie among others. The state chairman of the ... more
  • 2 days Polio Eradication: Govs Agree to Prioritise Immunisation ThisDay
    Chuks Okocha in Abuja The state governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) last night rose from a meeting in Abuja with a strong pledge to prioritise routine immunisation in the states to ensure that Nigeria is declared polio-free. A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the gathering received a presentation on the forthcoming State of the States conference scheduled to hold from November, 26 to 27 2019, from the Managing Director of CWC, Scott Sheldon. It added that the governors also ... more
  • 2 days Obaseki Cautions Appointees against Corruption, Pledges to Partner ICPC ThisDay
    Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has warned that public and civil servants found to be corrupt would be made to face the wrath of the law, noting that his administration would partner with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in the fight against corruption. Obaseki gave the warning yesterday during the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Richard Uyi Edebiri, as a commissioner in the state, following his confirmation by the Edo State House of Assembly. The governor, who presided over the weekly state Executive Council meeting at Government House in ... more
  • 2 days Traditionalists Laud Osun Govt over Public Holiday ThisDay
    By Kayode Fasua The leadership of the Nigerian Traditionalists and Herbalists Association has lauded the Osun State Government for declaring August 20 a public holiday for all worshippers of traditional religion. The state governor, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, had declared the day as public holiday following years of agitation by the association for an Isese Day (Creation Day), as the latter had insisted that since holidays were declared for Christians and Muslims, they too deserved the same privilege. Thanking Governor Oyetola in an interview with THISDAY, the South-West coordinator of the association, High Chief Ismail Akiode, a.k.a Awikonko, said the state ... more
  • 2 days #RevolutionNow: Northern Group Condemns Protest against Buhari ThisDay
    John Shiklam in Kaduna A Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) wednesday in Kaduna insisted that the north would not participate in the #RevolutionNow protest against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Reacting to the statement credited to the Joint Northern Action Front (JONAF), which on Sunday disclosed that plans were already in place for the north to join the Omoyele Sowole-led protest, CNG said the north could not participate in such a protest aimed at “overthrowing the current democratic government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” JONAF, in a statement, had said it was set to join the protest and ... more
  • 2 days Dep Gov’s Attack: Sule Assures Residents of Adequate Protection ThisDay
    Igbawase Ukumba in Lafia Following the robbery attack on the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, in which five persons, including three policemen and two civilians, were killed, Governor Abdullahi Sule has assured residents of adequate protection of their lives and property. The governor gave the assurance wednesday during an emergency security meeting he summoned at the Government House, Lafia in respect to the attack on his deputy along the Lafia-Akwanga Highway on Tuesday night. Sule, who spoke to journalists through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tijjani Ahmed, shortly after the meeting, said government has taken ... more
  • 2 days Adebayo ‘II Add Values to Buhari’s Govt, Says Fayemi ThisDay
    Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated a former governor of the state, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, on his inauguration as Minister of the Federal Republic by President Muhammadu Buhari. Adebayo, who was Ekiti State governor between 1999 and 2003, was sworn-in yesterday as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, alongside others in Abuja. Fayemi, in a congratulatory message, said: “On behalf of the Government and good people of Ekiti State, we say a big congratulation to our own Omoluabi, former governor and distinguished son of the Land of Honour, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, on ... more
  • 2 days Borno Creates Ministry of Science and Technology ThisDay
    Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara, has said the state was ready to embrace science and technology in order to reposition for greatness. In order to achieve this, the governor yesterday announced the creation of a new ministry, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MSTI), which is aimed at enhancing the socioeconomic developmental processes of the state. Umara, who made the announcement at the swearing-in of 22 commissioners, said the new ministry would position the state to make the use and develop technology. He said the ministry would allow for the implementation through appropriate technological inputs ... more
  • 2 days Akpabio: We’ll Ensure N’Delta Devt ThisDay
    Ahmed urges staff to redouble efforts Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The newly appointed Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Minister of State in the ministry, Mr. Festus Keyamo resumed work at the ministry soon after their swearing-in yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari, promising to take the development of the region to an enviable height. The assurance came just as the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed urged the staff of the ministry to redouble their efforts in order to help attain the ministry’s objectives. Akpabio, Keyamo and Ahmed spoke at their respective ... more
  • 3 days Making Epidemics Prevention, Preparedness a Priority ThisDay
    Ayodeji Ake write on the thoughts of a United States’ Epidemic Expert, Dr. Tom Frieden, who recently visited Nigeria to share his ideologies on epidemics prevention The incidents following the 2014 Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria showed that the country was not ready for disease outbreaks. Hence, according to report, Nigeria relies heavily on foreign sources to keep the citizens safe from diseases. One of which is the World Bank’s Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISE) project, which for instance is currently funneling 90 million dollars into efforts to strengthen Nigeria’s epidemic preparedness. Which automatically signaled that the country’s epidemic funding ... more
  • 3 days Delivering Healthcare for Daura ThisDay
    Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that in delivering affordable and accessible healthcare to the people of Daura and its environs, the Nigerian Air Force recently built and equipped a state-of-the-art reference hospital President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned a 60 bed ultra-modern Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital (NAFRH) in Daura, Katsina State. The Reference Hospital, which was commissioned on August 15, 2019, would go a long way in meeting the healthcare needs of NAF personnel, their dependants as well as other members of the Armed Forces and the general public. According to the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle ... more
  • 3 days Cross River to Increase Maternity Leave to Six Months ThisDay
    Bassey Inyang in Calabar The Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has disclosed that it will seek an increase in maternity leave for nursing mothers in the state from three months to six months. The disclosure was made recently by the Nutrition Officer of the agency, Lady Regina Adie, at a media roundtable organised with support from FHI360 and Alive and Thrive, in Calabar, the state capital. The event aimed to share perspectives on issues relating to the promotion of optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in Cross River. Adie said it sought the leave extension to ... more
  • 3 days Helpless Taxi Driver Needs N12m for Kidney Transplant ThisDay
    Sylvester Idowu in Warri A 39-year old Warri-based taxi driver, Mr. Governor Samuel Elohorwis is in need of N12 million for kidney transplant. Helpless and depressed, he has therefore cried out to prominent Nigerians and organisations for help. Elohorwis, who has been receiving medical treatment, including regular three-time weekly dialysis, said his health crisis started in November 2018, when a diagnosed kidney failure had resulted to diabetes and high blood pressure. Narrating his ordeal during a visit to Mount Horeb Hospital, off Airport Road, Warri, where he was about to go through the third dialysis of the week, he lamented ... more
  • 3 days NGO Visits LUTH, Gives Cash Support to Indigent Sick Children ThisDay
    A non-profit organisation, Committee of Friends for Humanity (COFFHA) in furtherance to its vision to provide humanitarian assistance to alleviate the sufferings amongst women and children, visited the Pediatric Ward, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos recently to provide emotional and financial support to indigent parents of children battling with different ailments at the hospital. The COFFHA visit saw hope ignited among the beneficiaries as the charity organisation gave cash support to over 25 children from indigent families. The cash donation which many beneficiaries considered as a timely intervention was gladly received by parents of the sick children ... more
  • 3 days Obaseki Flags Off Meningitis Vaccination in Edo ThisDay
    Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City In other to ensure adequate healthcare services, especially at the primary level, Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has flagged off meningitis vaccination in the state. At the official flag off ceremony held in Benin City, the state capital recently, he said government has introduced Meningococcal A Conjugate vaccine (MEN A) into its routine immunisation. The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, said the vaccination was introduced by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) as a single dose injection for children at nine ... more
  • 3 days Christian Aid: 300,000 Cases of Childhood Illnesses Treated in Benue in Three Years ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja As part of efforts to curb death of children under the age of five years from preventable diseases, Christian Aid, an international nongovernmental organisation, has revealed that more than 300,000 cases of childhood illnesses were managed in Benue State in three years, The 2013 National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) has shown that every year, hundreds of thousands of children under the ages of five years in Nigeria do not live up to their fifth birthday due to preventable childhood illnesses such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and severe acute malnutrition. But a statement issued on recently by ... more
  • 3 days Sanwo-Olu to Complete Ongoing Health Sector Projects in Record Time ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has restated his commitment to speedy completion of all on-going projects in the state health sector in line with his administration’s drive to improve access to quality and efficient healthcare services, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves has said. Goncalves, who stated this during an inspection tour of soon to be completed Maternal and Childcare Centre (MCC), Lekki, Eti-Osa noted that the governor through approval for resumption of work at various on-going health projects has demonstrated that he was committed to achieving universal health coverage. “One of such ... more
  • 3 days Obi Advises Leaders to Look Inwards on Health ThisDay
    Charles Ajunwa The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi has advised those in authority at various levels to pay more attention to healthcare delivery. Obi said this during his visit to Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka, which was among the 50 hospitals he chose to celebrate this year’s Easter, which will continue till Easter 2020. Obi who had already visited 17 of the hospitals said the visit was a way of indirectly identifying with the common people who are the ultimate beneficiaries. Describing as embarrassing, the rate Nigerians have lost confidence in the nation’s health ... more
  • 3 days Investing in HIV/AIDS Prevention will Halt Spread, Says NiBUCAA ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh The Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA) has urged government at all levels, organisations and other stakeholders to invest in HIV/AID prevention, saying this will help in ending the epidemic in Nigeria. Stating this position recently in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, the Executive Secretary of NiBUCAA, Mr Gbenga Alabi, stated that such investment constituted good business sense with huge returns on investment. Alabi, who spoke during the Total in Nigeria-NiBUCAA Community HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria Preventive Education Project, said the public-private partnership project in Ogun State was another opportunity for Total in Nigeria to demonstrate her corporate sense ... more
  • 3 days Sahara Group’s Staff Named among ‘Most Influential Africans’ ThisDay
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