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  • 2 days ‘Jumbled’ by Bami Gregs Pushes Sensitive Issues ThisDay
    From the working title, Entangled, to the released name Jumbled, Bami Gregs’ debut movie pushes a number of sensitive issues. Ferdinand Ekechukwu reports “I  couldn’t have asked for a better cast for the movie ‘Entangled’. That was scriptwriter, actress and debutant movie producer Airebamen Maureen Irene, well known as Bami Gregs within the Nollywood circuit. An elated Bami Gregs would further state, post production that, “I have a blend of the old and the new Nollywood. I also have a very popular Yoruba actor on board which I am very excited about. My cast is also a blend of ethnicities.” True to her, ... more
  • 2 days JAMB’s “Horror” Stories ThisDay
    THE COUNTRPOINT With Femi Akintunde-Johnson Did you read the story of the 13-year old girl who sat for this year’s examination of Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB, and allegedly, had to be helped to attempt the computer-based questions. A special centre, allegedly owned by an international examining centre in Lagos, was fingered. One of the invigilators was seen performing the incredibly stupid act of blocking the CCTV cameras with bare hands, while another invigilator allegedly helped to guide the “brilliance” of the young culprit (or victim?) And these tragic scenes were witnessed by other candidates, a little older than the ... more
  • 2 days On The Road to Europe ThisDay
    THE FRONTLINES With Joseph Ushigiale As you read this piece, thousands of Nigerian youths and indeed millions of others from different African countries are nursing dreams of migrating to Europe in search of greener pastures. Their dreams of Eldorado in Europe or America are fired by the sizzling stories of their compatriots who traveled earlier and had made it big on the streets of Europe which they believe are paved with gold. Now this set of young men and women mostly in their prime, know deep down within them that they lack the  prerequisite for a valid visa to Europe. ... more
  • 2 days Systemic Infractions ThisDay
    MEDIA GAFFES With ebere wabara WELCOME to this Easter weekend edition: “Falana gives petroleum ministry 7 days (days’) ultimatum over $60bn revenue loss” (DAILY SUN Headline, April 15) “NAF jets destroy more bandits stronghold, kill 4 in Zamfara” (Source: as above) A rewrite: NAF jets destroy another bandits’ stronghold, kill 4 in Zamfara “To me, ACF, Ohaneze, Afenifere should all revert back to that role.” (Politics & Power, April 15) Delete ‘back’ which is encapsulated in ‘revert’. “Alumni seeks (seek) end to poverty, reaches (reach) out to indigent students” (THISDAY, THE SATURDAY NEWSPAPER Headline, April 13) “Agbakoba-Onyejanya lights-up (lights up) ... more
  • 2 days IMF is Right, Nigeria should Channel More of its Proceeds from Oil into the NSIA ThisDay
    GUESTCOLUMNIST By Barbara James The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently released its Fiscal Monitor report which ranked Nigeria second to last on our sovereign wealth fund. Initially analysts and commentators translated this raking as an indictment on the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), but the IMF clarified a day later that they were referring to Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account (ECA), not NSIA. In its clarification the IMF said “…There have been two Sovereign Wealth Funds in Nigeria. There have been the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). The NSIA is running ... more
  • 2 days The Teni Makanaki Storm ThisDay
    Supersaturday With much acclaim to her emergence and acceptance in the Nigerian music scene, Teniola Apata aka Teni Makanaki, has proved her mettle and worth as an artiste and entertainer, writes Ferdinand Ekechukwu Her boyish visage complements her unique style and fashion sense that stands her out with dungarees, baggy Tees and large shirts, sneakers and bandana. This for her makes her comfortable but eccentric. She has never looked like the person next door. Teniola Apata tells you her love for sports and that retro vibe has also played a major role in her fashion sense. Confident in her ... more
  • 2 days Lagos, Hypo Team up to Mark World Health Day ThisDay
    The Lagos State Government has joined force with  Hypo, the flagship brand of Tolaram Group, to raise awareness on healthy lifestyle  to mark the 2019 World Health Day. The World Health Day is an initiative of the World Health Organisation that  aimed to focus  greatest minds on issues of global health as well as set world health agenda in years to come. With this year’s theme as  ‘Universal Health Coverage’,  the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Health, Environment as well as  Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and the Hypo brand, have harped on healthy lifestyle for a well body. To drive home their points, both ... more
  • 2 days Sadique Abubakar Must Rejig Zamfara Air Strikes ThisDay
    Ring true By Yemi Adebowale; yemi.adebowale@thisdaylive.com;07013940521 A couple of days back, I watched a film of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jet striking some settlements in Zamfara State, and saw people on ground running to escape the shelling. The film shown on NTA was apparently supplied by the NAF to prove that its fighters have been pummeling bandits ravaging the state. As usual, the NAF public relations office also came up with a press statement after the air show, alluding that scores of bandits had been killed in the air strikes. I often wonder how they come up with such casualty ... more
  • 2 days Coca-Cola Donates Medical Equipment to Lagos Hospital ThisDay
    Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd, has delivered maternal and neo-natal care equipment to  Federal Medical Centre, FMC,Ebute-Metta, Lagos, as part of its  Safe Birth Initiative, SBI, project that was launched late  last year. The SBI was launched in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals , OSSAPP- SDGs and an NGO, Medshare International Inc. The initiative sought to challenge maternal and newborn deaths in Nigeria,  by strengthening capacity in three critical areas which include procurement and supply of maternal and neonatal medical equipment  to enable safe deliveries and post-delivery emergency care; training of ... more
  • 2 days Firm Launches New Products ThisDay
    Information Communication Technology company, Brother, has unveiled new product range at a dealers and stakeholders’  conference  in Lagos. This, according to the company, is part of efforts to refresh its products range from business machines to document scanners, for the small medium sized businesses (SMBs), and  small office/ home office (SOHOs). Some of the new products that were brought  to the market included, Laser & Inkjet printers, high speed document scanners and labeling printers amongst others. The Assistant Manager/ Planning Division of the company, Virginia Jonathan, revealed that the company’s latest move was in fulfillment of its regional growth strategy. She explained that the ... more
  • 2 days Minimum Wage: NLC, TUC Commend Buhari ThisDay
    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the N30,000 minimum wage bill into law. Mr Peter Ozo-Eson, General Secretary, NLC and Mr Bobboi Kaigama, the President of TUC in a separate interviews on Friday in Abuja, described the action as laudable. Ozo-Eson said that the NLC and Nigerian workers appreciated the swift response of Buhari, adding that such move would assuage the feelings of Nigerian workers. According to him, we hope that all employers of labour will commence the process of implementing the new minimum wage of N30,000 as ... more
  • 2 days Enugu Approves Recruitment of Additional 1,500 Teachers ThisDay
    The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved and directed the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) to recruit additional 1,500 primary school teachers to enhance basic education in the state. The administration also approved the sum of N252,456,917.67 for the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) to pursue the re-accreditation of the institution’s courses whose prior accreditation had expired. Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council’s meeting, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, disclosed that the basic requirement for the recruitment is National Certificate of Education (NCE), adding that the candidates ... more
  • 2 days APC: N30,000 Minimum Wage, Another Election Promise Fulfilled ThisDay
    The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the signing into law of N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers by President Muhammadu Buhari is another election promise delivered. Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, made the assertion in a statement on Friday in Abuja, while commending Buhari for signing the new minimum wage bill into law. “Truly, our workers deserve a new, improved and implementable minimum wage in view of current economic realities. “Commendably, the welfare of workers has remained a top priority of the Buhari-led APC administration,” he said. The APC spokesman said that this had been demonstrated by the ... more
  • 2 days Onnoghen: SERAP Writes CCB, Seeks Presidents, Govs’ Asset Declaration Details ThisDay
    By Udora Orizu in Abuja Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a Freedom of Information request to Dr. Muhammed Isah, Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), urging him to use his office to provide information on specific details of asset declarations submitted to the CCB by successive presidents and state governors since the return of democracy in 1999. SERAP is seeking information on: “details of asset declarations by successive presidents and state governors between 1999 and 2019, including details of declarations made immediately after taking offices and thereafter, and for those who have left public offices, at the ... more
  • 2 days Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Candidacy of APC Senator-elect ThisDay
    By Laleye Dipo in Minna A federal high court sitting in Minna on Thursday evening dismissed the petition filed by sitting senator Mustapha Sani Ibrahim challenging the candidacy of Alhaji Mohammed Bima Enagi as the All Progressives Congress APC candidate for the March 9 national assembly election. Justice A B Aliyu who delivered the judgement said the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case. “In the final analysis the preliminary objection of the 1st and 2nd defendants is hereby sustained “Having found that this court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain this suit other issues raised are academic exercise, I ... more
  • 2 days Secondus Urges Nigerians to Move Closer to God ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has said that the country is under siege from all corners, but added that the period of Easter provides good opportunity for Nigerians to pray more to God to alleviate their sufferings. Secondus in an Easter message said Nigerians should not allow the prevailing hardship in the country and the unjust outcome of 2019 election affect their spirit of love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence. The PDP chairman in a statement Friday by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, urged Nigerians to use this period ... more
  • 2 days Enugu Bans Unapproved Speed breakers on Roads ThisDay
    The Enugu State Government has banned the unauthorised and indiscriminate erection of speed breakers, popularly known as bumps, on its asphalted roads across the state. The ban was contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Gabriel Ajah. The state government stated that illegal speed breakers constitute devastating damage to the roads, adding that the practice in some cases leads to road accidents. The statement referred to the unfortunate accident that involved the State Fire Service Truck on a distress call, which fell into a drainage while maneuvering over a bump along Obioma Road, in Udi ... more
  • 2 days Easter: Ndume Urges Nigerians to Imbibe Culture of Love, Peaceful Co-existence ThisDay
    Former Senate Leader and frontline candidate for the office of Senate President in the 9th National Assembly, Sen. Ali Ndume, has urged Nigerians to imbibe culture of love and peaceful co-existence, without which there would be no meaningful progress in the country. Ndume who decried the spate of banditry and its attendant killings across the country, called for retrospection among people of different faith, saying the simple explanation for strife and hostility among tribal communities is the absence of love for one another. The former Senate Leader, in an Easter message to Christian faithful, signed by hIm and made available ... more
  • 2 days Saraki: Olowo’s Demise a Big Loss to Nigeria ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye in Abuja Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has described the death of Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagade Olateru-Olagbegi, as a big loss to Nigeria at a time the nation’s leadership needs his wise counsel and experience to solve the various problems confronting her. Saraki, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described late Oba Olagbegi as a humane monarch who contributed immensely to the development of Owo in particular, Ondo State and Nigeria, in general. He said the late royal father would be remembered for his peaceful disposition and the leadership he provided in the ... more
  • 3 days Nike X Jersey Customisation Workshops Kick off Homecoming Festival ThisDay
    Registration is now open to a series of Jersey Customisation Workshops co-hosted by Nike and Homecoming. The workshops are part of the Homecoming Pop-up which opens Friday at Glover and will run till Easter Sunday, April 21. Nike technicians will guide workshop participants through the process of customising a one-of-one Nike football jersey during a one-hour session. The workshop ... more
  • 3 days Ghana Solicits ECOWAS’ Support to Host AfCFTA Secretariat ThisDay
    Ghana has solicited the support of ECOWAS to host the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in its capital, Accra, when the agreement comes into force. The Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mrs Shirley Botchwey, made the request at the ongoing ECOWAS Parliament Delocalised Joint Committee Meeting in Accra, Ghana. AfCFTA is a planned free trade area outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 49 of the 55 African Union (AU) nations. The 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, held in Addis ... more
  • 3 days Nigeria’s Economy Growing Under Buhari, Adesina Insists ThisDay
    Segun James The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Thursday stated that the Nigeria’s economy has been growing robustly since 2016 but only the opposition elements have refused to acknowledge this growth. Adesina who made the declaration at the 2nd Annual Lecture of Freedom Online held in Lagos, said that “in 2017, agriculture grew in export and before we export, it means that we have enough to satisfy local consumption. The opposition tends not to see the growing economic trend and impact in the country.” He disclosed that “we have abundant rice production in ... more
  • 3 days Protesters Mount Pressure on Sudan’s Military to Transfer Power to Civilians ThisDay
    Thousands of protesters massed outside Sudan’s army complex in Khartoum on Friday, piling pressure on the country’s new military rulers to swiftly transfer power to a civilian administration, witnesses said. The army on April 11 ousted Sudan’s longtime leader Omar al-Bashir after months-long protest movement. A military council, which took power, has so far resisted calls from protesters to quickly bring in a civilian administration. On Thursday, exactly four months since the protests started, roads leading to the sit-in area were packed with crowds flocking to the army headquarters. Activists mobilised demonstrators through social media to keep up the pressure ... more
  • 3 days NYSC Accuses Dead Corps Member of Lying About Her Health Status ThisDay
    Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi State has confirmed the death of the 28-year-old corps member, Magdalene Yohanna, who died during the batch A orientation exercise, just as it debunked media reports that it covered up the incident. Also, NYSC has explained that the deceased lied in the medical report she submitted to the scheme during her registration. The state Coordinator of the NYSC, Afolayan James, who made the confirmation and clarification in a media statement made available to journalists in Bauchi Thursday was reacting to reports in the media that ... more
  • 3 days Call Herdsmen to Order, Okowa’s Aide Tells Buhari, IG ThisDay
    Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba An appeal has gone to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Abubakar Adamu, and the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeleke Adeleke, to use their good offices to urgently stop the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen and killing of innocent Deltans in their farmlands. The Executive Assistant (Communications) to the Delta State governor, Dr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, made the call in a statement condemning the alleged killings of about 12 people in Ethiope East and Ukwuani Local Government Areas of the state recently. He noted that the impunity of Fulani nomads in the ... more
  • 3 days Osun Moves against Infiltration of Bandit-miners, Criminals ThisDay
    Worried about the likely infiltration of illegal miners and bandits displaced from Zamfara State, the Osun State Government Wednesday urged security stakeholders and traditional rulers to be at alert to prevent all forms of criminality. Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said: “It has become imperative to put measures in place to checkmate the influx of displaced illegal miners to prevent the reverberation effect of the Zamfara State crisis in Osun.” He spoke in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday at a security sensitasation programme attended by traditional rulers, security operatives, civil society organisations, politicians, market women, community leaders and top government functionaries. The ... more
  • 3 days FG Threatens Sanction on Airline Operators Colluding with Drug Barons ThisDay
    Oluchi Chibuzor The federal government, through the Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA) has threaten to sanction airlines found culpable of exchanging passengers’ luggage with another loaded with illicit drug in partnership with dealers during cargo handling process at the airports. The Chairman, PACEDA, Retired Brigadier- General Buba Marwa, disclosed this during an interactive session with officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport/ Lagos State Command in Lagos recently. He stated that recent investigation had shown that innocent passengers were victims of drug-related offences at the airport through ... more
  • 3 days Arik Plans to Resume New York Flights ThisDay
    Arik Air said it is considering reopening its Lagos-New York flights, which was stopped in 2017. Speaking during the visit of the 54th President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, (ICAN), Razak Adeleke Jaiyeola, to his office in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Roy Ilegbodu, explained that to commence the process of re-opening New-York route was quite complex, especially having to settle debts left behind by the past management. “The past management left a lot of debts internationally and those are part of the issues we have to address before going to other routes abroad,” ... more
  • 3 days House: Court Orders INEC to Withdraw Certificate of Return of Buhari’s Aide ThisDay
    Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano Federal High Court sitting in Kano has disqualified Mr. Sulaiman AbdulRahman Sumaila, as the duly elected representative of Sumaila/Takai federal constituency of Kano at the National Assembly. The presiding judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to AbdulRahman as he did not participate in the primary election of the party. The plaintiff in the suit, Shamsudeen Dambazau, had approached the court, praying the nullification of Sumaila’s recognition by INEC as duly elected as never participated in the primary election of the party. He told the court through his counsel, Nuraini ... more
  • 3 days Otuaro Wants Decisive Military Action against Boko Haram Insurgents ThisDay
    Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba Acting Governor of Delta State, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, has charged Nigerian military authorities to expedite action that would lead to the release of all the abducted girls still in the custody of Boko Haram terrorists and quickly end insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria. While commending the Nigerian Armed Forces for helping to maintain peaceful environment for oil production as well as exhibiting professionalism during the recent general election in Delta State, the acting governor said insurgency, particularly in that part of the country, has remained a sore point in the country’s security challenge. Otuaro made ... more
  • 3 days This Easter, Spiritual Rejuvenation Beckons at Miango Rest Home  ThisDay
     If you are looking for somewhere serene and peaceful; rustic yet modern; pocket-friendly yet rich in history; fun yet a place to seek spiritual renewal, the Miango Rest Home, which showcases the wild beauty of Plateau State, readily comes to mind. With over 10 decades in its kitty, the home thrives on providing accommodation, food and recreational services for the physical and spiritual renewal of missionaries, and the wider Christian community. Sunday Ehigiator, who recently spent five days at the rest home, writes that it’s a perfect Easter getaway for spiritual rejuvenation  For every soldier, rejuvenation beckons at intervals, a call that must ... more
  • 3 days Easter Celebration: Cleric Tasks Christians on True Worship ThisDay
    Mary Nnah As Nigerians celebrate Easter this weekend, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Anglican Communion, His Lordship, Rt. Rev. (Dr) Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, has tasked Christians on the essence of true worship. The essence which he said is the way to live a life of worship, the need for revelation and renewal of the spirit and also the essence of worshipping the father in pure understanding. Olumakaiye spoke on the topic, “Renewal of the Spirit and Re-born Worship in Nigeria: Life in the Spirit, Life of Worship”, as guest speaker at the Annual Lenten Talk, Choral Renditions and Breaking of ... more
  • 3 days Didi Museum Kicks off 50th Anniversary with Journey to Mastery Exhibition ThisDay
    Mary Nnah As one of the lineup activities to celebrate five decades of its existence and success so far, a private museum in Nigeria, DIDI museum on Thursday, April 18, kick-started a 10-day exhibition tagged ‘Journey to Mastery’, which aims to bring together under one roof art lovers in Nigeria and other part of the world. Speaking at the press conference organised to officially announce the 10-day exhibition, which is ongoing at the moment and would last till April 27 at the Didi Museum, the Curator, Mrs. Ifeoma Dozie, daughter of Chief Newton Jibunoh, Chairman DIDI museum, said the exhibition ... more
  • 3 days Fountain of Life Church Impacts with Word Explosion ThisDay
    Mary Nnah The annual faith-based teaching forum, “The Word Explosion Conference”, hosted by The Fountain of Life Church, started last Sunday with several ministers gracing the event. The vision of the convener of the annual event, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, is to reach believers across denominational divides with the Word of God in a way that is simple, practical and ultimately transformative. Since its inception, the Word Explosion Conference has featured dynamic and gifted preachers and teachers of the Word and the 2019 edition will play host to national and international seasoned ministers of God. Among which are, Bishop David Abioye, ... more
  • 3 days Terra, New Seasoning Cubes Hits Nigerian Market ThisDay
    Ayodeji Ake TGI Distri Limited has launched Terra Seasoning Cubes, the latest on its stables. Available in all markets across Nigeria, Terra Cubes is produced by West African Cubes (WACUB) Limited at its ultra-modern plant in Sagamu, Ogun State. Addressing the press during the official launch of Terra Cubes in Lagos on Monday, TGI Group Executive Director and Managing Director of TGI Distri, Mr. Sunil Sawhney noted, “Terra Seasoning Cubes are a true cooking sensation allowing everybody to enjoy great taste. He said the cubes which come in two variants; beef and chicken, both come in single cubes of 4gram, ... more
  • 3 days OANDO Foundation Boss Canvasses Strategic Partnerships for Women ThisDay
    Funmi Ogundare The Head of Oando Foundation, Adekanla Adegoke has called on mentees to think global, act local; and cultivate strategic and sustainable partnerships in the interest of their core beneficiaries. She made the call during her masterclass session at the 2019 Women in Development Summit, a network of women working in the social sector, held recently. in Victoria Island, Lagos. The 2019 edition which was themed, “Women-led Business as a Tool for Social Change and Nation building’, had a faculty of women speaking on various topics such as ‘Are Women Entrepreneurs Ready to Drive Social Change in Nigeria? What ... more
  • 3 days Ajetunmobi Bags Leadership Award, to Unveil Online Financial Product ThisDay
    From Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja A former aviator turned beauty consultant, Mrs. Kemisola Ajetunmobi, has bagged leadership award for her sterling contributions to promoting self-financial reliance among women. The honour was bestowed on her by the Institute of Leadership Development (ILD) based in the FCT in recognition of her contributions to women empowerment and financial independence through network marketing. At a public unveiling of the recipient, the Chief Executive Officer of ILD, Kachi Okezie, said the institute recognised her sterling qualities and achievements in personal development, team building and digital marketing training to women and girls. Okezie also stressed that ... more
  • 3 days Coy Fetes, Rewards Distributors in Lagos ThisDay
    Adedayo Adejobi Chemstar Paints Industry Nigeria Limited, manufacturers of Finecoat and Shield Paints, recently held its Customers’ Forum 2019, as well as CPIN Customers’ Forum 2019 (a subsidiary of Chemstar Groups), which took place at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. At the event, the Group Managing Director, Mr. Aderemi Awode, lamented that the paint industry, like other sectors of the economy, been affected by the harsh economic situation in the country. Awode, who said the paints sector was not immune from the nation’s economic reality, blamed the lull in the construction sector and in property development business on the ... more
  • 3 days MultiChoice Launches Naija Stand-Up Comedy Pop-Up Channel on DStv, GOtv ThisDay
    Mary Nnah MultiChoice, Africa’s leading entertainment provider has announced a new pop- up channel called Naija Stand-Up Comedy for their DStv and GOtv subscribers. Subscribers can expect to enjoy 100 per cent Nigerian comedy shows – ticketed stand shows, skits, and produced shows on the Naija Stand-Up Comedy pop-up channel. The pop-up channel promises viewers tickets to some of the biggest comedy shows they may have missed in the past and offers entertainment during the Easter period. Last month, two pop-up channels were launched on DStv; M-Net Movies Epic Battle Pop-Up Channel which focused on epic battles from the M-Net ... more
  • 3 days For Easter, Lord Chosen Presents ‘God’s Covenant of Peace and Blessing’ ThisDay
    Mary Nnah In commemoration of this year’s Easter Celebration, The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement has concluded plans for a two-day power packed crusade titled, “God’s Covenant of Peace and Blessing”, scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at The Chosen Revival, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Ijesha, Lagos State. According to a press statement signed by the Church’s Director, Public Relation, Pastor Louis Chidi, this special, which is going to be anchored by General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka is divinely inspired to help bring to mind the significant of Ea,ster which symbolises the victory of Jesus Christ ... more
  • 3 days EFAB Unveils Ultra-modern Homes ThisDay
    The premium property market in the nation’s capital, Abuja, got a boost recently with the successful completion of the elegant EFAB Crystal located in Gwarimpa. EFAB Crystal is the newest addition to the string of residential housing estates from the staple of EFAB properties Limited, a firm known for adopting innovative approaches to property development. The 26-unit housing estate, built on two hectares of land, is located off third avenue, 36 road by Mike Okonkwo close, Gwarinpa. The exquisite estate has 20 stand-alone and 6 semi-detached 5-bedroom duplexes complete with pent houses and boys’ quarters. Considering the cost of production ... more
  • 3 days LMC’s Hammer Falls on FC IfeanyiUbah, Rangers over Fans Misconduct ThisDay
    Femi Solaja In a bid to further instill discipline into domestic football scene, the League Management Company (LMC), Thursday slams FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Rangers International of Enugu for gross misconduct in the on going football season. FC IfeanyiUbah was charged for failing to provide adequate security during their week 13 home game against Plateau United and the LMC also gave the club FC 48 hours to communicate in writing, in acceptance of the decision or otherwise before the panel. In a statement from the LMC on their official Twitter handle which reads; “FC Ifeanyi Ubah has been charged ... more
  • 3 days Rohr Raises Concern over Kalu’s Fitness for AFCON 2019 ThisDay
    Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr is worried over one of the players, Samuel Kalu who is battling to be fit for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after suffering a relapse from an injury which he has nursed for two months and half. According to Owngoalnigeria.com, Kalu is yet to play for Bordeaux the past three weeks and he is not close to returning for the team due to the injury set back, which according to Rohr became worse after he tried to force his return back to action in a league game against Monaco on the 9th ... more
  • 3 days Lawrence-Ogidan Vows to Transform Baseball and Softball in Nigeria ThisDay
    The Lagos State Baseball and SoftBall Association has affirmed it readiness to develop the game in the State through Grassroots development . The Chairman of the State Baseball and Softball Association, Mr Abiodun Lawrence Ogidan said the aim is to spread the game across the schools in the State and provide the necessary equipments and to train the schools games’ teachers the technical aspect of the game. Mr Lawrence-Ogidan further said that some reputable citizens have indicated interest to consult for the association and help raise the standard of the sport to the level that would be rated as one ... more
  • 3 days National Junior Cricket Super League Kicks off Friday ThisDay
    The Howzat Foundation for Cricket has scheduled Friday April 19 to Sunday April 21, for the 23rd Howzat National Junior Cricket Super League for Chief Philip Asiodu Trophy. According to the organisers, eight schools have been invited for this year tournament. The schools are, Ansar-Ud-Deen College, Isolo, Lagos, Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Surulere, Lagos, Federal Government College, Warri, Delta and Government College, Ibadan, Oyo State. Others are Ogun State representative Lisabi High School, Abeokuta, Obele Community High School, Surulere, Lagos, Scholar imperial school, Benin City, Edo and Kaduna College, Kaduna. The venue for this year tournament will hold at Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar ... more
  • 3 days FIFA Confirms North and South Korea Bid to Stage 2023 Women’s W’Cup ThisDay
    North and South Korea – who are still technically at war – remain in the running to host the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup. South Korea’s Football Association has registered to bid for the tournament, expressing an interest in doing so with the North Korean FA. Any joint bid would be the latest in a number of displays of sporting unity between the nations, at war since 1950. North and South Korean athletes took part in a joint march at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, also fielding a combined women’s ice hockey team. Alongside the World Cup bid, ... more
  • 3 days How Solskjaer’s Match Plans Fell into Barca’s Hand in UCL Elimination ThisDay
    Footage has emerged of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signalling a tactical change in formation during Manchester United’s defeat by Barcelona by handing striker Marcus Rashford a paper note. Rashford, after reading it, dropped it onto the turf – only for Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to pick it up and discover Solskjaer’s tactical secrets. He didn’t appear too impressed, however, chucking it back onto the pitch. The contents of that note can also be revealed, with Solskjaer writing down the new team formation – 4-4-2. Even that tactical switch by Solskjaer could not prevent Manchester Unitedcrashing out of the Champions League ... more
  • 3 days Unpacking the 2019 Elections ThisDay
    As a concerned citizen and student of Nigerian politics, I was relived at the emergence of former Vice Atiku Abubakar as the main contender with President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential elections. The relief is on account of the immunity of their shared Northern (Fulani) Moslem identity against the potential of presidential elections in Nigeria to assume violent ethno regional fractiousness. The big elephant in the room of Nigerian politics is its vulnerability to negative identity politics-the tendency of political mobilisation to approximate the cleavages of ethnicity, religion and regionalism. This development was of course not an accident. It ... more
  • 3 days The Road Less Travelled ThisDay
    By Obo Effanga After a long drawn out process, the 2019 general election in Rivers State finally came to an end last Saturday, April 13. Like many of the recent elections in this state, it came with lots of drama, tension and violence much of which was totally unnecessary. We thank God Almighty for guiding us through it all to the end. We also celebrate the men and women of goodwill in Rivers State, especially the electorate who committed to exercising their civic duties and defending their votes in the face of unwarranted intimidation by persons whose interests were far ... more
  • 3 days Election Hypes Galore in Abia Central ThisDay
    By Eddie Onuzuruike There is an old saying that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Another commentator Edgar AIlan Poe affirms that ‘to vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.’ Negative as this may appear, I saw it live during and before the 2019 elections nationwide. The experience in Abia Central Senatorial District shocked the senses out of many sane people revealing a spate of structural vulnerability. From the blues, people of different hues, big and small, high and low in society suddenly acquire the liberty to voice ... more
  • 3 days Onnoghen Appeals CCT Judgment ThisDay
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  • 3 days NOUN to Benefit from NCC’s Education Grants ThisDay
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  • 3 days EFCC Re-arraigns Ex-Justice Ofili-Ajumogobi ThisDay
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  • 3 days Homecoming Reveals 2019 Fashion Editorial ThisDay
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  • 3 days Sacrifice in National Interest, Saraki appeals to Nigerians ThisDay
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  • 4 days Breaking News: Buhari Signs National Minimum Wage Bill ThisDay
    By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in the State House assented to the National Minimum Wage Bill, thus laying to rest several months of controversy on minimum wage. Following the presidential assent, the bill has now become the Act of the National Assembly. The executive had transmitted the bill to the National Assembly on January 22 with the provision of N27,000 as the national minimum wage but the National Assembly jacked up the figure to N30,000. A top presidential source, who hinted THISDAY about the president’s assent, said the president signed the bill this afternoon. According to ... more
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  • 4 days Court Sacks Ebonyi Senator, Orders INEC to Conduct Fresh Poll ThisDay
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  • 4 days CCT Convicts Onnoghen, Sacks Him as CJN ThisDay
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  • 4 days DPR to Clamp down on Illicit LPG Retailers ThisDay
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  • 4 days 9th Senate: North East Stakeholders Back Goje, Write Oshiomhole ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye in Abuja The North East Consultative Forum (NECF) and five other groups have endorsed the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, as a candidate for the Ninth Senate Presidency. Rising from an emergency meeting held in Bauchi on Wednesday, the groups including North East Elders Mobilisation Forum, APC National Youth Caucus, Borno Discussion Circle, Gombe Political Associations and North East Youth Awareness for good governance, urged Goje to without further delay declare for the coveted position. The groups have therefore written the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, about ... more
  • 4 days Troops Kill 39 Boko Haram Terrorists ThisDay
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  • 4 days Oil Prices Slip to $71.43 ThisDay
    Oil markets fell on Thursday despite a surprise decline in U.S. inventories, but the price drops were tempered by a smaller-than-expected reduction in gasoline stocks and ongoing Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)-led supply cuts. Brent crude futures were at $71.43 a barrel at 0700 GMT, down 19 cents or 0.3 per cent from their last close and further away from Wednesday’s five-month high of $72.27 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.62 per barrel, down 14 cents or 0.2 per cent. Both contracts had traded slightly higher earlier in the day. U.S. crude inventories ... more
  • 4 days Women Demand 50% Positions from Buhari, Govs ThisDay
    Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja Women under the auspices of the Coalition for the Inclusion of Women in Governance yesterday advocated for a 50 per cent women’s share in all appointive positions at both federal and state levels in the incoming administration. Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the spokesperson of the women group, Ebere Ifendu, said the 2019 general election ended on a very disappointing note with women recording abysmally low number of elected legislators in the National Assembly. She lamented that though there is parity between male and female in Nigeria’s estimated population of 200 million, adding that most ... more
  • 4 days NANTs, ECOWAS Support 300 IDPs with Agricultural Inputs in Kuje, Durumi Camps ThisDay
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  • 4 days Reducing Maternal Deaths Through Community Collaborations ThisDay
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  • 4 days Nigeria Records 9% Increase in Drug Abuse ThisDay
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  • 4 days Zenith Bank Hails Eaglets, Olusegun ThisDay
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    After several weeks of planning, the annual Chuma Anosike Cricket Cup Championship is set to bowl-off April 25th in Afikpo, Ebonyi State. The annual event, which is going into its ninth installment, is a competition organised among all the five states in the South-East geo-political zone will hold for the first time in Ebonyi State with Afikpo ready to put up a memorable five-day tournament to end on April 29. The sponsor of the competition and former board member of Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) Chuma Anosike said the main objective of the annual programme is to continue to amplify the ... more
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    By John Shiklam in Kaduna The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has said that the increasing insecurity in the north, especially in Zamafara, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Taraba states, has made life unbearable for the people. The forum therefore called on the federal government to take drastic measures that will restore normalcy, peace and harmony in the affected states. In a communique issued at the end of its meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday evening, the forum said, drastic measures must be taken to restore normalcy, peace and harmony in the affected states in order to assuage the fears of the people, ... more
  • 4 days Buhari Directs Ministers to Submit ‘Status Reports’ on Policies, Projects April 24 ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja began the process of winding down his cabinet with a directive asking ministers and agency heads to submit their handover notes on April 24. A statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president asked his appointees to come up with a comprehensive “status reports on policies, programs and projects” from cabinet members on their respective ministries, departments and agencies. According to him, the government officials have Wednesday, April 24, 2019 as the deadline for submission of their reports to the Presidential Audit Committee in the office of the ... more
  • 4 days TSA: Presidential Panel Recovers Unremitted $20m from Commercial Bank ThisDay
    The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property on Wednesday said it had recovered sum of 20 million dollars from one of the commercial banks in the country. The panel’s Head, Media and Communication, Ms Lucie-Ann Laha, in a statement quoted its chairman Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, as making the disclosure during a meeting with Prof. Muhammad Al-Amin, the Managing Director of Federal Housing Authority (FHA). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the money is said to be part of the 232 million dollars unremitted to the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) by an unnamed ... more
  • 4 days Fiscal Responsibility Commission Condemns Poor Funding of Federal Roads ThisDay
    Okon Bassey in Uyo The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on Wednesday expressed concern over the poor funding of federal road projects across the country and accordingly called on the federal government to increase funding to the sector. The Acting Chairman of the Agency, Mr Victor Muruako, who made the call during a tour of federal government road projects in Akwa Ibom also urged the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to equally increase funding of road projects in the Niger Delta region. Muruako particularly expressed displeasure over the poor funding during the inspection of Mbak Atai-Ikot Ntuk-Mkpeti-Oku Iboko road project ... more
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