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  • 3 months In Peace Drive, APC Caretakers Meet Tinubu, Akande, Others ThisDay
    PDP screens Ondo deputy gov, eight others Chuks Okocha in Abuja The Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) thursday reached out to two leaders of the party in the South-west, Senator Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, as part of efforts to resolve the crises in the party. The committee, chaired by Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, first met with Akande at his country home in Ila-Orangun, Osun State, and few hours later, the delegation was in Lagos to see Tinubu at his Ikoyi home. The meeting came just as the party raised a ... more
  • 3 months Military Targets Boko Haram Sponsors ThisDay
    Nwezeh Kingsley in Abuja The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) thursday said intelligence agencies, including the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have launched a manhunt for the sponsors of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terror groups to speed up end to the insurgency. It, however, noted that it is not part of the responsibilities of the military to uncover the sponsors of terrorist groups but to fight and defeat them. The 10-year-long insurgency is believed to have lasted this long due to financial and logistical supports offered to Boko Haram and ... more
  • 3 months Buhari Drops Oguntade, Nsofor, Renews 12 Non-career Ambassadors ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari thursday dropped Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Justice George Oguntade, and the Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor. He, however, renewed the appointments of 12 other non-career ambassadors, promising to uphold the principle of fair representation and inclusiveness in all governance affairs. A statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this, explaining that the president felt compelled to give the assurance following recent complaints, which trailed the appointments of 41 non-career ambassadors that some states were left out. According to the statement, the appointments were renewed following a ... more
  • 3 months FG Laments Astronomical Rise in COVID-19 Cases ThisDay
    Says Madagascar herb majorly anti-malaria Olawale Ajimotokan and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The federal government has raised the alarm over the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, charging Nigerians to brace up for higher numbers. The country thursday recorded 626 new cases of COVID-19, bringing to 27,110 the number of confirmed cases in the country. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Lagos recorded 193 new cases; Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 85; Oyo, 41; Edo, 38; Kwara, 34; Abia, 31; Ogun, 29; Ondo, 28; Rivers, 26; Osun, 21; Akwa Ibom and Delta, 18 each; Enugu, 15; ... more
  • 3 months Church: We Lost 8,370 Members to Boko Haram in North-east ThisDay
    Daji Sani in Yola The largest indigenous Christian denomination in the North-east, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, known in Hausa as Ekklesiyya Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), has said that it lost over 8,370 members to Boko Haram attacks in the North-east. The EYN, an Adamawa-based denomination with headquarters in Kwarhi, Hong Local Government Area of the state has 1.5 million members in branches mostly across the North-east. President of the EYN, Rev. Joel Billi, told reporters at a press conference in Yola yesterday that the EYN is the worst-hit Christian denomination. He said apart from more than 8,370 members ... more
  • 3 months FG: Plea Bargain Enhances Quick Return of Stolen Assets ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The federal government Thursday said that the mechanism of a plea bargain if well deployed is capable of fast-tracking the return of stolen assets to the nation. Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), who described plea bargaining as an important component of the administration of criminal justice was also of the opinion that the concept when fully accepted is capable of reducing litigation costs and time. Apata spoke in Abuja, while receiving a plea bargaining manual on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister ... more
  • 3 months NLC, PDP Reject Petrol Price Hike, Demand Reversal ThisDay
    Chuks Okocha in Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday kicked against the new fuel price of N143.80k announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA). They described the fuel price hike, which PPPRA announced on Wednesday, as inhumane and unjustifiable. NLC, in a statement yesterday, said: “This might just be the last straw that would break the camel’s back.” The congress demanded a reversal of the pump price to the old price, saying that the prices of crude oil in the international market had only slightly increased from the previous price before ... more
  • 3 months AMCON Takes over Pan Ocean’s Assets over N240bn Debt ThisDay
    Dike Onwuamaeze The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over all assets belonging to Pan Ocean Group and its subsidiaries. A statement Thursday from AMCON said the takeover followed the order of Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court. Pan Ocean Group is promoted by Dr. Festus Fadeyi, a Lagos-based oil and gas businessman whose total indebtedness to AMCON, according to the statement, was over N240 billion. The statement explained that the court had also granted an order appointing AMCON as a receiver manager (in accordance with its 2019 Act as amended) and its designated human nominees ... more
  • 3 months Fitch: Nigeria’s Insurance Sector Growth Constrained by Widespread Poverty ThisDay
    Obinna Chima Fitch Ratings, one of the global rating agencies, has identified the “low average earnings and widespread poverty” in Nigeria as some factors weighing on insurance affordability and the growth of the sector. The rating agency stated this in its latest Nigeria Banking and Financial Services Report for the third quarter of 2020, which THISDAY obtained Thursday. According to the agency, these factors have continued to limit the outlook for premium and even the more affluent middle-class consumers tend to avoid purchasing insurance, which also hampers the growth of compulsory basic insurance lines such as motor vehicle insurance. “Nigeria’s ... more
  • 3 months Buhari Inaugurates FCC, FCSC, RMAFC Boards’ Members ThisDay
    FG charges agency to shore up non-oil revenues Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday swore in members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). The ceremony, at the State House in Abuja, was graced by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman. Speaking at the event, the SGF said the federal government expected the appointees to live up to their constitutional responsibilities, ... more
  • 3 months NSA Laments Resurgence of Terrorist Activities in N’ east ThisDay
    Michael Olugbode The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), has lamented that the resurgence of terrorist activities in the North-east has put the military and security in difficult situation. Speaking during the donation of vehicles and ambulances to military/security outfits in the North-east and health institutions respectively by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) at the multi-purpose hall, Government House, Maiduguri Thursday, the NSA said: “The resurgence of terrorist activities in the North-east after several years of relative lull has put the military and other security outfits in the region in a difficult situation for many reasons, ... more
  • 3 months Buni Assumes Office as APC Caretaker Committee Chair, Promises to Be Fair to All ThisDay
    •APC state chairmen back NEC decision, as non-NWC forum dissolves executive By Adedayo Akinwale After a prolonged leadership crisis that bedvilled the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Chairman of the caretaker committee of the party and the Governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, has assumed office while assuring that he would be fair to all. The newly appointed Caretaker Chairman arrived the APC National Secretariat in company of some APC Governors, including Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Sani Bello of Niger State, Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Atiku Bagudu of ... more
  • 3 months ASUU Decries Slide of Varsity Ranking ThisDay
    By Kemi Olaitan The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Thursday decried the ranking of public universities in the country, stating that the positions of the universities vindicate the resolve of the union that the federal government has failed to properly fund education. With the 2020/2021 ranking released by the Centre for World University Ranking, only two universities in the country, University of Ibadan and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, made the world’s best 2,000 universities. According to the union, both universities, who presently hold national rankings of first and second in Nigeria could not make top 1,000 as the premier ... more
  • 3 months Full List of APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee Members ThisDay
    The National Executive Council of the All Progressives Congress Thursday at its virtual meeting held at the State House Abuja, dissolved the National Working Committee of the Party and appointed a Caretaker Committee and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee chaired by the Governor of Yobe State, Governor Mai Mala Buni. Here is the full list of the members of the committtee 1. Governor Mai Mala Buni (Yobe) Chairman 2. Isiaka Oyebola SW 3. Ken Nnamani SE 4. Stella Okorete – Women Rep 5. Governor Sani Bello NC 6. Dr. James Lalu physically challenged 7. Sen. Abubakar Yusuf- Senatè Rep 8. Hon. ... more
  • 3 months Dubai Police Recover $40.9m Cash from Hushpuppi ThisDay
    *Seize 13 luxury cars valued at $6.8m *Reveal how instagram celebrity was nabbed in new video Dubai Police have seized $40.9m (Dh150 million) in cash and over a dozen luxury cars in the arrest of Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi, accused of online fraud and money laundering. In a video shared by the police, officers explained how they arrested Nigerian gang leader Raymond Abbas, known as Hushpuppi. Hushpuppi’s principal scam was to create websites that looked identical to well-known companies and banks, it is alleged. He and his accomplices then used emails and messages to prompt people to log in or make ... more
  • 3 months At NEC Meeting, Buhari Urges Members Not to Let APC Disintegrate ThisDay
    Pesident Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja advised members of the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to withdraw all pending litigations against one another, and settle for internal conciliation, warning that the mutating disagreements could lead to self-destruction, with dire consequences. According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Femi Adesina, President Buhari, in his remarks at the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the APC held on a virtual platform, said the gains of the party could be reversed as conflicts overshadow the primary objective of service to the people, urging ... more
  • 3 months APC NEC Dissolves NWC, Appoints Caretaker Committee ThisDay
    *Yobe gov. Buni heads caretaker committee Omololu Ogunmade The All Progressives Congress (APC) virtual National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. The meeting which held in the State House, Abuja Thursday also replaced the NWC with a Caretaker/Special Convention Committee chaired by the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni. Details later… The post APC NEC Dissolves NWC, Appoints Caretaker Committee appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 3 months APC NEC Meeting Underway in State House ThisDay
    By Omololu Ogunmade The virtual All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting called by Chief Victor Giadom is currently ongoing in the State House. At the meeting which began at 12 noon, no fewer than 15 APC governors including some loyalists of the suspended National Chairman of APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, are present at the meeting. Some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) including Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu, are also participating in the meeting. Also present at the meeting are Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Deputy Senate ... more
  • 3 months W’Bank: Nigeria’s Economy Faces Worst Recession in Four Decades ThisDay
    By Obinna Chima The collapse in oil prices coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to plunge the Nigerian economy into a severe economic recession, the worst since the 1980s, the World Bank has predicted. The Bank made the prediction in its latest Nigeria Development Update (NDU). The report, “Nigeria In Times of COVID-19: Laying Foundations for a Strong Recovery,” released on Thursday, estimated that Nigeria’s economy would likely contract by 3.2 per cent in 2020. This projection assumed that the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria is contained by the third quarter of 2020. If the spread of the virus ... more
  • 3 months MTN’s Virtual Drug Convos Holds Friday ThisDay
    By Vanessa Obioha Leading telecommunication company in Nigeria MTN will hold a virtual event tagged the ‘Drug Convos’ on Friday, June 26. The no-holds-barred virtual conversation about substance abuse among Nigerian youths is in commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The event comes on the heels of the MTN’s Anti-Substance Abuse Programme (ASAP) in 2019. Following the success of the programme, plans were set to build an annual campaign focused on reducing substance abuse in young Nigerians in the age range of 10-25. In partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) ... more
  • 3 months Mutual Benefit Assurance Grows Profit by 214% to N3.6 Billion ThisDay
    Goddy Egene Underwriting firm, Mutual Benefits Assurance Group Plc, has recorded an increase of 214 per cent in profit after tax (PAT) for the year ended December 31, 2019. Details of the audited results showed that gross premium written rose 18 per cent from N15.841 billion in 2018 to N18.697 billion in 2019. Gross premium income grew by 16 per cent to N18.122 billion compared with N15.635 billion in 2018. Net premium income stood at N15.772 billion, indicating a growth of 13 per cent from N13.962 billion. The company ended 2019 with underwriting profit of N5.354 billion, up by 77 ... more
  • 3 months ‘Since 1999, Nigerians Refer to State Legislatures as Rubber Stamp’ ThisDay
    Kemi Olaitan holds a discussion with Hon. Abiodun Muhammed Fadeyi, Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly on the N22.5 billion loan approved by the House for Governor Seyi Makinde, the activities of the House and the Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on financial autonomy for state legislature and the judiciary  What are the activities of the Oyo State House of Assembly in the last one year?    The activities of the legislative arm of government in Oyo state since inauguration has been hectic. Hectic in the sense that we have been trying to ensure that we do ... more
  • 3 months Building Strong Channels for Sustainable Growth ThisDay
    MARY NNAH writes that like most Nigerian brands, 9mobile is partnering dealers in various states to help get their products closer to customers As a famous saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Drawing from this wise saying, it can be inferred that the partnerships a business develops across its various value chain will have implications for both growth and sustainability. As a business, a mix of options abounds for getting your products across to final users. This may be directly through corporate outlets or indirectly through wholesalers, retailers ... more
  • 3 months Investment in IYCF: Nigeria’s Untapped Smart Development Plan ThisDay
    Global experts have stressed that investment in infant and young child feeding does not only improve the health and nutrition of children, but aids human capital development. Martins Ifijeh writes on the need for Nigeria to take advantage of this to address gaps in human and economic development in the country During the 2019 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meeting held in Washington DC, United States in April, world leaders raised alarm over growth challenge by the global economy, stressing that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was in fast decline in many countries of the world, including Nigeria where the 2.10 ... more
  • 3 months 4 in 5 Nigerian Employees at Risk of Mental Disorder, Study Shows ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh A survey carried out by a technology firm, WellNewMe and the Dennis Ashley Medial Clinic (DAMC) have shown that four in five employees in Nigeria are at risk of mental health issues. The survey which was carried out among 6,800 employees aged between 20 to 60 years and spread across Nigeria looked at risks of Nigerian workers developing mental health issues in the workplace. Sharing thoughts on the survey, the Principal Clinician at DAMC, Dr. Oge Ilegbune said the process involved the use of an online questionnaire on WellNewMe’s health risk assessment platform, where the responses were analysed ... more
  • 3 months Stakeholders Advocate ‘Newborn Screening’ for Sickle Cell Disorder in Nigeria ThisDay
    Sunday Ehigiator In commemoration of the annual World Sickle Cell Day, the coalition of Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) nongovernmental organisations have tasked the legislative arm of government to implement the ‘Newborn Screening’ procedure policy in order to tackle the burden of the disease in Nigeria. They made this call recently through a jointly-signed statement by all parties to the coalition, and made available to THISDAY. According to the group, Nigeria is believed to be the sickle cell disorder capital of the world. It said: “With an estimated population of 200 million and a 50 million prevalence of the ‘hbAS’ genotype, ... more
  • 3 months Foundation, Nigerians in Diaspora Partner to Support Sickle Cell Patients ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh The Brain and Body Foundation (BBF) and the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Washington, D.C. Chapter are collaborating to bring awareness and medical support persons living with sickle cell disease in Nigeria in celebration of this year’s World Sickle Cell Day. In a statement made available to THISDAY recently to mark this year’s World Sickle Cell Day, the Executive Director, BFF, Dr. David Ajibade, said the commemoration was a chance to celebrate the amazing achievements of those living with sickle cell disease. He said: “In addition, in difficult times such as those in which we find ourselves, it ... more
  • 3 months How Digital Will Enhance Women Entrepreneurs ThisDay
    An author and a member of the speaker’s faculty at the second edition of the 2020 Digital Rights series hosted by ITREALMS, Morenike Adebayo, has said that digital era offers women, especially in Nigeria like other developing countries, more opportunities. The second edition of Digital Rights webinar series was hosted in collaboration with DigitalSENSE Africa, Domain Name System ([DNS] Women – Nigeria) and NaijaAgroNet was on the theme: ‘Women and Rights in Digital Era.’ Adebayo, an author, activist and social entrepreneur, who dwelt on the sub-theme: “Nigerian Youth, Women and Rights in Digital Era” noted that in a country that ... more
  • 3 months COAG Calls for Re-evaluation of National Sickle Cell Disease Control Programme ThisDay
    Rebecca Ejifoma A sickle cell advocacy group, the Cells of a Generation (COAG), has called on the federal government to re-evaluate the National Sickle Cell Disease Control Programme, one of the targets for African member countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO). In a letter sent to the Minister of Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie, on Monday and signed by the organisation’s President, Sharon Browne-Peter, tagged; “The WHO proposed a sickle cell disease strategy for the African region in 2010”, the group said the proposed strategy is to increase individual and community awareness of SCD and strengthen planning, prevention, reduce disease ... more
  • 3 months Boost Immunity against COVID-19, Foundation Tells Nigerians ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh The Iyayi Efianayi Foundation has called on Nigerians to boost their immunities against COVID-19. In a statement signed by the foundation’s President, Dr. Caesar Osaheni-Iyayi recently, the nongovernmental organisation said strengthening immune system should also include exposure to sunlight. Osahen-Iyayi said: “We are already familiar with the treatment protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The only thing I want to add is that the period that they expose our people to sunlight is 15 minutes between the hours of 10 and 11 am. Studies have indicated that for white people, 15 minutes is sufficient but ... more
  • 4 months Senate Approves Six RMAFC Board Nominees, Drops One For Security Reasons ThisDay
    *Also confirms Yuguda as SEC DG By Deji Elumoye and Chuks Okocha The Senate on Wednesday approved the nominations of six out of seven-member board of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) but dropped the nomination of Emmanuel Nwosu due to security reports. President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 5 sent their names to the Senate for confirmation. Those whose nominations were approved are Salamaru Mohammad Bala (Adamawa) Adamu Shettima Yuguda Final (Borno) Alfred Egba (Bayelsa), Oladele Gboyega(Osun), Bello Wamako(Sokoto) and Ahmed Yusuf (Taraba). President of the Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan, in his comments, wished the new appointees goodluck ... more
  • 4 months NAF at 56: Signposts to a Promising Future ThisDay
    By Emma Agu If I had any doubt about how deeply disorienting the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our psyche, it is the fact that the 56th anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) could have skipped my attention. As someone who has been associated with the Service in the past four years, I have come to appreciate the significant transformation that has taken place under the leadership of the incumbent Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. It is in his ability to effectively translate President Muhammadu Buhari’s unparalleled support for the NAF, into epochal dividends, that Air ... more
  • 4 months Akeredolu Decries High Cost of APC’s Guber Nomination Form ThisDay
    James Sowole in Akure The Ondo State Governor, Oluwatotimi Akeredolu, yesterday said the N22.5 million fee charged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for nomination and Expression of Interest forms for aspirants for the 2020 governorship election in the state is too high. The governor’s complaint came as some political groups campaigning for his re-election as governor of the ‘Sunshine’ state yesterday contributed and presented a cheque of N22.5million to him to obtain the necessary forms. Akeredolu, while speaking after he was presented the cheque, said he raised the objection when the fee was announced at the caucus meeting of ... more
  • 4 months House Urges FG to Halt Entry of Herdsmen from other African Countries ThisDay
    Udora Orizu in Abuja The House of Representatives at the plenary yesterday urged the federal government to put to a halt to the entry of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria. It also directed its Committees on Police Affairs, Army and Interior to interface with the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian and Immigration Service (NIS) respectively on the best ways of policing and securing the Nigerian borders. The committees are to report back to it in four weeks for further legislative action. These resolutions followed the adoption of ... more
  • 4 months Sponsors of Miyetti Allah Calling for War, Says Yoruba World Congress ThisDay
    The Yoruba World Congress (YWC), led by Professor Banji Akintoye, has raised the alarm that the sponsors of the Miyetti Allah are calling for war in Nigeria. The organisation has also described a recent statement credited to the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Mr. Bello Abdullahi Bodejo as patently odious and filthy vituperations of a demented megaphone of ignoble masters. YWC urged Nigerians to ignore the statement. The Director of Communications, YWC, the umbrella body of Yoruba descents all over the world, Mr. Moses Jolayemi, in a statement issued yesterday, said “we have waited patiently in the last ... more
  • 4 months Senate Investigates Mysterious Deaths in Bonny Island ThisDay
    The Senate yesterday mandated its Committee on Health (Primary and Communicable Disease) to meet with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ascertain the number of mysterious deaths so far recorded in Bonny Island, Rivers State. The upper chamber also urged the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management through the National Emergency Management Agency to provide support materials to the people of the area. It also mandated its Committee on Environment to meet with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency to ensure reduction of marine pollution of all kinds. The resolutions were reached by the ... more
  • 4 months COVID-19: Otti Wishes Ikpeazu Quick Recovery, Urges Abians to Comply with Safety Measures ThisDay
    By Emmanuel Ugwu Main opposition leader in Abia State, Mr. Alex Otti, has called on the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, to be courageous and prayerful to overcome the covid-19 disease which he is battling with. Otti, who is the leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia, put politics aside to wish Governor Ikpeazu quick recovery, adding that it is saddening that the governor and dozens of other Abia residents, including some commissioners, have tested positive for Covid-19. The opposition party chieftain expressed his solidarity with the governor in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. ... more
  • 4 months Obaseki Commends Edo Varsity Iyamho for Programmes Accreditation ThisDay
    By Sunday Ehigiator The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has commended the management of Edo University Iyamho for the brilliant performance it recorded in the October/November 2019 programme accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and professional bodies. The governor congratulated the council, vice-chancellor, management, staff and students of the university for recording such feat within few years of its establishment. He stated that the state goverment noted the accreditation performance of the university and that the outcomes are in consonance with the policy direction of his administration on the development of education in the state. He specifically noted the ... more
  • 4 months House Probes Chinese Company over Maltreatment of Nigerians ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation to unravel the reasons why a Chinese company in Edo State subjected its Nigerian workers to slavish conditions and false imprisonment for three months since the lockdown in flagrant abuse of the federal government COVID-19 regulations. Therefore, the House has directed the Inspector General of Police ( IG) to immediately send a crack team to storm the company with a view to ascertaining the Save Our Souls (SOS) message and to set free the said detained workers pending further investigations. The Green Chamber also said the Presidential Task ... more
  • 4 months Covid-19: Ooni Donates Decontamination Machines to Rivers ThisDay
    By Ernest Chinwo The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has donated two motorized fumigating machines to the Rivers State Government. Presenting the machines to the state Governor Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Oba Ogunwusi said the machines, which are locally fabricated, is part of efforts to combat the coronavirus disease in the country. Represented by a member of Ooni of Ife Covid-19 Taskforce, Princess Fadekemi Fadojutimi, the Yoruba monarch said the machines, which uses sodium hydrochloride solution, would assist the state government alongside other measures put in place to contain the pandemic. He ... more
  • 4 months FG Restricts Children from Churches, Mosques, Limits Service to One Hour ThisDay
    •Deploys Gene-Xpert machines in Kogi, Cross River •Worship centres remain closed in Lagos, Kaduna •812 health workers infected with COVID-19 •Nigeria resumes participation in WHO’s clinical trials •Virus infects 241 more, bringing total to 10,819 with 314 deaths, 3,239 discharged Segun James, Martins Ifijeh in Lagos, Olawale Ajimotokan and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja Following the lifting of restrictions on places of worship, the federal government has issued a safety advisory, which among others, restricted children from churches and Islamiyya schools in mosques, as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 during regular religious services. The federal ... more
  • 4 months REOPENING RELIGIOUS HOUSES IS PERILOUS ThisDay
    Cosmas Odoemena argues that it is not yet safe to open worship centres Just as it filtered in that government has approved the reopening of religious houses my younger sister sent this: “COVID-19 is real. My hubby just lost one of his hometown friends. He came to my wedding with his Yoruba wife. He died at the Yaba isolation center.” “So sad. May God grant his soul rest and his family the fortitude to bear his loss.” Honestly, the lifting of the ban on religious gatherings when the COVID-19 curve is not flattening does not seem to be well ... more
  • 4 months FBN Holdings Divests from Insurance Subsidiary, Sells Firm to Sanlam ThisDay
    Goddy Egene FBN Holdings Plc has divested its 65 per cent equity in FBN Insurance Limited to Salam (PTY) Limited, which used to hold 35 per cent stake in the insurance firm. The financial conglomerate had in April announced its plan to divest, saying it is in line with FBN Holdings’ “strategic objectives.” However, in a notification to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), FBN Holdings Plc said it had completed the divestment. “The boards of directors of FBN Holdings and Sanlam Emerging Markets (Proprietary) wish to announce the completion of the sale and transfer of FBN Holdings’ 65 per ... more
  • 4 months Obaseki Rules Out Defection, Vows to Contest on APC Platform ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has foreclosed defecting to another party to pursue his second term ambition, notwithstanding the groundswell of opposition to his re-election bid by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and other chieftains from the state. Obaseki said yesterday in Abuja that no matter the challenges, he would contest the forthcoming governorship election on the platform of APC. The governor added that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” explaining that “the war has become very tough,” but “men would be ... more
  • 4 months FMDQ Admits Flour Mills of Nigeria’s N30 Billion Commercial Paper ThisDay
    Goddy Egene FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited has approved the quotation of the Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc N10.00 billion Series 13 and N20.00 billion Series 14 Commercial Paper (CP) notes under its N100 billion CP Issuance Programme on the exchange. According to exchange, as most businesses across the globe continue to grapple with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, FMDQ Holdings Plc has through its subsidiary, FMDQ Exchange, sustained its efforts in the provision of required support to governments, corporates and individuals through the delivery of innovative and dependable capital market solutions. “The Nigerian CP market has remained a ... more
  • 4 months N’Assembly Raises 2020 Budget Oil Price Benchmark to $28 ThisDay
    •Reduces production to 1.8mbd •Okays FG’s $5.53bn external loan request Deji Elumoye and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The National Assembly yesterday increased the oil price benchmark to $28 per barrel from the $25 proposed by the executive in the revised Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) forwarded to the lawmakers for approval. The two chambers also reduced from 1.9 million to 1.8 million barrel per day oil production target proposed by the executive in the MTEF/FSP documents. In addition, the lawmakers approved the $5.513 billion external loan request of the executive to fund the budget deficit. ... more
  • 4 months Buhari Vows Nigeria’s Unflinching Support for Adesina ThisDay
    •They want to smear my reputation, says AfDB boss Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured the embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, of Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to his second term bid. The president, while hosting Adesina, who visited him at the State House in Abuja, said the African Union (AU) had already ratified his candidacy for re-election. The president spoke against the backdrop of a subterranean campaign to knock out Adesina from the race with allegations of impropriety levelled against him by some AfDB officials. Although the bank’s ethics committee, in a report, ... more
  • 4 months Court Orders Kalu’s Release from Prison ThisDay
    Davidson Iriekpen A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State yesterday ordered the release of a former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, from prison. Justice Mohammad Liman gave the order after Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), moved an application for the release of the former governor in court. Kalu was jailed for 12 years on December 5, 2019, after he was convicted of N7.1 billion fraud alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and a former director of finance at Abia State Government House, Mr. Jones Udeogu. However, the Supreme Court, in a May 8, 2020 judgment, ... more
  • 4 months Gencos: 4,159MW Now Stranded from National Grid ThisDay
    •Say power distribution averages 3,987MW daily Chineme Okafor in Abuja A new operational report from power generation companies (Gencos) in Nigeria yesterday showed that the volume of stranded electricity – power unable to get to the national grid, has gone up to 4,159 megawatts (MW), up from the 1,030MW that was stranded when the power assets were handed over to the private sector in November 2013. The report also showed that daily power distribution grew marginally from 3,183.51MW in 2013 to 3,987MW in April 2020. The Gencos, under the aegis of the Association of Power Generating Companies (APGC), explained that ... more
  • 4 months FG Gives Airlines Conditions for Flight Resumption ThisDay
    Chinedu Eze The federal government has given airlines a checklist to comply with before they would be certified to resume flight operation, which has been tentatively fixed for June 21, THISDAY has learnt. These conditions include all the protocols to prevent infection and spread of COVID-19 in flight operations in order to protect travellers; the safety of flights to ensure prevention of accidents and incidents and training requirements that must be met by technical personnel of airlines. THISDAY learnt that while many charter and private operators have met these conditions, some of the scheduled commercial operators were yet to ... more
  • 4 months Capital Importation Rises by 54% to $5.85bn in Q1 ThisDay
    James Emejo in Abuja The total value of capital importation into the country rose to $5.85 billion in the first quarter of the year (Q1 2020), representing an increase of $2.05 billion when compared to $3.80 billion in the preceding quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This represented an increase of 53.97 per cent compared to Q4 2019 and a contraction by 31.19 per cent when compared to the $8.50 billion recorded in Q1 2019. According to the Nigerian Capital Importation – Q1 2020 report released yesterday, portfolio investment accounted for the largest share of capital importation ... more
  • 4 months Lawan, Sanwo-Olu, Omo-Agege, Tinubu Mourn Saturday Telegraph Editor ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) have mourned the death of the Editor of The New Telegraph on Saturday, Mr. Waheed Bakare. In separate condolence messages issued yesterday, the Senate presiding officers commiserated with the professional colleagues of Bakare on the demise of the promising senior journalist who died on Sunday in Lagos after a brief illness. Lawan, in his message, commiserated with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Nigerian Guild of ... more
  • 4 months Ighalo Now to Earn as Much As Mbappe in China ThisDay
    Odion Ighalo’s programmed return to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shensua after the May 31 deadline from Manchester United is going to put the Nigerian international on same earning level with PSG’s world champion Kylian Mbappe. According to The Times of London, Ighalo, 30, will now earn 21 million Euros (about N945 million) a year at his Chinese club, which is about what Mbappe pockets at PSG. Ighalo’s new deal is for four years, which will therefore fetch him 84 million Euros. He was previously on 13 million Euros a year and the contract was to have ended next year. ... more
  • 4 months Osimhen Set for Napoli Switch ThisDay
    Italian and French media reported last night that Nigeria and Lille forward, Victor Osimhen has agreed personal terms with Serie A giants Napoli. The media, namely Footmercato, Telefoot and Sport Mediaset claimed that Osimhen who is in Nigeria to mourn his father who died last Saturday has made Napoli his primary objective and worked out personal terms with Director of Sport Cristiano Giuntoli. Although Lille are asking for €80m, similar to the Nicolas Pepe sale to Arsenal a year ago, transfer market sources insisted that the more realistic price-tag for Osimhen is in the region of €55m. The Nigeria international ... more
  • 4 months Aston Varsity Promises Scholarship to Nigerian Applicants for September Entry ThisDay
    Aston University, UK has announced that it is still accepting applications for September 2020. Located in Birmingham, UK’s vibrant second largest city, the university is globally known to provide industry focused learning experience and employability is at the centre of what it offers to students of all backgrounds. According to the institution’s Regional Manager for Africa, Mr. Babajide Ogundeji, other benefits of choosing Aston University are: Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017); ranked first in the UK for value-added (Guardian University Guide 2020); Aston Business School is one of the few business schools worldwide to be triple-accredited ... more
  • 4 months IPOB Cancels Biafra Day Sit-at-home, Declares Prayers against COVID-19 ThisDay
    David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has cancelled this year’s annual ‘sit-at-home’ event, which is usually held in remembrance of those who died during the Nigeria civil war. A statement issued by the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, noted that because of the number of days that the people have stayed at home this year, it would not be wise to ask them to do same again. Powerful in the statement said instead of staying at home as a sign of protest, the group has decided to declare a ... more
  • 4 months Nigerian Nightmare, Kamaru Usman, Blasts McGregor ahead of Challenge ThisDay
    Nigerian born USA-based Kamaru Usman has stoked the fires ahead of a potential fight with Conor McGregor, claiming it would be so one-sided that he would be able to ‘s**g’ the Irishman if he wanted. Talks surrounding a showdown between the two have intensified over the past week despite the significant weight difference between the reigning 170 pound champion and former featherweight title holder McGregor. With No 1 welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal seemingly more interested in a rematch with Nate Diaz, Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz challenged the Notorious on Twitter on Monday. Abdelaziz tweeted: ‘It looks like #1 contender wants ... more
  • 4 months HEALTH WORKERS AND COVID-19 ThisDay
    The relevant authorities should engage local manufacturers to scale up production of equipment The recent alarm by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) that about 300 doctors and other health workers in the country have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should worry the authorities. More troubling is that these health professionals were infected while caring for patients who had contracted the highly contagious disease. This, according to the NMA, is chiefly because the workers lacked the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to guard them from being infected when interfacing with patients. Interestingly, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has ... more
  • 4 months Abiodun’s Great Strides in One Year ThisDay
    GUEST COLUMNIST BY SEGUN SENBANJO When my friend, Dr. Dapo Abiodun, told me he wanted to stand for office as Governor of Ogun State I have to admit I was very concerned and said as much to him. I didn’t understand why someone who had achieved his level of success in the oil and gas industry would want to move into politics. Anyone who was familiar with the Ogun State political landscape at the time knew that he had a very difficult fight ahead of him. Almost two years later, I have to doff my hat to Governor Dapo Abiodun. ... more
  • 4 months National Assembly Cuts Short Break, Resumes Plenary Thursday to Consider Revised 2020 Budget ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye and Udora Orizu in Abuja The two chambers of the National Assembly will now resume from ithe two-week Sallah break on Thursday, four days earlier than the Tuesday, June 2 resumption date. This is to enable both the Senators and House members opportunity to consider the appropriation of (Amendment) bill, 2020 transmitted to the National Assembly last week by the Executive The federal lawmakers had on Tuesday, May 19 proceeded on a two-week Sallah break and was to reconvene on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 But a letter dated Tuesday, May 26, signed by the Clerk of the National ... more
  • 4 months Life Beer Unveils New Campaign ThisDay
    Nigerian Breweries Plc, makers of Life Continental Lager beer, has launched a new campaign for the beer brand in the country, Ndu ka, which connotes, Life Is Important. The new campaign, which heralds the launch of Life Continental beer’s new look executed by popular music duo of Flavour and Phyno recently, during their live talk-show, Beer Parlour Conversations, on Instagram, speaks to the global Covid-19 pandemic as well as the attendant socio-economic challenges, ravaging world economies with the messages of hope and optimism of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, so long as we stay safe and alive as ... more
  • 4 months School Feeding Programme: LSUBEB Pledges Transparency, Targets 37,459 Households ThisDay
    Funmi Ogundare The Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Wahab Alawiye-King has expressed the board’s readiness to ensure transparency and accountability in the distribution of food, as it targets 37,459 households in the state, as part of the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme of the federal government. The programme seeks to provide food for pupils while they stay at home. The food support include; a take home ration consisting of 5kg bag of rice, 5kg bag of beans, 500 ml vegetable oil, 750 ml palm oil, 500 mg salt, half crate of eggs and 14gm tomato paste, targeted at ... more
  • 4 months NGO Applauds FG for Giving Palliatives to IDPs ThisDay
    Uchechukwu Nnaike The Founder and Chief Executive of a non-governmental organisation, OGE PEP Empowerment Initiative, Ms. Pepsie Adiukwu, has commended the federal government for responding to the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the country. According to her, sequel to the outcry on the need to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country, especially on those in the IDP camps, the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has distributed to them palliatives donated by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq. She said the donation was made under ... more
  • 4 months Bridge Introduces Online Homeschooling Platform ThisDay
    Funmi Ogundare Bridge International Academies (Bridge) has introduced an online remote learning platform, Bridge@Home which enables pupils to learn from resources shared via social media platforms and downloaded from its website while at home. The platform, which provides daily reading practice, learning guides and activity sheets for all classes for parents and caregivers, will ensure that their children can continue to learn. The activities are specific for all nursery and primary grade levels so what parents need to do is to access the right materials for their children. Speaking on the homeschooling initiative, the Director of Academics at Bridge Nigeria, ... more
  • 4 months Greensprings Student, Others for 2020 Yale Young African Scholars Programme ThisDay
    Uchechukwu Nnaike After a competitive application process, a Year 10 student of Greensprings School, Zanita Akinkugbe, has been accepted as one of the scholars of this year’s Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) programme. The programme is an initiative of Yale University in the USA; applications were received from thousands of students across Africa, and only successful applicants were contacted. Expressing her happiness and reflecting on the application process, Akinkugbe said: “I am highly delighted to have been chosen as one of the scholars. Back in February when I was applying for the programme, I had to write three strong essays, ... more
  • 4 months Standard Chartered Nigeria Contributes N185m for COVID-19 Emergency Relief ThisDay
    Rebecca Ejifoma Standard Chartered Nigeria has contributed 185m naira to Red Cross programmes for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release it issued Tuesday, it noted that the donation was part of Standard Chartered PLC’s $5m pledge to support emergency relief activities by the Red Cross that provide urgent medical support across markets in Asia and Africa, including Nigeria. According to the statement, funding across these countries would support activities such as the provision of primary and secondary health care, communication of protection measures, provision of personal protection equipment (PPE) for staff and volunteers, and the distribution ... more
  • 4 months An African Perspective on the Impact of COVID-19 and the Response to It ThisDay
    By Gregory Kronsten This week, we are going to share some of the observations made on a webinar organized by the Royal African Society on ‘African Economies after COVID-19’. The external panelists were: Donald Kaberuka, an envoy for the African Union (AU) and the previous president of the African Development Bank; Nanjana Nyabola, a political analyst and author; Arkebe Oqubay, a minister in the Ethiopian prime minister’s office; and Stephen Karingi, a specialist on regional integration and trade in the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). We leave it to readers to place Nigeria in the context of the many ... more
  • 4 months Visa’s Fast Track Program Propels Growth of the Fintech Industry Worldwide ThisDay
      Fintechs are a central part of the global payments ecosystem, and amidst COVID-19 have launched further into the spotlight, reporting sizable upticks in the usage of their apps , as more people manage their money from their personal devices. Visa (NYSE: V), today, is proud to announce its continued support of the global Fintech community, having grown the Fast Track Program to over 140 Fintechs . Since expanding globally in mid-2019, the Fast Track program has grown 280% , highlighting the surge in demand for digital payments worldwide. Fast Track allows both new and established businesses to leverage the ... more
  • 4 months Lagos Discharges 9 Additional COVID-19 Patients ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh The Lagos State Government has discharged nine additional COVID-19 patients from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, bringing to 632 the total number of successfully treated persons in the state. Announcing this Tuesday, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the patients include two females and seven males. He said: “The patients have fully recovered and have tested negative twice to the virus. This brings to 632, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos.” The post Lagos Discharges 9 Additional COVID-19 Patients appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 4 months Buhari Sacks TCN Managing Director, Announces Replacement ThisDay
    Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday sacked the Managing Director of the Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Mohammed, and appointed Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, an engineer, as acting managing director. A statement by the Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman, signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Communications, Aaron Artimas, however, did not give specific reason for Mohammed’s removal, but said it was part of the reorganisation of the company. However, a few days before his sack, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) had threatened to ground the electricity sector over continued anti-labour practices ... more
  • 5 months Gambari: Ilorin Prince, Seasoned Diplomat and Scholar Takes Charge as Buhari’s CoS ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, is coming on board Buhari presidency with a rich profile from the academia and international diplomatic circle. He also has a pedigree rooted in royalty. An Ilorin prince of the Alimi dynasty from the Ayelabowo Ruling House, Gambari was born on November 24, 1944, in Ilorin, Kwara State. He attended King’s College, Lagos and went to the London School of Economics, where he obtained his B.Sc in 1968, with specialisation in International Relations. He obtained his Masters degree in 1970, and later obtained his ... more
  • 5 months (Updated) Gambari Assumes Office as Buhari’s Chief of Staff ThisDay
    By Omololu Ogunmade The new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Wednesday assumed office in the State House. His appointment, according to a presidential source, was officially announced by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, at the commencement of Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday. Gambari is currently participating in virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the president. The new chief of staff who was a Minister of External Affairs during the military rule of Buhari in 1984, on arrival at the the Presidential Villa Wednesday ... more
  • 5 months MOJEC Food Bank: Providing Succour Amidst Pandemic ThisDay
    By Adeola Ajayi On 27 April 2020, the President Muhammadu Buhari announced the easing of the lockdown necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja effective May 4, 2020. Since then, there have been various schools of thought as to whether or not this was the right move considering the rapidly growing number of contaminations in the country – 4,151 confirmed cases as at 09 May 2020. A major argument in favour of the decision is the harsh reality that Nigeria and its citizens can simply not afford a prolonged halt on economic activities without ... more
  • 5 months Lawmakers Reject Proposed Motion against NBET’s CEO ThisDay
    Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja A proposed motion initiated by some members of the House Committee on Power against the Managing Director/CEO of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET), Dr. Marilyn Amobi, was yesterday rejected by the leadership of the House for want of evidence. THISDAY reported on Monday the huge concern expressed by the presidency and board members of NBET over the Aliyu Magaji Dau-led committee that had approached the House with a one-page motion praying for the passage of a vote of no confidence on Amobi, accusing her of insubordination, incompetence and corruption. However, during the executive session ... more
  • 5 months Nigeria’s Security Agencies Overwhelmed, Says Lawan ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, yesterday declared that the Nigeria’s current security challenge has overwhelmed its security agencies in the country. This is coming just as the Senate at plenary flayed the spate of killings by bandits in some communities in Niger and Katsina States. Lawan, who stated this while contributing to motions on the need to beef up security in Niger and Katsina States moved by Senators Sani Musa (APC, Niger East) and Mandiya Bello (APC, Katsina South), emphasised that the security agencies are overwhelmed due to inadequate number of personnel and equipment. According ... more
  • 5 months e-Learning to the Rescue as Students Stay at Home ThisDay
    Schools and parents have high hopes for the online lessons that have become the norm with schools shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. School proprietors and parents spoke to Funmi Ogundare outlining the many advantages that they see School managements across the country are consulting more with parents of their students as the coronavirus pandemic has forced a shift to online learning. The meetings focus on how to ensure win-win for all parties. School managers believe the onset of the online classes is a learning curve embraced by teachers, parents, as well as students and pupils. It would go ... more
  • 5 months Edo Gets New Federal College of Education ThisDay
    By Adibe Emenyonu The federal government has approved the take off of a federal college of education in Edo State to boost Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the state. The college is among the six federal colleges of education approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this during an inspection of ongoing construction work at the Tayo Apkata University of Education, where the new Federal College of Education would be sited. He said the institution will specialise in training TVET teachers, to complement his administration’s focus on technical education, adding, “we applied to ... more
  • 5 months Lagos Sets Up Support Team for Teachers’ Online Training ThisDay
    By Funmi Ogundare The Lagos State Government has set up a support team of technology professionals to support teachers for its online digital training, as part of its education transformation agenda. Speaking during a virtual meeting on the Microsoft Team platform to flag-off the free orientation programme for teachers on grade levels 08 to 13 (first tranche) on the training organised by Microsoft through ATB Techsoft Solutions Limited, the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, observed that the training is part of the conscious efforts of the commission to transform the post-primary teaching service into a digital smart workforce. ... more
  • 5 months Ex FUPRE VC, Officially Hands Over to Akpofure in Delta ThisDay
    By Sylvester Idowu The immediate past Vice- Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, Prof. Akii Ibhadode has bowed out of service after piloting the affairs of the institution for the past five years. He also officially handed over to a new Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Rim-Rukeh Akpofure. During the official hand over ceremony, Ibhadode thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the bill establishing the university during his tenure as vice-chancellor. “I graciously commend the commitment of every member of the National Assembly who saw to that landmark passage of the ... more
  • 5 months SDG4: AFED Solicits FG’s Support ThisDay
    By Funmi Ogundare The President of the Association for Formidable Educators (AFED), Emmanuel Kanu Orji, has appealed to the federal government to consider the association’s effort by boosting its morale in its quest to complement the country’s effort towards attaining the SDGs 4 as enshrined in the United Nations policy document. Orji, who was responding to questions on the challenges inhibiting the association from delivering online classes to its students, regretted that the federal government has not made any effort to recognise its input in the process of educating a large population of school age children from the low income ... more
  • 5 months NIDO Accuses Dabiri-Erewa Creating Discord Amongst Diaspora Organisations ThisDay
    •Allegation false, says NIDO By Adedayo Akinwale Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Europe has accused the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri, of using her office to create discord among Diaspora Organizations at a time when Nigerians in Diaspora are uniting to fight a Covid-19 that is devastating the people and the nation. The Public Relations Officer and Assistant General Secretary of NIDO Europe, Mr. Fidel Wilson, stated this in a statement issued on Monday while reacting to a recent statement signed by Mr. Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media and Public Relations Unit of NIDCOM, on behalf ... more
  • 5 months Suspected Herdsmen Attack Benue Community, Kill Two ThisDay
    By George Okoh Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of Tuesday attacked Agasha town in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State and killed two residents of the town. Luck however ran out for the assailants as the personnel of the Nigerian Army Operation Whirl Stroke repelled and killed four of them. A resident of the area, who craved anonymity, disclosed that the attackers invaded the village at about 1:30 a.m and shot sporadically, killing the two persons and injuring a few others. The source also said an old woman residing close to a primary school in Agasha was also ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19 Treatment: PSN Kicks against Importation of Madagascar Mixture ThisDay
    By Martins Ifijeh The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has kicked against the importation of herbal concoction from Madagascar for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, describing the federal government’s decision as distasteful and disgraceful. In an interview with THISDAY Tuesday, the President, PSN, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, said several bright Nigerian scientists had proposed solutions against COVID-19 to the federal government but that they have all been ignored, adding that the same government was searching for already-made solutions from abroad. He said: “I am aware of efforts made by researchers in this country. Even the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and ... more
  • 5 months THISDAY Dome COVID-19 Treatment Centre Will Save Nigeria from Looming Crisis, Says Ehanire ThisDay
    By Onyebuchi Ezeigbo The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that the opening of the THISDAY Dome Testing, Tracing and Treatment Centre will save the country the anxiety of a looming shortage of health treatment centres as its battles Covid-19. Speaking at the inauguration of the THISDAY Dome Testing, Tracing and Treatment Centre on Monday, Ehanire said, “This is a fully comprehensive medical treatment centre, professionally designed and equipped and repurposed to suit the testing demands of the day. As the president will say even if it turns out that we don’t need it. We are thankful and ... more
  • 5 months Covid-19: Five more Patients Discharged in Ondo ThisDay
    By James Sowole The Ondo State Government Tuesday disclosed that another five patients of the dreaded coronavirus disease have been treated and discharged from the state Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Akure. The treatment and discharge of the patients were disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo. Ojogo said the action brings to 11 the total number of such treated cases at the state IDH. The commissioner said with the discharge of the five, only four active cases are currently being monitored in accordance with prescribed globally-accepted protocols at the IDH. Of the number of patients admitted ... more
  • 5 months Bill to Legalise Virtual Court Proceedings Passes First Reading at Senate ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye A constitution alteration bill seeking to legalise virtual court proceedings on Tuesday passed through the first reading at the Senate. The bill entitled ‘1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 418)’ sponsored by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, is aimed at ensuring the much needed corresponding amendment of relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) in giving legal teeth to virtual court proceedings. The provisions of the bill as contained in the draft copy, include Section 36 sub-section (3) which states thus: “This section is hereby ... more
  • 5 months House Approves Buhari’s N850bn Loan Request ThisDay
    By Udora Orizu The House of Representatives at the resumption of plenary Tuesday approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to source for N850 billion from domestic capital market to finance projects and programmes in the 2020 budget. The Senate had recently during plenary, suspended its standing rules and gave an accelerated approval for the loan. President Buhari, had in a letter to the House on Tuesday, May 5, requested the loan which had already been approved in the 2020 Appropriation Act to be converted from external borrowing to local borrowing. The House Committee on Supply, following the consideration of ... more
  • 5 months House to Review Extant Laws, Contractual Arrangements Guiding Power Sector Reform ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale The House of Representatives has directed its  Committee on Power and Privatisation to review extant laws, regulations, policies, and contractual arrangements guiding the Power Sector Reform. The House also resolved to review and investigate the activities of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry and directed its committee to submit its report to the House within four weeks. The resolution of the House was sequel to the adoption of a motion on the need to review and investigate the power sector, moved by Hon. Ifeanyi Momah at plenary on Tuesday presided over by ... more
  • 5 months Buhari Appoints Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff ThisDay
    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, has been appointed the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. With his appointment, he replaces Mallam Abba Kyari, who died last month of COVID-19. THISDAY gathered that Gambari, who was Buhari’s Foreign Minister and confidant as military Head of State in the 1980s, met with the President at about 8am on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja. The new Chief of Staff will resume work at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday. Gambari, as foreign minister, played a key role in quelling the diplomatic uproar generated by the failed attempt ... more
  • 5 months At Inauguration of THISDAY Dome COVID-19 Treatment Centre, FG Seeks Collaboration in Healthcare Devt ThisDay
    By Olawale Ajimotokan The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has said that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a reawakening to both government and the private sector to collaborate in the injection of a much-needed investment into the country’s health care system. Mustapha, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made the appeal on Tuesday when he commissioned THISDAY Dome Treatment and Isolation Centre along with the 54gene laboratory in Abuja. He lamented that COVID-19 had totally overwhelmed even the best of health systems in the world, describing it as a ... more
  • 5 months Lagos Discharges 60 More COVID-19 Patients lol ThisDay
    By Martins Ifijeh The Lagos State Government has discharged 60 more COVID-19 patients from its isolation centres, bringing to 321 the total number of successfully treated persons in the state. Announcing this Tuesday, the Incident Commander on COVID-19 in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said: “The patients include 31 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 19 from the Ibeju-Lekki Isolation Centre and 10 from the Eti-Osa Landmark Isolation Centre.” The post Lagos Discharges 60 More COVID-19 Patients lol appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 5 months Gbajabiamila Sets up Committee to Probe Bribery Allegation ThisDay
    By Udora Orizu The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has set up a 12-man committee to look into allegations that himself and some members of the House collected a $10 million bribe from a foreign sponsor to see to the speedy passage of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill. Gbajabiamila made the announcement at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) had, in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, on Monday, alleged that the leadership of the House received $10 million bribe from Bill Gates to sponsor the ... more
  • 5 months Senate Calls for Decentralisation of Nigeria Police ThisDay
    Wants states assembly to legalise community policing Deji Elumoye and Chuks Okocha in Abuja As part of measures to reposition the nation’s security apparatus and ensure its efficiency, the Senate on Tuesday clamoured for the de-centralization of the Nigeria Police. The upper legislative chamber also called on the 36 state Houses of Assembly to pass laws that would legalise community policing in their respective states. The Senate, in resolving to adopt the recommendations of its Ad hoc Committee on Nigerian Security Challenges headed by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi at plenary, called for the expansion of the State Security Council ... more
  • 5 months COVID-19: SEC Urges Investors to Explore Capital Market Opportunities ThisDay
    By Ndubuisi Francis As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll across the world, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged investors to look to the capital market as a window for wealth creation. According to a statement issued by the Commission, the acting SEC Director General, Ms. Mary Uduk, who gave the admonition in Abuja, Tuesday, said the organisation was aware of the economic implications of the virus, adding that this was why the management of the SEC has ensured that the market remains open for trading. She stated that while the lockdown and its partial easing ... more
  • 5 months Senate Probes Status of 5G Network in Nigeria ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye and Chuks Okocha The Senate Tuesday resolved to probe the status of fifth generation (5G) network in the country. This was sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Uche Ekwenife, asking four of its standing committees to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the status of 5G network in the country. The investigating committees are those of Communications, Science and Technology, ICT and Cybercrimes which will determine the technological impact of 5G network on Nigerian citizens. The four committees led by Communications Committee headed ... more
  • 5 months Kano Discharges 3 COVID-19 Patients ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu Kano State Government says it has discharged 3 COVID-19 patients after testing negative twice for the virus. Dr Tijjani Hussain, Coordinator of the Technical Response Team on COVID-19, disclosed this in Kano on Tuesday during the state taskforce briefing. Details follow.. The post Kano Discharges 3 COVID-19 Patients appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 5 months Former Sokoto Gov, Garba Nadama, Dies at 82 ThisDay
    By Onuminya Innocent Sokoto state government has announced the death of second civilian governor of the state Dr Garba Nadama. He was aged of 82. Nadama was said to have died of natural causes after a brief illness. Nadama, a Ph.D holder in History from Ahmadu Bello University, served as governor of old Sokoto state having succeeded late Governor Shehu Kangiwa who died in a polo accident. Namada left office after the military coup of 1983 which truncated the second republic. Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has commiserated with the family of the late politician who died Monday. Gov. ... more
  • 5 months Appropriate Time to Enact Infectious Disease Bill, Says Gbajabiamila ThisDay
    * Bill to be subjected to public hearing By Udora Orizu The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has disagreed with critics of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, insisting that it is appropriate to enact such a Bill at this time. Gbajabiamila made the remarks at the plenary Tuesday against the backdrop of the controversies that have trailed the Bill after it was speedily passed through second reading at the resumption of plenary last Tuesday. He said the allegations that the Bill is a sinister attempt to turn Nigerians into guinea pigs for medical research while ... more
  • 5 months Kaduna Has 72 Active Covid-19 Cases, 65 are Almajiris Repatriated from Kano ThisDay
    By John Shiklam The Kaduna State Government has said it is treating 72 Covid-19 patients, out of which 65 are Almajiris, who recently returned from Kano as well as two other policemen. In a statement on Tuesday, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, said seven other cases on admission are persons with travel history outside Kaduna State or their contacts. He said two more patients have been treated and discharged. ‘’Since the index case was reported on March 28, 2020, the state has discharged eight patients and has recorded one fatality who died before ... more
  • 5 months NEMA: Stop Dragging Osinbajo into Your Impending Implosion, Group Tells PDP ThisDay
    *Asks party’s spokesman to cure self of obsession with VP A group of young Nigerians, Buhari Osinbajo Solidarity Front (BOSF), has described the Peoples Democratic Party’s attempt to resurrect a fake news and rehash unsubstantiated claims about a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) scandal as laughable and shameful, stressing that the party is out of touch with reality. The group in a statement signed by its National Coordinator Olawale Badmus also observed that the PDP spokesman had simply become obsessed with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s name, and advised him to quickly seek treatment from such horrendous obsession. The national group ... more
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