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  • 2 months Oshiomhole is Mastermind of Buhari’s 3rd Term, Alleges PDP ThisDay
    Chuks Okocha in Abuja The war of words between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the third term continued as the PDP has accused the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole of masterminding the APC third term discourse in the public space. The national chairman of APC had earlier accused the PDP of being the brain behind third term as it was President Olusegun Obasanjo elected on the platform of PDP that attempted a failed third term agenda. Answering questions from State House reporters after leading members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of ... more
  • 2 months Fintiri Worries about Rising Boko Haram Attacks in Adamawa ThisDay
    Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has condemned what he described as the rising spate of Boko Haram attacks in the state. The terrorists had last Thursday night launched an attack on Michika town before they were repelled by the military. In a statement by his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, Fintiri said, “We condemn in strong terms the resurgence of terrorist activities, more especially the attempted attack on some communities in Michika and Madagali which occurred on Thursday. “We commend the gallantry exhibited by the military in collaboration with local hunters and vigilante groups who were able to repel the ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria can Generate more from Traditional Medicine than Oil ThisDay
    Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo The Vice-chairman of Traditional Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (TMPN) for the South-west zone, Prince Sakariyat Oyedeji Mabro, has declared that the prospects of traditional medicines in terms of revenue generation was more than oil if properly harnessed. He argued that countries like India and China strengthened their Gross National Product (GNP) and term of trade through heavy investment in herbal medicine. Mabro, in an exclusive interview with THISDAY explained that the comparative cost advantage of Nigeria in the traditional medical sub-sector was far more than that of India and China, adding that total concentration on oil ... more
  • 2 months The Year Of Return: Ghana’s ‘Coup’ Against The Rest of Africa? ThisDay
      “I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me” – Kwame Nkrumah I spent quite a bit of my childhood in Ghana – many Christmases, birthdays, family holidays and the like. Ghana was a peaceful place, an escape, a home away from home. But Ghana back then was very different from the Ghana we know today. I remember one year, when my family drove from Lagos all the way to Accra. It was a 21-hour journey (we ran into some trouble along the way), but it seemed like we had just ... more
  • 2 months AFN Hails Sports Minister Over Move to Pay Athletes Outstanding Allowances ThisDay
    The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, has hailed Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare for his intervention regarding payments of allowances to athletes that represented Nigeria in international and continental competitions in the last three years. Athletes and officials have either been short paid, underpaid or not paid at all by the suspended president of the AFN, and Sports Minister Dare tweeted on Friday that he was going to effect these payments once they are verified. Acting president of the AFN, Olamide George says the federation is grateful to the Sports Minister for trying to wipe the tears ... more
  • 2 months Etebo Blow for Hearts after Midfielder Joins Getafe ThisDay
    Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo will be joining La Liga club Getafe in the January transfer window after Stoke City and Getafe reached a club-to-club agreement over the loan of the central midfielder. Subject to a medical, Etebo will spend the remainder of the 2019-2020 campaign on loan at Getafe. The future of the former Warri Wolves star has been the subject of speculation in the British press due to a lack of first team opportunities at the Potters despite his return to full fitness after suffering an injury. He has not featured for his Championship club since October 22, 2019 ... more
  • 2 months Ambrose Set for Scotland Return ThisDay
    Efe Ambrose looks to be heading back to Scotland but there will be no Neil Lennon hat-trick for the Nigerian defender. The versatile defender, 31, has been signed twice by the Celtic boss, but his destination on this occasion is more likely to be Livingston. Ambrose originally joined the Hoops from Israeli side Ashdod in the summer of 2012 when Lennon agreed a £1million fee, but rarely figured when Brendan Rodgers took over in June 2016. Lennon took him to Hibs on loan in 2017 and the international star agreed a two-year contract at the end of the campaign after ... more
  • 2 months GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwarieme Eyes World Title after Victory over Baracamonte ThisDay
    New World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental heavyweight title champion, Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwarieme, has declared his readiness to win the boxing body’s world heavyweight title soon. Ehwariemi won the WBF Intercontinental title after defeating Argentina’s Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte at GOtv Boxing Night 20, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, last Saturday. The Nigerian boxer said he is delighted at winning the Intercontinental heavyweight belt, but said his attention has now shifted to winning the vacant WBF world title. “It was great to win the title at home; it was very special. However, I now have to concentrate on winning the WBF ... more
  • 2 months Charles Okpaleke: My Privileged Background Afforded Me Opportunity to Learn Values of Charity ThisDay
    “Living in Bondage” was one of the big movies that heralded Nollywood. It’s amazing that decades down the line, we are still talking about it. An industry where a large number of investors are more into the financial returns than the craft, it’s quite commendable to have some financiers shaping the industry positively in terms of quality content and good remuneration for talents. Entrepreneur and CEO of PlayNetwork Africa, Charles Okpaleke decided to invest in Nollywood with his recently released sequel, “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free”. The much talked-about flick has not only met everyone’s expectations but also has, ... more
  • 2 months A Good Time with Davido ThisDay
    Ferdinand Ekechukwu “A Good Time with Davido” which held in Lagos on December 28, 2019 was totally lit. Put in another words, the event ‘Good Time with Davido’ was splendid, and this splendor was complemented by the array of stars that performed alongside David Adeleke aka Davido at the show, as he contributed his quota to the “Detty December” theme at Eko Atlantic City. The likes of Zlatan, Mayorkun, Lil Frosh, Peruzzi, B-Red, and his personal DJ, E-Cool commenced performances at the show. Dressed in all black ensemble – a shiny jacket and a cap, the superstar came on stage ... more
  • 2 months MTN Launches MusicTime,  Promotes African Melody Industry ThisDay
    It is an honour for MTN Nigeria to share in the passion for music through the MusicTime! platform. Over the years, the brand has left indelible footprints in the African music industry through its sponsorship of the 6th AFRIMA, the recent launch of MusicTime!, a fascinating music streaming service which allows users to have the best listening experience of local and international music, writes Ferdinand Ekechukwu African music has always been appealing to western observers and investors. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Fela Kuti was a good export of Nigerian music. Two decades later, Wizkid’s ... more
  • 2 months Ibrahimovic Says He Didn’t Rejoin AC Milan ‘to be a Mascot’ ThisDay
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he “never lost his passion” for AC Milan and did not rejoin to the club “to be a Rossoneri mascot”. The 38-year-old has signed a six-month deal with the Serie A side, with the option for another season. The former Sweden and Manchester United striker scored 42 goals in 61 league games in his previous stint at the club from 2010 to 2012. “I know what I have to do. Zlatan is still here,” he said on Friday. Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent after leaving Major League Soccer side LA Galaxyin November, said he received “more ... more
  • 2 months Is Removal Of Vehicle Number Plate Legal? ThisDay
    Road Safety Article Daily, I receive calls, text messages and emails from motorists seeking clarification on the position of the law with respect to the indiscriminate removal of vehicle number plates by law enforcement agents. I will refrain from reprinting the comments of some of these callers who often express disgust over these actions described by some as annoying. I recall vividly the most recent call from an old friend who could not hold back his frustration while narrating his experience to me. According to Yinka Jazman(not real name), he said he was driving along the Lagos Ibadan when he ... more
  • 2 months US Justifies Killing of Iranian Commander, Says Drone Strike Disrupted ‘Imminent Attack’ ThisDay
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the that the U.S. air strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of its growing military influence in the Middle East aimed to disrupt an “imminent attack” that would have endangered Americans in the Middle East. However, Democratic critics said the Republican president had raised the risk of more violence in a dangerous region. Pompeo, in interviews on Fox News and CNN, declined to discuss many details of the alleged threat but said it was “an intelligence based assessment” that drove the decision to target ... more
  • 2 months Trading Sustains Upward Trend on NSE, Market Capitalisation Crosses N13trn Mark ThisDay
    The market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday sustained a positive trend, crossing to N13 trillion mark on the second trading day of 2020. Specifically, the market capitalisation rose by N49 billion to close at N13. 019 trillion against N12. 970 trillion on Thursday. Similarly, the NSE All Share index inched 101 points or 0.37 per cent to close at 26,968.79 from 26,867.79 on Thursday. A breakdown of the price movement chart indicates that Guaranty Trust Bank led the gainers’ table, gaining 90k to close at N30.10 per share. Okomu Oil Palm also appreciated by 90k to ... more
  • 2 months FG Begins Demolition of Illegal Structures Under Lagos Bridges ThisDay
    The Federal Government on Friday began demolition of illegal fences under some bridges in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. A NAN correspondent who monitored the exercise reports that the demolition exercise began with a fence of about 250 metres built under the descent of the Apongbon Bridge on the CMS-bound carriageway on Lagos Island. The fence which was still under construction had been raised by seven to eight coaches on various sections. Some officials wearing the tags of “Toll Royalty Car Park Technologies“ came out to challenge the process but were told by the engineer ... more
  • 2 months Agege Pen Cinema Flyover Ready by July, Says Lagos Govt ThisDay
    The Lagos State Government has assured residents and motorists that the Agege Pen Cinema Flyover bridge will be completed by the beginning of July. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gave the assurance while inspecting the work done so far on the bridge on Friday in Agege. Sanwo-Olu said the bridge had reached 70 per cent completion, and the most difficult part of the construction had been done. ”We are pushing the contractor, we have also been able to drive a lot of commitment from them. So, let us use the dry season to see how we complete this bridge very ... more
  • 2 months Abiodun Appoints Transition Committees for Ogun LGs ThisDay
    Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, on Friday, appointed members of transition committees for the 20 local government councils in the state. Mr Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, announced this in a statement issued in Abeokuta, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The statement noted that the former council chairmen completed their tenures in October 2019, adding that “the new committees will be in place until the Ogun Electoral Commission (OGSEIC) conducts polls to elect new council chairmen”. NAN reports that Heads of Local Government Association (HOLGA) have, since ... more
  • 2 months UN Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Escalation After Iraq Strike ThisDay
    The United Nations’ chief is deeply concerned with the recent escalation of tensions in the Gulf after a U.S. strike killed a powerful Iranian general in Baghdad. According to a UN spokesperson, Antonio Guterres has consistently advocated de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf. “This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. “The world cannot afford another war in the region,’’ the statement said. The attack also killed top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani. It followed a sharp increase in long running U.S.-Iranian hostilities recently when pro-Iranian militiamen attacked the U.S. embassy in ... more
  • 2 months Three Herdsmen Nabbed for Alleged Robbery in Ekiti ThisDay
    Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti Three herdsmen were on Friday arrested in Ekiti State for allegedly barricading the highway and robbing commuters of their possession. Those arrested were: Usman Ibrahim, Ali Salisu and Sidikia Manbagri. The bandits were alleged to have mounted a roadblock along Usho Road in Ise Ekiti, in Ise/Orun Council area of Ekiti State and robbed motorists with guns and other dangerous weapons. It was reliably gathered from residents of the town that five suspected herders started the highway raid at about 10am, where they terrorized the people and dispossessed them of their monies and other ... more
  • 2 months Six Entertainment Trends For 2020 ThisDay
    Vanessa Obioha profiles six trends that will rule the entertainment sector this 2020   Online Event Ticketing Surge: The event industry in Nigerian has been on a steady rise in the past few years. In 2017, a report pegged the value of the industry at $20 billion. With that figure, investors are foraying into the sector as the desire for colourful and glamorous events increase. The past yuletide season witnessed an overwhelming number of events. From musical concerts to corporate events, all of these signals the pending explosion of the industry. A key area of the industry that is gradually becoming ... more
  • 2 months Olubunmi Talabi Promotes Hand Washing Culture with New Book ThisDay
    Mary Nnah Children’s book author and founding publisher of Clever Clogs Books, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi recently launched latest book, “Why Do You Wash Your Hands?” The book is targeted at promoting the importance of hand washing amongst children, parents, teachers and families. According to the UNICEF, hand washing with soap has been cited as one of the most cost effective interventions to prevent communicable diseases. For Talabi, this is a major reason why the book was written. “Why Do You Wash Your Hands? deploys a fun and pictorial style to help children and their parents understand the importance of regular ... more
  • 2 months Samuel Ortom as Defender of Benue Valley ThisDay
    Paul Mumeh extols the resilience of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in the face of daunting challenges In the build-up to the 2015 governorship election in Benue State, incumbent Governor Samuel Ortom was arguably the favorite of majority of the people. He was in the forefront of all the aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but for a twist of history which denied him the ‘famous’ ticket of the ruling party then. Convinced that his popularity could take him to the zenith of his ambition, Samuel Ortom took a plunge into the little known but ambitious All Progressives ... more
  • 2 months Crisis and Criticism Fatigue Syndrome ThisDay
    Upon ascension to the throne of Israel and in succession to the reign of his father (Solomon), King Rehoboam sought the counsel of two groups of his subjects (the elders and the youths) on how to respond to the plea of Israelites requesting him to ‘lighten the yoke your father put on us’. The elders gave the counsel that: “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants”.Thereafter, he called on the youths to offer him the benefit of their thoughts and they responded ... more
  • 2 months The Vindictive Politics of Governor Abdulrasaq ThisDay
    Abdulateef Oniyangi contends that the decision of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State to fight perceived enemies may lead to anarchy in the state The Kwara state government, had in a statement, last week Friday, claimed that a parcel of land previously owned by the late former strongman of Kwara politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki was originally meant for a government secretariat and parking space of the Civil Service Clinic but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm, Asa Investments Limited, without any record of payment to the state government. The statement, which was signed by Rafiu Ajakaiye, the Chief Press ... more
  • 2 months Labour and Employment in the First Year of the Next Level ThisDay
    William Nwankwo Alo chronicles the achievements of the Federal Government in the labour and employment sector Few steps recently taken by President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed once more, the unwavering commitment of his administration to the welfare of the Nigerian workers. First is the signing into law of the new National Minimum Wage bill on April 19, 2019 and the commencement of payment to workers on Grade Levels 1-6 in August, three months after. Another is the successful negotiation of the Consequential Adjustment of the Minimum Wage and the swift directive of the Federal Executive Council that the payment of the ... more
  • 2 months For Ibidunni Ighodalo, Another Charity Expedition to Oniru ThisDay
    Nseobong Okon-Ekong writes that the recent annual Baby’s Day Out of the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation provided a fantastic time filled with different games, dancing, gifts and medical treatment for scores of children and their mothers at the Oniru Field in Lagos At the sixth edition of Baby’s Day Out, the annual charity organised by the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF) to make Christmas more rewarding and meaningful for children, particularly those under two years, their mothers and pregnant women, volunteers and staff of the organisation demonstrated increasing mastery at what they do. As the children filed into the Santa Claus grotto ... more
  • 2 months THURSDAY 2ND JANUARY 2020 ThisDay
    The post THURSDAY 2ND JANUARY 2020 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 2 months Vetiva Rebalances Exchange Traded Funds in Line with NSE’s Review ThisDay
    Goddy Egene Vetiva Fund Managers Limited has rebalanced its exchange traded funds(ETFs) suite in line with the bi-annual review of the relevant indices by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). While the weights of the security components of the NSE Banking Index and NSE Consumer Goods Index were adjusted with no changes to the individual securities, there were changes in the NSE 30 Index and NSE Industrial Index rebalancing. The NSE Index 30 saw the entry of Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc, FCMB Group Plc and MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, and the exit of Forte Oil Plc, Oando Plc and ... more
  • 2 months Time to Insist on True Federalism ThisDay
    Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko argues that there is an urgent need to devolve powers to the regions by reverting to the 1963 constitution This New Year 2020, provides a wonderful opportunity for the leadership and political elite of Nigeria, to rise up and do the needful: urgently begin the process of reconstructing the polity in order to whittle down excess power from the centre and devolve same to the federating units via a new people’s constitution. A bipartisan, respectable committee of eminent and patriotic leaders should be raised now, to begin the process of a holistic restructuring of the polity. We have ... more
  • 2 months LMC Boss, Dikko, Speaks on Challenges, Expectations for the NPFL ThisDay
    Duro Ikhazuagbe Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, has revealed that the target of the Nigerian top-fight professional league managers in year 2020 is to consolidate on the progress being made despite the challenges confronting it. In an Exclusive interview with THISDAY on New Year’s day, Dikko insisted that LMC’s comprehensive transaction with Next TV remains paramount amongst plans to uplift the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) in 2020. “Our objective is to consolidate on the progress being made in spite of all the challenges and to ensure the continuous commercialization of the league in line with ... more
  • 2 months Aruna Quadri Begins 2020 as 18th World Best Player ThisDay
    Nigeria’s top table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, has started the New Year as the 18th best player in the world following the ranking for January 2020 released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) yesterday. Quadri ended 2019 as 20th best player globally. In the new rating, Quadri moved up two steps to remain the undisputed best ranked African player. It is his career’s highest ranking to date. An excited Quadri said the ranking means more hard work for him in the New Year. “I am happy starting this year with this ranking. This also means I need to continue ... more
  • 2 months First Bank Reiterates Commitment to Economic Devt ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo First Bank of Nigeria Limited has reiterated its committed to economic development through youth empowerment programmes aimed at deepening the knowledge of the next generation of Nigerians on financial independence and wealth creation. Speaking at the bank’s Youth Empowerment Series 3.0 programme held in Lagos with the theme: ‘Let’s Talk,’ the Chairman, First Bank Limited, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, said the youth empowerment series was designed to sensitise the youth on the importance of financial discipline, savings and investment. “FirstBank is committed to nation building and any institution that is committed to nation building cannot avoid investing in ... more
  • 2 months Oshiomhole Mocks PDP, Says President Elected on Its Platform Emptied Treasury to Pursue Third Term ThisDay
     Insists Buhari’s persistent reassurance against tenure elongation strategic Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, Thursday in Abuja dismissed condemnations of President Muhammadu Buhari’s repeated denials of third term agenda, saying it was necessary because a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president once emptied the treasury to pursue third term. Answering questions from State House reporters after leading members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on a new year visit to the president, Oshiomhole said contrary to the criticism of Buhari’s new year message which reassured Nigerians that ... more
  • 2 months 2023: PDP BoT Chair Alleges Threat to His Life over Zoning ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin, has raised the alarm over threat to his life. Addressing journalists on Thursday in Kaduna, Jibrin said he had received calls from some people threatening his life for not saying that the PDP’s Presidential ticket be zoned to the north east when he addressed the media last week. He said he had petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over the issue. Jibrin said: “I have received call from some people threatening my life over my coming out not ... more
  • 2 months PDP Condemns Demolition of Saraki’s House  ThisDay
    By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin The Kwara state chapter of Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP)  has condemned Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for demolishing Ile-Arugbo belonging to late Olusola Saraki, father of former Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Officials of the State government in the wee hours of Thursday pulled down the structure located on Ilofa road, Ilorin shortly after armed security operatives deployed in the area had dispersed scores of sympathisers and supporters of the Saraki political family who had kept vigil at the site. The party in a statement issued by its State Chairman, Hon. ... more
  • 2 months Rumours of Attack on Kaduna -Abuja Train Baseless, Say Police ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna The spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, Mr. Yakubu Sabo, has denied reports of an attack on the Kaduna – Abuja train by gunmen on Thursday, saying it was a baseless rumour. There were rumours that gunmen opened fire on the train which was heading for Abuja near Katari village. However, reacting to the incident in an interview, Sabo who said only the Nigerian Railway Corporation can make an official statement explained his findings shows that nothing like that happened. “Honestly, I have tried to verify from the Railway command (of ... more
  • 2 months Council Accredits Courses at Bauchi College of Nursing ThisDay
    From Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has granted full accreditation of courses at the Bauchi State College of Nursing and Midwifery. The courses are, Nursing, Midwifery and Community Midwifery with 100 percent, 75 percent and 45 percent indexing capacities. The Provost of the College, Hajiya Rakiya Saleh, who intimated Governor Bala Mohammed on the development during a courtesy visit, said the attainment of full accreditation with 100 percent indexing capacity by the college implies increased number of students to be indexed by the council. She said the development will reduce financial burden on the ... more
  • 2 months NSE Index Resumes 2020 with 0.10% Growth amid MTNN Gain ThisDay
    The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) resumed trading for 2020 on a positive trend with the benchmark index appreciating by 0.10 per cent following investors’ interest in MTN Nigeria stock. Specifically, the All-Share Index, which opened trading for the year on Thursday at 26,842.07, rose by 25.72 points or 0.10 per cent to close at 26,867.78. Also, the market capitalisation inched N12 billion or 0.10 per cent to close higher at N12.970 trillion against N12.958 trillion on Tuesday. Market sentiment, as measured by market breadth, was positive with 21 gainers compared with 13 losers. MTN Nigeria Communications led the gainers’ table ... more
  • 2 months IYC Shutdown of Power Station Enters Day 10 in Bayelsa ThisDay
    Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa The people of Bayelsa State celebrated the Christmas and New Year festivities in darkness as the power outage occasioned by the altercation between Ijaw youths and the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), which resulted in the outage, entered its 10th day on Thursday. The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) had after almost a year of unbearable erratic power supply in the state besieged the offices of the PHEDC, forcing the staff to ground operations or improve on their services. The youths have since occupied the premises to protest the poor power supply to residents after ... more
  • 2 months Youth Leaders Score SARS High for Routing Criminals in Abia ThisDay
    Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia Following the noticeable drop in criminal activities in Abia State, the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) has been commended for its efforts in checkmating the criminal elements across the state. The commendation was made by youth leaders under the aegis of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) in a statement in Umuahia, noting that SARS has continued to record notable successes in fighting crime in Abia State. In the statement signed by Goodluck Ibem and Canice Igwe, president general and secretary general respectively, the group insisted that the people of Abia have every reason to ... more
  • 2 months Election: Akeredolu Warns Civil Servants against Wearing Party Shirts ThisDay
    James Sowole in Akure The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged civil servants to leave politics for politicians, warning them not to wear campaign T-shirts of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forthcoming governorship election. Akeredolu gave the warning during special prayers to mark the first working day in the new year held at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital Thursday. While expressing his readiness to render more services to the people of the state, Akeredolu thanked God for preserving the people’s lives. He said: ”I don’t want any civil servant to wear endorsement ... more
  • 2 months FG Promises to Re-open Enugu Airport before Easter ThisDay
    By Chinedu Eze The federal government has given the assurance that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu will be reopened before Easter. The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, gave the assurance in Enugu Thursday after the inspection of the ongoing reconstruction of the runway of the airport. The Enugu airport was closed to flight operations in August, last year, due to severe damage of the runway described as a death trap. The minister, who was accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the House Committee Chairman on Aviation, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, and the Managing Director ... more
  • 2 months Lagos will Focus on Water, Rail Transportation in 2020, Says Sanwo-Olu ThisDay
    By Segun James The Lagos State Government will be pursuing audacious development programmes focused on water and rail transportation in 2020, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has revealed. The governor in a New Year broadcast to unveil his administration’s direction and policy programmes in 2020 disclosed that the government would be prioritising investment in critical infrastructure with new vigour. According to him, the state government is prepared to shift the burden of transportation away from roads alone, and with a renewed focus on waterways and rail transportation in the current year. He said this is to disperse traffic on the roads and ... more
  • 2 months Anti-grazing Law: Fulani Herders Drag Oyo Govt to Court ThisDay
    By Kemi Olaitan The controversy over the anti-grazing law recently passed into law by the Oyo State House of Assembly has assumed a new dimension as Fulani herders in the state have filed a suit against the state government and the House of Assembly, saying it is a gross violation of their fundamental rights. The herders under the aegis of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria also joined the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the suit against the law aimed at checking persistent farmers-herders clash in the state. The idea to pass the bill was mooted ... more
  • 2 months Police Rescue Six Kidnapped Girls in Katsina ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna Policemen in Katsina State have rescued six girls abducted by bandits in Mata-Mulki village of Batsari Local Government Area of the state. The victims, who regained their freedom on Wednesday, were said to have been kidnapped while working on their farmlands in the village on Tuesday at about 10: 23pm. The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the rescue of the victims in a statement on Thursday, said they were rescued by men of Operation Puff Adder after a gun duel with the hoodlums. He said: “On 01/01/2020 at about 12:30hrs, a distress ... more
  • 2 months Borno Gov Donates Cash, Food Items to 16,000 Displaced Persons ThisDay
    Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara was in Gwoza for three days, in continuation of the supervision of food distribution to 16,000 indigent citizens of the state. The governor, during his visit to Gwoza, which was the former caliphate of Boko Haram in Southern part of the state, inaugurated projects and supervised the distribution to over 16,000 displaced and vulnerable persons, 55,000 bags and cartons of food items. Gwoza, which is located between parts of the Sambisa Forest and Mandara Mountains, fell to Boko Haram in 2014 and was for many years the headquarters of the ... more
  • 2 months Air Strikes Kill Insurgents in North-east ThisDay
    Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja Fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) wednesday bombed camps of the terrorists in Abullam in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State, killing many insurgents. NAF Headquarters said the bombing campaign was carried out by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole. It said the air interdiction marked the commencement of Operation Rattle Snake 2 aimed at taking out some identified insurgent camps and logistics facilities in order to further unhinge the terrorists’ centre of gravity and diminish their fighting capability. “Abullam was selected for attack on day one of the operation based ... more
  • 2 months Kwara Demolishes Saraki’s House in Ilorin ThisDay
    Hammed Shittu in Ilorin The Kwara State government has finally demolished the land belonging to the Second Republic Senate Leader, the late Dr Olusola Saraki, located along Ilofa road, GRA, Ilorin. The demolition, according to THISDAY checks, was effected early Thursday morning by the officials of the state government. It was further learnt that the demolition of the house by the government was to avoid any court injunction that might prevent the government from taking any action since the Saraki family had instituted a court action on the property. The scion of the Saraki family and former President of the ... more
  • 2 months House Deputy Minority Leader Tasks FG on Funding of Roads ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale ín Abuja The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, has called on the federal government to change its approach in the funding of construction of roads. He added that experience over the years had shown that the funding needs of the roads could not be met through the annual budgetary provisions. Okechukwu in a statement issued yesterday expressed serious concern over Nigeria’s poor road infrastructure, while also calling on the presidency to support National Assembly’s effort to provide lasting solutions to the challenge in the New Year. “The ugly state of Nigerian roads ... more
  • 2 months 20 Nigerians Who Will Shape Nigeria’s Policy and Politics in 2020 ThisDay
    Yemi Ajayi, Davidson Iriekpen, Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Obinna Chima Given the zero some nature of politics in Nigeria, opinions are divided on the nation’s political and economic performance last year. However, many Nigerians believe that despite the challenges, including large-scale insecurity and sluggish economic growth, this year offers an opportunity for the nation’s leaders to raise hope by recommitting to tackling the ranging challenges inhibiting the country from achieving its great potential. According to analysts THISDAY spoke to at the tail end of last year, what this year holds in stock for Nigerians would depend on what its political and ... more
  • 2 months NOTAP: Local Vendor Policy Implementation Will Block Financial Loopholes ThisDay
    By Emma Okonji The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has explained that the introduction of local vendor policy in the licensing of foreign software in Nigeria will continue to block financial leakages in the country’s software industry, while saving huge sums of money for the federal government and the local information technology (IT) vendors. Director General of NOTAP, Dr. Dan-Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim, who gave the explanation during his welcome reception organised by the National Software Think Tank (NSOFT) in Lagos recently, said there had been stiff opposition to the implementation of the policy. But, he insisted that ... more
  • 2 months Lagos Begins Space Mapping with Drones in Q1 ThisDay
    By Emma Okonji The Lagos State government said it has concluded arrangements to begin mapping the entire landscape of the state through its Geographic Information System (GIS) project in the first quarter of this year. Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Innovation and Technology, Mr. Tubosun Alake, who made the disclosure in Lagos during an interview, said although Lagos had earlier been mapped, he explained that the new mapping would help the state get a more detailed topography and physical state of Lagos for better administration. According to him, the state had already trained drone pilots ... more
  • 2 months Report: Economic Diversification to Shield African Economies ThisDay
    Emma Okonji with agency report As concerns of a possible global recession gathers strength, most African economies may be unaffected owing to the strength of economic diversity in some regions. This was stated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), in its latest report, titled “Economic Update: Africa Q4 2019.” The professional accountancy body provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa. The region in Africa was estimated to have experienced the most rapid real GDP growth of 6.3 per cent in 2019 and was forecast to continue doing so over the next two ... more
  • 2 months Cellulant to Deploy Technology for Waste Management ThisDay
    Cellulant Corporation has affirmed its commitment to eliminate inefficiency and waste in Nigeria and Africa’s agric value chain with its improved payment and market place solutions, Tingg and Agrikore. While Tingg is a payment solution accessible to everyone, Agrikore is an innovative platform built on blockchain technology that has simplified and connected all players in the agriculture sector. The Co-Chief Executive Officer of the agritech company, Ken Njoroge, reiterated its commitment at the Cellulant’s inaugural partners’ summit themed ‘Technology For Transformation: Connecting Everyone to Nigeria’s $50 billion Agribusiness Opportunity and Creating Jobs For Africa’s Youths, which held in Lagos recently. ... more
  • 2 months Expert Seeks Increased Use of Technology ThisDay
    A university don, Prof. Sulaiman Adeniyi Adekola has called for the use of science and technology to solve some of the myriad of challenges plaguing the country, for the benefit of the citizenry. Adekola, a chartered electrical engineer said the use of technology could go a long way in addressing the root cause of challenges confronting Nigeria and Nigerians in the various sectors of the economy. The professor stated this in Lagos, during the 20th post-graduation anniversary of the University of Lagos engineering set (ULESSET) of 1999, in a paper titled: “Ubiquitous 5G Wireless Revolution: Matters Arising”. While outlining the ... more
  • 2 months ‘SMEs Need Technology Support for Growth’ ThisDay
    The General Manager, Cisco Nigeria and West African Countries, Mr. Olakunle Oloruntimehin and Small Business Manager, Cisco West Africa, Lela Omo-Ikirodah, in this interview spoke about the readiness of Cisco to drive small businesses to profitability and sustainability, using the right technology solutions. Emma Okonji presents the excerpts: What is your view about the change in nomenclature from Ministry of Communications to Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy? Having the digital economy as part of the Ministry of Communications is a welcome development and Cisco will continue to walk with the ministry, including agencies like the National Information Technology Development ... more
  • 2 months Smile Introduces Innovative Products ThisDay
    By Emma Okonji Smile Communications, Nigeria’s broadband service provider, has introduced an innovative Voice and SMS Only product, dubbed eSIMVoice. Early adopters, industry watchers and technology enthusiasts have hailed the latest product as “the future of seamless access”. Smile disclosed that the eSIMVoice would come as a free downloadable application, and when activated the consumer can enjoy 10 minutes free local calls, unlimited on-net calls and SMSs. The customers can also savour zero roaming charges, free on-net audio and video calls and the lowest call rates to any network. The company advised customers and prospects eager to enjoy its latest ... more
  • 2 months Firm Launches Savings App ThisDay
    Nosa Alekhuogie Financial business advisory and investment company, Furst Salvo Limited, has launched a savings and investment mobile application. The automated savings platform, Salvo, which is powered by Xslnce Microfinance Bank was launched in Lagos recently. The Marketing Director, Furst Salvo Limited, Omawumi Jeyema, while unveiling the product explained that the platform was created to encourage a savings habit among Nigerians in an easy and reliable way, which also offer users lucrative interest payment on savings of 13 per cent per annum. She said, “Salvo understands the peculiarity of the Nigerian economy which puts strain on people’s finances, thereby making ... more
  • 2 months Mobile Games on WhatsApp Debuts in Nigeria ThisDay
    An innovative mobile games on WhatApp known as the PREWIN Games, has been introduced in Nigeria. The mobile game comes in a trivia platform that educates and rewards players on different subject areas of interest. The platforms include WhatsApp, Web and Mobile App. The game comes in several knowledge categories such as sports, fashion, politics, entertainment, general trivia among others, which a player can choose from, and players are rewarded based on their ability to answer correctly at least eight out of 10 questions within a specified period of time in their category of choice. Speaking at the launch of ... more
  • 2 months Hub to Enhance Creative Industry with Technology ThisDay
    Ngozi Jibulu Alewa House, a Jos-based creative hub, has announced plan to leverage technology for the growth of the creative industry in Nigeria. To this end, the hub is putting together devices, particularly digital tools, networking arena for folks in the cultural and creative industries, and an army of geeks to open endless opportunities in a digital creative economy. Speaking on the initiative, Chief Executive Officer, Alewa House, Mr. Daser Retnan, a software developer and co-Founder of the geo-location solutions tech startup, Logical Address, noted that when arts and culture meets technology, the possibilities are endless and the outcomes are ... more
  • 2 months 2023: Arewa Youths Advocate Power Shift to South-south ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna The Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) on Wednesday declared that the South-south zone of the country should be allowed to produce the president in 2023 to complete its eight year slot. Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, the leader of the group, Mohammed Danlami, also called for a generational change of leadership come 2023. Danlami, who noted that there are subtle moves in some quarters for the north to retain power come 2023, said it is grossly unfair and malicious for anyone to advocate that power should remain in the north in 2023. According to him, ... more
  • 2 months Sokoto Gets Fiscal Responsibility, Revenue Integration Laws ThisDay
    Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has signed into law the Fiscal Responsibility Agency and for other Connected Purposes (FRAC) to provide for the establishment of Fiscal Responsibility Agency in the state. Tambuwal signed the document Tuesday. At its plenary presided over by Deputy Speaker Abubakar Magaji, the Sokoto State House of Assembly had passed the law on the same day. A statement signed by Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the governor, Muhammad Bello, said the governor also signed another law to integrate, harmonize and consolidate all revenues accruing to government ministries, departments and agencies; in order to enable ... more
  • 2 months Gbajabiamila Expresses Shock over Fagen-Gawo’s Death ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale ín Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed shock over the demise of a member of the House, Muhammad Fagen-Gawo. Fagen-Gawo, who represented Babura/Garki Federal Constituency of Jigawa State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), passed away on Tuesday in Dubai. The Speaker, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said he was deeply touched by the news of the lawmaker’s death, describing it as painful. He said: “Fagen-Gawo was a truly committed lawmaker who meant well for his ... more
  • 2 months Our Roadmap has Developed Technology-driven Regulatory Oversight of Capital Market, Says SEC ThisDay
    By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stated that it has developed a roadmap to guide the capital market towards innovation, and technology-driven approach in its regulatory oversight. SEC also said that the various initiatives being implemented in the 10-year capital market master plan had made the capital market more attractive to investors. The Acting Director General of the Commission, Ms. Mary Uduk, in a New Year message to capital market operators and stakeholders Wednesday, commended them for their relentless service towards the growth and development of the market. According to a statement from SEC, ... more
  • 2 months Katsina Begins Payment of N30,000 Minimum Wage in January ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna in Katsina The Katsina State Government has said it will commence the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage and its consequential adjustments for workers in the state in January 2020. This was as a result of the agreement reached at the end of the committee of the state government and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council on December 31, 2019 after a closed-door meeting that lasted for more than seven hours. The agreement letter jointly signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman Negotiating Committee, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa; Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Hussaini ... more
  • 2 months Insecurity: Don’t Resort to Self Help, Fayemi Warns Community Leaders, Groups ThisDay
    By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has urged community leaders and groups not to allow themselves to be used to cause unnecessary tension that can trigger tribal crisis in the state. Tactically alluding to the fears in some towns that Fulani herders were allegedly planning to annex their lands for occupation, Fayemi said the primary assignment of every responsible government is the security of lives and property of the citizenry and that he wouldn’t be inept in the discharge of this pivotal duty. The leaders of Orin Ekiti community in Ido/Osi Local ... more
  • 2 months Olujimi Maps out Strategy for PDP to Reclaim Ekiti in 2022 ThisDay
    .Insists on collegiate leadership By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, has advised members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to elect State Working Committee (SWC) members that will unify the party at the coming Congress, so as to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state in the 2022 governorship poll. The former Senate Minority Leader said the best way for the PDP to become stronger in Ekiti ahead of the election is by adopting the collegiate, rather than a centralised leadership, to fortify the party and ... more
  • 2 months Kano Fulfils Promise to Workers, Pays N30,600 Minimum Wage ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano In fulfilment of its earlier promise to pay the new minimum wage, workers in the employ of Kano State government have started receiving the new salary package of N30,600 it offered to pay. A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, in Kano on Wednesday, indicated that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had, right from the commencement of negotiation between the federal government and organized labour, indicated his administration’s readiness to pay the restructured minimum wage. With this development, the statement added, workers in the state are smiling home with their new pay ... more
  • 2 months Sanwo-Olu Signs 2020 Budget of N1.168tn into Law ThisDay
    Segun James The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday signed into law, the 2020 budget of N1.168 trillion. The N1.168, 561, 893, 990 budget is 34 per cent higher than that of 2019. Giving a breakdown of the budget tagged “Awakening to a Greater Lagos,” Sanwo-Olu earmarked 62 per cent, representing N723.75 billion of total spending, for capital expenditure. He said that the recurrent expenditure will gulp N444.81 billion or 38 per cent of the budget. The governor described the budget as a very audacious, adding that “I can assure Lagosians that we are very well seated and fired ... more
  • 2 months Kano Suspends Ban on Tricycles Conveying Mixed Genders ThisDay
    Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano Commander General of Kano State Hisbah Board, Sheikh Haruna Ibn-Sina, yesterday suspended the implementation of a law banning conveying of opposite genders in commercial tricycles (Adaidaita Sahu) in the state. Represented by the Director General of the Board, Dr. Aliyu Musa Aliyu, during a press briefing held at the agency’s office, said the decision was taken after consulting the leadership of commercial tricycle operators who pleaded that the law be suspended until further notice. “Although this law is not new in Kano because it was first implemented by the then Kano State governor, Malam Ibrahim ... more
  • 2 months Enhancing Pupils’ Literacy Skills to Alleviate Poverty ThisDay
    Uchechukwu Nnaike examines the efforts made so far by Lafarge Africa to promote basic literacy in Nigeria through its annual National Literary Competition, which was launched in 2014 The alarming rate of out-of-school children in the country has continued to draw concern and intervention from all fronts, among which is the annual National Literary Competition, launched in 2014 by Lafarge Africa to create more literacy enhancement opportunities for indigent students across Nigeria. According to the company, promoting literacy and education has proven to be an effective approach to alleviating poverty and improving the well-being of a society, as well ... more
  • 2 months For the Record: Full Text of President Buhari’s New Year Message to Nigerians ThisDay
    My Dear Compatriots, NIGERIA’S DECADE Today marks a new decade. It is a time of hope, optimism and fresh possibilities. We look forward as a nation to the 2020s as the opportunity to build on the foundations we have laid together on security, diversification of our economy and taking on the curse of corruption. These are the pledges on which I have been twice elected President and remain the framework for a stable, sustainable and more prosperous future. Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. I salute the commitment of the millions who voted in peace last February and of ... more
  • 2 months Dangote Cement Leads as 10 Firms Account for 74% of NSE’s Capitalisation ThisDay
    Goddy Egene Dangote Cement Plc, MTN Nigerian Communications Plc, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Airtel Africa Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc closed 2019 as the top five most capitalised stocks on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The five stocks, along with five others accounted for 74 per cent of the market capitalisation in 2019. While the NSE All-Share Index (NSE ASI) fell by 14.5 per cent, market capitasation increased by 10.5 per cent to N12.958 trillion following the listing of MTN and Airtel Africa Plc. An analysis of the market capitalisation showed that Dangote Cement Plc remained the number one ... more
  • 2 months 2020: Kida, Pinnick, Orbih, Others Speak on Expectations in the New Year ThisDay
    Duro Ikhazuagbe As Nigerians stepped into the New Year with enthusiasm few hours ago, so much is expected from Team Nigerian athletes, 2020 being an Olympic year. Already, national federations whose athletes have already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games have since commenced training ahead of the global multi-sports showpiece. Basketball, one of the national sports federations that made great strides in the just ended year, retaining the women’s AfroBasket Championship title as well as qualifying the men’s team for the Olympic Games has commenced plans to consolidate on its achievements. President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Amadu Musa ... more
  • 2 months Labour to Mobilize Members to Enforce New Minimum Wage in States ThisDay
    Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The organised labour has expressed its resolve to mobilize its members to ensure that states that have not met its December 31 deadline are made to do so without delay. The labour movement also expressed concern over the handling of the country’s economy, particularly its rising debt profile which it said is becoming a major concern both locally and internationally. Regarding the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage across the states, the labour movement in its goodwill message to Nigerians signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba, said it will vigorously fight for the nationwide implementation ... more
  • 2 months Ex-AGF Adoke’s Bail Application Suffers Setback ThisDay
    *As judge returns case file to CJ Alex Enumah in Abuja Move by a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke SAN, to secure bail suffered a setback on Tuesday following the decision of the trial judge, Justice Othman Musa to return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Justice Musa’s action was predicated on his inability to conclude hearing in the bail application Tuesday. Adoke’s application was assigned to Justice Musa being a vacation judge, but following the end of vacation on January 3, 2020, he explained ... more
  • 2 months Williams, Olotu Embark on Mavericks Challenge with Glenfiddich Nigeria ThisDay
    Glenfiddich, one of the leading whisky brands and the world’s most awarded single malt whisky, earlier in the year, tapped media entrepreneur Adebola Williams, and Tech entrepreneur Edmund Olotu for the “Challengers Welcome” campaign. Both entrepreneurs are extremely accomplished and are considered true mavericks of their generation. Williams and Olotu showcase maverick figures who have successfully challenged the norm to drive change and have forged new paths for themselves and for others to follow. Williams is a pioneer at the intersection of media, democracy and social change, and also co-founded Enough is Enough (EiE), one of Nigeria’s foremost civic participation ... more
  • 2 months Alleged N6.3bn Fraud: Jang Kicks as Court Dismisses His No-case Submission ThisDay
    By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos A former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, has faulted the judgment of the state High Court which dismissed his no-case submission in alleged N6.3 billion fraud charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), noting that the trial judge erred in law when he ignored his submissions and considered only those of the EFCC in arriving at his judgment. He also lamented that the trial judge also ignored a laid down principle in law by not stating its position on each of the 17 counts against him bordering on alleged ... more
  • 2 months Youths Charged to Use Social Media for Growth ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo Youths have been charged to use social media for personal advancement and growth instead of engaging in conversations and online content that offer little benefit. The author of ‘What They Don’t Tell You About Being Single’ Tumininu Olaoshun, gave the advise recently in Lagos during the launch of the book. Speaking on the newly launched book, she said the book focuses on her life’s journey, the lessons learnt, daily experience as a Christian in her 20s and singlehood. Speaking with THISDAY on the sidelines of the launch, Olaoshun stated that social media is good, but urged youths to ... more
  • 2 months Armed Policemen Deployed in Reclaimed Land by Kwara Govt ThisDay
    By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin Armed policemen have been deployed in the large expanse of land belonging to the late Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr Olusola Saraki, located at Ilofa GRA, Ilorin which the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, reclaimed for the state government last Friday. The residents of Ilofa GRA, Ilorin, where the land is located, are afraid that Tuesday’s deployment of policemen to the area was preparatory to a possible demolition of the structures erected on the land. AbdulRazaq had announced plans to construct a new secretariat on the land, which he claimed was obtained without any documentation, ... more
  • 2 months Money Laundering: EFCC Confirms Arrest of Edo State Commissioner by INTERPOL ThisDay
    By Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora, Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, by operatives of the INTERPOL, saying he is on its watch list for alleged money laundering. A senior staffer of the anti-graft agency who spoke with THISDAY in Abuja in confidence, said he expected the INTERPOL to hand over the commissioner to EFCC for more investigation once it is done with him. Osemwingie-Ero was said to have been arrested in France recently for alleged money laundering, after being allegedly found in ... more
  • 2 months Abuja Robbery: Police Parade Bank Worker, Other Suspects ThisDay
    By Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has paraded four armed robbery suspects involved in the robbery of the Mpape branch of the First Bank of Nigeria PLC on December 28. The suspects, Larry Ehizo, 30, Timothy Joe, 21, Princewill Obinna and Elijah David, are presently undergoing interrogation. The suspects were outgunned and arrested by a combined team of the police and the military in a daring robbery operation. Parading the suspects, the FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma, said one of the suspects and staff of the bank, Ehizo, collaborated with the robbers, drove them into ... more
  • 2 months Buhari: Era of Abandoned Projects Gone for Good ThisDay
    By Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that he would not leave any project uncompleted, including the ones inherited from the last administration. He gave the assurance during the inauguration of the first phase of gully erosion control and road improvement project carried out along Agbozu, Umueze Amaba and Methodist Church compound at Uzuakoli in Bends Local Government of Abia State. The project funded by the Ecological Fund Office (EFO) is one of the 19 ecological intervention projects of the federal government for the first quarter of 2018, awarded by the EFO tended board in July 2018. ... more
  • 2 months 23 Guber: Wike Threatens to Sack any Commissioner Working for Political Group ThisDay
    By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned that he would not hesitate to sack any appointee involved in any meeting with any political group ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the state. The warning came as he swore in 13 new commissioners and 14 special advisers in a ceremony at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt. He warned the new commissioners and special advisers against working with different political interest groups to seek for the 2023 governorship. “If you know you are looking for money for 2023, resign ... more
  • 2 months ‘Na My Brother Dey There’ ThisDay
    TUESDAY WITH REUBEN ABATI One of the major indications of the dysfunctional nature of the Nigerian social and political ecosystem is what can be best summarized in pidgin English as the “Na my brother dey there” syndrome. It is the politics of proximity by another name, the thinking by an average Nigerian that he or she is much safer, better off psychologically and in a better position to gain access to opportunities, and even exercise power and influence, only when in the company of a kinsman, or surrounded by kinsmen or when someone of the same ethnic group or who ... more
  • 2 months LEAVING THE NDDC IN LIMBO ThisDay
    President Buhari should do the right thing by inaugurating the NDDC Board In endorsing an investigation of the finances of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in a recent editorial, we warned that it should not be an excuse for some politicians, who themselves are not paragon of virtues, to derail having a substantive board in place. In addition, we said that an interim board without any clear mandate or authority is a recipe for unwholesome practices as we have seen over the years at the NDDC. Sadly, President Muhammadu Buhari has made a curious reversal that has further muddied ... more
  • 2 months MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2019 ThisDay
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  • 2 months Nigeria Reacts to Adoption of ECOWAS Single Currency by French-speaking Countries ThisDay
    By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The federal government, Monday reacted to the change of name of the UEMOA, Communaute Financiers d’Afique (CFA) currency to ECO by eight French-speaking West African countries, saying it was studying the situation and would respond in due course . A statement issued by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi on behalf of the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, said: “Nigeria has received the news of the change of name of the UEMOA Currency, the CFA (Communaute Financiers d’Afique) to ECO supposedly as the ECOWAS single currency. Nigeria is studying the situation and would ... more
  • 2 months FG to Withdraw Military from Flash Points in 2020 ThisDay
    *Buhari charges security chiefs to ensure peaceful society in new year By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The federal government will commence the withdrawal of the military from internal operations in the first quarter of the new year, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, disclosed in Abuja Monday. Ibas, who made this disclosure while answering questions from State House reporters after a security council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, said such withdrawal would only take place in trouble spots where insecurity had been nipped in the bud. According to the naval boss, the meeting reviewed ... more
  • 2 months Ganduje Appoints Five Special Advisers ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has approved the appointment of five special advisers. A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, on Monday in Kano said the appointments are with immediate effect. It said the governor directed all the appointees to prove their mettle while discharging their assigned responsibilities in the office, adding that: “The fact that you are chosen among many, it clearly shows that we are assuring the state that you have something to offer for the sustainable development of the state.” The appointees and ... more
  • 2 months FG Allays Fears over Rising Debt Profile ThisDay
    The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm over the country’s debt profile both domestic and external as being speculated by scaremongers. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the assurance on Monday in Lagos while briefing newsmen on the major achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the outgoing year Mohammed said there were misrepresentations in the figures being pushed out in certain quarters about the debt profile, adding that the country had not reached its debt ceiling of 25 per cent in total public debt stock to Gross Domestic ... more
  • 2 months Non-oil Exports Double to N2trn in 2019, Says FG ThisDay
    The Federal Government said the nation’s non-oil exports doubled from about N1 trillion to N2 trillion between 2018 and 2019. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos on Monday where he presented the major achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the outgoing year He said while the value of crude oil exports decreased by 3.78 per cent, non crude oil exports rose by more than 30 per cent in value between 2018 and 2019. The minister said the value of exports grew by 2.5 per cent between 2018 ... more
  • 2 months Labour Issues Ultimatum to EKSUTH over Planned Mass Sack ThisDay
    By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti To prevent a repeat of what happened a couple of weeks ago at the Ekiti State university (EKSU), where over 600 workers were disengaged, organised labour has warned the management of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) against what it called mass sack of its workforce, to avert industrial disharmony between workers and Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration. Labour issued a 14-day ultimatum to EKSUTH management to find a way of resolving the issues surrounding the planned sack and effect payment of all outstanding salaries, deductions and other benefits to avert the withdrawal of ... more
  • 2 months MTN Says It’s Reviewing Allegation of Anti-terrorism Act Violations After Being Named in US Complaint ThisDay
    South African telecom firm MTN (MTNJ.J) on Monday said it was reviewing allegations raised in a U.S. complaint which accuses several firms of paying protection money to militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia on Friday. It alleged the firms violated the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by paying protection money to al Qaeda and the Taliban, thereby providing material support to known terrorist organisations. It sought damages on behalf of U.S. military members and civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017. “MTN is reviewing the details ... more
  • 2 months DPR Seals off 11 Petrol Stations in Gombe ThisDay
    By Segun Awofadeji in Gombe The Operations Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Gombe State, Mr. Abdullahi Abawa, has said his office will intensify efforts at uncovering and sanctioning illegal petroleum stations operating in the hinterland of the state. He stated this Monday after he led an operation where 11 petroleum stations were sealed off for various offences, among them six that were operating with expired licences. He said the discovery after the operations showed that most of the filling stations in the hinterland could be culpable since limited attention was given to operators of these stations ... more
  • 2 months Niger to Dualize Minna-Bida Road ThisDay
    By Laleye Dipo There are signs that the Niger State government will make bold its promise to dualize the Minna – Bida road which has been in the worst state of disrepair in recent time. This followed the opening of bids submitted by potential contractors interested in handling the project. THISDAY learnt that the bids were opened two weeks ago, but the winner has not been made public. The Commissioner for Planning, Alhaji Mamman Musa, who now oversees the Ministry of Finance following the “medical leave” granted Alhaji Zakari Abubakar by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, confirmed the opening of the ... more
  • 2 months Promoting Gender Balance in Nigeria ThisDay
    Ayodeji Ake writes that for over a decade, Women Empowerment and Legal Aid, an initiative formed to contribute to the empowerment of women in Nigeria, has continuously promoted gender balance in all ramifications  With the vision of promoting and protection of women’s human rights through lobbying, advocacy, provision of legal aid, training, among other strategy, Women Empowerment and Legal Aid (WELA), has moved to end discrimination against women in Nigeria and close the existing gender gap. The organisation has over the years assisted in the effort to stop the abuses against women and dismantle all the gender barriers that penalise ... more
  • 2 months LOOKING BEYOND THE OIL ECONOMY ThisDay
    Government should be serious about diversifying the economy The recent pledge by the federal government to build a digital economy around the creative sector to create jobs for young people sounds good. Yet, apart from the few people involved in the oil and gas sector, which is about the only industry that still thrives in Nigeria today, most other industries that provide sources of livelihood are in comatose. That then accounts for why at the end of every month, governors congregate in Abuja for the distribution of oil revenues. From Abuja, the shares of oil proceeds are taken to ... more
  • 2 months Infrastructure Development and the African Future ThisDay
    GUEST COLUMNIST by Sam Amadi Three issues will define Africa’s future in the 2020s. The first is political stability. African countries, especially those in the Sahel and Sub-Sahara, must reestablish state capacity and legitimacy amid the chaos of 21st Century jihadist attacks and communal conflicts. These countries are terribly weak and incoherent. Strength and coherence are required for effective modern state. The market with weak state capacity will not deliver prosperity and order to Africa. Strong and legitimate states effectively creating and managing markets is what Africa needs. The second challenge Africa must address is political justice. The legacy of the ... more
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