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  • 57 mins Sporadic Gunshots Cause Tension in Maiduguri ThisDay
    Residents in the outskirts of Maiduguri on Sunday witnessed some skirmishes following indiscriminate shooting by some soldiers. The situation forced many women, children and elderly people in Damboa road and Polo general area to scamper for safety. Residents told NAN that they started hearing gunshots at about 3 p.m., though unsure if soldiers were test-firing equipment. Haruna Kachala, a Civilian Joint Task Force(CJTF), said that the gunshots came from the soldiers stationed at the state hotel along Damboa road bye pass while on their way to relieave thier colleagues at Molai general area. Kachala said “Initially, we thought the military ... more
  • 2 hours Police: Bandits Killed 34 Persons in 2 Zamfara Communities ThisDay
    The Police Command in Zamfara has confirmed the killing of 34 persons following an attack in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa communities in Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state. The Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu, in a statement in Gusau on Sunday, said the bandits launched the attack on Friday. Shehu said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo was among the state government delegation led by the Deputy Governor, Mr Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, to the affected villages for burial of the deceased. “The CP has already directed the combined security personnel deployed to ... more
  • 2 hours EU Report Confirms Presidential Election Was Rigged in Favour of Buhari, Says PDP ThisDay
    *Demands prosecution of INEC chairman From Chuks Okocha in Abuja The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday said that the fresh revelations in the European Union (EU) report has further vindicated the PDP and millions of Nigerians, in its position that the February 23 Presidential election was rigged to favour President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC). In its reaction signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olagbindiyan, the party said that the revelations of manipulations as detailed in the EU report further validates queries by Nigerians that President Buhari was not validly ... more
  • 2 hours CBN Wants C’River Anchor Borrowers’ Beneficiaries to Pay Back Loans ThisDay
    Bassey Inyang in Calabar The Central of Nigeria (CBN) has appealed to rice farmers in Cross River State that benefited from the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme to pay back the loans they collected so as not to stall the programme in the state. The CBN said it is making the call for the loans repayment so that other rice farmers in the state who are yet to benefit from the programme can be given the opportunity to do so. However, the call from the CBN comes amidst claims by some rice farmers in the state that the loans allegedly given to ... more
  • 2 hours Ondo Accesses $37m World Bank Loan for Healthcare Projects ThisDay
    James Sowole in Akure The Ondo State Government had in the last four years accessed $37 million out of the $50 million World Bank loan for the funding of health projects under the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP). The Special Adviser to the governor on Health, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting in Akure, the state capital, to deliberate on how to sustain the benefits of NSHIP facilities which began in 2014 and will wind down in 2020. Adeyeye said the money, which was disbursed on Performance Based Funding (PBF) policy, had benefitted 532 health ... more
  • 3 hours Envoy: We will Protest Killings, High-handedness of South African Police against Nigerians ThisDay
    The Consul-General of the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, Mr Godwin Adama, has said the mission will protest killings and high-handedness of the South African police against Nigerians. The planned protest follows the recurring killing of Nigerians resident in the former apartheid enclave, where some 130 Nigerians were murdered in 30 months up to September 2018. The figure has since jumped. Adama made the announcement, while reacting to the latest killing of a Nigerian, Maxwell Okoye, by the South African police. He spoke in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday following Okoye’s killing ... more
  • 4 hours FG Plans Law to Regulate Blood Transfusion Services ThisDay
    Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Federal Government has said that the process for the enactment of a law establishing a National Blood Services Commission (NBSC) is underway. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. A.M. Abdullahi, in a statement to mark this yeer’s Blood Donor Day said that a bill empowering the commission to regulate blood transfusion services in the country was already at the National Assembly. He explained that part of the role the new legislation will be to put a stop to extortion of the patients by some hospitals who often apply double charges. It will ... more
  • 5 hours NIP Records Increase in Volume of Transactions by Cheques in Q1, Says NIBBS ThisDay
    The Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) has said that the NIBSS-Interbank Payments (NIP) recorded an increase in the volume of transactions in the first quarter of 2019 over transactions made through cheques. NIBSS stated this in its NIP and cheques volume and value of transactions report for January to April. The report added that NIP transactions dominated the volume of transactions recorded in the quarter with 3.207 billion transactions valued at N32.4 trillion. Compared to the first quarter of 2018, which had 1.918 billion transactions valued at N23.821 trillion, the value of transactions in the first quarter of 2019 ... more
  • 5 hours Sarri Dumps Chelsea for Juventus ThisDay
    Maurizio Sarri has left his role as Chelsea manager and joined Serie A champions Juventus. Sarri, who joined the Blues from Napoli in July 2018, led them to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge. It is understood a compensation fee in excess of £5m has been agreed between the two clubs for the 60-year-old. Sarri will replace fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season. Juventus: Manager Massimiliano Allegri to leave at end of season Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who has won the Serie ... more
  • 6 hours Sarri Dumps Chelsea for Juventus ThisDay
    Maurizio Sarri has left his role as Chelsea manager and joined Serie A champions Juventus. Sarri, who joined the Blues from Napoli in July 2018, led them to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge. It is understood a compensation fee in excess of £5m has been agreed between the two clubs for the 60-year-old. Sarri will replace fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season. Juventus: Manager Massimiliano Allegri to leave at end of season Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who has won the Serie A ... more
  • 6 hours We’ll Use Agriculture to Bring Devt to Oyo, Says Makinde ThisDay
    Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that his government would rely heavily on a turn around of the agriculture sector to actualise accelerated development of the state in the next four years. The governor, who was speaking at a wedding ceremony in Eruwa, said that his governnent would revive the farm settlements and leverage on the agricultural value chain to turn the fortunes of the state around. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said that the state intended to use agriculture as a point of contact for development. He said: “For accelerated development of ... more
  • 7 hours Provide Security for Our Members in Volatile Areas, AGN Urges Military ThisDay
    Kasim Sumaina in Abuja The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has urged the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to as matter of urgency, provide security for its members and production crew when filming in volatile areas around the country especially in the North East region. AGN noted that the call became necessary due to challenges faced by the group in film production in Northeastern part of Nigeria. The group while paying a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff recently in Abuja, presented him with an award for his achievements in National defence and security and also ... more
  • 8 hours Ex-Governor Chime’s Wife, Clara, Finds Her Voice Again ThisDay
    From the outside looking in, the walls of bourgeois homes are like the gates of heaven, admitting only the privileged few to a life of unbroken ease in the lap of luxury, while shutting out the millions of masses who would die for a single taste of the opulence within. What is less realised is that those very same walls often trap their residents in their own vicious cycle of misery and woe that money cannot alleviate. The rich also cry, as the saying goes. They just don’t do it often in the public eye. One woman who has decided ... more
  • 8 hours Yoruba Elders Ask IG to Curb Police Brutality ThisDay
    Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) Saturday asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to combat the rampancy of brutality that was common among the policemen in the country. The socio cultural group said the convention globally has been that the policemen must respect the dignity of every citizen by refraining from actions that could either dehumanise or demean humanity by their actions. It made the demand in a statement its Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday, condemning the police over the injury its men allegedly inflicted on some ... more
  • 9 hours Ugwuanyi Settles Oruku, Umuode Dispute ThisDay
    Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Saturday settled the age-long inter-communal hostilities between Oruku and Umuode communities in Nkanu East Local Government Area. By implication, the governor facilitated a peace accord on land onwership and boundary delineation, which the leaders of the two communities signed at the Government House, Enugu yesterday. The two communities had been in communal dispute over land ownership for more than two decades leading to persistent civil unrest despite interventions by past administrations. Ugwuanyi, who on several occasions had visited the hitherto warring communities on peace interventions, promised that his administration would resolve the crisis ... more
  • 10 hours Ekiti University Queries Lecturer for Sex Scandal Allegation ThisDay
    Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Saturday disclosed that it had started investigating one of its academic staff, Dr. O.O. Aduwo for alleged sexual harassment brought against him. Also, the institution disclosed that it would constitute a panel of investigation to unravel a trending footage that showed the nudity of the lecturer with some female students, who accused him of sexual harassment. This was contained in a statement the Head of EKSU Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun issued yesterday with a promise to get to the roots of the allegation. ... more
  • 11 hours Nigerians Are Tired of Poverty, Group Tells Buhari ThisDay
    Akinwale Akintunde The Christian and Citizens Empowerment Foundation at the weekend asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country’s rate of extreme poverty, noting that over 112 millions Nigerians living below one dollar per day are tired of poverty. The foundation, also, asked the president to devote his second term “to address critical national issues that would benefit the generality of the people,” thereby challenging him to promote peace and security nationwide. The Executive Director of the foundation, Pastor Ayodeji Olulani gave the advice in a statement he issued on Friday, expressing fear that the Buhari administration might tilt towards ... more
  • 12 hours Armed Bandits Only Kill 12 in Shiroro, Says Niger Govt ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo in Minna The Niger State Government Saturday claimed that the death toll in last week’s attacks on some villages in the Shiroro Local Government Area was 12 contrary to reports that put the death toll at 70. This was contained in a statement by Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), insisting that 70 persons were not killed from the armed attacks on some communities in the state. A former lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru had put the death toll at 70; the police said 18 people were confirmed dead while the ... more
  • 15 hours EU Proposes New Law on Full Transparency of Election Results ThisDay
    Says military’s role in election must be at INEC’s request Suggests tribunals to cover pre-poll disputes Incumbency factor, Onnoghen’s suspension, violence tainted 2019 polls Presidency welcomes report, promises to analyse it Chuks Okocha, Onyebuchi Ezigbo and Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Nigeria for the March 2019 general election Saturday released its final report advicing a new law that ensures full transparency in the election results collation process. It also said a combination of factors, including incumbency, suspension of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, a few weeks ... more
  • 15 hours Tony Elumelu: How FG Can Lift 100m out of Poverty ThisDay
    Plans to empower 1,000 northern youths with $5000 each Gboyega Akinsanmi in Lagos and Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano The Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Mr. Tony Elumelu Saturday noted that with the right resolve accompanied by concrete action, the federal government could lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. In his foundation’s contribution to reduce the country’s poverty rate, Elumelu unveiled a new plan the TEF had resolved to empower at least 1000 young entrepreneurs, disclosing that each beneficiary would receive with a sum of $5,000. He disclosed the plan on his twitter handle @TonyElumeluFDN saturday shortly after ... more
  • 15 hours Buhari Insists FG Winning War Against Insurgents, Bandits, Kidnappers ThisDay
    Francis Sardauna in Katsina President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reiterated that his administration was winning the war on banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other forms of insecurity in the country. Echoing his maiden June 12 Democracy Day address, Buhari assured that ending the carnage in the North-west and other parts of the country remained a cardinal objective of his administration. He spoke in Katsina at the fourth convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA). The president explained that the federal government was poised to create an enabling environment for lawful citizens to go about their legitimate businesses. Represented by the ... more
  • 15 hours NERC: New Customer-friendly Tariff Regime out Soon ThisDay
     AEDC issues 50,000 prepaid meters in Nasarawa Peter Uzoho in Lagos and Igbawase Ukumba in Lafia The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said it is working on a new cost-reflective electricity tariff regime that is customer-friendly. Chairman of NERC, Professor James Momoh, disclosed this in Lagos at the 2018/2019 Graduation Ceremony of the Eko Distribution Training Programme (EDTP), where 99 staff of the Eko Disco, who participated in the training, were awarded certificates. He said the new electricity tariff estimate would be out soon for discussion and resolution by all the stakeholders in the industry. In a ... more
  • 15 hours ALEX OKOSI: His Midas Touch, Global Reach Celebrating Passion, Professionalism and Africa ThisDay
    You can’t miss him in a crowd. He towers in height and shimmers in glowing skin. His demeanour is refreshing; so are his thoughts. He is a blend of shrewdness and creativity. He mixes splendour with brilliance; and rewards excellence with fame and fortune. He is global but he reckons with everything exceptionally local. Please, meet Alex Okosi. As the man at the helm of affairs at Viacom International Media Network Africa, he makes things happen. Vanessa Obioha writes about the executive vice-president and managing director of BET International and Viacom International Media Network Africa’s relentless spirit He could have ... more
  • 16 hours Peace Index: Nigeria, One of Least Peaceful Places on Earth ThisDay
    Ranked 148 out of 163 least peaceful countries Akinwale Akintunde Nigeria is one of the least peaceful places on earth, says 2019 Global Peace Index (GPI) report, despite claims by the All Progressives Congress-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari that the country is better than they met in 2015. The country, battling with banditry, economic stagnation, insurgency, kidnapping and an increasing rate of suicides, is ranked 148 out of 163 countries in the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria sits among the top five least peaceful countries in the region alongside, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, ... more
  • 16 hours With Agriculture, We’ll Transform Oyo State, Says Makinde ThisDay
    Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan Oyo state Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde has declared that his government would rely heavily on a turnaround of the agriculture sector to actualise accelerated development of the state in the next four years. The governor disclosed this at an event ceremony in Eruwa, noting that his government would revive the farm settlements and leverage on the agricultural value chain to turn the fortunes of the state around. Makinde said that the state intended to use agric “as a point of contact for development. For accelerated development of Oyo State in the next four years, we ... more
  • 16 hours Glo Crashes Data Subscription, Offers 1GB for N300 ThisDay
    Gboyega Akinsanmi Nigeria’s second biggest telecommunication company, Globacom Nigeria Limited has crashed data subscription with a plan to internet services available to its customers nationwide. In its ambitious plan to further entrench itself as a game changer in the industry, the telecom giant has unveiled a new offer, Glo Daily Data Splash, exclusively packaged for heavy data users. The new offer was unveiled in a statement its Corporate Communication Office released at the weekend, now offering 1GB for N300 while 2GB for N500 The statement said the package which was conceived to provide reliable internet services to subscribers at affordable ... more
  • 16 hours Three Officers, 11 Others Face Court Martial for Murder, Kidnapping ThisDay
    Ernest Chinwo The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it has begun proceedings to court-martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping, and desertion, among other offences. Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Jamil Sarham said the suspects were officers and soldiers of the division. Sarham, a major-general, said the General Court Martial was convened in accordance with Section 131 of the Armed Forces Act guiding the professional conduct of the nation’s military. He said: “The offences for which the accused persons are being tried range from murder, attempted ... more
  • 16 hours Why We’re Committed to Teachers’ Reward Initiatives’ ThisDay
    Raheem Akingbolu Nigerian Breweries Plc, has announced the opening of entries for the 2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year. This year’s edition is the fifth edition of the programme. Speaking at the flag off ceremony held in Lagos recently, the Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mrs. Sade Morgan disclosed that the Maltina Teacher of the Year is one of the initiatives through which the company contributes to the development of education in Nigeria in line with its corporate philosophy of ‘Winning with Nigeria’. Morgan explained that the event is an offshoot of the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust fund. ... more
  • 17 hours Insurgency, Kidnapping And Banditry – Of Governance and Economic Opportunities ThisDay
    Sola Akinyede North West and North East Nigeria are currently in the throes and stranglehold of unprecedented violent insurgency, banditry, terrorism and kidnapping. It is so bad that the Global Terrorism Index, a comprehensive study by the Institute for Economics and Peace analysing the impact of terrorism on 163 countries covering 99.7% of the world’s population ranks Nigeria as No 3 only after Iraq and Afghanistan with Syria, Pakistan and Somalia performing better than Nigeria. Although kidnapping started and still persists in the southern part of the country, it has together with banditry become an industry in the North, with ... more
  • 17 hours Waging Collective War against Jungle Justice ThisDay
    The culture of jungle justice is fast threatening the nation’s social fabric, writes Funke Aboyade, SAN “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t” – Alice in Wonderland Aprovocative question: do we sometimes heave a sigh of relief, perhaps even feel a tinge of satisfaction, when a hardened criminal meets his waterloo in the hands of a mob? But. Wait a minute. What if? What if he weren’t “guilty”? What if, like Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland,nothing is as it seems? Or. So ... more
  • 17 hours Now That APC Has Its Dream Parliament ThisDay
    With the outcome of the National Assembly leadership elections, the All Progressives Congress-led government no longer have excuses for non-performance, writes Chuks Okocha “Now that the APC has captured the National Assembly and the Judiciary, let’s hope that Buhari and his party will no longer blame PDP, Jonathan, Saraki, and Dogara, but find ways to positively move Nigeria to the next level.” That was how a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP described the election of the presiding officers of the National Assembly won by the preferred candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Though it ... more
  • 17 hours Behold, Adebo Ogundoyin, Nigeria’s Youngest Speaker ThisDay
    In this report, Kemi Olaitanpro files the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, who incidentally is Nigeria’s youngest speaker For the newly elected Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Adebo Ogundoyin, his assumption of the number three position in the pace setter state could not but be a new dawn for him as he has made history for himself as the youngest to occupy the exalted office in the history of the state at the age of 32 years. Born on February 18, 1987, to the family of the late industrialist, philanthropist and politician, Chief Adeseun ... more
  • 17 hours A Truce in Time ThisDay
    Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi recorded another first in his natural deft moves and approach to issues, when he co-opted a renowned business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote into brokering truce between the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and the Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Ganduje, after weeks of hostility between them especially, as it was clear the matter had deteriorated very badly. The move by Fayemi therefore became commendable after Ganduje’s northern colleagues failed to appease him as he was determined to teach the emir some lessons for allegedly ... more
  • 17 hours SEYI MAKINDE: Coalition of Forces Made My Election Possible ThisDay
    For all intent and purposes, the new Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, represents the much talked about power shift from the old brigade to the young order, an indicator already defining other markers of the state’s body polity as witnessed recently in the state House of Assembly, which elected a 32-year old Adebo Ogundoyin as speaker. With the kind of zest that typifies the age of his ideas, Makinde, in this interview with Bayo Akinloye, spoke about his four-point agenda and the future of the state he is challenged to lead for the next four years. Excerpts: L et’s ... more
  • 17 hours JUNE 12: As Nigeria Proclaims New Democracy Day… ThisDay
    Shola Oyeyipo writes that average Nigerians will continue to live in a state of despair, if hope, which was the slogan for the June 12, 1993 election, is not rekindled Given the importance of June 12, the annulled 1993 presidential election, acclaimed to be the freest and fairest in her history and indeed Africa, and also considering the fact that the presumed winner of that election, the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola eventually paid the ultimate price trying to reclaim his mandate, and the fact that it was what paved the way for 20 years uninterrupted governance in the ... more
  • 17 hours Abdel Rahman: Nigerians Will Enjoy Historical, Cosmopolitan Alexandria ThisDay
    Following a four-year stint as Abuja Office Manager for EgyptAir between 2009 and 2013, when he succeeded in growing the airline’s frequency from two flights weekly to daily flights, Muharram Abdel Rahman has returned to Nigeria as General Manager overseeing EgyptAir’s affairs in Nigeria from Lagos. In this interview with Demola Ojo, he talks about the increasing trade and cooperation between Nigeria and Egypt, the airline’s special packages for Nigerian travellers, the forthcoming African Cup of Nations and more…  What is the relationship between EgyptAir and Nigeria? Egypt and Nigeria share a very close relationship. There are several ... more
  • 17 hours Wakanow Unveils Special Travel Packages for Nations Cup ThisDay
    Demola Ojo Nigeria’s leading online travel company Wakanow has unveiled special packages for sports lovers and tourists intent on seeing games at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt while also exploring one of the world’s famous tourist destinations. The packages which run at different points during the month-long Nations Cup – which takes place June 21 to July 19 across various cities in Egypt – enable Nigerian fans to experience Cairo and Alexandria. The Nigerian team will be playing in the beautiful historical city of Alexandria against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar on June 22, 26 and 30 respectively. “We ... more
    The sustainability of Mydrim Gallery’s annual exhibition Generations…, which enters its third edition on June 29, depends on the artists’ ability and willingness to transcend commonplace themes, which have saturated the mainly conservative local Nigerian art scene, writes Okechukwu Uwaezuoke O. K., may be this is not really a back-to-the-basics clarion call to artists. But Abiodun Olaku, one of Nigeria’s best landscape artists, had well-founded concerns about the universalist trends in the art world. Specifically, the renowned Lagos-based artist, who by his own rights is a master in photorealism, is concerned about how swiftly draughtsmanship is being edged to the ... more
  • 22 hours Ekweremadu Felicitates With Senate ThisDay
    Minority Principal Officers Deji Elumoye in Abuja Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the new Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and other minority principal officers of the Ninth Senate on their emergence. Writing on Saturday on his Facebook handle, @iamekweremadu, the lawmaker expressed confidence in the abilities of the minority helmsmen, noting that they had what it takes to rally the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a formidable opposition in the Senate and polity. He said: “I heartily congratulate my brother, friend, and ally, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on his emergence as the Minority Leader ... more
  • 1 day Dankwambo under Investigation, Invited for Questioning ThisDay
    The Gombe State Assets Recovery Committee has urged the former governor of the state, Mr Ibrahim Dankwambo, and his aides to appear before it. The committee said the invitation was for the past administration to account for properties it disposed of illegally. The Chairman of the committee, Group Capt. Peter Bilal (red), made the call while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Gombe. He said if they failed to appear, the committee would resort to legal actions to recover the state assets that were disposed of without due process. Governor Inuwa Yahaya set up the committee following his inauguration to recover ... more
  • 1 day Kaduna Gov Creates Three New Ministries ThisDay
    John Shiklam in Kaduna The Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has signed an Executive Order creating three new ministries and abolishing three others. The spokesman of the governor, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this in a statement on Saturday. Aruwan said the restructuring does not increase the number of ministries that were pruned to 14 when el-Rufai assumed office in 2015. The new ministries, according to the statement, are Business, Innovation and Technology; Housing and Urban Development; as well as Internal Security and Home Affairs. The other three ministries abolished included Commerce, Industry & Tourism; Rural & Community Development; and Water Resources. ... more
  • 1 day Ecobank Partners Austen-Peters to Premiere ‘The Bling Lagosians’ ThisDay
    Ecobank Nigeria, in continuation of its support for the creative and entertainment industry, is once again partnering with the Bolanle Austen-Peters production as she unveils the movie ‘The Bling Lagosians’ premiering Sunday, June 16 at Filmhouse Cinemas in Lekki Phase 1, the luxury venue for filmmakers which houses the IMAX Cinema. According to a statement by the bank on Saturday, EcobankPay, the lifestyle digital payment and collections service of Ecobank Nigeria, has been designated the payment solution as the much anticipated movie premieres. Guests are encouraged to dress spectacularly to win cash prizes sponsored by EcobankPay. It stated that EcobankPay ... more
  • 1 day 150 Killed During 2019 Elections, Says EU Observation Mission ThisDay
    Wants INEC strengthened ahead of future polls By Chuks Okocha The European Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria for the March 2019 Presidential, National Assembly and Governorship elections Saturday released its final report stating that over 150 people were killed during the elections. The report also said that the election was marred by incumbency factor in the presidential and governorship elections, while stating that the suspension of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, few weeks to the election was without due process and an intimidation of the judicial independence. The Chief Observer of the mission, Maria ... more
  • 1 day Buhari: We’re Winning War against Bandits, Kidnappers, Insurgents ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna in Katsina President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday said his administration was winning the war against banditry, kidnapping and insurgency bedeviling the country. He assured Nigerians that ending the carnage in the Northwest region and other parts of the country remained the cardinal objective of his administration. Buhari explained that Federal Government was poised to creating an enabling environment for lawful citizens to go about their legitimate duties without impediments. President Buhari, who stated this in Katsina at the 4th convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), said his administration would end insecurity soon. Buhari, represented by the ... more
  • 1 day EFCC Witness to Court: We Don’t Have First-hand Evidence against Jang ThisDay
    Seriki Adinoyi in Jos  The trial of the former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang resumed in Jos on Thursday with the EFCC Prosecution witness, Taiwo Olorunyomi telling the court that all the evidence he tabled before the court against the former governor were based on what some people told him. He  said, “My lord, throughout our investigation, I did not find any money in Jang’s personal account neither did I witness any money being handed over to him. But I was told that the money was withdrawn and taken to the governor  in his office.” Olorunyomi, an investigator with the ... more
  • 1 day Ola Aina: Finally A Bull ThisDay
    After months of speculations as to where Nigeria defender, Ola Aina will ply his trade next season, Chelsea on Wednesday confirmed that the AFCON bound defender has joined Serie A side, Torino on a permanent deal English Premier League club, Chelsea on Wednesday announced Nigeria defender Ola Aina has joined Serie A side, Torino on a permanent deal after spending last season on loan at Torino and made a huge impression at the club prompting the Italian club to trigger a buyout option in their loan agreement. “Everyone at Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Ola for his ... more
  • 1 day Sanwo-Olu Approves 100 Per Cent Increase in LASTMA Officers’ Allowances ThisDay
    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has jerked up by 100 per cent, allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officers to encourage and motivate them towards attaining the goals of better traffic management and transportation in the state. Sanwo-Olu announced this yesterday during an interactive session with staff of the agency when he paid an official visit to the operation’s Headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos. The governor said LASTMA officials would start to earn new allowances by the end of July, this year as a gesture to encourage the officers to improve on their performances as they go out ... more
  • 1 day Travelstart Group Partners with HarbourVest, to Acquire Club Travel ThisDay
    Africa’s largest online travel company, Travelstart, has announced a new partnership with global private markets investment firm, HarbourVest, with $58 billion under asset management. According to a statement in Lagos Saturday, HarbourVest will support Travelstart’s further expansion in geographies and growth in new verticals in the continent’s $194 billion tourism and travel market. It stated that the investment comes on the back of MTNs Asset Realisation Programme. MTN and Travelstart will continue their commercial relationship. The statement quoted the Founder and CEO of Travelstart Group, Stephen Ekbergh to have said: “The partnership with HarbourVest is a confirmation of the future ... more
  • 1 day Ezekwesili, Chukwu, Others to Discuss Role of Environment, Governance in Respiratory Illness ThisDay
    Bennett Oghifo The role the environment and governance play in the prevalence of respiratory illness will be the focus of a brainstorming session at the 2019 Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Annual National Asthma Conference. A statement by the Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF), convener of the conference, said its theme is “Better Breathing, Better Living: The Role of the Environment and Governance,” and that it would hold next week Thursday at  Oaklands Hotel in Enugu. According to the statement, the Board Chairman of ACUF, Dr. Chiwuike Uba said the annual national asthma conference “is to throw more light on the role of the ... more
  • 2 days Lawan: Henceforth, N’Assembly Will Pass Budgets Within 3 Months ThisDay
     • If presented in October, we will get it out before Christmas break Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja    Henceforth, the National Assembly will pass the annual Appropriation Bill within three months, Senate President Ahmad Lawan pledged yesterday in Abuja. Lawan who gave the assurance while answering questions from journalists in the State House, said that the unanimous decision was a joint agreement between the Senate and the House of Representatives. However, he was swift to add that fulfilling this promise would be premised on the preparedness of the executive to live up to its responsibility by presenting the budget early enough. ... more
  • 2 days Forex Restriction: Emefiele Gets Buhari’s Nod to Blacklist Saboteurs ThisDay
    •  Disburses N30bn to oil palm producers James Emejo in Abuja    President Muhammadu Buhari has given the nod to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to blacklist any firm, its owner and top management caught smuggling or dumping any of the 43 items which are not eligible for foreign exchange. CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele disclosed this during a meeting with oil palm producers in Abuja. He said the presidential directive mandated the apex bank to provide support to firms and individuals that want to expand the production of 10 different commodities including rice, maize, cassava, tomatoes, cotton, oil ... more
  • 2 days ISWAP Attacks Military Base in Borno, Kills Commanding Officer ThisDay
    Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri    The Commanding Officer of the 158 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Azubuike, and several of his troops have been killed by fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP). The gallant soldiers fell during an attack on their facility located at Kareto village, in Mobbar Local Government Area, north of Borno State, on Wednesday. ISWAP had, in the last three days, laid siege on parts of Borno State, killing scores of soldiers. According to sources, the terrorists had taken the soldiers by surprise, and were unable to make needed resistance. ... more
  • 2 days Akinrinade to Buhari: We Can’t Have Peace with Our People Being Abducted ThisDay
     • Says inauguration of president, governors should hold on June 12 Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti Former Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Gen Alani Akinrinade, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to join hands with state governors towards tackling insecurity in the country, noting that it will be impossible to have peace in an unstable environment. “We can’t have peace when our people are being kidnapped and money is being taken from them,” said Akinrinade at an event, “June 12: Lighting the Candle of Democracy”, held in Ado Ekiti yesterday to commemorate June 12 Democracy Day. Akinrinade, who applauded Buhari for ... more
  • 2 days DMO Lists Eurobonds on FMDQ Platform ThisDay
    Bennett Oghifo  with agency report  The Debt Management Office (DMO) on Friday listed its first Eurobonds on FMDQ Securities Exchange platform to fund the budget deficit and other financing needs of the Federal Government. The listing comprises dual-tranche 2.50 billion dollars and triple-tranche 2.86 billion dollars Eurobonds, reports the News Agency of Nigeria. Speaking at the listing in Lagos, Ms Patience Oniha, DMO’s Director-General, said the bonds were raised to refinance the country’s domestic debt. Oniha said the proceeds of the Eurobonds would be used to fund the fiscal deficit as well as other financing needs of ... more
  • 2 days Appeal Court Upholds Ex-Gov Nnamani’s Election as Senator  ThisDay
    Christopher Isiguzo and Gideon Arinze in Enugu The Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday upheld the election of the former Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaraoke Nnamani as the senator representing Enugu East senatorial zone. The court in upholding Nnamani’s election dismissed the appeal filed by the immediate past senator representing the zone, Senator Gilbert Nnaji for lacking in merit, thereby foreclosing his return to the Senate. In a unanimous decision,  the appellate court came hard on Nnaji for accusing it of not giving him fair hearing in the appeal he filed against senator representing Enugu East, Chimaroke Nnamani. Nnaji ... more
  • 2 days Nigerians Stand to Gain from Commodity Exchange Hugely-MD ThisDay
     George Okoh in Makurdi The Managing Director of Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCE), Mrs. Zaheera Baba-Ari, has said Benue State as the food basket of the nation with a lot of agricultural opportunities stood to benefit greatly if it harnessed the potential of commodity exchange being offered by the NCE. Ari, represented by the Head of Corporate Communication of NCE, Mr. Chris Echikwu explained that Benue State as food basket of the country will benefit more if the opportunities were properly harnessed by the people with effective partnership with the Nigeria Commodity Exchange. He gave the advice while presenting a keynote ... more
  • 2 days NLC Urges Urgent Action Against Military Junta  in Sudan ThisDay
     Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked the international community to do something urgently to stop carnage going on the troubled central African nation, Sudan. In a statement issued on Friday by the acting President of the NLC, Najeem Yasin the labour movement said global community should unite to stop this carnage by the military before it escalates into more killings that would derail the momentum of the struggle to re-establish negotiations leading to civilian rule under an atmosphere of free and fair election.  “While applauding the timely suspension of Sudan by the African Union (AU), ... more
  • 2 days Chevron Completes 219 Projects  in 13 Bayelsa Communities ThisDay
    Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) said yesterday that it had in partnership with its Joint Venture Partners completed about 219 projects through the company’s Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with its host communities in Bayelsa State. Speaking  during the eigth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the KEFFES communities Rural Development Foundation ( KCRDF), which ended on yesterday, the oil giant noted that its Peace Bonus which ties financial rewards to lack of operational disruptions, had started yielding results. KEFFES is an acronym for eight Chevron host communities in Bayelsa comprising Koluama I and II, Ezetu I & II, ... more
  • 2 days  A’Ibom Governorship Tribunal Warns Parties to Sit Up ThisDay
    Okon Bassey in Uyo The Governorship Elections Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital on Friday warned parties having case before it to sit up, stressing that the tribunal would not tolerate any frivolous applications to attract undue delay. The tribunal gave the warning following an application by the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nsima Ekere seeking for more time to respond to applications filed by respondents in the governorship elections petition pre-trials hearings. The court emphasised that time was of the essence in an election petition case and therefore charged all parties to strive to ... more
  • 2 days EFCC Arraigns Herbalist for Impersonating Baru, Adesina, Others ThisDay
    Hammed Shittu in Ilorin The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office has arraigned  a 31-year-old herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka who impersonated the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina among other prominent citizens before a Kwara State High Court. The suspect with others who are still at large allegedly used the names of the senior government officials to scam a South Korean national, Keun Sig Kim to the tune of N30m on the  pretence of getting ... more
  • 2 days Cabinet Appointment: SGF Raises the Alarm about Pranks of Fraudsters ThisDay
    Expresses confidence in TCN ability Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has warned the public to be vigilant to the pranks of fraudsters issuing false information to the members of the public. In a statement issued on Friday on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary General Services Office (OSGF),  Olusegun A. Adekunle, the SGF warned that the syndicate had been prompting  members of the public to submit their Curriculum Vitae at a fee to a non-existing desk at the OSGF to facilitate their selection as cabinet members. ... more
  • 2 days Rainy Season: FRSC Cautions Motorists against Over-speeding, Reckless Driving ThisDay
    Francis Sardauna in Katsina The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Katsina State yesterday admonished motorists in the state to drive with caution and adhere strictly to the rules and regulations guiding the use of roads as rainy season intensified to avoid road crashes.  The State Sector Commander of the Corps, Aliyu Sule Tanimu, who disclosed this in Katsina, said research had shown that a good percentage of road crashes in Nigeria was due to human factor. He said: “Motorists should shun unsafe practices as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, overloading and use of mobile phone ... more
  • 2 days Onitsha Catholic Diocese Sanctions Two Priests for Disobedience ThisDay
    David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka The Catholic Diocese of Onitsha has sanctioned two priests from the diocese for acts of insubordination. The priests; Reverend Fathers Michael Chigbata and Joseph Onuorah were sanctioned for celebrating masses in parts of the diocese, using what they called Traditional Catholic Mass. A press release by the Chancellor of the diocese, Very Rev Fr Prudentius Emeka Aroh which was made available to THISDAY in Awka described them as disobedient priests and called for prayers for them to change their ways. The release said the priests abandoned their legitimately assigned pastoral duties, claiming ... more
  • 2 days Obi Disowns Fake Empowerment ThisDay
    Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi has washed his hands off a fraudulent empowerment scheme advertised in the social media by scammers using a fake Peter Obi account. A statement by Obi’s Media Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem said “The fake Peter Obi Facebook account announced a non-existent “EMPOWERMENT SCHEME”, saying: “Nigeria’s federal government has sponsored all Nigerian top politicians to empower all Nigerian citizens with a minimum of # 400,000 to #1,000,000 to help them get good education and startup businesses. If you are a Nigerian citizen, do not ... more
  • 2 days Osun Gets New NYSC Coordinator ThisDay
    The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC,  in Osun State yesterday announced the replacement of the State Director, Mr. Emmanuel Attah with a new helmsman,  Mr. Ayodele Adewale Adegoke. This was contained in a press statement signed by the Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations of the Corps,  Mrs. F. Okundaye, and made available to journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. According to the statement, the change was as a result of recent general move by the organisation to reshuffle its workforce. It added that the former Coordinator,  Attah, had since been posted to NYSC Directorate Headquarters in Abuja. “Sequel ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria Society for the Blind ThisDay
    The management of Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind (FNSB) has said work was underway to ensure sustainability of the funding of the society and the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) through a commercialisation plan that involves broadening its income streams from the production and sales of arts and crafts and other ventures. Folasade Adefisayo, Chairman, Executive Council of FNSB stated this at the 61st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the society held recently in Lagos. According to Adefisayo, a committee was put in place towards achieving the new goal by preparing a business plan which would be presented to the ... more
  • 2 days Abubakar Ibrahim is Gombe Speaker ThisDay
    A new Speaker for the Gombe State House of Assembly has emerged following the election of Abubakar Ibrahim Sadiq (APC) from Yamaltu West State Constituency. The election which was presided over by the Clerk of the House, Shehu Mohammed Atiku, also witnessed the emergence of Shuaibu Adamu Haruna, Kwami East State Constituency, as Deputy Speaker. The Speaker and his Deputy who were elected unopposed by members of the House, were immediately declared by the Clerk and thereafter administered with the oath of their offices by the Clerk. The Speaker was nominated by Musa Buba, Balanga North and Seconded by Abdullahi ... more
  • 2 days Building Collapses from Heavy Rain ThisDay
    A two-storey building, still under construction, in the Marine Quarters area of Warri in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State yesterday collapsed amidst heavy rain. The collapse of the building resulted in a huge heap of rubbles but there was no casualty since the workers were trapped in their various homes because of the heavy rain. THISDAY observed that the incident which occurred at about 1:00 p.m. left impacts on two nearby buildings. An eyewitness confirmed that the labourers working on the building had suspended works as a result of the rains but thanked God that no life ... more
  • 2 days ABSU to Inaugurate Kalu Centre ThisDay
    The Ogbu Uke Kalu Centre for Christianity and African Culture will be inaugurated at Abia State University on June 20, 2019. In a statement made available by Edward Kalu, a planning committee member, said the late Ogbu Kalu was Nigeria’s preeminent scholar of Christianity. The Inauguration will also be marked by an international conference with speakers from different parts of the world. According to Kalu, the Keynote address would be delivered by Professor Toyin Falola, the distinguished scholar of humanities from the University of Texas at Austin. Other notable speakers are Professor Afe Adogame of Princeton Theological Seminary and Professor ... more
  • 2 days Afreximbank Receives African Bank of The Year Award ThisDay
    The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has received the award for the African Bank of the Year at the African Banker Awards 2019 ceremony held on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank. Afreximbank’s Executive Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Banking Amr Kamel, received the award on behalf of the Bank. The award to Afreximbank was one of two big ones that went to development finance institutions as President of Trade Development Bank, Admassu Tadesse was also named African Banker of the Year. The organisers, explaining the award to Afreximbank, said in the past 18 ... more
  • 2 days Health Ministry: Nigeria Requires 2m Units of Blood Per Annum ThisDay
    The Federal Ministry of Health ( FMoH) said on Friday that Nigeria required an estimated two million units of blood per annum to adequately meet the blood requirements of the populace. The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Abdullahi Mashi, said this in Abuja at a news conference to commemorate: “World Blood Donor Day” marked on June 14 with the theme: “Safe blood for all”. He said that less blood was currently being donated thereby leading to avoidable deaths, morbidity or ill health, particularly among the women folk, new-born and children, victims of road traffic accidents and insurgencies. Mashi specifically noted ... more
  • 2 days Budget Financing: DMO Lists Eurobonds on FMDQ Platform ThisDay
    The Debt Management Office (DMO) on Friday listed its first Eurobonds on FMDQ Securities Exchange platform to fund the budget deficit and other financing needs of the Federal Government. The listing comprises dual-tranche 2.50 billion dollars and triple-tranche 2.86 billion dollars Eurobonds. Speaking at the listing in Lagos, Ms Patience Oniha, DMO’s Director-General, said the bonds were raised to refinance the country’s domestic debt. Oniha said the proceeds of the Eurobonds would be used to fund the fiscal deficit as well as other financing needs of the country. She said the 2.50 billion dollars Eurobonds issued in February 2018 was ... more
  • 2 days Abubakar Sadiq Emerges Gombe Speaker ThisDay
    By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi A new Speaker for the Gombe State House of Assembly has emerged following the election of Abubakar Ibrahim Sadiq (APC) from Yamaltu West State Constituency. The election which was presided over by the Clerk of the House, Shehu Mohammed Atiku, also witnessed the emergence of Shuaibu Adamu Haruna from Kwami East State Constituency, as Deputy Speaker. The Speaker and his Deputy who were elected unopposed by members of the House, were immediately declared by the Clerk and thereafter administered with the oath of office by the Clerk. The Speaker was nominated by Musa Buba, Balanga ... more
  • 2 days Buhari Directs CBN to Blacklist Economic Saboteurs ThisDay
    *Oil palm producers get N30bn to boost local production By James Emejo in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to blacklist any firm, its owner and top management caught smuggling or dumping any of the 43 items which are not eligible for foreign exchange. CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this during a meeting with oil palm producers in Abuja. He said the presidential directive mandated the apex bank to provide support to firms and individuals that want to expand the production of 10 different commodities including rice, maize, cassava, tomatoes, cotton, oil palm, poultry, ... more
  • 2 days Supreme Court Sacks Niger Senator, Umaru ThisDay
    *Returns Musa as valid APC candidate By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Supreme Court on Friday nullified the nomination of Senator David Umaru as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 National Assembly election, and consequently ordered his removal as senator representing Niger East Senatorial District. The five man panel of justices in a Judgment delivered in a pre-election matter, accordingly declared Alhaji Mohammed Sani Musa as winner of the February 23 National Assembly election for the Niger-East Senatorial District of Niger State. Musa had approached the apex court to challenge the decision of the Court of ... more
  • 2 days 32 Swiss Investors Target Nigeria’s Oil, ICT Sectors ThisDay
    No fewer than 32 Swiss companies have indicated interest in the nation’s oil and gas sector, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported on Friday. Amb. Baba Madugu, Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, disclosed this to NAN on the sidelines of the African Day celebration held in Bern. Madugu also listed Information Communication Technology (ICT), agriculture and solid minerals sectors among the areas the investors were interested in. According to him, the development was a fall-out of the Swiss-Nigeria investment forum held in Zurich in 2018. The envoy, while speaking on the African Day celebration, noted that the annual event was ... more
  • 2 days Katsina Gov, Chief Judge, THISDAY Correspondent Bag Living Hero Award ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna in Katsina The Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari and the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar, have bagged the ‘Living Hero’ award for their leadership qualities and exemplary performances in governance. Other awardees are Alhaji Dahiru Mangal, Chairman, AFDIN Group of Companies; Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Lawal Buhari Daura; and the Katsina State Correspondent of THISDAY, Francis Sardauna, among others. Masari and Abubakar were rewarded at the state 2019 Living Hero Award, organised by Citizen’s Rights and Leadership Awareness Initiative in conjunction with Oduduwa Watch News Online, held on Thursday ... more
  • 2 days PCN Seals off 231 Illegal Medicine Shops in Nasarawa ThisDay
    By Igbawase Ukumba in Lafia The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off about 231 illegal medicine vendors’ shops in Nasarawa State during its field operation recently. The Director, Enforcement of PCN, Stephen Esumobi, disclosed this on Friday during a press conference in Lafia. He said that eight compliance directives were equally issued for various offences such as poor sanitary conditions, poor documentation and non-display of premises and pharmacists annual licences. According to him, “Few people were found to be unable to communicate in English, a situation that could result in a plethora of treatment misadventures with grave public ... more
  • 2 days Second Niger Bridge Gets Website ThisDay
    Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has launched a dedicated website, for the Second River Niger Bridge project. The objective of the website, according to the company, is to make project progress visible to the general public. Visitors to the site will have access to visually driven content mainly photos and videos reflecting the actual status of construction works along with key facts and regularly updated data relevant to project progress. The Second Niger Bridge is a federal government’s project that is being managed by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in collaboration with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. ... more
  • 2 days Oyetola Takes Osun’s Security Challenge to Buratai ThisDay
    Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola Thursday met with Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in a bid to upgrade the security situation in the state. During a visit on the military top brass at his office in Abuja, the governor requested Buratai to speed up action on his promise to allow his soldiers to be part of the joint security team to combat rising crime in the state. Osun is reputed for its status as the safest state in the country. The state government has decided to set up a joint security patrol team of policemen, soldiers, ... more
  • 2 days NIMASA Creates 7,000 Jobs in Maritime Sector ThisDay
    Says anti-piracy bill will aid maritime development Peter Uzoho The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that the Agency had already keyed into the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari by creating over 7,000 jobs in the last six months through the New Cabotage Compliance Strategy and is set to do more, as there are vast opportunities in the maritime sector. Dakuku stated this yesterday in Lagos while speaking with journalists on the activities of NIMASA. He said the agency had come up with strategies that had ensured a steady ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria’s Oil Revenue Hits N85tn in Five Years, Says Report ThisDay
    Nigeria earned about N85 trillion, or $236.2 billion from oil between 2014 and 2018, the 54th edition of Annual Statistical Bulletin by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has revealed. The figure puts Nigeria in sixth place and the highest oil revenue earner in Africa among the 14 OPEC member countries surveyed in the report. The highest revenue in the review period was N27.1 billion or $75.2 million recorded in 2014, followed by 2018, when N19.6 billion, about $54.5 million was earned. The country earned N14.8 billion, translating to $41.2 million, N9.8 billion or $27.3 million and N13.7 billion, ... more
  • 2 days Aisha Buhari Adopts First Lady Title ThisDay
    The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She said this would take effect immediately in order to also resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors. Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of governors of the 36 states. The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “When my husband was elected newly, I personally chose to be called the wife of the president. ... more
  • 2 days Homes, Shops, Markets Submerged by Flood in Aba ThisDay
    A heavy downpour on Wednesday night in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State, has left many homes, shops and markets submerged by flood. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that goods estimated at over N15 million were also destroyed by the flood. At Ahia Ohuru (New Market), over 25 shops on Lines 10, 16, 20, 43, 44 and 47 were all submerged. Mr Obinna Ogugua, a trader in the market, was said to have lost 32 bales of clothes, worth about N2.9 million. The more than six hours rain also flooded the Ahuronye, Nwaogu and Mathew streets on ... more
  • 2 days June 12: Fani-Kayode Berates Kingibe for Attacking Obasanjo ThisDay
    A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has exonerated former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election and berated a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe for alleging that Obasanjo knew about the annulment. “I have immense respect for Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and I congratulate and commend him for the great honor that was bestowed upon him and Chief MKO Abiola by the Buhari’s administration. “I also commend President Muhammadu Buhari for doing the right thing and not only making June 12 our authentic Democracy Day but also ... more
  • 3 days Idris Aregbe: Celebrating Values, Promoting Culture ThisDay
    For 11 years, Nigeria’s premiere beauty pageant, Sisi Oge, has empowered over 50, 000 models and 11 queens. The concept which recently rebranded as Culturati, is believed to be Africa’s largest cultural fiesta.  As the brand holds its 12th edition on June 30, the brain behind the initiative, Idris Aregbe, in this interview with MARY NNAH, reveals that the idea of rebranding was inspired by his love and passion for celebrating values that promote the African culture. Excerpts: What informed your decision to rebrand from Sisi Oge to Culturati? Culturati is a cultural festival inspired to showcase African culture.  As ... more
  • 3 days CCD Commends NASS for Gazetting the Disability Act ThisDay
    Expresses commitment to strengthening capacity of PWDs Mary Nnah The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has lauded the leadership of the National Assembly for Gazetting the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act. In a statement signed by CCD Executive Director, David O. Anyaele, he noted that with this gazetting, the Disability Act regime has been announced by the government as part of laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and could be sited at the court of law now. While acknowledging the fact that the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act was signed on January ... more
  • 3 days ORS Activation Campaign Train Berths in Sango-Ota ThisDay
    ..Launches three new products range Mary Nnah There was excitement among the tens of thousands of hairstylists in Ogun State Chapter of the National Association of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists (NASHCO) as ORS, Olive Oil hair brand campaign activation themed “Get Noticed, Get Confident” berthed in Sango-Ota, a commercial suburb of the state. The brand activation, which coincided with NASHCO election and inauguration of the new executive witnessed huge number in attendance that also have the opportunity to sample the ORS range of products. Speaking on the project, the Marketing Manager for ORS West Africa Adejoke Akindolie said that besides the ... more
  • 3 days ‘Our Husband has Gone Mad Again’ Storms Abuja ThisDay
    Yinka Olatunbosun Theatre buffs are in for a treat this week at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The production of Ola Rotimi’s classic comedy, Our husband Has Gone Mad Again has commenced since June 12 featuring A-List actors such as Patrick Diabuah, Omololu Shodiya, Ada Erojikwe and a host of others. The play which holds at the Merit House, Maitama, Abuja runs till Sunday June 16 with two shows per day. Produced and directed by Agozie Ugwu, the production is set to change the cultural landscape in Abuja. While theatre is a cultural staple in Lagos, Abuja is fast ... more
  • 3 days Two Giant Murals for Psychiatric Hospital ThisDay
    Yinka Olatunbosun writes on the art initiative at the Drug Ward Unit of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos to mark the end of the mental health awareness month Mental health is a serious subject in our contemporary society. That is why the month of May is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health across the globe. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that four per cent of Nigerians suffer from depression. Recently too, there has been an increase in the reported cases of suicide nationwide. According to WHO-AIMS report in 2006, there were just 11 mental health professionals per ... more
  • 3 days Book Reading Tour with Moremi Ajasoro Beauty Queen ThisDay
    Yinka Olatunbosun Her height was stunning. She walked into the room with her crown and a staff, with such commanding presence. The young beauty Queen, Tolu Adedamola Oreoluwa is the current Queen Moremi Ajasoro for the 2018/2019 edition of the pageant. Recently, she embarked a tour of cities nationwide with book reading and music to encourage reading culture amongst Nigerian youths. The undergraduate of the Department of English Language, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife spoke briefly with journalists in Victoria Island, Lagos before travelling to Enugu for one of her scheduled book reading sessions. The pageant which is in its ... more
  • 3 days GOtv Announces Fascinating Programme Line-up for June ThisDay
    Mary Nnah GOtv subscribers will revel this month of June as the country’s leading terrestrial pay television operator as announced a well-prepared bouquet of new programme series for their viewing pleasure. All through the month, GOtv subscribers will have access to the freshest of telenovelas, movies, kiddies, documentaries and general entertainment programmes. Lovers of soap operas will be enthralled by the intrigues of My Golden Home. Grandmother devises a master plan to get Lata kicked out of the house. Abha and Karan attend the honorary celebration for Jagmohan. Abha and Viren resolve matters and Karan seems pleased. Mishti receives good ... more
  • 3 days Unravelling Allegations of Herdsmen Attack on CAC Members ThisDay
    Following a viral message on social media that some suspected herdsmen had attacked the convoy of members of the Abule Egba branch of Christ Apostolic Church, Sunday Ehigator went on a fact-finding mission “Dateline Saturday June 1, 2019. Fifteen members of CAC Agbala Itura, Ile-EPO, Oke-Odo, Lagos were returning from a funeral outing in Ekiti. They were in their church bus, a Toyota Hiace and were hoping for a safe trip to Lagos. On reaching Ife-Ijesha Expressway in Osun State, they saw terrorists on the expressway armed to the teeth. The driver of the bus made a dash for it ... more
  • 3 days Three Babies Win N3M in Photo Contest ThisDay
    Rebecca Ejifoma It was an artistically memorable event recently at the D’Podium Ultra Event Centre in Ogba Lagos when the Royal Baby Award (RBA) Series premiered and awarded three babies millions of naira in celebration of children in the country. Three babies were crowned first, second and third of the over 1,000 babies that enrolled for the contest. The winner was awarded with N1.5 million cash prize, the first runner up –N1million cash prize, and the second runner up got N500,000. The Royal Baby Awards is a photo competition for infants aged zero to three. It is designed to celebrate ... more
  • 3 days Chemstar CEO hosts Annual Merit Award ThisDay
    Adedayo Adejobi The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Chemstar Groups Limited, manufacturer of Finecoat and Shield Paints products, Mr. Aderemi Awode, has bemoaned what he described as challenging business environment in the country, especially as it affects paints industry. This was as he noted that the last three or four years had been challenging in doing business in the country due to the unhealthy business environment for which paints manufacturers operate. Awode, however, attributed this to low disposable income in the economy, the poor road infrastructure across the country and harsh business environment, which according to him, ... more
  • 3 days Rewarding Customer Loyalty ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo writes on First Bank of Nigeria Limited’s reward scheme which is also aimed at promoting financial inclusion Driving financial literacy is one of the core mandates of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with support of commercial banks. Under the CBN’s revised National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS), the strategy is designed to ensure that 80 percent of adults have access to financial services by 2020. The CBN stated that the major goal of the revised strategy is to reduce the proportion of adult Nigerians that are financially excluded to 20 percent in year 2020 from its baseline ... more
  • 3 days Advancing Technology in Aircraft Manufacturing ThisDay
    Despite the anxiety caused by the technological innovation that led to the accidents involving Boeing B737 MAX8, major aircraft manufacturing company, Airbus, said technology advancement in aircraft manufacturing is inevitable. But aircraft must be made safer, writes Chinedu Eze During a recent interaction with the CEO of Airbus, Guillaume Faury, THISDAY sought to know if the company will slow down in developing new technology in aircraft manufacturing, considering that the introduction of Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) in Boeing’s B737 MAX 8 led to two tragic accidents that involved the death of 346 persons. But Faury pointed out that ... more
  • 3 days Boeing’s Deliveries Drops ThisDay
    Boeing delivered 30 commercial aircraft in May, down from 68 in the same month last year, as the grounding of the 737 MAX series continues to weigh, Airwise has reported. Of the 30, six were for the US military and five were freighters, leaving just 19 passenger aircraft handed over to customers in May. In comparison, February, the last full month of 737 MAX deliveries before they were suspended, saw 26 of the type delivered out of a total of 49. Four of the total were destined for the military and three were freighters. Boeing continues to produce 737 MAX ... more
  • 3 days NPA’s Improved Revenue Generation ThisDay
    Eromosele Abiodun examines the improved revenue generation and inflows into national treasury recorded by the Nigerian Ports Authority despite government policies discouraging importation In her maiden press briefing as the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), in July 2016, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, had promised that the new management would strive for enhanced operational efficiency for improved revenue generation and inflows into national treasury. The ports, she stated, are the critical arteries of the economy and it is their duty to ensure that the operators deliver ports services in line with the standards deserved in the 21st century. She said ... more
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