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  • 2 hours How Much Does Nigeria Really Owe? ThisDay
    The federal government has insisted that Nigeria’s borrowing remains sustainable in the short, medium to long term levels, guided by the DMO objective of prudence. But the problem is not necessarily that we are borrowing, the problem is that we are spending some 60 per cent of national revenue on debt servicing. Without a truthful and forthright government’s acceptance of the debt situation, Nigeria’s chances of escaping its self-inflicted debt trap are fleetingly small. Nosa James-Igbinadolor reports Since coming into office in 2015, the Buhari administration has ballooned the nation’s debt to as high as $86 billion. A senior fellow ... more
  • 2 hours FG Mounts 24-hour Nationwide Vigilance ThisDay
    AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS TO 12 COUNTRIES… •To start screening persons, goods from China •Urges Nigerians not to panic, directs NCDC labs to be ready •54 killed, 1,287 infected, US, Malaysia, Australia, 9 others affected •Lagos: We’re prepared for any eventuality •As Lassa fever kills 29 in 11 states Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja and Martins Ifijeh in Lagos Following the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, a deadly virus, in no fewer than 12 countries, resulting in the death of about 54 persons, with about 1,287 others infected, the federal government has commenced a 24-hour round-the-clock vigilance to check the import of the ... more
  • 3 hours Bandits Kill 11, Kidnap Scores, Rape Women in Niger Communities ThisDay
    •Senator sends SOS to Buhari Laleye Dipo in Minna Armed bandits were again on rampage in some Niger communities on Saturday, killing 11 people, kidnapping scores of others, and raping women. The incident took place about 6am at Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala, Makera, and Dnalgwa villages of Shiroro Local Government Area. The senator for Niger East Senatorial District, Alhaji Sani Musa, sent an urgent appeal for intervention to the federal government to halt the carnage. The distress message in the aftermath of the attacks was the second by the lawmaker in one week following similar assaults by gunmen. Saturday’s invasion was ... more
  • 3 hours Ihedioha: PDP Files Request for Case Review to S’Court This Week ThisDay
    •Lawyers putting final touches to petition •As party mulls consensus candidate for chair of govs’ forum Chuks Okocha in Abuja All things being equal, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is filing for a review of the Tuesday, January 14, Supreme Court judgment that nullified the election of its candidate, Emeka Ihedioiha, as the governor of Imo State, before the end of this week. The Supreme Court had penultimate Tuesday, January 14, sacked Ihedioha as governor of Imo State and ordered the swearing-in of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, a judgment that had ... more
  • 3 hours Amotekun: When an Idea Assumes a Life of Its ThisDay
    The Western Nigeria Security Network code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’ is just another idea, whose time has come, reckons Samuel Ajayi At a point, it was always a nightmare for people to do interstate commuting in the South Western part of the country. Traveling from Lagos to Osun, Ondo or Ekiti State would leave people with their hearts in their mouths. And the reason was not far-fetched: the fear of kidnapping and killing by marauding criminals, suspected to be herdsmen seemed to be the beginning of wisdom. Mid last year, July 12, to be precise, Funke Olakunri, one of the daughters ... more
  • 3 hours N128bn 2020 Budget of N’Assembly Shrouded in Secrecy, Says Senator ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja A member of the National Assembly, Senator Ibrahim Hadejia, has declared that the N128 billion voted for the National Assembly in the 2020 Appropriation Act is covered in secrecy. Hadejia, who is Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Public Accounts, said at the weekend in Abuja that he did not have the breakdown of the N128 billion voted for the Assembly. Answering reporters’ questions on the budget, the senator stated, “The details of the N128 billion budgeted for the National Assembly in 2020 are never there. I don’ know anything about the breakdown, I cannot give ... more
  • 3 hours Kwara Govt: Saraki Has No Legal Right to Disputed Ilorin Land ThisDay
    •Official says CAC shows Asa Investments does not belong to Saraki family, two owners dead Tobi Soniyi The family of Second Republic Senate Leader, late Dr Olusola Saraki, has no legal right to the piece of land opposite his house in Ilorin, where he built his Ile Arugbo (old peoples home), so says a top official of the Kwara State government. The official, who preferred anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, agreed that the land was offered to Asa Investments Limited, a company often associated with the late politician. “However,” he claimed, “Asa Investment does ... more
  • 3 hours FAAN Alerts Airlines about Fire Incident at MMIA ThisDay
    chinedu Eze The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has recorded another fire incident in one of its airports. Yesterday fire started inside the premises of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and spread through the bush surrounding one of the runways of the airport and would have spread further but for immediately action taken by FAAN, which deployed its fire fighters to put of the fire. The inferno was said to spread very fast because of the harmattan and was encroaching the runway when the fire fighters intervened. In reaction to the incident, FAAN alerted airlines about ... more
  • 3 hours How AGF Frustrated Malabu, Goje Corruption Cases, Alleges TI ThisDay
    · Says Malami hasn’t prosecuted any graft case since 2015 · Asks EFCC, ICPC to contradict CPI with facts, figures Gboyega Akinsanmi Transparency International (TI), the world’s foremost coalition against corruption, has said that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami frustrated high-profiled cases since he assumed office in 2015 and has not been at the forefront of anti-corruption fight. The coalition alleged that Malami had not prosecuted any corruption case in about five years he had been in office, but had watered down cases that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ... more
  • 3 hours FAAC: How Three Tiers of Govt Benefitted in 2019 ThisDay
    Business/Economy About N7.6trillion was shared by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) to the three tiers of government in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Bamidele Famoofo reports how the federal, state and local governments benefitted from the federal allocation in the review period, which saw the first tier of government receiving the chunk of N3.09trillion- about 41 per cent- of the total distributable income The three tiers of government received about N7.6 trillion from the federation account in 2019. This is according to figures released by the ministry of finance, budget and national planning and the National ... more
  • 8 hours SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 2020 ThisDay
    The post SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 2020 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 11 hours Niger Senator Sends SOS to Buhari over Killing of Constituents by Bandits ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja A member of the National Assembly, Senator Mohammed Musa, has cried out over the invasion of a local government area in his Niger East Senatorial district by bandits resulting in the killing of scores of his constituents. He has therefore sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the aid of thousands of people now rendered homeless by the attack on Saturday morning. Speaking to newsmen on Saturday evening, Senator Musa claimed “residents of Shiroro Local Government Area in Niger State came under heavy attacks this morning when armed bandits ... more
  • 13 hours Lassa Fever Claims 29 Lives in 11 States ThisDay
    Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said 29 deaths have been reported in 11 states out of the 195 confirmed cases of Lassa fever in those states. A statement issued by the agency on Saturday and signed by its Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said NCDC had activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities. It said: “As at the 24th of January 2020, 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths have been reported in 11 states. Of the confirmed cases, 89% are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States. The increase in ... more
  • 14 hours THE MAN WHO OWNS THE NEWS ThisDay
    Oma Djebah pays tribute to Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of THISDAY It was late afternoon in September, 2000, when my colleague, Waheed Odusile, then Group politics editor of THISDAY Newspapers, came to meet with me at the ever busy Rutam House, the seat of The Guardian newspaper. At that time, I was on the political desk of The Guardian. I had just returned from Uyo, where I had gone to explore some unsettling developments, and I was about taking off on another reportorial trip to Katsina, when Odusile came calling. Halfway through our meeting, Odusile offered flattering compliments about my journalistic ... more
  • 15 hours Lassa Fever: Ekiti Calls on Residents to Ensure Clean Environment ThisDay
    By Victor Ogunje The Ekiti State Government has called on residents of the state to always ensure a clean environment to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever. The Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, gave the advice on Saturday while monitoring the first edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise for the year. Egbeyemi admonished the people of the state to always clear the bush in their surroundings and also cautioned against sun-drying food items on the roadsides where rats can have access to them. According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the ... more
  • 16 hours Rerun: Voting in Progress in Akwa Ibom ThisDay
    Voters in the Akwa Ibom rerun elections have started voting in Essien Udim Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom. A visit by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), revealed that polling started as early as 9 a.m. At Ukana Ikot Ntuen Ward 2 Unit 9 with three voting points, voters were seen on queue casting their votes. NAN observed that security was tight as they were more in numbers than the voters who turned out to cast their votes. Speaking to one of the polling officers, who is a Corps member, Mr Tunde Adeyemi, he said that materials arrived early ... more
  • 16 hours Social Media is the New TV says Steve Chuks ThisDay
    Internet sensation Steve Chuks popularly known for his skits on Instagram, says social media is the new TV. He posted a picture on his Instagram appreciating all social media content creators and comedians who make sure everyday that their audience are entertained. He said Social media is the new Tv, that as everyday, television stations come up with contents to air to their audience, so also social media content creators strive everyday to give their audience fresh contents. He added that the world is changing, people hardly have the time to watch tv but are always on their phones, that ... more
  • 19 hours Double Honour for Seyi Tinubu ThisDay
    By Adebola Bunmi World richest man and founder of Amazon in one of his famous quotes said, “Work hard, have fun, make history”. This perfectly describe the trend at which young and hardworking Chairman of Loatsad Promomedia, Seyi Tinubu is living. Seyi who is known for his hard working and his fun loving lifestyle has recently been making history by the number of awards that are trailing him. Recently, Chartered Institute of Public Resources Managers and Politics, an organisatuion based in Ghana, decided to honour the humble but hard-working man by inducting him into 2020 Fellowship Hall of Fame of ... more
  • 21 hours Larege Turnout, Late Arrival of Election Materials as Sokoto Holds Assembly Rerun ThisDay
    By Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto As Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducts rerun elections in some parts of Sokoto state Saturday there was a large turnout of voters but late arrival of materials. There was impressive turnout of voters in every polling unit visited by THISDAY Saturday morning. At Sarki Muslimi A polling Unit 1, the presiding officer Usaina Yusuf Jega said they were at the polling unit since 7:00am waiting for the arrival of electoral materials . At the time of filing this report at 9:30am, voting had yet to commence, Details later… The post Larege Turnout, Late Arrival ... more
  • 21 hours Outcry over Death in Detention of Mechanic, Police Harassment in Port Harcourt   ThisDay
    Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt The police in Port Harcourt, Rivers State have come under severe rebuke following their claim that an auto-mechanic, Chima Ikwunado, who died in their custody, and four others arraigned for robbery and cultism, actually committed the crimes for which they were charged.  This came as a former aide to former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, Hon. Okey Okirie, also accused the police of threat to his life and called on President Muhammadu Buhari and others to intervene to allow him enjoy his freedom in the country.  In the eye of the storm is the ... more
  • 1 day The Restructuring of ALSCON and the Unending Legal Tango ThisDay
    SATURDAY POLITY By Ayo Abelegbe It was Aeschylus, the ancient Greek tragic dramatist who said ‘in war, truth is the first casualty’. To paraphrase the words in line with the tragic drama playing out in the attempt to restructure the Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) today, one would say ‘in a precariously desperate move by a supposedly core investor to grab a state enterprise at all cost, objectivity is the first casualty’. It is so bad that all the efforts of an aspiring (foreign investor) could muster is nothing other than poising for legal technicalities that stand the ... more
  • 1 day A Deserving Thumbs Up for Globacom  ThisDay
    Chika Amanze-Nwachuku takes a look at the ongoing Glo Recharge and Win promo, also known as My Own Don Beta, positing that the telecom giant deserves some accolades for empowering its numerous subscribers For national telecommunications operator, Globacom, January 20, 2020 will remain a memorable date, not just because of the trophies the telecom giant and its founder, Mike Adenuga Jnr received at a gala evening to mark THISDAY Newspapers’ silver jubilee, but because of the outpouring of commendations on its customer reward promo tagged Recharge and Win Big (My Own Don Beta’). The top telecom brand won the ‘Brand ... more
  • 1 day Prophecy, Not Prophesy ThisDay
    MEDIA GAFFES By Ebere Wabara YOU are welcome to this introductory politico-grammar: “Mbaka’s prophesy (prophecy) comes true, Ihedioha sacked” There is clear distinction between nouns and verbs. “Stakeholders urge EFCC, ICPC to conduct thorough investigation on (into) the matter” “Disease control (Disease-control) centre activates 3 labs for disease outbreak samples” “Traders count loses (losses) as fire guts Sokoto old market” “Mohammed urged the cleric not to indulge in actions that can (could) divide the country along religious lines.” “You are arguably one of Nigeria’s foremost industrialists….” What is the meaning of this schoolboy contradiction?  According to the Book of ... more
  • 1 day Your Spouse and the Late Night Hours ThisDay
    Managing Relationship By Adegboyega LABIRAN On a Scale of twenty four hours, couples apply themselves to different endeavours depending on the time of the day and their respective secular callings. There is a time of the day when couples are expected to be at work. Social Club, religious places, supermarkets, homes with children and discuss issues relating to the family. There is another time, couples manage to escape the hustle and bustle of life and are both in a solitary confinement in the comfort of their homes all alone. This time can variously be defined by different people. For the ... more
  • 1 day Wike, The Lion of The River-Forest ThisDay
    COUNTERPOINT By Femi Akintunde-Johnson It is perhaps in order to offer a simple prayer before we go further: that we may be guided, and conscious of not falling into the same cesspool of which we are berating another person over. You see, it is easy to point fingers at misdemeanors of others while the chief accuser is sitting pretty on a giant cushion of “high crimes and misdemeanors”, a deceptively non-criminal phrase re-christened and re-popularised this week by the US Senate huffing over the impeachment theatrics of President Donald John Trump.  The object of our attention this week is less ... more
  • 1 day Time to Go on Voluntary Sabbatical ThisDay
    PENDULUM BY DELE MOMODU  Fellow Nigerians, let me confess that I used to have so much hope in the possibility and viability of one indivisible Nigeria, but that pipe dream has waned drastically and seems about to burst dramatically. Please, forgive my bluntness. When a man is fast approaching 60 like me, you begin to turn from an optimist to a pessimist. What haven’t we tried, to make our country greater and better than it was in the colonial days and possibly into the 1970’s and to ensure our leaders are far more responsible and responsive, but it seems ... more
  • 1 day Goodnight, Brave Pastor Lawan Andimi ThisDay
    Ring true  By Yemi Adebowale; 07013940521; yemi.adebowale@thisdaylive.com Tears of hapless Nigerians under the bondage of kidnappers, bandits and Boko Haram continued for most of the week, after bloodthirsty Boko Haram murdered Pastor Lawan Andimi, who was the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government of Adamawa. The terrorists rejected the N50 million offered them and slaughtered Andimi. These bastards have done their worst; they can only kill Andimi’s body, not his soul. For sure, his spirit will hunt down these killers one by one. The murderous Boko Haram fighters are emboldened by our coldblooded and unabashed failed ... more
  • 1 day  THE MAN WHO OWNS THE NEWS  ThisDay
    Saturday comments1                                Oma Djebah pays tribute to Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of THISDAY It was late afternoon in September, 2000, when my colleague, Waheed Odusile, then Group politics editor of THISDAY Newspapers, came to meet with me at the ever busy Rutam House, the seat of The Guardian newspaper. At that time, I was on the political desk of The Guardian.  I had just returned from Uyo, where I had gone to explore some unsettling developments, and I was about taking off on another reportorial trip to Katsina, when Odusile came calling. Halfway through our meeting, Odusile offered flattering compliments about my journalistic trajectory which had caught the ... more
  • 1 day CURTAILING THE RESURGENCE OF LASSA FEVER ThisDay
    Saturday comment2 Good personal and environmental hygiene are helpful measures, writes Tayo Ogunbiyi There are conflicting reports on the actual number of newly confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the country. While a report says casualty figure is 64, another puts it at 72. Situation report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicates that the number of deaths has reduced as the general case fatality rate (CFR) for 2020 stood at 14.7 per cent, compared to the 23.4 per cent CFR for the same period of 2019. States affected mostly in this renewed Lassa fever insurgence are Ondo, ... more
  • 1 day Come One, Come All ThisDay
    Saturday letter3 The new year brings many people to tertiary education ranging from certificates to doctorates but there is an even greater range of institutions. In Australia there has been a drop in traditional university enrolment as a result of the free TAFE (Technical and Further Education) courses. The free courses are less difficult. The traditional universities are welcoming their students although so are a few more unusual ones. This is not a matter of Theology degrees from small Pacific Islands although there is of course the McDonald’s Hamburger University that has been around since 1961. The latest that has ... more
  • 1 day Appraising the Lagos Children’s Protection System ThisDay
    Kehinde Akinfenwa draws attention to the efforts of the Lagos State Government to ensure the welfare of children through the right strategies and policies The overall strategy must spell out a paradigm shift in the way government and civil societies approach the right to protection of children. By having sustainable safeguarding policies and procedure towards preventing more and more children falling out of safety nets, the society will breathe a sigh of relieve. The phenomenon of child abuse has become one of the most widely discussed social tragedies of our time. While it is a perturbing reality ... more
  • 2 days FG Condoles With Adamawa Christian Community over Killing of 2 Clergymen ThisDay
    By Daji Sani in Yola The federal government has on Friday sent a high Powered delegation team to condole with Adamawa Christian community over the killing of two clergy men last Monday. The Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who led the delegation to the state expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s sadness over the dastardly act. He further revealed that the federal government was working assiduously to restore sanity in the land. Mustapha urged the Christian community in Adamawa not to regard the killing of the two clergymen as threat against Christianity. He said Nigerians should never ... more
  • 2 days APC Govs Prepare Framework to Tackle Insecurity, Agree on Community Policing ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale The Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) has said that it would prepare a framework as part of its plans to tackle insecurity in all the All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled States after agreeing on community policing. The governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, disclosed this on Friday while briefing jornalists at the end of the 1st quarterly meeting of PGF Governance Programme Steering Committee meeting, organised to approve the proposed 2020 work plan and programme of activities. Lalong who is also the co-chairman of the committee said that the committee was mandated to design policies for implementation for ... more
  • 2 days EU Earmarks €26.5m for Victims of Insurgency in Northeast ThisDay
    *Decries attack on aid workers in Nigeria By Alex Enumah in Abuja The European Union on Friday announced the sum of €26.5m to support victims of insurgency in the North East of Nigeria. The figure which was announced by the visiting European Commissioner for Humanitarian and Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, is the EU’s first emergency package for the year 2020, which is expected to increase as new challenges emerge and it also formed part of the EU’s new strategy for Africa. Lenarcic, made the disclosure at a joint Press Briefing with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social ... more
  • 2 days P&ID: UK Court Releases Timetable for Nigeria’s Motion Challenging $9.6bn Judgment ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja A Commercial Court in the United kingdom on Friday released a timetable for the hearing of an application by Nigeria seeking to set aside an arbitral award against her by the court. An Irish firm, Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) had last August secured a whopping $9.6 billion judgment against Nigeria over alleged failure to execute a 20-year Gas Supply Processing Agreement (GSPA) the company had with the federal government. However Nigeria has since appealed the judgment, claiming that it was obtained by fraud. Meanwhile at Friday’s proceedings the UK court set a timeline for ... more
  • 2 days CBN Raises Banks’ CRR to 27.5% ThisDay
    By James Emejo in Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Friday resolved to raise the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) by 500 basis points to 27.5 per cent from the current 22.5 per cent.  The apex bank however, kept other monetary policy instruments unchanged by retaining the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) otherwise known as interest rate at 13.5 per cent as well as the Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent. Addressing journalists after the two-day meeting of the maiden Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting for the year,  CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said the decision ... more
  • 2 days Amaechi: Remarkable Improvement in Lagos-Ibadan Railway Line Project ThisDay
    The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said there is remarkable improvement in the pace of work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway line. Amaechi made the assertion while interacting with journalists in Lagos on Friday after an inspection of the ongoing work on the Lagos axis of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line. He spoke at the Ebute-Metta Office of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), the contractors handling the project. The minister, who had earlier frowned upon the contractors’ work on Monday, said that he had observed improvement in the construction of stations and mobilisation of more staff ... more
  • 2 days Prudential Zenith Partners JAN on Financial Literacy for Primary School Pupils ThisDay
    By Ugo Aliogo Prudential Zenith Life Insurance Limited has partnered with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) to promote financial literacy skills and a savings culture. The partnership which was facilitated by JAN will deliver ChaChing, an educational programme designed to provide primary school students between ages 9 and 11 with access to information and activities to develop financial literacy skills. According to a statement made available to THISDAY by JAN, the programme would boost the low levels of financial literacy among young people, including those who have had fewer opportunities than others to learn about the financial world outside of school. ... more
  • 2 days Katsina Restates Commitment to Protect Citizens from Lassa Fever ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna The Katsina State Government on Friday said it will continue to take proactive and preventive measures to protect the residents of the state against Lassa fever ravaging parts of the country. The state Commissioner for Health, Nuhu Yakubu Danja, who gave the assurance while addressing journalists, said there was no confirmed case of Lassa fever in the state but government had purchased all the needed medical equipment and drugs to tackle any outbreak. He said that the state government was taking precautionary measures in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease ... more
  • 2 days Plateau Records Five Cases of Lassa Fever, Says Commissioner ThisDay
    The Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nimkong Ndam, has confirmed five cases of Lassa fever in the state. Ndam told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that the patients of the ailment had been admitted in two hospitals in the state, adding that three of them are undergoing treatment; one had completed treatment, while the fifth one had been discharged. He said Lassa fever was not new in the state because the area had experienced the disease before. “However, the health personnel are on ground to handle the situation and they have the required protective kits to wear ... more
  • 2 days WHO Urges Countries to Mount Surveillance against Coronavirus ThisDay
    Says virus now in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned all the countries of the world to be on high alert to be able to contain the spread of the new deadly novel Coronavirus first found in Wuhan city of China. A health advisory issued by WHO yesterday night, at the end of the emergency meeting of the International Health Regulations Committee, said countries should be prepared for the containment of the virus disease including ensuring active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management. The world body said the ... more
  • 2 days Obi’s Kinsmen Hail THISDAY for Award ThisDay
    Charles Ajunwa The people of Agulu in Anambra State have have hailed THISDAY Newspapers and also expressed delight with their son and the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, on the award of ‘Governor of the Decade’ by THISDAY last Monday. In a statement signed by the traditional ruler of the town, His Royal Highness Igwe Innocent Obodoakor, and the Traditional Prime Minister, Ichie Anagboso, entitled: ‘Our son in whom we are well pleased’, the people said the award by THISDAY did not come to them as a surprise in view of what they ... more
  • 2 days Controversy Trails Headship of Senate Committee on Constitution Review ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja The leadership of the Senate appears divided over, who will head the Senate Committee on Constitution Review, THISDAY has learnt. This is coming just as 10 constitution review bills are pending before the Senate for further legislative action by the committee more than seven months after the inauguration of the Ninth Assembly. Investigation by THISDAY revealed that the eight principal officers of the Senate are sharply divided over who chairs the Senate ad-hoc committee on constitution review. Sources said the inability of the Senate leadership to agree on a particular Senator to head the committee resulted ... more
  • 2 days Mohammed Seeks Foreign Investment in Nigeria’s Creative Industry ThisDay
    Ejiofor Alike The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged investors to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities in the Nigeria’s creative industry. He also described the industry as the fastest growing sector of the nation’s economy, in terms of business opportunities, employment, earnings and entertainment. Mohammed stated this yesterday at the 11th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (Investour), which was held on the sidelines of the ongoing International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain. According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the minister, Mr. Segun ... more
  • 2 days US Stops Issuance of Visa for Childbirth ThisDay
    Ejiofor Alike The United States thursday said it would no longer issue visas to foreigners who want to give birth in the country. According to a statement released by the office of the press secretary, the rule will be effective from Friday (today). The White House press secretary, Ms Stephanie Grisham, said the rule change is necessary to enhance public safety and the integrity of the immigration system. “Beginning January 24, 2020, the State Department will no longer issue temporary visitor (B-1/B-2) visas to aliens seeking to enter the United States for “birth tourism” – the practice of travelling to ... more
  • 2 days Serena Williams Knocked out of Australian Open ThisDay
    Seven-time champion Serena Williams has been knocked out of the Australian Open, losing 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 to China’s Wang Qiang in the third round. The defeat means the 38-year-old American’s quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on. Wang served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Williams broke her for the first time and then won a tie-break to level at one set all. The 27th seed recovered and sealed victory on her third match point. After the second set I was a little bit confused, but my mind always said I had ... more
  • 2 days THISDAY@25: A Potpourri of Conversations, Awards and World Class Performances ThisDay
    Chiemelie Ezeobi and Mary Nnah report that the 25th anniversary of THISDAY Newspaper was a potpourri of conversations, awards to deserving persons and institutions, as well as world class performances by Nigerian export Asa and Grammy award winner, John Legend. It was also a platform for the premier of Africa’s first global streaming service, Arise Play It was an evening of awards to deserving individuals and institutions, as well as world class performances tinged with short conversations, humour and camaderie at the 25th anniversary of the THISDAY Newspaper held at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels in Victoria Island, ... more
  • 2 days Obasanjo, Badero Urge Nigerian Youths to Take Action ThisDay
    Mary Nnah It was an amazing and inspirational experience in Lagos recently at the inaugural edition of the “Why I Am Alive” celebratory event. Designed to acknowledge the contributions of inspiring Nigerians to the Nigerian story and also empower young Nigerians to be the best at their chosen fields of endeavor, the event was convened by CEO of Eureka Productions, Caroline Moore. The party was an avenue for young people to use the experiences of these purposeful personalities to expand their capacity to initiate and influence change, and renew their minds for more efficiency and effectiveness in life. Held ... more
  • 2 days Gemade Residents Holds Award Night, Dialogue on Development Plans ThisDay
    Ayodeji Ake Gemade Estate Resident Association Zone One, situated at Gowon Estate, Egbeda axis of Lagos, held its first Stakeholders’ Appreciation Night, as an avenue to appreciate devoted contributors to the development of the estate. Addressing newsmen at the event, the Chairman Gemade Estate Zone 1, Pastor Olawale Odufejo, noted the program also gave room for dialogue on proposed developmental projects of the estate and financial approaches. He further lamented that for the past two decades since Gemade Estate has been in existence, there has never been government presence as all projects done so far in the estate are self-supported ... more
  • 2 days Rapid Delivery Set to Tackle Logistic Challenges in Nigeria ThisDay
    Mary Nnah The initiator of Rapid Delivery, a mobile app for deliveries and logistics, Kehinde Olagbenjo, has assured the company will tackle the logistic challenges faced in the country. The platform aims to use innovation and technology to transform the delivery booking process and improve the clients and drivers/riders experience. Speaking recently, Olagbenjo explained that: “As one of the emerging players in the mobile transportation network space, we ensure convenient, transparent and quick service fulfilment using technology to make logistics and delivery hassle free for everyone. “What we want is to create a smarter, faster, and more effective delivery platform ... more
  • 2 days FAAN, NCC Move against Copyright Piracy ThisDay
    The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) have agreed to work together for the development and implementation of a national anti-piracy strategy to address the sale of pirated books, films, music and other copyright infringing materials in and around the nation’s local and international airports. The agencies also agreed to work out the modalities for proactive enforcement, to ensure that the interest of right owners are adequately protected in line with the federal government policy of guaranteeing adequate return on investment and growing the creative sector. The Managing Director of FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, and ... more
  • 2 days IATA Commends Air Peace on Safety Standards ThisDay
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    By Victor Fagbulu Perhaps there can, at this moment, be no better illustration of the Yoruba adage that he who eats late does not eat worthless food than the cabinet that the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, unfolded to wild applause recently in the state. Truth be told, the team came a bit late, apparently in the governor’s bid to choose the best among distinguished individuals. Happily, however, it’s been, for the Ogun people, a waiting worth every moment. Nigerians are well aware of the fact that one of the banes of governance in this clime is poor cabinet ... more
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  • 3 days South West Speakers Back Amotekun ThisDay
    By Kemi Olaitan Speakers of Houses of Assembly in the South West geo-political zone, Thursday declared their full support for the recently launched Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), code named Amotekun. The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, made the disclosure while speaking at the meeting of Conference of Speakers of South West State Legislatures held in Ibadan, Oyo state capital. Present at the meeting were Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; Speaker of ... more
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    By Francis Sardauna As part of ongoing onslaught against bandits in Katsina State, the state government has directed security operatives to demolish houses of bandits or kidnappers terrorizing communities in the state. The spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this to journalists in Gwarjo forest of Matazu Local Government during the enforcement of the law in the area on Thursday. He said: “Katsina State government has ordered security agencies in the state to demolish houses of kidnappers arrested and confiscate the Certificate of Occupancy given to them and their properties for government.” Isah, who led ... more
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    By Alex Enumah in Abuja Justice Idris Kutigi of an Abuja High Court sitting in Gwagwalada area of Abuja, on Thursday ordered the remand of former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pending the hearing and determination of their bail application. Justice Kutigi ordered their remand with the EFCC shortly after the defendants pleaded not guilty to allegations of crime against them by the federal government. Adoke and his co-defendants were on Thursday formerly arraigned before Justice Kutigi on a 42-count charge ... more
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    By Segun Awofadeji The Gombe State Government has restated its commitment to embrace Information Communication Technology (ICT) as panacea to the 21st century challenges and socio-economic development. The Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, stated this when the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) rose from its meeting on Wednesday at the NGF Secretariat in Abuja. In a press release signed by Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the state governor Thursday in Gombe, the deputy governor, who represented Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, explained that because the government is aware of the role of ICT ... more
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    Visa has announced that Nigerian athlete, Divine Oduduru, has been signed on to join their global Team Visa programme for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Speaking at his unveiling yesterday in Lagos, Oduduru, said: “Joining other athletes from across the world as part of Team Visa has been a dream come true for me. “As a track and field athlete, having a strong support system is important and so it means so much to me to have a partner in my corner that provides me with the same opportunities as other athletes competing in Tokyo 2020. “I am ... more
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    AUSTRALIAN OPEN *Serena, Nadal, Djokovic cruise into 3rd Round American teenager Coco Gauff recovered from a set down to set up a meeting with defending champion Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open last 32. World number one Ashleigh Barty also reached the third round on Wednesday. Japanese third seed Osaka put a “childish” outburst behind her to beat Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-4 before 15-year-old Gauff saw off Romania’s Sorana Cirstea. The world number 67 was 3-0 down in the deciding set but fought back to win 4-6 6-3 7-5 in two hours and six minutes. “It’s amazing,” said ... more
  • 3 days ‘Strong Chance’ Cavani Will Join Atletico, Says His Dad ThisDay
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  • 3 days Amotekun and the Politics of Security ThisDay
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  • 4 days Solidarity Protests in South-west over Amotekun ThisDay
    •Police stop rally in Lagos Segun James in Lagos, Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan, Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo, Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti, Kayode Fasua in Abeokuta and James Sowole in Akure Thousands of people yesterday poured into the streets in the six South-west states to show their support for the region’s security initiative, Amotekun, threatened by the federal government’s objection to the outfit. The solidarity rallies for the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), however, suffered setback in Lagos State as the police dispersed the marchers before the rally could begin. Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South-west Governors’ ... more
  • 4 days Makinde Extends Restriction on NURTW in Oyo ThisDay
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  • 5 days Imo Deputy Speaker, 8 Lawmakers Defect to APC ThisDay
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    Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto has again called on the people of the state to remain united in pursuance of the collective good of all. Gov. Tambuwal made the call when he paid a courtesy visit on the Sultan of Sokoto in his palace Tuesday. “We ask all the people of Sokoto, irrespective of party affiliation to come and work closely with the government for further development of the state,” the governor said in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello. Reaffirming his administration’s commitment to the Caliphate, which he said had never wavered in ... more
  • 5 days Rally in Support of Amotekun Holds in Ibadan amidst Tight Security ThisDay
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  • 5 days Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election as Benue Gov ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the election of Mr Samuel Ortom as duly elected Governor of Benue State. The apex court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta dismissed the appeal filed by candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit. In the short judgment the apex court held that there was no need to reverse the decision of the lower court and consequently affirmed the election of Ortom as duly elected governor of Benue State. Details later… The post Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election as ... more
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    By Ibrahim Shuaibu Following the victory of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Supreme Court, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, has said that the party has accepted the judgment in good faith. “We are grateful to Almighty God for the current situation. As you know, we were at the High Court where the decision was not in our favour and we went for appeal. There too it was not in our favour. We then exploited the final option and went to the Supreme Court. We have accepted ... more
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